Sunday, May 1, 2022


Hello friends!  Thanks for stopping by today.  It's the start of another new month (how'd that happen?), which means a new theme to create for at the Digi Doodle Studios challenge blog!  This month we were inspired by the ideas of FANTASY/LIGHT AND SPRITE/BELIEVE IN MAGIC, and the DT twist is to add glitter. Thinking along those lines, I chose the pretty Mishell Mermaid image to work with:

Isn't she gorgeous?  And she comes with a pretty octopus friend too!  TBH, I have never colored in a mermaid image before, so I had to do some YouTube research before I started coloring her.  I was especially concerned about all the scales on her tail...I didn't want to just color them one flat color, ya know?  So I finally found a video that showed the coloring of a mermaid with scales where the crafter used 3 shades to color each one.  Now I had printed out this image so that her scales are on the *very small* side of things, so I was just using the very tip of the markers to color these in.  After coloring it twice (as I do most times anyway), and added white gel pen and clear star gel pen accents, I thought it looked pretty good!  I continued on to her tail fins, using the same 3 markers; B05, BG05, and BG10.  For her skin, I used E00, E11, and E21.  Here lovely pink hair color was achieved with RV000, RV00, and RV10.  I also used these colors for the octopus.  The flowers in her hair were colored with V12, V15, and a touch of V17.  I actually created the background pieces first, so I colored the image to match.

I started by applying Pixie Spray to the backs of the stencils I used; the 6x9 Currents stencil, and the 6x6 Waves stencil, both from A Colorful Life Designs.  Both of these stencils have pretty intricate lines, so I thought it would be best to use the Pixie Spray.  The larger layer uses the Currents stencil, and the inks I used were Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon, and Salty Ocean oxides.  I covered up most of this layer with the other one, but I still think it adds to the card.  On the smaller layer, the Waves stencil was ink blended through using Kitsch Flamingo, Seedless Preserves, and Mermaid Lagoon oxides.  This is one of the Kristina Werner oxide ink blends, and it is very pretty!  Also, I thought these looked like "mermaid colors."

To put the card together, I created a 5.5" square card base, and adhered the larger panel directly to it with Bearly Art glue.  The smaller layer was added using the thicker foam mounting tape from the $$ store.  Mishell and her octopus gal pal were adhered using a thinner foam adhesive, cut in many small pieces. 😂  I wish I had thought ahead when I cut the images out with my Cameo to just cut extra layers.  Maybe next time!  All the bubbles from the image were glued down flat, except for the 2 attached to the octopus tentacle.  I added very light color with the RV000 and BG10, and then coated them generously with clear Wink of Stella.

In the top right and bottom left corners, I adhered some scrap circles of glitter cardstock I had from another project.  That inspired me to find the rest of that glitter cardstock to cut my sentiment from.  I chose this beautiful scripty "hi" from a die set I bought at Walmart after hearing about it in a Facebook group.  The brand is Hello Hobby.  I also cut it four additional times from scrap pieces of the cardstock my images were cut from for added dimension.  Much better than tiny pieces of foam tape, LOL!  I placed it on the card underneath Mishell, and isn't it cool that the swirl of the "i" matches the swirl of the wave? 😏  
To add more glitter to the image, I went over the lines in her hair and tail with the clear gel pen, and also used it on the spots of the octopus.  As a final touch, I added Glossy Accents to the glitter circles to make them look like gems.  I contemplated adding it to the sentiment also but decided against it.  WHEW, I guess that's it!


Love to Craft #68:  ATG (1/8)
Mix it Up #59:  ATG (1/8)
Crafty Animals #61:  ATG w/animals
We Love Stamping:  For a Lady or Girl (1/3)
Polkadoodles #18:  ATG (1/2)
Colour Crazy #17:  ATG w/coloring (1/2)

Well, that's a wrap for this card!  Come back on the 13th to see what I make with one of the new release images.  In the meantime, head on over to the challenge blog to share your FANTASY/LIGHT AND SPRITE/BELIEVE IN MAGIC themed projects with us.  We love to see what you create, and you could win DDS images!  Don't forget to leave the DT some comment love...until next time,

💗 Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! 💗

~ Marie


  1. A very pretty card and so colourful, many thanks for sharing at We Love Stamping May challenge.

    B x

  2. Cute image and pretty colors! Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create's May, Anything Goes with a Twist/Mother's Day Slimline Card" Challenge.

  3. Very lovely card. Beautifully designed. Thank you for joining us at At Place to Start this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  4. Oh wow! Amazing colouring and I love the background you've created. It all goes together beautifully. My favourite colours too!!

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  5. Super card for a little girl, thank you for sharing with us at We Love Stamping xx

  6. Gorgeous under the sea card with such a sweet image..
    Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  7. I loved this so much I had to zoom in to see the detail more clearly. Your colouring has really worked well. I love all the colours you've picked and I like the background too.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  8. Dreamy colours on this gorgeous card!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Gem of a Challenge! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things! xxx

  9. This is a smashing project!
    We do love to see all the entries at Classic.
    Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge
    We really appreciate you joining in.

    Jackie DT

  10. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you again.
    Ine DT

  11. This looks amazing. Love the colors you have blended for the water and her scales. Nicely done. Thank you for linking up with us over at Penny's Challenge. Best of luck, DT~Jana Forrest

  12. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us over here at Penny's Challenges. Love to see you join in again. Thank you.

  13. Lovely card thanks for joining us at colour crazy craft

  14. Just adorable!! love the mermaid! thank you for sharing with us at My Besties International Challenge Blog! hugs, Raelma

  15. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry CT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  16. Beautiful creation!
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge May "ATG".

  17. Wooow…this is beautiful, what a lovely card Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at My Besties International Challenge . Hugs Neva

  18. Such a cute mermaid! Nice coloring and composition! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place to Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner



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