Paper Pieced Mermaid

The new challenge at Crafty Girls begins today.  The theme for this challenge is “paper piecing” and our sponsors are MilkCoffee and Sassy Design Studios.

milkcoffee little mermaid 20 feb 14

I chose Little Mermaid by MilkCoffee for my DT card.  I paper pieced the mermaid’s tail and the starfish, and coloured the mermaid and sky in using ProMarkers.

milkcoffee little mermaid 20 feb 14 flat

Aside from the paper pieced areas, I hadn’t really thought about the rest of the image in much detail, which led to a “head-in-hands” moment earlier when I couldn’t figure how to create waves or depth in the sea…. After a cup of coffee, things became much clearer and I picked up where I’d left off!  I had printed a spare copy of the image, so I cut along the tops of the waves and laid the spare mermaid and sky part to protect the partly coloured image while I applied Distress Inks to the bottom half of the image.  The coffee must have kicked in around then, as I suddenly thought about moving the mask down a little and added a little more Distress Ink, to make a darker more intense colour.  I carried on a couple more times, using a mix of Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers for the bottom two waves to deeper the colour even more.  When I took the protective cover off, I was delighted to see the final effect – the mermaid was surrounded by a beautifully coloured sea!milkcoffee little mermaid 20 feb 14 close

I framed the image with some shimmery turquoise cardstock and based the rest of the layout around the current sketch over at From The Heart Stamps:


The papers are from the American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray paper stack.  The final touches were the yellow and white twine, threaded through a starfish bead that is from my stash and a liberal sprinkling of Crystal Stickles to make my little mermaid sparkle!!

Make sure you pop over to have a look at the projects created by my Crafty Girls team-mates!  I look forward to seeing your paper pieced projects soon too.

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

From The Heart Sketches: Sketch 54 (see above)

Little Miss Muffet Stamps – Birthday (balloons or birthday sentiment)

Milk Coffee – Girly

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

Fab n Funky  – Spots and Stripes

Craft Your Passion – Girly Girl

Cutie Pie Challenge – Cute + Spots/Dots

Catered Crop – Birthdays

Thanks for reading x


28 thoughts on “Paper Pieced Mermaid

  1. Oh my this is a super sweet card! I love the added glitter to that adorable little mermaid. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  2. Adorable and so gorgeous, love the design…thanks for playing along with us at Fab’n’Funky this week.
    Wendy xx

  3. Amazing what a cup of coffee can do! Lol! Love how you added all the glittery details!
    So glad you played along with us at Seize The Birthday!

  4. Love your clean and fresh style, what a lovely card. Great job on the waves, it really looks stunning. Thank you for playing along with us at Fab ‘n Funky this week, hope to see you back really soon 🙂

  5. Beautiful card Tor!!! Love all the bling on that gorgeous image!! Thank you for joining us for Sketch 54 at FTH. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  6. Tor – She is absolutely adorable! I love your choice of colours too – the yellow really makes it pop!

  7. Awww this little mermaid ids the sweetest I’ve ever come across! Love the sparkle in her hair and on the ‘waves’. Fabulous take on the sketch! xxx.

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