Wednesday 1 September 2010

#30 Myth and Mystery – Siren of the Sea

This week’s challenge at I ♥ Promarkers is to make a card with the theme of Myth and Mystery – so there’s lots of choice if you think about it. Fairies, witches, wizards, dragons…. & I have gone for a mermaid, a siren of the sea so beautiful that she will lure an unwitting sailor to crash his wooden boat upon the rocks as he is drawn ever closer to her. Well, so the story goes…. My mermaid hasn’t set her sights on anyone at the moment, but is happily taking a lazy swim in the currents of the high seas. This young lady certainly isn’t a manatee..!

She is coloured with Promarkers (of course!), but I have also coloured her background with Promarkers, hoping to give the idea of a gentle current of water around her with darker, more turbulent waters to either side of her. The idea is that there is light dappling down from the surface above, catching the ebbing currents which move not only our mermaid’s hair as she relaxes, but also the seaweed on the ocean’s floor – well, I hope that is the effect I’ve got! LOL. She is coloured in such a way so she will blend easily into her environment – so it is harder to find her, naturally. LOL. The darker ‘waters’ at either side of her are additional layers on top of the original image/card, overlapping one another and the seaweed too, as I wanted the effect that we were catching a glimpse of her only because the water’s swell allowed us a peek at her. This was all then mounted onto glossy black card.

The lower half of the easel card has a background constructed of Promarker coloured cut strips, made in the same way as the darker side elements of the main part of the card, cutting my Promarker strips into undulating wave shapes and adhering to the glossy black card. The sentiment strip which holds the easel element in place features ‘Sea floor coral’, an image from Meljen Designs, but the the 3 other elements of the mirror, fish and sentiment itself are each from the prolific Paulette at TLC. Hopefully, it looks like she has just dropped the mirror and it has floated down to the seabed…LOL.

Well, I hope you will visit the blogs of the others on the DT to see how they have created their cards this week, and will feel suitably inspired to enter our challenge. Just remember to colour using Promarkers (don’t think you have to do it all with Promarkers like I have done – well chosen papers as backgrounds are the norm!), and I would love to visit your blogs to see which image you decided to use & how you have interpreted our challenge. Good luck!

I will enter my card for a few Challenges too:

Dare U To Digi Stamp – shaped card

Papertake – just the one (used no papers, just white card)

Bee Crafty – digi image but anything goes

Crafty Emma – anything goes.

Daisy Doodles - anything goes

Tine :)


  1. OH my!! this is just stunning I love the background its just perfect
    Thank You for joining us at CES for our 1st challenge this week, hope to see you back there!
    Hugs shell xx

  2. Awesome job, Christine. I'm always in awe of your coloring, your mermaid is stunning. You're a true artist. :-)

  3. Oh wow! Your coloring is out of this world gorgeous!!!! Beautiful card!
    Hugs, Dena

  4. Great card! Thanks so much for playing with us at Daisy Doodles!

  5. gorgeous creation. thanks for joining the challenge at Daisy Doodles.

  6. Just stumbled across this from a Google search and I LUV the background!! Great colors and the flow is awesome. :D Such a fun image too. I missed where it came from - it's been a while but do you know which company did the mermaid? Thanks, Barbara