One of the bonuses of having a sort out of your stamps is that you find some older sets that perhaps you didn’t get quite as much use out of them that you should. My friend Lesley Oman (owner of Heffy Doodle and HungryHeffy) often plays Stamp Roulette to give the muse a few prompts with some unusual combinations. Now that I’ve sorted out and numbered my stamps, perhaps this is something I should now do.

Today’s card over on the Seven Hills Crafts blog features the Flora and Fauna Floral Mermaid set. I think I’ve perhaps used this once before but had some fantastic ideas as soon as I picked it up. Stay tuned for another card in the next few weeks featuring this set!

I have to admit that this isn’t my usual style and I challenged myself to go outside my comfort zone, putting aside my Copics for my watercolours instead. On an A6 panel of watercolour cardstock I dabbled on some clean water, spotting on some cerulean blue on a list, water-like pattern. I built up the layers, drying in between and finished up with some small paint splatters over the panel. To get the impression of waves, I used some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink to stamp out the waves pattern from the set.

On some more watercolour cardstock I stamped out two sets of the whales and narwals, only with a couple of flowers, using some MFT Extreme Black Ink. Once dry, I again used my watercolours to give them colour, sticking to greys and more muted colours. I cut these out and foam mounted them onto the background panel.

The sentiment is a simple strip from the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea set – another one I haven’t used for a while! The sentiment fits this set wonderfully and I think it’s good to mix and match different brands.

It’s good to make use of your older sets from your stash, so I challenge you to use at least one of your older sets in your crafting this week!

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