Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Joanne Schempp's Valentia

For my card this week I chose to work with Joanne Schempp's gorgeous new Valentia digi stamp. I love this mermaid image and I had a lot of fun with this card, playing with the underwater theme...
I started off in the (for me) fairly usual way by colouring in the image with my Promarkers... but then I had the idea (one I've tried out once before when making a necklace) of using UTEE to coat the image to give a sort of shimmery underwater effect. I cut the coloured image out first and glued it firmly onto stiff cardboard (otherwise melting UTEE onto it will make the card curl inwards) and then pressed a Versmark pad over the entire image and added several successive layers of UTEE:
I love how a coat of UTEE makes the Promarker colours really intense, almost glowing. I also sprinkled in some very fine glitter powder, in shades of blue and gold, while adding the UTEE layers:
This gives a nice shimmery watery effect. I also added a few flakes of gold glass glitter here and there, allowing them to set into the UTEE. To finish off the image I swiped the edges with Versamark ink and added some embossing powder in pirate gold which I then heat set.
For the card itself, I was taken with the idea of replicating the strand of twisty seaweed from the image (which I'd added a layer of Stickles to before adding the UTEE coating) so I used some underwater-themed paper (by Graphic45) matted onto gold mirri card and cut lots of seaweed shapes using my Cameo. I cut these from plain white card and coloured them with my Promarkers, to match with the image, and also added Stickles to them:
Finally, some of the seaweed images had included little bubbles so I coloured those with Promarkers too and added them here and there, adding a layer of Glossy Accents to them for a sheeny, bubbly feel.
And that's my shimmery, sheeny, underwater mermaid card. Thanks for looking. :)

Ali xx


  1. Goegeous Ali!! I love how you have the seaweed coming up over the front and the UTEE effect is perfection!!
    I really like the overall effect you have gotten with this pretty image. TFS

  2. Wow!!! Ali, this is stunning!!
    I love the effect of the UTEE and all the details added. Great bright colors and fab coloring!

    Hugs, Randi

  3. Lovely and nice idea with the UTEE!!!

  4. Fabulous project - have no idea what UTEE is? Enjoyed reading how everything came together. I have a Cricut but don't use, find it much easier to use dies.
    Hoping you have inspired me to try and do more with my machine and bits and pieces I haven't tried yet!
    Best wishes, Sharon

  5. Oh Ali i am wowed here with your card. Love all that shine and sparkles.
    Hugs Nat

  6. UTEE is a great material, love it too, but haven't used for quite a while. You really inspired me to change this! Your card looks gorgeous, Ali! Love all the sparkling effect you have given. Perfect for an underwater scene.
    Hugs, Karina

  7. Nice Ali, the coating of UTEE does make the marker colors more vibrant, which is perfect for that mermaid. Stunning creation this week.

  8. Ali, so magical, I love it. The layout is gorgeous, your coloring is remarkable. Fantastic!