Friday, November 28, 2014

Mermaid Swap - Artist Trading Cards

noun: mermaid; plural noun: mermaids
  1. a fictitious or mythical half-human sea creature with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail of a fish, conventionally depicted as beautiful and with long flowing golden hair.
Word Origin and History for mermaid
mid-14c., mermayde, literally "maid of the sea," from Middle English mere "sea, lake". Old English had equivalent merewif "water-witch", meremenn "mermaid, siren." Tail-less in northern Europe; the fishy form is a medieval influence from classical sirens. A favorite sign of taverns and inns since at least early 15c. (in reference to the inn on Bread Street, Cheapside, London). Mermaid pie (1660s) was "a sucking pig baked whole in a crust."


[sahy-ruh n]

1. Classical Mythology. one of several sea nymphs, part woman and part bird, who lure mariners to destruction by their seductive singing.
2. a seductively beautiful or charming woman, especially one who beguiles men:

a siren of the silver screen.

7. seductive or tempting, especially dangerously or harmfully:

the siren call of adventure.

verb (used with object)
9. to allure in the manner of a siren.
Today's vocabulary lesson is a not so subtle segue-way into my next set of Artist Trading Cards!
The theme is Mermaids.  The rules... why, there are no rules!  Ok, ok, so there is one rule - the size of the ATC of course.

 Materials Used:

Dylusions Ink Spray - London Blue & Vibrant Turquoise
Recollections Stencil - Vines
Graphic 45 Stamp - By the Sea Collection (mermaid)
Dylusions Stamps - Clearly Under the Sea
Ranger Glossy Accents
Faber-Castell Gelatos - Various colors
Signo Uni-ball Angelic White Gell Pen
Purple Marker of some sort (I can't even find the marker now to tell you what I used!)
Vintage Dictionary Pages
Hampton Arts - Wood Alpha Stamps (2 kinds)
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black

That mermaid was NOT easy to cut out, just let me tell you!  And I let the gelatos run outside of the lines quite a bit to make up for it.

I had originally planned on a little different track with these lovely ladies - a couple of different stamp sets, but I hadn't gotten around to ordering them yet.  Use what you have!  The still turned out wonderfully, in my opinion.
I'm off to dream of sirens and mermaids.  Y'all take care!


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