Birthday for a Mermaid

This card was made with my grand-daughters in mind. It was inspired by two challenges:

Just Add Ink #497 sketch challenge.
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Time Out Challenges #157 which to celebrate their 6th blog anniversary asks that we use a birthday theme, and a die cut or fussy cut. I did both!

I started by embossing a sheet of Stampin' Up! (SU) Pool Party cardstock with the SU "Seaside" embossing folder to look like waves. Then I die cut three sizes of circles from this embossed sheet using the SU "Stitched Shapes" dies.

Next, I stamped the beautiful mermaid from SU "Magical Mermaid" set, and hand colored her using Copic markers. I used my ScanNCut digital cutting machine to scan then cut her out with a 0.04" white margin to emphasize her outline.

The "birthday" sentiment was die-cut three times from SU Tranquil Tide cardstock, then glued together as a stack so that there was some dimension. The "happy" part of the sentiment was stamped using Versamark on the same cardstock, then dusted with white embossing powder and heat set. I then punched it out using a 3/4" circle punch.

The card base is SU Tranquil Tide, the main front panel is a glorious bubble pattern (with glossy bubbles) from the SU "Myth & Magic" speciality designer series paper.

Assembly was straightforward... the circles were glued on per the JAI sketch, then the mermaid was attached using adhesive foam strips. The sentiment was glued on using Tombow.

I really love how this turned out! Since it is an undersea image, and aqua's and teals are my favorite color, I found my happy-space!!!

I am rating the difficulty of this card as a "3" out of a possible "5" because of the need to color the mermaid, and cut her out. It certainly was easier with the ScanNCut, but fussy cutting would work, too.

Stamps: SU Magical Mermaid, Birthday Banners
Paper: SU Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Whisper White, SU Myths & Magic Specialty DSP,
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Copics Markers BG10 E01 E11 E13 G02 YR20
Accessories: SU Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebrate Dies, White Embossing Powder, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Heat Tool, Adhesive Foam Strips, SU Seaside Embossing Folder, Brother ScanNCut CM350, Marvy 3/4" Circle Punch
Techniques: Die Cutting, Digital Cutting, Punching, Heat Embossing, Embossing


  1. The papers, embossing and image all co-ordinate perfectly. Perfect card for your grand daughters. Lovely soft colouring. Chantell Just Add Ink

  2. Lovely colour coordination Donna and lovely use of this weeks Just Add Ink sketch. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love your theme choice & how you used the sketch elements with your watery background. Thanks for playing along with our sketch challenge at Just Add Ink.

  4. Really pretty card - I am sure your granddaughter will love it! The textures you added with the die cuts are so much fun and go perfectly with the patterned paper you used for the background. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill


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