(My block is slightly larger than the artist trading block die that cuts the three different sizes. The largest block on that die wasn't big enough to support the mermaid. This block was cut from an older Sizzix square gift box die that I have.)
For the box, I started with various shades of blue watercolor on watercolor paper, then I added some twinkling H2Os and sprinkled on gold Pearl-Ex powder while it was still wet. Once it dried I stamped the little bubbles with Salty Ocean DI. After assembling the box I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain DI. I used a piece of scrapbook paper from my stash to create the waves. They are inked with Salty Ocean DI and stamped with bubbles.
I used a piece of Tim's kraft resist paper behind the mini-blueprint images which I stained with Tumbled Glass distress stain. Don't you just love these mini blueprint stamps of sea life!! They were the perfect images to add to the sides of my ATB. I stamped the images twice. I used the detail water brush and distress markers to add color. Then I fussy cut one image and layered it onto the other for dimension. The edges were distressed with Walnut Stain DI and then layered on top of the torn kraft resist background. Then I added a little more sparkle with the pearls and gems.
The mermaid and her accessories were watercolored using Distress Markers and Twinkling H2Os. Then cut out and assembled. I glued a bamboo skewer to the back of the mermaid and then inserted that down through the box to hold her up. Then I finished it up by adding some shells and the phrase to the waves!
I want to thank Linda again for asking me to participate in this challenge! If you haven't already checked out The Funkie Junkie Boutique you definitely should! Linda has the best prices and she provides top-notch customer service!!
I hope that you are inspired to create your own Vintage Seaside project for the challenge. You could win a guest designer spot and you will also be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique!
Thanks so much for stopping by!