Hello, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged (so this might be a long one)!! I’ve been crafting, just not blogging, but I hope to get back to it on a regular basis. Recently, I picked up a few of the new Julie Nutting mermaid doll stamps – love them! My favorite of the group is Cordelia, so I decided to have some play time with her the past few days.
The JN stamp releases this year have been clear stamps and I’ve read about some complaints with the dies not fitting the stamps with the earlier sets. I don’t know about those, but when I stamped this one and went to cut it out, either the top part of the body fit or the bottom fit, not both. Since the stamps are so flexible, you could put them on your stamp positioner or acrylic block and their position could be a little different each time. On the 2nd try, I placed the stamp on my stamp platform, then re-positioned it until it fit the die. That worked perfectly and although I don’t typically like a white outline on my stamped images, I think it looks nice.
I started with my background and embossed a piece of 110 lb. white paper with a wavy patterned embossing folder from Paper Wishes. I don’t remember the name but it’s no longer on their website, so it must be discontinued. I used Soft Teal and Deep Teal Color Bloom sprays by Prima. I had trouble with the sprayers on both, especially the Deep Teal. It was a little darker in some areas than I wanted, so I also sprayed some Dylusions White Linen to lighten it up. Then I added some Seth Apter Patina Oxide baking texture here and there – love that stuff! After splattering with the White Linen, I used a few bottle caps to add the white circles. I didn’t like how those turned out, but luckily they ended up being mostly covered anyway (so were my sequins, unfortunately).
Next, I used a piece of Kraft paper and embossed with Seth Apter’s Dirty Sand. It’s fully covered for the most part, but on the top and left side I left it a bit more sparse. I added some Prima Art Stones (including the mini size). The photo below shows the backgrounds before the embellies. I added the ribbon because I also made a matching bow, but when laying it all out, the bow didn’t fit, so I added a piece of cheesecloth.
I watercolored Cordelia’s hair with Rusty Hinge Distress ink. You can’t tell from the photos, but the little brown dots in her hair is actually Ranger Copper embossing powder (it’s a little shinier in person). I used the tip of a toothpick to stick in my Versamark pad and then on her hair (I know, I’m so anal). Her headband is colored with the Deep Teal Color Bloom, and her top and skirt are from the Prima 6×6 Debutante paper line. Her tail was watercolored with Rusty Hinge and Abandoned Coral DI and Vintage Photo DOX. I thought it needed a little something else so I added Tu-Tu Mini Prills. Her skin was colored with Julie Nutting Watercolor Pencils (Hair and Skin Tones).
The Prima Le Fleur doily die was colored with the Soft Teal Color Bloom and I wiped off some of the color. There’s some pink on the edges and that’s because I had an oopsie, dropping it in my spray box upside down. It was hard to get the pic adjusted to how it really looks, probably because of the white background. My sentiment had to go on top so you can’t see it all, but I did like how it was dirty-looking (I had also had some brown spray in my box.)
I didn’t have any flowers in my stash that were right for this project, so I used the Hibiscus dies from the Tim Holtz Tropical set. I know these aren’t really intended to be layered, but I did anyway. I used white 110 lb. paper and colored the centers with Rusty Hinge DI. The stamens were cut using Kraft-Core from the Nostalgic collection. I inked the edges of all of these with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo DI. I need to work on my flower-making skills – LOL!
I used the sentiment from the mermaid stamp set and cut it out with Spellbinders Opulent Ovals. I inked it with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI, and added a sequin. I didn’t feel a close-up of that was needed, but here’s one of her tail. After assembling, I splattered with the White Linen spray.
I do believe that covers everything. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!
I’d like to share Cordelia with: