Wednesday, February 22, 2012

iCopic: Mermaid Marci - Let's Make Bubbles!

A big hello to all my friends in Blogland!  It's Marie here and  I am excited to share with you a Design Team card i created for ICopic Lover.  I selected an adorable stamp called Mermaid Marci by La-La Land Crafts.  The size of this stan makes it perfect for cards or projects and the size is large enough that it makes it fun and easy to color with those Copic Markers!  

  • Copic Alcohol Ink Markers
  • On paper blending
  • Tip to Tip Blending
  • Embossing
  • Quilling
11 in x 4.25 in.   Score at 5.5 in. to make a finished card of 5.5 in. x 4.25 in.
Base layer:  5.25 in. x 4 in.
Top layer:  5 in. x 3.75 in.

Cryogen for focal image  (Curious Metallic, Inc)
Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea (GKD)
Pure Luxury White 120# (GKD)
Designer paper from my stash

Copic Alcohol Ink Markers - BG70, BG72, and BG75   (.too, Inc)
 Copic Opaque White Ink (.too, Inc)
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)

Acrylic stamping block
Petite Large/Small Nestabilities Die (Spellbinder)
Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)
Mesh embossing folder (provoCraft)
Quilling paper, tools, and glue
Adhesive (I use ATG)
Scor-Buddy (Scor-Pal)

Copic Skin Tones 
YR0000, E11, R20, BG0000

E40, E42, E44
E40  is applied to the highlighted areas.  E44 is used for the  darkest shadow area.  The mid-tone is E42.  Take care to not over-blend so some of the streaks of hair remain for a more realistic look.  

Starfish, top, fins and body 
BG70, BG72,  BG75
BG70 is used on the area on the area that reflects light.  BG75 is used in the darkest shadow and blended out with BG72.  Care is taken to avoid losing the highlights.   The starfish  can be treated like a "fold"  in a dress in order to give it more dimension.

A Light Green Pearl Pen (Viva Decor) is used for the trim around the bodice.  I let this dry for a few hours before resuming the card.    One can choose to add this after the card has been assembled.  I just like to do things the hard way ! LOL

This is a close up of the cute little image.     Nestabilities oval die are used to cut the image and mat.  Embossed the image while it is still in the die to give a great finish..   Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress ink are sponged around the die. Start off the paper and lightly sponge toward your image.   I   lightly sketched some circles and colored them to look like bubbles.

TIP:   Steps for creating "bubbles". 
A very small amount of the Opaque White was applied with a toothpick.   I used a technique that Marianne Walker teaches for dew drops on leaves - except I did not use the darkest color for the bubble but chose to use my lightest color, shaded with the next darker color and then applied the white light reflection.

The card was assembled and quilled seaweed and foliage was applied. I quilled a seahorse to go with it but it was way too much!   Sometime less is more!

I hope you enjoyed this card.  It was fun and I was delighted with the way the bubbles turn out.  Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to come back tomorrow and see what special treat Kelli has in store!

I plan to enter this card in the following challenges:

I hope you enjoyed this card.  It was fun and I was delighted with the way the bubbles turn out.  


  1. This is delighjtful, Marie! What fabulous coloring of the adorable image! Thanks for sharing all the details!

  2. so sweet, such a lovely card and beautiful coloring x

  3. Beautiful card, super image and great colouring. Thanks for sharing with us at Fab'n'Funky this week.

    Pat xx

  4. Marie!!! Where's the seahorse????? Even if it's not on the card, I'd LOVE to see it! Your card is just fantastic and those bubbles look so realistic. Going to finish this comment and then try it! LOVE your creative mind and I must say that your quilling skills are bordering on masterful. :)

    So thrilled that you could join us again at Make It Monday and Top Tip Tuesday. Always a pleasure to see your work and learn from your plethora of techniques.

    Have a great one!
    Lisa xx

  5. Marie! This is fabulous!! Everything about it!! Your coloring on this just floors me!:)

  6. Your colouring is fabulous, the image just jumps off the card. A super tutorial and tip. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  7. Beautiful card, and Iove that little mermaid. Your coloring is beautiful too. Thank you do much for sharing.

  8. Gorgeous!! Love your lovely mermaid. Saw it on MIM, hugs! Leah Ann

  9. Oh boy, now I have to go buy an opaque marker! Thanks for the tutorial, it's a beautiful little card.

  10. oh how cute is that little mermaid - and what a fabulous tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Tuesday Throwdown this week.

  11. Marie I saw this on MIM and had to come have a peek, its gorgeous and I love how you have made those bubbles too, so pretty. Joey x

  12. Wow! I saw it on MIM and had to come tell you it's adorable. Love your tutorial too, thanks for sharing.
    Suzi x

  13. This is a card full of WOW FACTOR! Thanks for showing us how to make bubbles. I love the pattern paper or if you made it it is totally awesome. It adds to the wow. Sure glad I saw it over at Make It Monday.

  14. What adorable cute mermaid,,,,,OMG love it Maríe,,,,,,,beautifully colored,,,,,woww,woww,,,

  15. This is beautiful. So glad I saw you at Make It Monday. ~Diane (I am # 115)

  16. She is just adorable. Sorry I have not been around. I love how your colored her she is just stunning. Great job in showing how to do bubbles, like that. Love your quilling and the paper you used around her is just perfect.

  17. Oh Marie, just beautiful! I love this! Thx for linking up to the Make It Monday party!

    M x

  18. I saw your card on MIM and i have to say, This card is simply adorable! I have the same stamp and have not used it yet, but now you have inspired me to do so! Your instructions are a treat, thanks.

  19. What a sweet card, and so richly colored! Thank you for sharing your coloring tips -- always looking to learn new things. Thank you, too, for sharing your card with us at Tuesday Throwdown! :-)

  20. Great card, love the bubbles and how you showed us how you made them, great tip for applying the Opaque white. Thanks for joining the Mystical, Magical, Fantasy Challenge at Top Tip Tuesday.

  21. Fabulous card hunny! I reallllly love this one love your bubbles tutorial too! GREAT! wish I used copic pens! tehehhee so I could try it! Thanks for joining in with us at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge this time, Hope you can come play again soon, hugs Samantha :0)


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