Monday, June 27, 2016

Mermaid Card by Tonya Gibbs

Be still my heart! 
Tonya had given my mermaid life...I love the way she colored her! Yes!!! Take a look! 
Thank you Tonya! 

Yvonne Blair Art Girls Tonya Gibbs Mermaid Card #mixedmedia #iostamp #ybartgirls

Hi everyone, I hope your summer is off to a great start. It is HOT HOT HOT here in Florida and we are hitting the waves at the beach and soaking in some of that fantastic Florida sunshine!  I decided to share with you a little card today using Yvonne's wonderful Mermaid and Keep Room stamps from Impression Obsession.

This was the first time I had colored this Mermaid stamp so I wanted to stick with a traditional color pallet.  I used Prima's watercolor pencils.  For your convenience, I have highlighted the sets and the colors that I used in today's tutorial. You could always substitute out these colors for your preferences, you don't need to have all of these sets to color this image.

For the sake of keeping it simple, I followed Yvonne's lines for the hair and just added wispy lines to make the hair look like it has lots of texture. Alternating the pencil colors also gives it depth. I kept the face details simple since the area is small.

Also note: Yvonne left the face blank on the stamp, and it is fine to leave yours blank too if you are not comfortable drawing faces.   I'm not great at drawing faces like some artists.  Therefore, I suggest referencing cartoon characters on the Internet when trying to illustrator the face this may help you visualize the expressions.

For her tail I wanted to make sure she had lots of texture. I used a white gel pen to free hand a few details.  Although it doesn't show well in the video or the photos, I did add a little sparkle to her tail with an EK Success Zig Wink of Stella clear Glitter pen.   The pearls/bubbles around her were  given depth with a touch of Ranger's Glossy Accents.

For the inside of the card, I wanted to make a pocket to hold a gift card or money.  I thought the Keep Room sentiment was perfect for the Mermaid. I used Gold embossing powder to emboss the sentiment on vellum and created a pocket.  Glossy Accents was used behind the words at the bottom to seal the vellum down so that my gift card doesn't escape.  There is room to write my message at the top behind the gift card. This was a clever way to keep the front of my card clean since I spent so much time color the image, I really wanted the focus to stay on the color and nothing else.

Here is a quick video showing how I colored the Mermaid and made the card.

Here is another view of my card.
Yvonne Blair Art Girls Tonya Gibbs Mermaid Card #mixedmedia #iostamp #ybartgirls

I decided to hand draw my sentiment on the front of the card when I plan to use the card.  I hope you had fun and were inspired today. 

If you have any of Yvonne's stamps and share your projects in social media make sure to use #YBArtGirlsFun  so that we can find your projects.  Thank you so much for hanging out with me today.  If you enjoyed this tutorial, please make sure to share it with a friend.

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