Welcome back to my blog
, I hope you are having a delightful, productive weekend. I've been suffering with some acute on chronic GI problems this week, so I surprised myself when I completed this card on time! This is my DT card for Three Room Studio's
monthly card challenge. You can participate as well by checking out their blog
for the monthly photo inspiration, then post your card using TRS
stamps to Instagram
or post it to their Facebook
page, Three Room Studio's Fourth Room
. Initially I wasn't planning on this being a shaker card, but once I got to a certain point, I got stuck. Does that ever happen to you? I thought I knew where I wanted to go, but then I didn't really like it and I'd spent a lot of time on the background and coloring the images that I didn't want to scrap it. So, I switched gears (or really directions) and turned it into a shaker card. So here's my finished card. Below, I'll explain what I used and how I made it.
Here's the inspiration photo:
I started off this card by white heat-embossing a waves stamp from I believe Hero Arts
(it's unlabeled in my stamp bin). I then used 3 shades of blue/green ink from Gina K. Designs
and ink blended the background, going from light to dark as I went
down the card. Using an oval stencil I cut from masking paper, I repeated the colors but more intensely. Next I stamped the TRS
images from "Mermaid at Heart"
stamp set in black Amalgam ink from Gina K. Designs
, then colored the images with Copic
markers that coordinated with the color palette above. On the mermaid tail I used the 0 Copic
blender to create little dots in the lighter colored areas, then followed with dots of ink from a Gelly Roll
pen in Clear Star (see other photo below). I then fussy cut all the images out.
Next I prepared the frame. I first ran it through my die cutting machine using Altenew's
Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Plate. Next I die cut that with the frame die from Mama Elephant
. The dotted scales are subtle, but coordinates nicely with the theme. The "celebrate" die cut is from Birch Press Designs
. I had previously die cut and colored it for another project that I ended up not using it for, however it was perfect for this project. I believe I used a mixture of embossing powders together to achieve this metallic dark blue/green color. Next I applied X-press it
foam tape around the edges of my card panel then glued the little fish and sea horse in place and added various elements for my shaker (sequins, glitter, glass balls, etc.). I glued a few of them in place so that when the card is held upright, some of the elements stay at the top/middle. I then carefully placed the frame and clear acetate window that I had previously glued in place onto my card panel. Last, I glued the lovely mermaid and sentiment in place then adhered it to a standard folded card base.
The specific Copic
markers I used were R20, R22, E07, BG11, BG72, BG75, B99, and E53, E55, and E57 for her hair. Skin colors were: E50, E00, BV00 and R20 to cheeks and R24 to lips.
I hope you enjoyed my underwater shaker card. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I will have this posted to Instagram
, and you can see all the DT cards up on the TRS blog
or just #trscardchallenge
and you'll see all the cards from all the challenges.
Thank you again for visiting my site. Stay crafty my friends!