For a 19th birthday, I created this underwater scene. I used the Mermaid For You stamp set from Lawn Fawn.
For the background I used the ink smooshing technique. I took a piece of acetate and added Distress Ink onto it. I also added a little bit of water to the ink. Then I smooshed the acetate with the ink onto a piece of watercolor paper. I used three different Distress Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon. For the Cracked Pistachio I added another layer, to brighten it a bit. I set the background aside to airdry.
I stamped one of the mermaids, the narwhal and the balloons (from Bicycle Built For You). I also stamped the corals and the sea weed, in Lawn Fawn inks.
Corals: Sunflower Ink and Wild Flower Ink
Seaweed: Minty Fresh Ink
The images I colored with Copic Markers. Here are the colors I used:
Narwhal: W0 – W2/ W5
Mermaid skin: E00 – E11
Top: R22 – R35
Tail: Y17 – YR68
Hair: E29 – E57
Balloons: R22 – R35/ Y17 – YR68/ G02 – BG34
I fussy cut the mermaid images and the ballons I die cut with the coordinating dies. I die cut the watercolored panel with the Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. I added all the imafges to the panel and stamped the sentiment, which is from Hang In There by Lawn Fawn.
I added the panel onto a piece of Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper.
I really like the look of the background, I want to use this technique more often.
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