Mermaidin' Ain't Easy
If you saw my Heads or Tails post earlier this week, you know one use for the scallop edge die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. While I love making waves (at least, in the craft room!) in today's post I'm playing with the intended design to create a fun background, Tipping The Scales.
Confession time! I've had these little mermaids colored and sitting on my desk for three weeks. Since I knew I'd be using her for my card rack, I had to come up with a design for a larger format card. Everything I tried left her either overwhelmed by embellishments or lost in a sea of white space. In case you hadn't noticed, this siren's a bit on the small side!
Sometimes a Break Is All You Need
Inspiration finally struck as I worked on cutting the waves for my Magical Mermaid. My scraps from the die cuts happened to sit in just the right position for me to see the scalloped edge of the die cuts looked like fish scales! I got so excited I immediately started cutting up my pink Color Theory DSP.
While I had my inspiration, I needed to make 6 of these to stock my rack and the DSP just wasn't going to cut it. I used a combination of four cardstock colors mixed with the Color Theory Designer Paper Stack to create an ombre look for the scales.
Note: For future cards using this method, I would stick to just the four cardstock colors for the ombre. The more I look at the random layers of scales from the Color Theory DSP, they tend to bother me!
After attaching a piece of Sweet Sugarplum Grosgrain ribbon, I used four Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the Pretty Label Punch from Whisper White. I topped that with a Pink Pirouette Classic Label Punch before sitting the happy mermaid on top.
Our siren is accented with two Sweet Sugarplum enamel dots. Since I didn't want to detract from the scales, I stamped Happy Birthday inside the cardfrom the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set to finish it off.
That's it for this week! Be sure to check in next week for my alternate Paper Pumpkin project and the Fun n' Crafty Team blog hop!