Saturday, 17 February 2018

Mermaid Plaque for Samantha K Gifts

So, a little while ago I hinted that I had some exciting news, and today I am sharing it with you all here. I was recently lucky enough to be selected to join an incredibly talented team of crafters as part of the design team for Samantha K Gifts. Excited was ( and still is!) an understatement! Sam makes the most beautiful and intricate MDF laser cuts that are an absolute delight to work with. 

This week Samantha K has launched some brand new designs and made her debut appearance on Hochanda ( for those not from the UK- this is a craft shopping channel over here) . She totally aced it and the show was pretty much a sell out. Amazing!

Today I am sharing with you my first project I made. I literally squealed with delight when I saw the mermaids in the box and had to play with them first. 

I used the long plaque as my base and applied a coat of gesso to start. 

I knew I wanted lots of texture, so played about with papers and fabrics and glued them to the base once I was happy. 

Next came some texture paste. I used a bubble stencil and an Andy Skinner word stencil with this. 

At the base of the piece I added a generous layer of black texture sand and then played with the layout of my mdf pieces. 

Once I was happy with my placements I sponged on acrylic paint 

Then I glued on my mermaid, bubbles, net and anchor and set to work with spray ink and shimmer sprays- because every mermaid needs some bling right?

I stamped some fish, added some clay shells I made, glass beads as more bubbles and some stones to the sea bed and finished off with gilding wax to highlight the mermaid and other areas. 

I really hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and it's inspired you to treat yourself to some of these exquisite pieces to create with. I will be back with another project very soon!



  1. Congratulations on your new DT --WOW stunning plaque-love all the fabulous texture and embellishments-beautiful mermaid and everything looks just perfectly placed-great step by step too
    Carol x

  2. Stunning plaque Lynda, I love how you achieved the texture.

    Sue xx