Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

Sunday, February 9, 2020

February TRS Color Challenge- Mermaid Shaker Card

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 using #trscardchallenge 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 FB, and you can see all the DT cards up on the TRS blog or just #trscardchallenge on IG and you'll see all the cards from all the challenges.

Thank you again for visiting my site.  Stay crafty my friends!



  1. Very pleased you are back, your work is always very inspiring! Hope you feel a bit better soon. Annabel x

    1. Thank you so much, that is very sweet of you!! I am starting to feel better thank goodness, so I should be able to continue my card-making and blogging. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your wonderful comment, Annabel! Hugs!!


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