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.
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.
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!
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)
Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes
Fab n Funky – Spots and Stripes
Craft Your Passion – Girly Girl
Cutie Pie Challenge – Cute + Spots/Dots
Thanks for reading x