Monday, July 11, 2016

"Wave"ing Hello

Good morning, Jess here!  If you haven't noticed yet, I'm just a tiny bit obsessed with my Lawn Fawn mermaids!  I was looking at the sentiments in the set and it reminded me of one of my favorite scenes from The Little Mermaid.  As a kid I spent many summers trying to recreate the iconic image of Ariel surrounded by the waves as she hoists herself up on the rock and I thought it would be fun to recreate it on a card! :)
Lawnscaping July Solo 1
And it's of course I had to make it interactive, too!  
Lawnscaping July Solo 3
This was a really fun card to create though I was quite nervous about the outcome until it was totally done.  To start off I stamped the rock onto a piece of watercolor paper with antique linen distress ink as a guide for my eventual second layer.  Then I smooshed chipped sapphire, salty ocean, and mermaid lagoon distress ink onto my craft mat for my waves.  First I loosely watercolored a second sheet of watercolor paper with streaks of each color and set that aside to dry while I worked on the background.  I wet the paper around the rock and dropped distress ink into the water with a wet paintbrush allowing it to blend naturally.  I also made sure to leave parts of the paper dry so that it would stay white and resemble the crest and foam of the waves.  Once it was dry I flicked water droplets over the waves and blotted them off after a few seconds.  And I also flicked chipped sapphire and salty ocean distress ink droplets over the paper and let them dry.
Next I smooshed abandoned coral, picked raspberry, and spun sugar distress ink onto a craft mat and repeated the process for the sky.  I added additional water droplets and more flicks of chipped sapphire and salty ocean distress ink.
Then I stamped the mermaid and the rock with copic-friendly ink and then colored them with copics.  I added a little shimmer to Ariel's bikini and tail with a spectrum noir sparkle brush.  Next I took two long, thin strips of navy blue cardstock and adhered them over the bottom of Ariel's tail to create a handle.  I stamped the sentiment onto the first piece of watercolor paper I painted and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I used the ocean waves border die to die-cut the top of the paper and adhered the rock behind it.  I turned that over and added strips of foam mounting tape to it, leaving a channel where my handle could slide to move Ariel.  I adhered it to the background panel and then slid Ariel into the channel.  Finally I adhered the background panel to a white card base and the card was done! :)
Lawnscaping July Solo 2
I really like the contrast between the soft, dreamy quality of the distress inks and the sharper, bright copic markers.  It kind of reminds me of an old cartoon cel.  Anyway, that's my card and the story behind it! ;)  Thanks so much for visiting today and don't forget to enter the current Lawnscaping Challenge!  Have a wonderful day!



  1. Oh my this is really Fintastic looking!!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  2. Hi Jess, really cute card! I of coarse love your background, even better its interactive. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  3. oh this is soo creative and beautiful!! :)

  4. Jess, I'm so glad you got to live out your childhood dream on a card! :) Love all the watercoloring and the design. Tfs! :) ~ Andrea


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