Monday, April 18, 2011

Cordelia the Mermaid

We got something new for you at Make it Crafty... meet Cordelia the Mermaid! If you're signed up for Zoe's newsletter you know that this sweet mermaid is available now AND at a discounted rate - so hurry on over and pick her up now! Not yet you say? Well, here is some inspiration to get you motivated...

This 'beaut was so much fun to color with her flowing hair and long tail. On the tail I colored it first and went back in with the Blender marker to give it "splotches" then dotted in the darker areas with the same greens to give it this texture. On her tail, top and seashells I used Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink for some shine.

I had completely different papers selected when I first started coloring but in the end chose to swap out a few to add the black and white for a greater contrast. The flowers are from Stampin' Up! and looked like water lilies to me. I also added a few small pearls to complete the fantasy look.

I finally followed Annika's tutorial for a cloudy sky and loved the results! It's super easy to do and she outlines the technique so it's easy to follow. She has a step-by-step guide and a recent video tutorial as well.

Just a reminder, there is no challenge at Make it Colourful this week but we are getting ready for the Mo & Zo's Carnival Blog Hop on Thursday that you don't want to miss out on!

Main Stamp: Cordelia the Mermaid (MiC)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight and Labels Ten

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E33, E23
-pearl: E50, E51, R30, R21
-greens: G40, G82, G85, G99
-blues: 0, B0000, C00, B91, B52
-pinks: R30, R21, R22, R37, R39
-grays: C1, C3, C5

Little Miss Muffet Challenge #7 (Glitter & Shine)
Anything Goes Challenge #38 (Pearls)
A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #147 (all creatures)
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #44 (Sparkle & Bling)
Papertake Weekly Challenge (dimensionals)

Did you know? A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a mollusk, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but they are extremely rare, however, cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters make up the majority of those that are currently sold. Pearls that are considered to be of gemstone quality are almost always nacreous and iridescent, wild or cultured, like the interior of the shell that produces them. However, almost all species of shelled mollusks are capable of producing pearls (formerly referred to as "calcareous concretions" by some sources) of lesser shine or less spherical shape.


  1. Gorgeous! You've colored her so beautifully! Love your color choices and layout. Awesome job Bam! hugs, Angela

  2. WOW! Pink hair! AND I LOOOOOVE how you did her tail!! That texture is awesome! Background is absolutely perfect too. hugs xoxo

  3. Such a gorgeous colouring. The image look alive.

  4. Wow! Beautiful! That Pink hair is awesome and her tail is amazing. I just finished downloading her. :)

  5. She is gorgeous Bam Bam! Loving how you added the texture to her tail and all the pearlizing is perfect! Hugs, Ree

  6. Oh my goodness, she's adorable! I love her. She's the first digi stamp I'm going to purchase, but oh wow, she's awesome! I'm guessing you used copics, I really do have to get some of those!

  7. Gorgeous Bam!!! You've really made this beautiful mermaid shine!

  8. You are so amazing at colouring! I love how you did the tail and the hair :)
    Gorgeous card
    Charli x

  9. OMG! She is so GORGEOUS!!!! and so lovely! You've made GREAT job!
    With best wishes,
    P.S. XB on my card means Christ is Risen in russian.

  10. Wow! Your colouring is awesome, and the sky looks fabulous! Love the papers you've used for this gorgeous card.
    Love, Andrea xx

  11. this is so beautiful. i love the clouds and i love her. gotta run over to mic and get her, NOW!lol.

  12. You are FAST!!! And you also survive on scarily scarce hours of sleep! :)
    Her skin is awesome and I'm swooning over the pink hair here. It is also SO cool to see "my" sky on your card - I'm almost ridiculously excited!!

  13. Beautiful dimension and such gorgeous details. Thankyou so much for joining us on PTW this week

  14. Awesome work Bam bam, love the detail on the scales and I do love the pink hair. The sky turned out fabulously. I've tried it on my blog hop card but got a little carried away, lol.
    Hugs Tracy x

  15. Beautiful card Barbara! I love all the different coloring effects you've used. You're so creative!


  16. This is beautiful! You've done such a fabulous job coloring her!!

  17. Fantastic colouring) Love this Mermaid!!

  18. Wow, such a great hard! I love the way you colored it, and the glitter on the tail looks great!

  19. wow she is stunningly coloured, what a fantastic card! Thanks for joining in with us at Anything Goes, K x


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