Urban Mermaid Designs

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Spring Blooms Tag with UTEE

This week I have created a Spring Blooms tag. I am enjoying experimenting with my embossing enamels, but I only have one silicone mould. I am hoping to get some more as I tried pouring the molten enamel into some of my Prima clear plastic packing that had a cool flower shape and predictably...it melted. Oops, always use silicon or heat-resistant moulds, folks!
I used the feather mould by WOW for the 2 resin feathers and the other feathers are stamped & heat-embossed onto vellum.
I used a Prima stencil and watercolours to create the background on a Prima tag which I had first blended with Colour Clouds.

Then I fussy cut my Prima Princess (Sydney), which I coloured in  using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen instead of a brush and water and water-based pastels and watercolours.

I mixed a few colours with the transparent UTEE to get a blended effect. I first lightly dusted the mould with a mica embossing powder to add some extra shimmer.
Close up of UTEE feathers:

Heat-resistant vellum
WOW! Feather Mould, Melt It ultra thick embossing powder, embossing powders to colour
Sentiment from Kaisercraft Boho Chic 6" pad
Nuvo Drops - Morning Dew
Prima Flowers & Berries
Prima Stencil 6"
Prima Watercolour Tag Pad
Prima Princesses Planner Dividers - Sydney also available as a stamp
Cosmic Shimmer Watercolours - Frosty & Chic
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Prima Oil Pastels
Seam Binding
Dies: Kaisercraft (Dream Big), Memory Box (Pennington Rose Blossoms), Tim Holtz (Garden Greens)

As you Like It - Favourite Colour: Yellow, because it reminds me of Sunshine and Springtime
More Than Words - Mini - "FREE" - Sentiment- Free Spirit
Joy Clair - Anything Goes 30/4
Ribbon Girl - Use any image 30/4
Simon Says - Spring Blooms 25/5
Happy Little Stampers  - AG with Die Cuts 30/4
Scrappy Land - Spring Blooms Dies: Kaisercraft (Dream Big), Memory Box (Pennington Rose Blossoms)
Mixed Media - AG with a twist
Memory Box - For Mom - Pennington Rose Blossoms 30/4

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Handmade Easter Egg Box


I have always wanted to have a go at altering a polystyrene egg with decoupage, so I decided to give it a go for Easter. This is how the egg started out!
In the past I have had trouble with glues and media dissolving polystyrene objects, so I watched a few tutorials on Youtube first to make sure I was using the right ones.
My method below is a mix of those and I am sure you will find your own way. The basic rule seems to be any water-based media is fine, e.g. Modge Podge and Acrylic Paints.
I used some damask paper napkins as my base layer. You just use the top layer of the napkin, tear it into pieces and then stick to the egg with Mod Podge.

The result was pretty, but too much of the polystrene was showing through. I used a selection of spray misters to colour the egg building up layers until the desired colour was achieved.
To add further interest and a vintage feel I stamped the surface with a script stamp. I then added a few layers of crackle glaze and once dry I used a gilding wax to bring out the cracked details to make it look more like the shell of an egg.

I lined the base with some cream netting and used Prima Opal Magic Rose Gold paint to gild the inside edges.
Next came the fun part- decorating the egg. 

I created matching flowers and leaves using mainly Prima flowers and some brads. I stamped a few of the leaves and tinted the petals where needed.

I attached a lace ribbon trim all around the edge of the egg lid, but overlapping, so that it would hide the join.
I also added some netted ribbon and a woven ribbon bow to the back of the egg.

Large Polystyrene Egg Box (Wilkos)
Lace Ribbon
Crackle Accents
Gilding Wax
Prima Opal Magic Rose Gold Paint
Ink Sprays : Cosmic Shimmer - Frosty Mink, Prima Bloom - Worn Leather, Lindy's Opal Sea Oats
Prima Flowers & Leaves
Large Script Stamp - Marianne
Versafine Ink - Sepia
Mod Podge - Matt
Glue Gun

Happy Little Stampers - Mixed media with Sprays
Emerald Creek - Double Duty - A secret box and an Easter ornament
Joy Clair - Anything Goes - Eggs from Moodboard
Craft Heaven - Flowers ends 10/5
Creatalicious AG #113 29/4

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Stamped-All Over Easter Card

I was inspired by the look of some a new home decor trends to create this monochrome, mini-stamped Easter Card. 
I started by sketching a hare freehand onto a large piece of multi-media paper. I used this silhouette I found on Google for reference. If you don't feel comfortable drawing free-hand, you could print out a silhouette and trace it.  

I then assembled all of my mini stamps. I would highly recommend using an acrylic rod or several rather than an acrylic block when working with minis. You can attach a mini stamp to both ends and just stamp directly into the ink pad for speed. You will find that the image builds up really quickly,
CLOSE UP: Hand stamped paper. You build up the image gradually. I couldn't resist hiding a few fairies in with the flowers. 
I mounted the bunny onto some paper and card and then added a bit of bling with a flower I had harvested from an old necklace!

 To finish I highlighted some of the daisy centres with yellow. You could colour in each flower if you wanted, but I was going for a monochrome effect.
I printed the sentiment out and then went round it with a white pen to give a chalkboard effect.

White, black A4 card
Mini stamps: various brands incl. Prima, Cardio (Enchanted Garden)
Black stamping ink
Flower embellishment
Rusty Pickle Princess Bride 12" paper
Majestix Acrylic Stamping Rods
White Posca Pen

Addicted to Stamps - Not a Square Card + Stamps 29/4
Artistic Stamper - Backgrounds 30/4
Deep Ocean #153 Spring 1/5
Stecken Pferdchen - Easter 29/4
Craft Stamper - Make It Take It 27/4
Hobby Garasjen - #47 AG ends 25/4
Stamping Sensations - AG 3/5
Penny Black -All things Spring 2/5
Stamped Blessings AG 3/5
Rubber Dance - Black + White + Other colour  (Yellow flowers centres) 30/4
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Friday, 14 April 2017

CAS Card "Smile" - Feminine

Trying to achieve a CAS - Clean and Simple style card is very challenging for me, but I gave it a shot this week and created this SMILE card.

I was using the Heidi Swapp cut out Roses paper as a stencil for another card and coloured them with Colour Cloud inks. These work better than spray or dye inks for colouring detailed pieces as they have a special formulation which makes them very smooth and easy to blend and are less likely to saturate the paper.

I liked the colour of the blended roses so much that I decided to use them for a card instead.

I heat-embossed the SMILE die cut sentiment with a blend of WOW powders.

I added the butterflies as they went so well with the style of the roses and I needed a dot for the I in smile!

6" Square White Card Blank
WOW! Powders in Perissa and Pastel Pink
Colour Cloud in Frosty Blossom and Frosty Mink
Mini Smoothie Sponge
Heidi Swapp Mixed Media Lace Papers
White die cut butterflies
Kaisercraft Collectables Breeze "Smile" die cut

Inspired by these Challenges
Creative Embellishments - Spring - inspired by spring blossoms that make me smile 30/4
Stamplorations CAS - AG opt pastels

CAS Card "Smile" - Masculine

This is my second CAS card this week. This time with a more masculine vibe.

I started with an 6" card blank in square and used new Prima Rose Quartz paper as a backing.

I heat-embossed the sentiment for a metallic industrial finish.

The silver brads are actually Viva Decor liquid pearls. I recommend dropping them on acetate first, letting them dry then adhering them to your project, rather then squeezing directly onto your card.This way you can choose the best ones, or in this case, the ones which were equal in size.

6" Square White Card Blanks
WOW! Powder in Champers
Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Chrome
Prima Rose Quartz 6" Paper Pad
Project Life Mini Kit paintable card 3" x 4"

Monday, 10 April 2017

Follow Your Dreams - Mixed Media

I was inspired to create the layout of this piece from the City Crafters case card. 

I have been wanting to do a space theme for a while and thought the circles would give me the opportunity to stamp some planets and create orbits and rings by stamping onto acetate.

The base paper is from Kaisercraft Boho Dreams and so is the Follow your Dreams sentiment, the other sentiment is stamped in white in on black card.

I stamped the Eclectica stamps onto acetate and then heat embossed. This is one of my favourite embossing techniques! 
A good tip is to only buy heat-resistant acetate, so that way you won't ever get it mixed up and melt it!

I stencilled the stars with clear embossing ink and then heat-embossed with WOW! powder. I heat embossed some star chipboard shapes to match.

*City Crafter Challenge Blog Birthday CASE #1 (week 356) Spotlight Award

WOW! Powder in Fairy Tale (molten gold with chunky iridescent glitter), black embossing powder
Heat resistant acetate
Paperartsy rubber stamps Ecletica Emma Godfrey EE G07
Prima Love Clippings Stamps
Chipboard stars (Basic Grey Chip Stickers)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass Traveller
Kaisercraft Boho Dreams 6" Paper Pad
6" Star trail stencil

Inspired by these Challenges:
WOW! April Challenge - My favourite embossing technique - heat-embossing onto acetate.1/5
Stamps and Stencils - Lucky Star - Used Star stencil, stamps and chipboard stars 1/5
Sir Stampalot - Anything Goes 1/5
Stampotique Challenge - Bling It On SDC271

Easter Card - Negative Space Stamping

I was inspired to try this negative space stamping technique by a Wendy Gage greeting card.
The method is simple, but really effective. You place tape in a cross shape on your card blank.
Then stamp mini flowers with inks of your choice.
Once dry, carefully remove the tape.
Optional: Add enamel dots for flower centres and as sprinkles.
Add a cut-out butterfly and/or sentiment to finish.

Washi or low-tack tape
Distress Inks
Card blank
Mini butterfly cut from Bo Bunny Butterfly Kisses paper
Mini floral stamps - I used Cardio Enchanted Garden
Nuovo drops by Tonic

Cards und More - Anything Goes #11 29/4
Craft Stamper - April Take It Make it ends 26/4
Penny Black Allsorts - Spring 2/5
The Artistic Stamper - Stamped Background 29/4
Sir Stampalot - Anything Goes 1/5
Stamplorations Anything CAS Goes optional Pastels ends 30/4

Dancing In The Rain

I started by dripping a rainbow of watercolours down a sheet of watercolour paper. 
I snipped the dancer from a Prima adhesive border sheet and coloured them black with a marker so that they would be sihouetted against the background. (Prima also released this set in black flock, so that would work too)
I tried hand-writing the sentiment a few times with white marker on black card, but I didn't  like my writing, so I printed it out instead. Sometimes I forget to use my printer as a tool for art pieces!
Sentiment reads: Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain.  
I mounted the painting on black card and so it can become a card or framed as art.

*Time Out #80 Inspired by Words - Honorable Mention

Prima Adhesive Border
Prima Watercolor Confections Pastels
Watercolor Pad A4
Black marker (Spectrum Aqua)

Inspired by these Challenges
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes ends 31/4
Sweet Pea Designs - Mix It Up 30 SPDMIU30 ends 30/4
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes Watercolour optional Rainbow ends 29/4
Happy Little Stampers - April CAS ends 29/4