COTTAGECUTZ MERMAID (ELITES) DIE – GUNEAUX DESIGNS
Welcome to Guneaux Designs! Today I am sharing a beautiful card I made featuring the CottageCutz Mermaid (Elites) Die. I made this card to submit to two Splitcoastampers’ challenges; one is a color challenge and the other a sketch challenge.
Isn’t she beautiful? I think so!! She measures 2.2″W x 3″H; a perfect size for an A2 card. I used products from the Hero Arts May 2017 Monthly Kit to create the background for the card.
The color challenge asked for use of SU Tranquil Tide, Silver, & Pool Party, with “Christmas in July” as dessert! I passed on dessert to create an “underwater adventure” card. Plus, I do not own SU’s Tranquil Tide; therefore, I substituted Emerald Envy.
The sketch challenge includes five panels plus a sentiment. My card base is made from SU Pool Party card stock, the first panel is SU Emerald Envy, second is SU Brushed Silver, and third is a panel I created using Hero Arts supplies (from monthly kit) to develop an underwater scene. Panels four and five are the die cut seaweed and mermaid, on which I used the Inlay Technique. The seaweed was die cut from a sparkly paper included in the kit.
Here are the steps I followed to create the card:
I used the CottageCutz Mermaid (Elites) Die to cut out the mermaid.
I started coloring her with copic markers when I decided I wanted to use the Inlay Technique to create her. Therefore, I attached a strong double-sided tape to the back of her and placed each of the tiny pieces from the cut out into the mermaid. This is her after I finished.
I continued using copics to color the remaining of her body and her hair.
Notice the bottle of paint in the monthly kit in the picture above. It looks like a bottle of nail polish. I call the contents paint, but I am not sure of the composition as it is not described in the kit. I used it to cover her top and tail (see above photo). I also used Clear Wink of Stella over these sections.
Next I created the background by sponging a piece of white card stock with Hero Arts Oxide Inks. After finishing, I spritzed water onto a stencil from the kit, laid it over the background, and covered it with a paper towel to quickly remove the excess water. This left the imprint of the stencil. I added three fish to the panel using the stamps from the kit.
Then I started assembling the card. I attached the background piece to my card that I had added a piece each of Stampin’ Up! Emerald Envy and Brushed Silver Card Stock.
Within the Hero Arts May Monthly Kit is a gorgeous shinny piece of light weight paper. You can see it behind the mermaid in the second photo within the steps followed.
I used this paper and two dies from the kit to cut out strips of seaweed. I added the seawead to the card front and then attached the mermaid on top of them using two layers of foam tape.
I finished the card by adding sequins from the kit and a sentiment.
Here is a tip for you regarding adding sequins to a card.
I typically use glue or glossy accents to attach sequins. Sometimes this leaves glue or glossy accents on the card around the sequins. Also, it does not take a lot of pressure to remove them. This time I added them with glue dots. They are securely attached, and removing them will be more difficult. I think this method will allow the sequins to survive the snail mail process. Try this tip and let me know what you think!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen
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