Monday, April 23, 2018

Mermaid kisses & Starfish Wishes

Har alltid hatt en forkjærlighet for havfruer og falt helt pladask for Hero Arts sitt klubb kit i mai ifjor ~ siden da har jeg fått hvert måneds kit fra dem og har alltid blitt superfornøyd med innholdet! Men dette var bare så spesielt og så populært, at Hero Arts har gjort stemplene og diesene tilgjengelig for vanlig kjøp også! :) 

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inside card & back detail

I enter my 'bubbles' mermaid card in theese fab Challenges
: [Ends on]
(NB: Cards created last year ~ but never showed/blogged online before = new ~ delete if not acceptable) 
💦 Southern Girls #Triple F ~ Fairies, Fantasy and/or Flowers [May 1st.]
💦 Creatalicious #137. ~ AG w. Option: Dies and Punches
(entry#2.)[April 28th.]
💦 Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1816. ~ Always Anything Goes
[April 29th.]
💦 Colour Crazy #wk.16. ~ Anything Goes [May 3rd.]
💦 Love to Craft #21. ~ April: Anything Goes [April 30th.]
💦 Retarte #119. ~ Anything Goes [April 24th.]
💦 Creative Craft Cottage #106. ~ Anything Goes [May 3rd.]
💦 Create and inspire #73. ~ AG opt. use dies or stencils [May 8th.]

EDIT: I got an Honorary Mention from PIP! Thank you ♥

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I've always had a love for all things mermaids, and completely fell in love with the Hero Arts club kit of May last year. Since then I've subscribed to every monthly kit and have always been super happy with the contents! Fantastic kits, great value and quality :)

That mermaid kit was so special and became so popular that Hero Arts actually made it a permanent set in their catalog! (not the whole kit, just the stamps, stencil and dies as seperate buys). So now everyone can buy and play with theese gorgeous mermaids ♥

🧜‍♀️ My second card has a fun shaker window, and I colored the mermaid to look like Ariel the little Mermaid from Disney!

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inside card & back detail


I enter my shaker mermaid card in theese fab Challenges: [Ends on]
(NB: Cards created last year ~ but never showed/blogged online before = new ~ delete if not acceptable 
🐡 Fab & Funky #390. ~ Fantasy/Fairy Tales [April 24th.]
🐡 My Time to Craft #369. ~ Inspired by a Film! (=the little Mermaid) [May 4th.]
🐡 Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #80. ~ Always Anything Goes
[May 4th.]
🐡 Crafts Galore Encore #50. ~
Always Anything Goes! [April 30th.]
🐡 Die Cut Divas ~ April: Anything Goes [April 30th.]
🐡 Happy Little Stampers ~ Always AG with Dies [April 30th.]
🐡 Simon Says Wed. ~ Sparkle And Shine [April 24th.]
🐡 Pile It On #141. ~ Small &/or Pencils (=fishes, sequins, tiny bling) [May 5th.]

EDIT: I got a Sweet Sprinkles Award from Pile it On! Thank you ♥


First I stamped several fish and the oyster, and a mermaid on watercolor paper with black archival ink. Then I used post-it notes to mask the stamps, and created the sandy seabed by tearing a piece of paper and using that as a mask. 
Inking with both regular distress inks and oxides as well as the ink cubes from the Hero Arts kit. The stencil that followed with the kit is just amazing, perfect to make it look like it's underwater, and it helps to splatter some waterdroplets too.
Now, the whole scene looked like a complete mess, but when you lift off the masks, the revealed scene is like magic  ..Then came the fun of coloring in the images :)

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Stamps/Images: Hero Arts MMH May 2017 Mermaid kit clearstamps & co-ordinating dies. I also used the Hunkydory 'Beautiful Mermaids' clearstamps set (to get some extra fishes and seaweeds).
Papers: I prefer Canson Montvale aquarelle paper (200 g/m coldpressed) for my motifs. Bazzill cardstock and Bling cardstock. Plain white cardstock. Misc scrap pieces of designerpapers, vellum. Panduro Hobby 'Circus' 12x12 PP.

Embellishments: Multicraft 'Baby' craft medley cup sequins. Pink glitter Washi tape, from Panduro I think. Creative Expressions Self-Adhesive rhinestone gems.
Tools: 'Mermaid waves' Stencil from the HA kit. I always use my Scor-Pal to score n fold my cards. My distress tools from Ranger Ink is always in use ~ Tim Holtz® Mini Ink Round Blending Tool & the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foams. EK Success® Whale Of A Punch 'Large Circle 1.75'. Martha Stewart 'Flourish Edge Punch'.
Dies: Hero Arts co-ordinating dies & fancy sea weed dies from the mermaid kit. Joanna Sheen - Signature Dies 'Bubble Narrow Edger Dies SD484'. Creative Expressions 'Australian Collection - Background Die Set' by Sue Wilson. Spellbinders™ Nestabilities 'Labels One s4161' and 'Grand Dies - Labels One'. Creative dies 'Ornate frames DIOB0049'.
Essentials/Adhesives: Gluedots. Double sided tape. 3D foam/mosegummi. High-Tack Double Sided Red Tape (Red Liner/Stix2/Miracle tape). Rangers Glossy accents, stickles. Hero Arts acetate.
Techniques/Mediums:  I used misc. Luminarte Twinkling H2o's Shimmering Watercolors, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and Oxides, & markers to watercolor and distress image and papers. Hero Arts ink pad cubes. Signo white pigment ink pen.


  1. Wow!! Amazing both the cards, very accurate also on the inside!! Really love how you got the background with that amazing stencil and how you painted the sand! Adorable!!

  2. What a magical underwater scene - love that you added the sequins! Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  3. Woooohhh hermosas composiciones y que buena tecnica! Gracias por participar con nosotras en RETARTE de Stampartpapel. un abrazo. Paula DT

  4. WOW! Gorgeous. Love the scene you have create.

  5. Stunning! I do love a mermaid! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge .
    Good luck

  6. Beautiful mermaid cards. I love both scenes. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  7. A very beautiful card! The colors are so pretty and it's a great layout and design. Thank you for joining us this week at PIP Challenges!

  8. So pretty! Love the water and the mermaids - so creative! So happy you could share this with us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes w/ Dies Challenge and good luck!

  9. Both of these cards are so pretty. Great creativity on both of them. Also great coloring. Thanks for joining us at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges for our latest challenge.  {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges}Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara

  10. Beautiful shaker card. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge this month.

  11. WoW!! these are beautiful. I think they would be great as the beginning of a homemade scrapbook!! I esp love how you've done the water. So glad you shared with us all at PIP Challenges!

  12. What a lovely card .
    Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges . Hugs Neva

  13. A lovely card. Such a wonderful scene with the pretty mermaid and sequins.
    Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore April Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

  14. Gorgeous creations, love the mermaids and scenes you created! Thank you for sharing with us over at Love To Craft! Hope to see you again!
    ~ DT Sherry x

  15. Thank you for joining at Create and Inspire.
    Hugs, Irene (Made In Borgo)

  16. Beautiful job! Thank you for joining us at the Pile It On! Challenge Blog! ~ Marciava DT Member

  17. WONDERFUL cards!
    LOVE your mermaids and scenes, the details and dimension are delightful!
    Thank You for joining our Triple F Challenge at the Southern Girls Challenge :)

  18. Wonderful cards!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional dies and punches” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…


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