Elegant Mermaid Card
Serene Ocean by Godiva's Dream
I like to personalise my cards to the recipient as I feel that makes them more special. Personalising does not necessarily mean you have to put someone’s name on everything. It means that you’re paying attention to the person’s interests, hobbies or favourite things and include them in your project - that’s exactly what I’ve done with this card. The recipient loves magical creatures, so the mermaid was a perfect choice.
Mermaids come in all colours of the rainbow, but whenever I think of creating something mermaid-related, I tend to lean towards purples and turquoises. This time, the shades I chose are soothing soft pastels. I mixed and matched my papers from various paper collections, namely Dovecraft “Back to Basics III” and “Back to Basics IV”, Echo Park “Homegrown”, and My Mind’s Eye “Dorothy”.
As usual, to create interest and dimension, I’ve layered my papers after matting them on textured American Crafts cardstock. Matting patterned papers onto solid colour helps each of the patterns stand out better when layered as they’re not competing with each other.
Stamping and colouring
I chose a digital stamp called “Flowing Mermaid” by Simply B Stamps to be the focal point of this card, I felt that it would suit the calm pastel shades of the papers. I coloured the stamp using Promarker/Brushmarker markers and fussy cut it when I was done. I intentionally leave a narrow white outline around the stamp when fussy cutting as it makes the image pop against the background.
To create the watercolour-like background, I used Ranger “Distress Inks” by Tim Holtz in the following colours: Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers, and Tumbled Glass. I applied the inks on my blending mat directly from the ink pad, then spritzed that area with water and dragged watercolour paper over the inks to achieve this effect. It took me a few tries to get the colour patterns and blends to look the way I liked, so it’s all a bit of trial and error. I also added some tiny pearls and iridescent dew drops to the background to give the impression of air bubbles.
Showcasing the image
The beautiful frame was cut using Marianne Design “Large Oval Die by Petra”. I also cut the watercolour background with the same die and trimmed it into an oval by hand, so it fit the middle part perfectly. I glued them together and adhered the mermaid stamp using 3D foam. Lifting the image up on foam gives the card even more dimension.
Embellishing and finishing touches
For this card, I chose a delicate sheer organza polka dot ribbon and tied it into a triple loop bow. I love polka dots, they just make everything look fun and carefree. I decorated the middle of the bow with a golden conch button from “Seashells at the Seashore” collection by Dress it Up.
On the opposite site, I decided to add some glittered black tulle as it looks a bit like a fishing net, which ties in really nicely with the whole sea theme of the card. I also cut out some pearlescent cardstock seashells (Joy! Crafts “Under the Sea” collection, number 6002/0329) and couldn’t resist adding shell, starfish and sand dollar buttons from the aforementioned Dress it Up collection. They’re just such pretty embellishments, it’s easy to want to stick them everywhere.
I die cut the seahorse (CottageCutz “Seahorse”) out of purple glitter paper, adhered it onto some pearlescent turquoise cardstock and decorated it with small ivory pearls.
Finally, to finish off the top left hand side corner, I cut out some pennants and a heart (Memory Box “Precious Hearts”) as this mermaid looks like a romantic soul to me.
Are you a fan of mermaids? Which mermaid stamp is your favourite? I’d love for you to leave a comment and thank you for reading.