Mermaids by Penny Black

Rowhouse Greetings | Mermaids by Penny BlackI’ve been on a mermaid kick lately. I’m teaching a class next month at The Queen’s Ink that features the Laurel Burch Mermaid stamp set by Stampendous. But I’ve had my eye on this set of mermaids by Penny Black for awhile now and decided that it was time to pull them out and start coloring.

If you’ve been following my posts lately, you know that I’ve started mixing other media into my cards along with Copic coloring. I stamped the image on Spectrum Noir’s Ultra Smooth Cardstock and colored the image with the Copic markers noted below. I pulled out some gel pens and (patiently) embellished the mermaid and fish with layers of dots in white, gold, and silver to add texture and hints of glimmer and shine. After the gel ink dried, I taped down my card and the Burlap Layering Stencil to my work surface and applied layers of Distress Ink in Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw to create the background.

In retrospect, shades of aqua and blue might have been more appropriate, but I wanted the stenciled background to complement the gold tones that I had added with the gel pen and stand out from the aqua design paper background. When I was finished stenciling, I scattered a few Dew Drops from Honey Bee Stamps across the card and called it a day!

Rowhouse Greetings | Mermaids by Penny Black

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir; Sea-Maiden Two (*) by Authentique
Stamps: Mermaids by Penny Black
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw
Dies: Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Burlap Layering Stencil by Stamper’s Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Uniball Gell Pens in White and Gold; Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in Silver; Dew Drops in Oceanside by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E93, V20, Y21 (skin); E50, E42, E43, E44, Y21, V20 (hair); Y02, Y15, Y19, YR04, V20 (starfish); B21, B23, B18, V20, Y02, Y15, Y19, YR04 (tail & fin)

New Class! Colorful Tropics Featuring Laurel Burch, June 26, 2018 at The Queen’s Ink

I am returning to the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, June 26th to teach a Copic marker class featuring Laurel Burch stamps from Stampendous!. I will lead the class through the creation of two cards, highlighting the use of other media such as stencils, embellishment mousse, and embossing powders to create backgrounds to compliment your Copic coloring. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE: $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website:
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Mermaid by Stampendous!

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Leopard Jungle by Stampendous!

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y35: Maize
  • Y38: Honey
  • YR04: Chrome Orange
  • YG06: Yellowish Green
  • BG13: Mint Green
  • B01: Mint Blue
  • B02: Robin’s Egg Blue
  • B04: Tahitian Blue
  • B66: Clematis
  • V01: Heath
  • V04: Lilac
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Skin White
  • E07:  Light Mahogany
  • E21: Soft Sun
  • E23: Hazelnut
  • 0: Colorless blender

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring 2-3 ink blending tools and clean foam refills (such as Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools / Foam Refills), liquid glue that dries clear (such as Ranger Multi Medium Matte), scissors suitable for fussy cutting, foam adhesive squares, and a tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.

Mermaid Shellina by Make It Crafty

Just finished up a new project in celebration of Make It Crafty sponsor week over at the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook group. This card features the digital image Mermaid Shellina by Make It Crafty. I’m not usually a mermaid person, but something about this image was just captivating and I had to give it a try. I didn’t want the image background to remain white, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. So after some experimentation, I decided to use a light color combination to achieve a glow around the central characters.

In my stash, I had a sheet of cardstock from American Crafts – Aqua Wave – that was perfect for the card background, giving the impression of both bubbles and waves. I added a chipboard sentiment, also from Make It Crafty, that I colored with Copic markers in an ombre pattern to coordinate with the colors of my mermaid. After coloring the chipboard, I covered the letters with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew to add some gloss. You can achieve the same effect with Ranger’s Glossy Accents.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think!


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics; Aqua Wave double sided cardstock by American Crafts
Mermaid Shellina (*) by Make It Crafty
Die: Fancy Rectangle Build a Card Die Set (*) by Creative Basics by Rhea
Embellishment: Hello Word Chipboard (*) by Make It Crafty; Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic in Morning Dew (*)
Copics: E000, E00, E21, V20 (skin); Y21, Y38, YR21 (hair); B000, B02, B05, BG10, BG11, V04, white gel pen (fin); YG03, YG07, YG21, G09, G19, Y02 (seahorse); B0000, B000, BG10, BG11, Y0000, 0 (background)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased.

Siren of Pearls

I recently joined the design team at Passionate Paper Creations and Friends. Our fearless leader, Rhea Weigand, was my first Copic teacher and I still attend her classes when she teaches at Photo Scraps.

This weekend PPCF is featuring Make It Crafty with a $1 Digi Stamp and a Challenge giveaway. Siren of Pearls will automatically be reduced to $1 over the weekend. Create a project using Siren of Pearls and submit it at Passionate Paper Creations and Friends by Wednesday the 20th for a chance to win one of two $15 Make it Crafty Gift Vouchers.

It’s been awhile since I’ve colored skin and hair so this image was a challenge for me. Rhea suggested straight line blending for the hair and working one section at a time. I’m glad she did because it made coloring the hair much easier to manage.


Paper: X-Press Blending Card by Copics
Stamp: Siren of Pearls (*) by Make it Crafty
Embellishments: Signa Uniball Gel Pen in Gold
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 (skin); R17, R37, R59, Y38 (tailfin); B01 (water); Y32, Y35, Y38, R17, YR68 (hair)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.