Hi Everybody! It’s Maria Willis (Cardbomb) here today and I am so excited to be sharing with you all for the first time. Today I am sharing a project using the Mermaid With Love range of dies. When I saw these dies I knew I had to have them because I love shells, sea stars, mermaids and well designed layering dies. I had so much fun playing around with them and coming up with fun ideas for them that it was hard to decide what kind of project I wanted to share with you. I decided on a shimmery, watercolor project that I hope you will enjoy but mixed media was a close second. There is a video tutorial for this project towards the bottom of this post. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch it as I share how versatile this die range is. Until I opened these dies and started playing with them I really had no idea how many things you could do with them. In the video I also share some tips for using the dies as well as some tips for assembling this card.
I started with a white card base cut to 5″ x 10″ and scored at 5″ and a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4 & 7/8″squared. I also had a piece of white cardstock for cutting my large die piece, a small piece of watercolor paper for cutting my layering circle (behind sentiment) and a piece of black glossy cardstock backed with double-sided adhesive for cutting out the sentiment die. Aside from cardstock you will need Nuvo Markers (Aqua Splash, True Turquoise, Azure Blue, Indigo Dawn), Dream Drops (Indigo Eclipse and Fairy Wings), dimensional foam adhesive, tape runner adhesive, a smooth precision glue pen, and Silver Rain sequins. You will also need my favorite die set from this collection, the Marina Layering Dies and the Mermaid Kisses & Starfish Wishes sentiment die.
I started by watercoloring my two watercolor pieces using a paint brush and ink from Nuvo Markers. I saturated my watercolor cardstock with water and painted both pieces at the same time making sure that my background piece was much more saturated with color than the smaller piece. I set these aside to dry and did my die cutting next. I used the round seashell and starfish die with a larger cutting ring to cut the detailed die cut from white cardstock. Then I used the smaller cutting ring to die cut a layering circle from the smaller piece of watercolor paper. Last, I cut the sentiment die from the piece of black glossy cardstock and removed the negative pieces from the die being careful to leave the die cut inside of the die. After splattering my watercolor pieces generously with Glitter Gloss I put my card layers together. Both of the larger die cut pieces are popped up on foam adhesive. The sentiment is adhered after removing the backing from the double-sided adhesive. Then, I embellished the card with sequins and Dream Drops. Side note: Dream Drops are epic!! Not only are they absolutely gorgeous but they must also be magic because I’m able to get perfect drops with them every. single. time. They are amazing and added just the right touch to this card as they look like pearls.
Here’s that video I keep talking about. I hope you’ll find it has some helpful information, both about this entire die collection, as well as for putting this card together.
Here’s one more look at the cards I’m sharing today…
Well, you guys, that is it for today. Thank you so much for joining me for my first post here on the Tonic Studios blog. If you’d like to see what I’m up to between my Tonic posts I’d love to have you visit me over at www.cardbomb.com If you’re interested in checking out any of the products that I used in today’s project please scroll down as I’ve added links to everything in both the UK and USA shops.
Have an amazing day!