Underwater Scene with Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers - MFT 2018 Card Design Superstar - Coloring Virtuoso

Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card I created using stamps by My Favorite Things for this year's Card Design Superstar contest on the MFT blog. I really wanted to push my boundaries for this one, so I decided to go for and underwater scene and tried to recreate the effect of water ripples on the surface of underwater creatures and objects. I also tried to mimic the look of glitter on the mermaids' tails and tops, without actually using any glitter.  

I used images from the My Favorite Things Mermazing, Gill Friends and Party Like a Pirate sets, all from the Birdie Brown line. I stamped them with My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on Neenah Solar White 110 cardstock and colored them with my Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers. 

To create the effect of the water ripples I colored around the areas where I thought these would fall, and then blended the edges with my Copic Blender. Only for the hair on the mermaids I used white acrylic paint. This seemed to be an easier solution, which allowed me to create texture in the hair without having to worry about leaving white areas. To add definition and texture I used my Prismacolor pencils on the face and the hair of both mermaids.
For the glitter effect I added some dots with my markers and also with a paintbrush and white acrylic paint. I created some white little crosses here and there, which make those areas light and sparkly. 
I fussy cut all the images and ran a black marker along the edges to hide any imperfection.

For the ocean background I used Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire. I also used the MFT Radiating Rays stencil and some white acrylic paint to create some light rays and make the scene more dramatic. I used a make up sponge and very lightly dabbed the paint through the stencil. To add more depth to the scene I used Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans to stamp some seaweed and some smaller schools of fish on the background. 

I then traced one of the edges of the MFT Drifts and Hills stencil on some watercolor cardstock to create the otline of my sand bank, and I cut it with my scissors. I blended Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso and then created the water ripples on the top of the sand bank. I first "drew them in" with a wet brush, so that I would reactivate the ink. I lifted the ink by drying the surface with a paper towel, and then added some white acryilic paint over those areas. To create more texture in the sand I added dots with some brown Spectrum Noir markers.

I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder over some black cardstock and cut a thin banner with my guillotine trimmer. I trimmed my background to 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 inches and glued it on an A2 sized black cardstock panel.

And that's my card for today! It was definitely a challenge, but I am quite happy with the result! Contests and are such a great opportunity to push our boundaries and try something new, so thank you, MFT, for running such a fantastic one! I will be entering this in the Coloring Virtuoso category - good luck to everyone who will be playing along!

List of Supplies

My Favorite Things Mermazing Stamp Set
My Favorite Things Gill Friends Stamp Set
My Favorite Things Party Like a Pirate Stamp Set
My Favorite Things Drifts and Hills Stencil
My Favorite Things Radiating Rays Stencil
My Favorite Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Windsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor Cardstock
Core'dinations Smooth Black Cardstock
Mondi Color Copy 300gms White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Copic Markers
Prismacolor Pencils
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire
Distress Oxide - Faded Jeans
Ranger Mini Ink Blender
Make-up Sponge
White Acrylic Paint
Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Double Sided Tape
Lukas Size 2 Round Watercolor  Brush
Lukas Size 6 Round Watercolor Brush
Tonic Studios Maxi Guillotine Trimmer
WeR Memory Keepers Score Board


Izzy Scrap said...

WOW, it's a real masterpiece ! Love all the details that make this adorable scene so real ! The sun rays add such a fabulous dimension. Love the texture you made for the ocean background and for the sand bank. Your colouring is also gorgeous. Really stunning card ! Thanks so much for sharing !

Nicole Vögeli said...

This is AWESOME, Laura! Very well done! Wishing you gooooood luck for the Contest! :-D

Laura Volpes said...

Thank you very much, Nicole! I am so glad you like it!

Laura Volpes said...

Thank you very much for your lovely comment! I am really happy you like this card! I had a lot of fun creating it!

A Card Day's Work said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Laura! When I saw this on Instagram, it took my breath away. You've done such an amazing job! <3

Laura Volpes said...

Thank you so much Jessica!!!

Vanessa said...

Wow, this is amazing! I can't stop staring at it!

Lori said...

Great card Laura!

Torico said...

Simply gorgeous! Thank you for joining in the Superstar Contest!

Amy Y said...

Wow! The scene looks awesome! Thank you for joining in the Superstar Contest!

Laura Volpes said...

Thank you so much, Vanessa!

Laura Volpes said...

Thank you, Lori!

Laura Volpes said...

Aaw, thank you! It was a lot of fun to play along, I love the MFT Card Design Superstar contest!

Laura Volpes said...

Thank you, Amy! :)

donna mikasa said...

Such a beautiful underwater scene and a well deserved Superstar win! Congrats, Laura!

Laura Dovalo said...

OMG, Laura... I hadn't yet visited your blog to see this stunning card up close (and on a big computer screen) and it's absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on a well deserved win, superstar. ^_^