New Illustrator at MiC – Under the Sea Blog Hop!

Zoe May 3, 2012 64
New Illustrator at MiC – Under the Sea Blog Hop!

Hello Hello!!

I am so excited to be bringing you another fab collection of images and this time they come from a very talented artist Marina! I have been searching for a new style for the store and when I stumbled across Marina I was delighted!

When I was putting the hop list together I decided – RIGHT Zoe – you need to take some time out and get creative too – so I dropped my name in to commit myself to the task!! haha

AND I am so glad I did! I had a relaxing time last night just enjoying the love of crafting. I LOVE the card I made! I think it is one of my favourites; the image, the colouring and EVEN the card layout. Pats self on back! haha

Mind you I didn’t get to bed until 4am!! Then I was up at 8:30!! I will be a wreck tonight.


Here’s the card I made!

To create the scene I started by drawing a square ‘boundary’ box and set it to the size I wanted (3.5″) – Then I positioned the Seaweed Sea Floor image at the bottom and flipped it. I wanted Mermaid Lola to appear to be coming out of the scene so I positioned her so that her hand/hair and tail popped out the sides of my ‘boundary’ box.

After colouring her, I cut out all the sections of Lola outside the square carefully with a cutting knife and then cut out the remainder of the boundary box.

Here’s a closer view!

When colouring the tail, I decided to dab with dots rather than have a smooth effect to try and created some texture from the scales. I started with the dark areas and gradually went lighter and finished with a slight amount of blending to the highlights.

The sand was coloured the same way and to help bring your attention to the centre of the image I made the corners darker.

The background was carefully coloured creating a gradient of three colours using ‘darker’ shades to help Lola stand out in the foreground. You really need JUICY markers when creating a gradient effect for large areas. You may notice the bottom and the top colours are slightly greener than the centre which is slightly blue. I was hoping this would give the effect of some ‘distance’.

My loooong list of colours includes:

Skin: E0000, E000, E21, B60

Hair: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, E35, E37

Tail: BG70, B00, BG02, BG72, BG15, BG75, C2, C4

Sand: YR30, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, W5

Water: BG13, BG45, BG49

Misc: R01, R02, R20, R22, R24, R29, Y38, G14, G16, G28, 0

One of my favourite card layouts!

You wont read that often!! I usually cringe looking at my cards but I think the DT ladies are finally rubbing off on me. HAHA It’s about time!

But this time I took the time to frame the DP and add layers and picked good colours for once!

I used papers from lilybeedesign and My Mind’s Eye matted with brown cardstock. I added the yellow ribbon to coordinate with her golden hair and to help frame the image I added some Ornate Corner chipboard inked with brown ink and a few paper flowers.

I created the sentiment digitally and then cut the bottom with a spellbinders border.

It’s hard to see but I added some silver liquid pearls to the bubbles just to add a little texture.

And since I am all excited… Another Photo!! haha

And now it’s time to get back to the hop!

If you haven’t hopped already, I urge you to pop over to start with Alyce and if you are on the hop… Woot! You would have most likely arrived here from my gorgeous friend Jane.

I hope you have enjoyed all the inspiration along the way.

Here’s the full list:






Elaine – Special Guest

Tracy P



Zoe – You’re here!!

Store Blog

I’m sure you have already read about the details of the prizes along the way but if not,
you’ll find everything you need to know on YOUR NEXT STOP!

But before you go, leave a comment below before May 6th for your chance to win this image!

Underwater Castle Digi Stamp Scene

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Wishing you a fabulous day and sending you my Big Aussie Squeezes!

Zoe xo


MiC Products Used:

Seaweed Sea Floor
Mermaid Lola
MiC Blending Card
Ornate Corners Chipboard

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  1. Kasey ~ in Oz May 3, 2012 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Oh wow, I love the way you have her hair sweeping outside the square!

    Gorgeous colouring.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  2. Elaine May 3, 2012 at 10:53 am - Reply

    GORGEOUS! Love this one, and am so glad you do too! You should, it’s fab. Love the colouring obviously, and the layout is awesome – may have to CASE it. 😉

  3. Kreativmonster May 3, 2012 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe, it is really interesting to see the different ways different people colour the same image – completely different, but all beautiful!
    The new images are fab!
    Big Hugs

  4. Carly W May 3, 2012 at 11:19 am - Reply

    absolutely gorgeous. What a great effect on the tail .. I’m glad you shared how you did that …. I’m going to give it a try when I get my hands on the new images 🙂

    xoxoxo Carly

    PS that is a sensational card layout!

  5. Carla Suto May 3, 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Fantastic card, Zoe! I love all the layers and the gorgeous image! Your coloring and design are exceptional, as always! Wow!

  6. Trudie May 3, 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Stunning….. I love the way her hair and tail come outside of the box …. gives the real impression that she is sweimming towards you. Such stunning images and beautiful colouring, but then we expect nothing less from you!!!

  7. Colleen Oxford May 3, 2012 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Stunning colors!!! Love all of the elements, absolutely beautiful card 🙂

  8. Annik May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    This looks amazing! You’ve used such beautiful colors… looks fab!! I love the whole “under the sea” line, you just want to BE a mermaid when you look at all those lovely images and cards!!
    Hugs Annika

  9. Vicki B May 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Zoe.. I love the new release your DT have done a fab job … Vicki xxx

  10. Turwen May 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Wow!!!! Really, really beautiful!!!! It looks so real, as if one was drawn into the scene directly!!!! Great!


  11. Michellena317 May 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Wow such detail! love all the texture in your coloring. I like how her hair goes off the side making it look like it really is floating.

  12. colleen May 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Zoe – this ROCKS! Seriously… the coloring, the card layout. Love love love it!

  13. Beate May 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous coloring, new image and card.
    Hugs and smiles

  14. Jane May 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Hiya Boss!! Haven’t the girls done well – and you are no exception.
    I agree about the juicy markers for big areas, same goes for airbrushing – fill them up well before you start!!
    Love the way you’ve done the bubbles, very effective.

  15. Gea May 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    soooo gorgeous!! Love your card and your colouring
    Hugs Gea

  16. Tiggerchen May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Your card is so beautiful, my Post zip is ……. *lol*.
    Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful Underwater Castle Scene, love them :oD.

  17. Shelby Thomas May 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I think you should definitely pat yourself on the back for this design…it’s gorgeous. Love all of the attention to detail and of course, as always, your coloring rocked it!


  18. Missy May 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I love the 3d effect you have her!

  19. Sharman May 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Zoe Zoe Zoe…Over the top. Awesome job on this. Of course your coloring is always brilliant and your idea’s are always spot on, but something different about this one. I guess it is your embellishments or paper or something but whatever it is it is fantastic………..

  20. Julie G May 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Wow, wow, wow, just gorgeous Zoe. I love that you used dots to color the mermaid! Beautiful!


  21. Dianne May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Zoe
    A gorgeous and beautiful card just love the image and gorgeous colour’s
    Hugs Dianne xx 🙂

  22. beth May 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Oh Zoe ….I’m so happy you are happy with your card! It’s beautiful! Great job!

  23. Tammy Valley May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    As always Zoe, you do a wonderful job. Love all the texture you added using your copics! Love all the new images. 🙂 Have a super day!

  24. Rosesarah May 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    A gorgeous card. Your colouring is amazing.

  25. Maria Therese May 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm - Reply


  26. Cathy Lee May 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Oh man, this was a Fun Blog Hop, Zoe. I can’t wait to get my hands on these new images. I’m weak when it comes to mermaids and can’t wait to see more from Marina.
    I love your card, it is awesome! Your coloring is “to die for” and that lovely deep blue/green background is so gorgeous. It really makes your mermaid pop right out of the frame. Thanks for the chance to win, the creative inspiration of all the team members and a really Fun Blog Hop. I’m heading over to the store blog now.
    Cathy Lee

  27. Martina May 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    gorgeous card, and love he new digis, hugs, martina

  28. Leanne May 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Hey Zoe! So glad to see you jumping feet first into this hop!! You are so right up there with your team!! Gorgeous coloring, scene and yes layout! Woo Hoo!! I can’t wait for the tutorial (hint, hint, wink, wink) So lovin’ this new series and yay I remember asking for under water scenes in the FB group and coloring tips and you delivered. Thank you!!!

  29. Mandy May 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Oh Zoe she is just stunning I totally agree with you the layout you have used is fab!! Love the papers and flowers and colors you’ve used on the card and of course the fab mermaid she is only gorgeous love the way you have colored her in. Well u are the queen of copic coloring in my eyes so of course she would look fab :0 hugs Mandy xxx

  30. Gaby Beard May 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    omg so so so so beautiful!! Love it

    I am your new follower!

    Gaby Beard


  31. chanelle May 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    My word Zoe this collection is just awesome and I just love your scene it looks so fabulous with your superb colouring and perfect design! You and your DT certainly have show cased these images just beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing all your inspiration! Love Chanelle xxx

  32. Bev. May 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous love the colours and choice
    of elements. The whole collection is beautiful.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win some
    beautiful goodies.


  33. Delphine May 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous, Zoe! Your coloruingis so beautiful and I love Lola coming out of your frame! Fantastic layout, so many details to look at! When are they going to rub off on me too:-)??? Congratulations on this new release! BIG hugs Delphine xx

  34. Delphine May 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    I have the name right tonight, but the spelling is difficult… Sorry! Almost 1am, I need to go to bed:-)! BIG hugs Delphine xx

  35. Shari Green May 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Oh Zoe! Your card is spectacular! I love how you coloured the whole image! Just AMAZING hun!
    Thanks for the chance to win the fabulous castle!

  36. Debbie Pamment May 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    WOW Zoe – you have created a masterpiece – LOVE the way her hair extends past the edge and a totally FABULOUS layout. Well worth the late night

  37. Brenda May 3, 2012 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    The card is amazing! verry nice, beautiful colouring!
    hugs Brenda

  38. Cindy May 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Wow I love it!! Love the coloring and the added bright yellow ribbon!! Thanks for sharing!!

  39. Amy May 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Wow, great job Zoe! I love the bright yellow ribbon. It gives a nice pop of colour.

  40. Bonnie May 4, 2012 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Love the coloring on this card, especially the mermaid. Great embellishments!

  41. Fiona Powell May 4, 2012 at 3:05 am - Reply

    The stippling technique used on the tail definitly give the illusion of scales. Love it!

  42. Alyce May 4, 2012 at 3:32 am - Reply

    Zoe this is just stunning! Look at your amazing colouring! I love everything about it and you are right – that layout rocks! May I borrow sometime? LOL! 😉 Gorgeous work! 😀

  43. Cherie May 4, 2012 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe
    This is sooo wonderful ( I am on my very first blog hop and it is great!) thanks so much for your gorgeous colouring and very clear instructions, I cannot wait to have a go at this!

  44. Michelle R. May 4, 2012 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Gorgeous card. As always, you’re amazing. Love the new artist line.

  45. Sue May 4, 2012 at 6:48 am - Reply

    I too would be proud of this card, its Gorgeous Zoe!
    I love the Ribbon, flowers and papers, everything just ‘goes’ beautifully together! 🙂

  46. Nat May 4, 2012 at 9:57 am - Reply

    This is fantastic, love the way you have coloured the sea to give it depth and your embellishments really go well, the whole thing has come together beautifully x

  47. Embossing Queen May 4, 2012 at 10:13 am - Reply

    This is a gorgeous card Zoe! The colouring, of course, is amazing. I love the layering you have done with the DP’s. The liquid pearls on the bubbles look fantastic. Thanks for sharing your card Zoe, you are always an inspiration.

  48. Caryn S. May 4, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

    What a lovely image, well colored! The DP is beautiful as well, as are the flowers and the yellow ribbon. It all comes together so perfectly!

  49. Annette May 4, 2012 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Gorgeous scene Zoe! Amazing colouring as always! Love all your beautiful layers and how the fin hangs over! Have a lovely weekend, take careX:)

  50. Eret May 4, 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Such a stunning card. Love your coloring and layout. So fabulous bright card. Really love everything about it 🙂
    Eret xx

  51. Sandra P May 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Hi Zoe! Oh your card is beautiful! And how nice it is to read about someone who LOVES her own card! Not often we hear it. I LOVE it too! It is fab! Biggest hugs Sandra

  52. ~Maz~ May 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness Zoe. Your colouring is fabulous. I love the layout. The bright flowers and ribbon look super.
    I have so enjoyed the blog hop. such a talented lot of gals.
    Hugs Maz

  53. Trina May 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Love the out of the box hair! It adds a certain something extra to this beauty of a card!

  54. Diane Fletcher May 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Your card is fantastic,I love it.All of your cards on the hop were great.

  55. Jen Leeflang May 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Zoe, this is a masterpiece – I agree that you should be well proud of yourself! Take a pat on the back from me too!
    Your techniques are fabulous – I love the way you have achieved a flickering light effect.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Jen Leeflang
    South Africa

  56. Theresa May 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    I think i am still one of your biggest fans, lol, this is amazing and everything fit together like a glove, absolutely love it!!
    Recieved some shell all the way from Australia the other day, yep, small shell – twisted and some stars which would be perfect for this……………..:))
    lotsa luv

  57. Christine (Lady Editor) May 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you for spending time describing what you did to make this card. I’ll be studying your post over and over…I’d love to color like you.

  58. Amy O May 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Beautiful job! Thanks for the tips!

  59. Bo May 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Your card is stunning! I like the papers, layout and all the embellies! And your coloring is gorgeous! Hugs, Bo

  60. Dawn Haylock. May 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Amazing, the layout is just right for the images, especially the hair. Coloring is perfect, all colors used match so well. Congratulations Zoe on a wonderful card.

  61. Mona Eidhammer May 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    I can totally see why you`re excited. Your card is amazing! Love the design as well as your fantastic colouring. I`m so sorry i didn`t catch the DT call in time. Would have loved to try entering, lol. Your team is fantastic and you are so lucky to have all these talented ladies on your team. I am lucky enough to be working with Alyce and Tracy though, lol. Thanks for a fantastic bloghop. I really had a great time. Now i`m off to the shop blog. Have a great weekend. Hugs…Mona

  62. Tracy Payne May 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Wow my friend a card…..I think there’s a little bit of me in this card, lol. Love, love the layout, your colouring goes without saying, Gorgeous!
    Hugs Tracy x

  63. ForgottenScraps May 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    This is gorgeous and truly a fabulous layout – no wonder one of your favorites. 😀 I love how you have your image flowing out of the boundary box – brilliant! And of course, excellent coloring too – gorgeous colors!! Love it. 😀

  64. Amy O May 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Have you announced the winner for this image, Zoe?

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