This week at Haunted Design House our challenge is Menacing Mermaids. OOOHHH, did we have fun with this one! Forget Ariel! Mermaids have always had the reputation of causing shipwrecks and luring sailors to their deaths (conveniently forgetting that humans can't breathe under water, yeah right!) with their irresistible songs. They are often portrayed as beautiful creatures, but in the dark gloomy depths of the sea they revert to the the horrific creature they REALLY are. BWAHAHAHA!
So there ya go. It's been awhile since I've gotten my full creep on and I was afraid the Minions might just drum me out of the corps. Never fear! I was REALLY inspired by this challenge! It started with the digi skull head I received for FREE by participating in the Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop with Smeared Ink. The rest of the skelly was cut and pasted from the Muertos Doll digi from Bombshell Stamps. They were shaded a bit with Copics, then fussy cut and glittered. Her tail was cut from the Dreams Come True (yikes, with dreams like this, who needs nightmares?) Cricut cartridge, again shaded with Copics and embossed with the Cuttlebug.
Her hair is a ripped up used dryer sheet, inked with Distress Inks, dabbed with silver acrylic paint and glittered. the background was done with Distress Inks in the smear, spritz and swipe manner on a craft sheet, dried, ironed and distressed with my Distrezz-it-All, and overstamped with Perfect Medium and brushed with Perfect Pearls. It turned out too big for a card once the mermaid was popped on there so I used my Grand Caliber and the 3 largest Spellbinders Grand Labels Four to cut and emboss a base. This was also stamped with Perfect Medium and brushed with Perfect Pearls. The stamp is the Large Elegant Words background stamp from Heartfelt Creations.
"Siren Song" was computer generated and printed on a Fanciful Label from the Cuttlebug Embossing Plus folder. It was inked and glittered as well. For additional texture I added a woven piece that was cut from a pouch that came with some silverware. It was inked with Distress, dabbed with acrylics and glittered too. This was the closest I've ever gotten to mixed media and I have the blue fingers to prove it. LOL
All that was need was a hanger and some fibers and ribbon to trail from the bottom and a Recollections brad to dress it up a bit. Now, if you dare, check out the rest of the Minions fabulous creations at HDH. I'm sure you'll be inspired to play along. I'm also entering this in my DT Sis Susan's Guest DT Monochromatic Challenge over on the Smeared and Smudged Forum. I'm thinkin' it's close enough, eh Susan? And I'm also entering it in the Cardmadfairy's Under the Sea Challenge and the Shopping Our Stash SOS Challenge using Spellbinders, Smeared Ink, Ocean theme, skull, sparkle, stamping, Siren's Song.
And WooHoo! Look at this!