1 The brush-head applicator on Mermaid Marker pens makes them ideal for freehand writing. Using pencil guidelines, write out a background design – here, the words ‘snowflake kisses’ have been repeated in gold Mermaid Marker on white card. It’s possible to rub out the pencil lines immediately, as the gold ink dries.
2 Peacock Feathers Distress Ink adds a frosty-feel contrast to the edges of the card. Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray enhances the shimmer. Because the Mermaid Marker is ink based, it’s easy to use it to dye some white crochet cotton to match, then just tie it to a paperclip embellishment. For more sparkle, make a shaker pocket filled with teal glitter.
3 Assemble the topper by layering the shaker pocket and the frame then clustering embellishments on top. Arrange the topper onto the repeat-pattern gold lettered background, using sticky foam pads for dimension. Finish with a little more inking, using the Peacock Feathers Distress Ink again.
Guest expert Sam Ball is on the design team for Hey Little Magpie and is co-owner of Birds of a Feather, a company specialising in scrapbooking retreats.