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Make it Crafty Digi Release Hop – Under the Sea!

The hop is now over and the prize draws have closed.  The winner of my giveaway was Leanne!

If you’re already on today’s Make it Crafty Release Hop you should have hopped over here from SANDIE’S BLOG.  If not, pop on over to ALYCE’S BLOG and get started!

Today I can share one of the projects I mentioned in my last post!  Hooray!  The project I’m sharing today has been a welcome distraction while I battle with Project Get Organised and Project Clearout, as I’m sure you can imagine. 

I am thrilled to be joining in the Make it Crafty hop today.  Thanks for having me girls! When Zoe emailed me with the details, I was just a little bit excited.  A brand new artist joining the already awesome Make it Crafty team, AND an underwater themed release. HELLO!  Needless to say, today’s project won’t be the only one you see from me with the new images – there’s a dolphin scene in there with my name all over it!

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Another reason for my excitement was that this release provided the perfect opportunity to play with a technique I’d read about late last year, but simply didn’t have the time to try out.  So, thanks Zoe!  I enjoyed a very fun evening getting messy, exploring a new technique and using some of the much neglected products in my stash. 

I found this technique to create a cool underwater effect in a book I bought last year, which features Copic Markers, but I simply used my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers, and you could use whichever brand of alcohol based marker you prefer!  Some will produce better results than others, but the principles are the same.  I printed my image on my favourite colouring cardstock – Make it Colour Blending Card, which definitely passed with flying colours during this colouring session!

For the people on the Touch Twin Markers & More FaceBook page who wondered whether anyone actually uses the chisel end of markers – this is just one of the instances in which they come in very handy indeed! 

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After printing the mermaid digi (changing the transparency so that it printed out with slightly less bold lines), I covered the whole image with three markers GY166, BG179, PB185, working from top to bottom and starting with my lightest marker.  At this point it doesn’t matter if the lines are sketchy and messy.  Then, using a pipette, I sprinkled Isopropyl Alcohol (you could also use colourless blender) over the whole piece, creating a bubble effect.  Then, once it had all dried, I started working on colouring the image (full colour list below).  After colouring the whole image, I used Masking Fluid to create some coral shapes at the bottom, allowed that to dry and then painted over the entire piece with Liquitex Glazing Medium mixed with some Golden Fluid Acrylic in Cobalt Teal.  PHEW!  Here’s a close up pic that shows the effect beautifully:

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The technique I used can be found in this book: UK READERS: Shojo Wonder Manga Art School: Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers US READERS: Shojo Wonder Manga Art School: Create Your Own Cool Characters and Costumes with Markers.

To save any further waffle, here’s a full supplies list!

Make it Crafty – Mermaid Lola Digi

Make it Colour Blending Card, Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels 23, Microbeads, Glass Bubbles, Make it Crafty Lasercut Chipboard.  Core’dinations cardstock. Golden Fluid Acrylic – Cobalt Teal, Liquitex Glazing Medium, Isopropyl Alcohol or Colourless Blender Solution. Distress Ink Pad – Peeled Paint (used on the chipboard leaves).

ShinHan Touch Twin Markers used:

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Sea background: GY166, BG179, PB185  Skintones: YR132, YR133, R139, B182, BG3 Eyes: B63, B67 Tail: PB183, PB185, BG3, BG5, B182 Hair: BR107, BR97, BG3, BG5 Top: R136, R139, BG3


Well done for bearing with me this far!  As a reward (haha!) I am giving away the gorgeous Mermaid Lola digital image I used in my project.  All you have to do is  leave me a comment on this post and a winner will be announced on Monday 7th May! 

You can win more fantastic prizes by commenting on the other blogs in today’s hop, PLUS there are THREE Prizes up for grabs for commenters over at the Make it Crafty Store Blog.  The hop finishes on Sunday 6th May and winners will all be announced on Monday 7th May. 

MORE CANDY! If you check out THIS POST Zoe has another awesome prize pack up for grabs, available to people who subscribe to the blog via email.  Make sure you don’t miss out!

Your next stop on this fabulous hop is TRACY’S BLOG and I know she has something gorgeous to show you!

Full Hop List
Alyce –
Julie –
Delphine –
Barbara –
Sandie –
Elaine – special guest –
Tracy P –
Debbie –
Jane –
Zoe –
Store Blog –

60 thoughts on “Make it Crafty Digi Release Hop – Under the Sea!

  1. Zoe

    ooooo so that’s how you did it – It sounds like such a fun project to take on and the result is fantastic. I bet it is awesome running your fingers over it too!

  2. Trudie

    WOW!! what an amzing technique…. how come I haven’t seen this before…. definatly going to be taking notes and trying this out. The results are stunning. You are soooooo blimmin clever!!! (if you ever need to test your teaching skills on…. I am not far away!!! LOL)

  3. Turwen

    I love this card!!!! Great!!!! Especially the background is soooo stunning…. It underlines the motive in a very good way!!!!

    All the best!

  4. Jane Allen

    Fantastico!! Heavens to Betsy you really did an amazing job on this, so many different techniques – 10/10 Elaine!!

  5. carrie

    O M G that is amazing…. gonna have to try that technique too… what a fin – tastic card lol xx

  6. beth schiller

    Wow Elaine … you sure went to town on this one! Great results and as always your coloring is amazing!

  7. Tammy V

    I would swear I am looking into an aquarium with your card. I love the bubble effect and your coloring too. Have a wonderful day!

  8. Cathy Lee

    Awesome card, Elaine. I love your bubbly background effect. That is so creative. Of course your sweet mermaid is just fabulously colored. I can’t wait to buy ’em all. 😀 Thanks for the creative inspiration and a Fun Blog Hop.
    Cathy Lee

  9. Leanne

    Wow Elaine! What a true beauty! Loved all the techniques you used, will definitely need to make some time to try it. Gorgeous scene and your coloring is well.. AWEmazing!! Love how you used the chippies and the coral below. Brilliant!

  10. Mandy

    Wow Elaine your card is amazing have never seen that technique before and its stunning will maybe get around to trying it one day 🙂 hugs Mandy xxx

  11. chanelle

    My word Elaine this is just awesome what a fabulous image anyway but my word girl you really have rocked it the colouring is just fantastic what a truly stunning sea effect! Thank you so much for sharing! Love Chanelle xx

  12. Bev.

    Another beautiful card. You girls really out did yourselves.
    I love everything about this card.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win this beautiful image.

  13. Delphine

    WOW, Elaine, the effect is absolutely fantastic! Amazing colouring and I love your design, I think I need those chippies:-)!!! Hugs Delphine xx

  14. Amy

    This is fantastic! Such a great idea for creating a watery background. Thanks for the simple instructions. Looking forward to trying this out.

  15. cherie

    Elaine…this is terrific! I can’t wait to try this effect for the background, thanks for the instructions also I love these stamps and you have just made them look all the more beautiful

  16. Embossing Queen

    Wow! What a great effect. I love the coral at the bottom of the image and the seaweed floating at the top. The bling scattered over the card is the perfect accent.

  17. Caryn S.

    Well done! Tremendous amount of work you have done on this image. I personally am rather wobbly with Copics as I am just getting started, and it’s helpful to see what techniques others use. You’ve given me a great deal to think about.

  18. Jen Leeflang

    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous creation! I have read your technique explanations over and over and certainly have learnt something new today – thanks! You are so talented!
    Jen Leeflang
    South Africa

  19. Mona Eidhammer

    Wow! Your card is gorgeous! Love the techniques you have used. It really gives the image debth. Fantastic colouring too. Now i`m off to visit Tracy, lol. Hugs…Mona

  20. Lee Tucker

    Thanks for introducing us to this fabulous looking technique! You did a wonderful job spotlighting it and this fabulous scene by your use of it. I was wondering why you did the final steps until I saw the close up. It definately makes the image pop even more! I see that you are just as excited about these new images by Marina as I am! I haven’t been on a blog hop for months, but I wanted to see what the DT did with these stunning images. Believe me, I’m VERY impressed!

  21. ForgottenScraps

    Wow, that’s an awesome effect and I bet it’s so satisfying to hold too. 😀 Love how you did the coral and seaweed- brilliant! Fantastic coloring too! *Hugs


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