Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Mermazing

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Before we dive into Jane‘s feature this month, we have some very exciting news, indeed. From Card Design Superstar to guest blogger, to guest instructor in our Eustis boutique…the natural progression is to welcome her officially to the MFT Creative Team. Starting with our June Release, Jane will be a permanent fixture around here contributing on a regular basis to our Release and Kit Countdowns and team challenges. Welcome, Jane!

Hello there, it’s that time of the month when I share another one of my projects…in detail!

I had so much fun with this one and yes, I remembered to take lots of photographs this time.

So let’s get started.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I cut a piece of Stone Gray Card Stock to make a 4″ x 4″ card, cutting out a circle in the centre with Circle Stax 2. I also die cut a Pierced Circle Frame which will become part of a porthole later on in the project and as for the rivets — I used the sequins from Blueprints 24.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The main image was cut out of Copic card and stamped with Cement Gray Hybrid Ink, ready for me to do my usual no-line colouring.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Not sure what happened with this photograph, she looks like she’s giving me the evil eye! But hey, it does show you that I coloured a splotchy, three-toned background, which hopefully looks a little like water.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As you can see I then moved on to the skin. I usually choose to colour the palest areas first, so it lessens the chance of dark colours bleeding into the paler ones…trust me on this, I learnt this the hard way!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Colouring the hair was fun adding a little teal to her locks.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I finished her hair, coloured in her star and then turned my attention to the little clown fish.  I Googled to make sure I got the stripes right and I’m pretty pleased with the finished fish…what do you think?

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Having coloured Nemo, it was time to turn my attention to the mermaid’s tail. Would you like to know how I created the scales? Well, I started blocking in plain colours, to mark out the shadows and highlights.  Then, I just went over these areas with dots, using the same colours, which from a distance give the appearance of scales…ta da!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I decided to add a little movement for both the mermaid and clown fish using the sea colours and a little W0.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

And now here is a my little secret on how to add magic to eyes. Firstly, I create eyelashes by drawing a line with a grey coloured pencil and then I make them come alive with a tiny dot of white courtesy of a gel pen.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

When putting the whole card together I realised that I needed to add a little enhancement to the Mermaid’s skin with coloured pencils. Then I decided to add some circular shading to give the impression of looking through the glass of a porthole and a smidgy bit of shading on the rivets. I also mounted the porthole with adhesive foam to give a depth and dimension to my card.

For those of you who enjoy following along here is the Copic list:

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Here is one final photograph of the card:

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope you’ve enjoyed the colouring journey with me and that it inspires you to think outside the box (or inside the submarine) with the stamps and get creative with the My Favorite Things stamps and dies!

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