Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday Card

Hello Crafters,

Today is my day over on the KaDoodle Bug Designs Blog and I'm also sharing the card I made here on my blog. 

This card was a real labor of love.   I had a friend ask me how long does it take you to make a card.  Of course it all depends on how detailed you get and how many paper pieces you put together for a card.  So I kinda tried to keep track on how long it took me to make this card and I estimated that it took me approximately 6-1/2 to 7 hours to make from concept, to designing on the computer to cutting out and putting all together.  

When I saw the newly released KaDoodle Bug Designs Pretty Little Mermaid and Cutesy Mermaid Friends files I knew they would be perfect to make a card similar to one I saw in Pinterest that was created by Frances Bryne that I thought was awesome.  (Sorry no link to her blog but I want to give her credit to her for inspiring my card.)  Here's a picture of her card and my inspiration:  

The base of my card is called a x-card and I modified a file I purchased on the Silhouette Design Store to create it. 

Here's a picture of my modified panels and the orignal panels.  Not only did I changed it from a circle to an oval, I also enlarged it from an A2 to a bit larger. 

Ready for a bunch of picture of my card?  
Here you go...

Showing you how I stamped the face on her.

Here she is temporarily put together and placed in my mini MISTI.

Soon you will see why I love my MISI. 
The first press was a little light so because the stamp stays in place and I have my mermaid taped down I can re-ink the face stamp and stamp it again to get it darker.   See next picture.

Here is the face stamped the second time.  See perfection!  
Very hard to do that without the MISTI.

Now onto the card.

Front of card.  
I just love how she looks swimming with the dolphin and that she looks like she's under the sea.   Used fishing line taped between two bases of the mermaid to have her float in the center of the oval.

Here's a close up of the Mermaid & Dolphin 

Here's a close up of the sign with the sentiment stamped and heat embossed to make it stand out more. 

Here's the right side of the card with the little crab.  
Thought it would be fun to make him blue instead of the normal red. 

Here's a close up of the little crab.  

Here's the left side of the card with the seahorse.  

Here's a close up of the seahorse.  

And for the last photo is the back of the card.  No creatures just seaweed, coral and a cute little shell. 

Card Recipe:
  • Card Base Modified A2 X-Card Mason Jar file purchased on the Silhouette Design Store - Design #169810
    • Modified by un-grouping and releasing the compound path of the panels, removing the circles and creating an oval and centering it in the middle of the panel.   I then removed the extra score lines.  
    • New modified panel sizes are 6.875" H x 5.312" W, smaller mat is 6.592" H x 5.00" W
  • KaDoodle Bug Designs Pretty Little Mermaid and Cutesy Mermaid Friends 
    • Mermaid from the Pretty Little Mermaid file.
      • Cut the following pieces twice:
        • Her base, back of her hair, her bottom and fins.
        • Can't see it but her fins, bottom and top were brushed with Wink of Stella Brush Clear on both sides.
        • The edges of her bow were inked with Stampin' Up Lavender Lace ink.
      • Used Peachy Keen Stamps Princess Face Assortment (PK-640).  Face was from the 3/4" row for this set. 
    • Dolphin, crab, seahorse, seaweed, coral and shells all cut from the Cutesy Mermaid Friends.  
      • Dolpin inked with Stampin Up White ink and googley eye from my stash.
      • Crab & Seahorse accented with a white Gelly Roll pen and googley eyes from my stash.
      • Coral accented with Comic markers B24 Sky, RV19 Red Violet in my eBrush and white and Fl. Vermilion Gelly Roll pens
      • Seaweed accented with Copic marker BG18 Teal Blue in my eBrush and then lines drawn with Comic Marker.
        • Seaweed were cut at three different sizes. 
  • Sign from KaDoodle Bug Designs Frosty Friends modified to 1.288" H x 2.709" W to fit the sentiment. 
    • I used a Tim Holtz wood grain stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tea Die to make the sign and post to look like wood. 
  • Sentiment from Jaded Blossom Mermaid Kisses stamp set
    • Using my MISTI I stamped the sentiment onto the brown sign with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Black Detail.  Then I put it back in the MISTI and stamped again with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Ice.   
      • I found that embossing with the Black embossing powder first helped make the Ice embossing powder be more vibrant and easier to read on the dark brown paper. 
  • Sand was created by using Jaded Blossom Tropical Dies.

Sorry for the long post.   Lots of detail went into making this card and wanted to share all those details with you. 

I hope you like my spin on the x-card inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.

Happy Crafting!

PS.  Entered this card in the Pink and Main Challenge #22-Summer Theme:


  1. I absolutely love this card! Darling!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  2. Super fun and adorable!! Thanks for joining the Pink and Main Challenge DT Pam