Skip to main content

Mermaid Magic with Memento Markers

Hi Everyone!  It's Danie here today.  As you know this month we are teaming up with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko so I have a little Mermaid Card to share that features the use of their Memento Markers in four ways.  Often we only think of using our Dye Ink based Markers for Coloring but they are much more versatile than that.

IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Markers Peanut Brittle, Nautical Blue and Pistachio, IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Staz On Midi Blue Hawaii Ink. 
Other: Pastel Pink Marker, Embossing Folder, Foam Dots.

1.  Memento Markers - Watercolor Wash
The background for my card was created using the Watercolor Wash Technique and an Embossing Folder.  Taking my three colors of Memento Markers I scribbled color onto a plastic sheet.  I then misted the color on the plastic with water before taking a piece of pale blue cardstock and laying and rubbing it across the surface of the plastic to pick up the color.

Scribble Memento Markers on Plastic and Add Water
Picking up Color onto Cardstock

After I allowed this piece to dry I then embossed with my desired embossing folder.  Next I took a sponge which had some Staz On Mid Blue Hawaii Ink on it, and rubbed it across the raised surface to define the embossed design.

A close up of my watercolor wash and embossed background
which has been adhered to the cardbase.
2.  Stamping with Memento Markers
For my main details of my card, I took the Nautical Blue Memento Marker and rubbed color across my Mermaid and Sea Shell Stamps to ink them up and stamped out these images onto white Cardstock.  Any areas that didn't stamp fully were touched up using the finer end of the Nautical Blue Memento Marker.  Memento Markers are perfect to use for stamping when you only want to ink up a particular area of a stamp or in my case today one or two stamps on a plate.  They are also great when you want to use more than one color together and ink up at the same time such as multicolor letters for word stamps.

3.  Coloring with Memento Markers
Once stamped I colored these images in using my other Memento Marker Colors except for the pink skin tones which were done using an Alcohol Based Marker.  Each image was cut out and I added gold glitter with a small amount of Nori Paste to the shells and to the mermaids tale.

4.  Inking Edges with Memento Markers
Before layering and adhering all the elements together I also used my Nautical Blue Memento Marker to ink all the edges of my papers and stamped elements simply by running the thicker tip around each edge.  

Now putting it all together, my second layer is a piece of paper from the Glitz Unchartered Waters Collection which has been sponged with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Staz On Midi Hawaii Blue.  To this piece I have added some burlap and other embellishments such as the dew drops and small strip of G45 Paper with some Gel Medium.  

Lastly my seashells were added and my Mermaid which was stuck on using some foam pop dots.  So there you have it a little Mermaid Magic with my Memento Markers.

Don't forget to pop back and visit each day this month as we team up with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko for more wonderful and inky inspiration.


  1. This is beautiful! I am going through a phase of being fascinated by 'under the sea' projects at the moment! I love this xx

  2. Lovely mermaid card Danie! Love the inky embossed background paper you created. Perfect backdrop for your mermaid!


  3. lovely, Danie - the background is just marvelous!

  4. I love how you used burlap for seaweed. I would have never thought to use that myself. Awesome job!!! <3

  5. Love the colors and the burlap adds motion to the piece giving it a feeling of being under the sea.

  6. This is beautiful, Danie. Love the colors you chose for your mermaid backdrop, and all the details added.

  7. Simply stunning! Thanks for the wonderful walk through!

  8. Pretty card - I love the colors you used and the perfect embellishments!! Thanks for the info on how you made the background - I am definitely going to try it!!

  9. Thank you for sharing such detailed directions of the techniques you used. This card is BEAUTIFUL!

  10. So many details to investigate for future use!! Each part is so wonderfully combined to make it an overall beauty!
    Using the markers gives much control. GREAT JOB.

  11. Beautiful! Very creative back ground and I wish I would have seen it last night!!

  12. Great card Danie and as usual your instruction and attention to detail is AWESOME!

  13. Oh pooh! I didn't know momento had a marker set. Now I need them too! Your mermaid is very pretty.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip  (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!)

Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and "Art Journal Stenci…

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle.

Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today.

One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer above used th…

The Gift Card Card

Robin here and today I have a project for you that is a fun way to give gift cards or cash.  

You will need two envelopes for this project.  One is what the post office calls the 6 1/4 Commercial envelope.  When I was growing up we just called it a letter envelope.  It's a smaller rectangle than the #10, being just 3 5/8" x 6 1/4".  The other is a standard A6.  I chose the A6 because it fits inside the letter envelope when it's folded in half and it's also large enough to hold a check or cash, as well as a gift card.

With the flap against the body of the envelope, fold it in half from side to side.  Cut the flap in half and trim the inside cuts at an angle so that they don't interfere with the fold or get bunched up. 

Decorate the flap side of your envelope.  This will be the inside of your card.  Fold the envelope again and decorate the side that will be the front of your card.

Cut a panel of card stock to fit inside the 6 1/4 Commercial (letter) envelope.  Att…