Wednesday 1 September 2010

Nicecrane’s Little Mermaid

Hi everyone, and today I am using this beautiful image from Nicecrane Designs of the Little Mermaid. If you are a fan of giving & collecting ATCs, he has a choice of designs available from his on-line store, but he is expanding his range to include digital images, and this particular one is an example of his work.

I did not want to over complicate the layout and embellishments on this card, so that the total focus would be on this wonderful mermaid untangling her golden locks. I chose to use the sketch over at Sunday Sketch & Stamp, as it seemed to fit my criteria to a ‘T’.

I coloured the image with Promarkers, though I used chalks around the top edge of her oval mat. The background paper is a digi design on a CD from Create & Craft, which I chose as its design undulates like the sea and the scroll-work pattern reminded me of tossing seaweed. Onto this paper I dotted the tiniest gemstones I could find to represent the glistening sun on the waves. The border mat lying horizontally across the card has been sewn using the sewing machine, into stitched waves in the palest of blue - and then pearls dotted randomly either side of the image hopefully echo the sea theme.

I hope you all like my card for Ignacio over at Nicecrane Designs as I anticipate that I shall be creating more cards using his digis and ATCs in the weeks to come.

Challenges for this card:
Sunday Sketch & Stamp – design layout

Crafty Cardmakers – glitter and sparkle

Stamping Royalty – rhinestones and pearls
Cupcake - digis

Crafty Emma – anything goes

Daisy Doodle – anything goes

Bee Crafty – use a digi but anything goes

Stamping for the weekend – anything goes.

Tine :)


  1. OMGoodness, Christine! You totally rock! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Ignacio must be jumping up and down! I love the stitched netting with the pearl "sinkers" and I love your coloring, her hair is so real and the rock too. Everything is so so sooo nice. I'm gushing. Slap me. :-)

  2. Hi ya
    wow what a stunning card, lovely image beautiful colouring,lovely papers & design,thank you for joining us on our first challenge at CES, hope to see you next week, sue,x

  3. Oh my Christine,,,, i am thinking still how is possible to get the effect with Promarkers....oh my,,,,the result is incredible love it, love it love it,,,,,,,,( jumping),,,,Include using Photoshop to get this effect would be very difficult,,,,, I aodre the colorization,,,is perfect,,,,,,,and It is first time on this year I used the word PERFECT,,,shhhhh,,,,,,,,i am very proud with your work,,,,,,congratulations,,,,,,Hurra for Christine......hip hipp.........

  4. Beautiful ocean - love the sparkle and golden locks!

  5. This is a beautiful card with a stunning image (I shall definitely be checking them out!). Thanks for joining our spotlight at Crafty Cardmakers this week. xx

  6. Gorgeous creation hun, love that image and your choice of colours is fab lovin all the sparkle too
    Thanks for joining us this week at CES for our 1st challenge
    hugs shell xx

  7. A beautiful creation, thanks for playing along this time with SS&S. Hugs, Claire x

  8. wonderful !

  9. What a lovely card. GREAT COLORING wooow...thanks for joining with us at Daisy Doodles this week. I hope you'll join with us at new forum challenge next week, click at the TOP of the Challenge Blog, DESIGNER OF THE MONTH and you can go to the Icon and klick it to go to the forum challenge. Hugs, Monika

  10. What a perfect card. Great work incorporating rhinestones and pearls. Thanks for playing with us this week at Stampin' Royalty.

  11. What a beautiful card!! Thanks for joining us at Daisy Doodles xx Don't forget our Daisy Doodles Designer of The Month Challenge over at our Forum Hugs Tina xx

  12. Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft with such a gorgeous card ! The image is beautiful and your colouring is fantastic ! Good luck ! Smiles from Catherine

  13. Oh my - that image is stunning!! Thanks for playing along with us at SS&S. Marie x

  14. WOw. What a beautiful card. Love the pearls and rhinestones. They are perfect. Thanks for playing with Stampin' Royalty.

  15. This card is stunning! Great job!
    Thanks for playing along at Crafty Cardmakers.
    Fiona x