December 26, 2016

DIY Bubble Background ft. The Greeting Farm

EDIT: Favorite at Happy Little Stampers

How are you enjoying your Christmas Holidays? I certainly treasure this time of the year when we get to chill with family and family and, well, have some time to craft! Since blogland has been filled with lots and lots of Christmas cards lately, I decided to make something different. So here is my non-holiday, summer (yes, summer in December :P) card. 

The circles in the background of Rahmat's card reminded me of bubbles, and that was what inspired me to create this card. I've CASEd the layout, the background and the vellum sentiment banner from her card, and also used the silver shimmer paste to embellish my card as silver is quite prominent in her design. 

For today's card I'm using a new stamp I received just a few weeks ago. It's called Maisea Mermaid from The Greeting Farm. (Isn't she adorable?!) I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic markers. 

I started making the background by blending Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean distress inks. Since I don't own any circle stamps yet, I decided to create my own circles/bubbles using the tools I have on hand. After quite a lot of experimenting, I came up with these methods: 
1. I used a medium sized brush and drew some circles free hand. However, instead of using plain water, I went with pearlized water which gives that shimmery look.
2. For the circle halos, I dabbed the back of my sponge dauber (the plastic part where you put your finger in) with the same pearlized water and "stamped" around the pearl circles. 
3. Use a VersaMark pen to draw some solid and hollow circles, then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.
4. With a small, cheap brush (because you don't want to damage the bristles), apply a layer of silver shimmer paste to some of the bubbles you have drawn previously. *clean/wash your brush right away!* 

The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I stamped it on a strip of vellum and also heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. To make it more defined, I added stitched lines with my Copic multiliner (0.3) on both sides and adhered the ends to the back of the distressed panel. To finish off the card, I heat embossed the mermaid's tail and flower with sparkly embossing powder, and also added some wink of stella to her hair. 
I hope you liked my interpretation and CASE of Rahmat's card. Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great holiday!

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  1. Love your bubble background and that image is so cute. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamp, Ink, Paper. Carolyn xx

  2. She is gorgeous!! I love how you have sparkled her up!! Thanks for joining us at TGF!!!

  3. Such a cute card with a beautiful background! Thank you for joining Happy Little Stampers! Happy New Year! Hugs Åsa

  4. I confess to not being a fan of cute but I do appreciate the work you put into your cards which have a terrific look. XOXO

  5. This card is so cute!! So glad you linked it up to the Happy Little Stampers CASE the designer challenge. Happy New Year!

  6. Super sweet card!! Thanks for playing along at Die Cut Divas.

  7. I love this CASE of my card, you did a great job with the circles and silver, thank you for CASEing my card, and joining us at HLS.

  8. Adorable card!! I love the bubble background, and all the touches of sparkle your card has. Thank you for joining us at Stamp, Ink, Paper this week.

  9. Wow! I just love the texture on that gorgeous background! Your mermaid is colored so beautifully with the perfect amount of sparkle! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamp, Ink, Paper for our anything but Christmas challenge!

  10. How beautiful! I love the background and your image is sparkly sitting perfectly on the card. Thank you for joining us at 7 Kids, good luck! Hugs Kelly


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