Magical Mermaid Underwater Embossing Technique

Hello Eager Stampers! Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring stamp sets that you can colour in. We hope our blog hop inspires you to pick up some stampin’ write markers, watercolour pencils, stampin blends or another form of colouring medium and colour in with your stamps.

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I am totally in love with this Magical Mermaid stamp set! So much in love that I entered this gorgeous box card into last year’s Agricultural Show! Something I’ll miss doing this year {sniff}

Magical Mermaid

Magical Mermaid Clear Embossed Underwater Scene

For today’s card I wanted to go for the mystery and mysticism that is evoked by stories of mermaids, to achieve that ‘glimpse’ I have used a really simple embossing technique on water-coloured paper.

I started with a 14.2 cm x 9.9 cm piece of watercolour paper and immersed it quickly and gently into a water bath. I then added a wash of Brusho Crystal Colour Prussian Blue and Moss Green (dilute a small amount of each Brusho crystal colour in seperate containers of water). While it was still wet I sprinkled a small amount of Prussian Blue over the blue area and Moss Green over the lower area. The watercolour paper has probably soaked up a lot of the water by this stage so a spritz of water over the sprinkled Brusho will continue the watery magic.

Once the background was dry I stamped the mermaid from the Magical Mermaid stamp set with Versamark and clear heat embossed her. Once she was set and cooled I took an aqua painter filled with clear water and washed over the stamped image. This has an amazing effect of lifting the colour away from the stamped image, only leaving the colour that is under the clear embossed areas. Truly magical!

Allow your elusive mermaid to dry before adding Clear Wink of Stella to her tail for a bit of shimmery sparkle. I have also given her a sparkly head band using a few strands of Copper Metallic Thread and a couple of pieces of Iridescent Sequins.

I decided that this mermaid was being very elusive and slipping off into the kelp beds. Using some Delightfully Detailed paper (the leaf one) that I had previously sprinkled Moss Green Brusho over and spritzed with clear water, I layered a few stems for her to duck behind. I then stamped the ‘sand’ image from the set in Versamark and Copper heat embossed along the lower edge. I decided to add a few small shells that I had recently collected on a family camping trip along the bottom of the card.

Stamping the sentiment from Magical Mermaid stamp set proved to be the most difficult part of this card and TBH I am not entirely happy with how it turned out, but I honestly can’t think how I could do it differently. This is one of the hardest aspects of living remote, I don’t have anyone close by to bounce ideas off, so if you have any suggestions I would LOVE to hear them! What I ended up doing was Copper heat embossing the sentiment directly onto the card and adding a strip of intricate cut Tranquil Tide card stock to balance everything. I then mounted this directly to the front of a Tranquil Tide card base and finished the inside with a stamped Whisper White insert.

Thank you for stopping by today. I am excited for us both to receive new stamp sets and explore different ways we can use them. It is my mission that every stamp set purchased never sits unused on a shelf! That’s what it means to be ‘eager to stamp’! Finding the time and using the product {smile}


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10 comments on “Magical Mermaid Underwater Embossing Technique

  1. Wow, wow, wow, this is one of the best mermaid cards I have ever seen. You have done an amazing job, Amie, I just love all of it, even down to the shells. I don’t think it even needs to sentiment, as it was not the focal point for me, maybe stamped on the inside of the card?

  2. Oh My Goodness this is fantastic, you have done so much work it is such a piece of art that is for sure. It is just so good and has to be the best mermaid card I have seen. I love the shells too!

  3. The colouring technique is just as cool and magical as the stamp set! I love what you do and can almost grasp your thoughts through the card. Wonderful job done Amie and looking forward to seeing more!

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