I have a special card to share with you today – it is my daughter Ruby’s second birthday on Friday and I wanted to create a mermaid card for her. It just so happens that it fits with this week’s Time Out Challenge Home Sweet Home inspiration picture, which has a cute seahorse in it, so of course I featured one in my card.
To create my card, I took a panel of smooth Bristol cardstock and blended Distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans. I spritzed on some water and then lifted it with a paper towel. I then dried with a heat gun.
I used the Neat and Tangled Rice Paddies stencil and some Golden Crystal Nuvo Glimmer Paste (in love with this stuff) to overlay on the blue panel using a pallette knife. I thought the stencil looked a lot like water rather than rice paddies so alternate use! I then left it to dry.
For the shaker portion, I blended the same colors of Distress ink onto some more cardstock (and spritzed), then die cut it with an My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Frame. I created the shaker element from a page protector using my fuse tool and added Lagoon Tiny bubbles and Pearl Shell Sequins from Honeybee Stamps then sealed it up. (I traced the frame circle to create the seal). I then adhered another frame cut from black cardstock and adhered to the back of the shaker pouch. I adhered the whole thing to the card base with liquid adhesive.
The mermaids are from a Hero Arts card kit earlier this year. I stamped the images on Bristol Smooth and colored them with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. For added sparkle I added some clear Wink of Stella on their tails. I die cut them out with their matching dies and popped them up on foam tape / liquid adhesive to the card base. I also added two of the larger shells from the Honeybee sequin mix to the bottom with foam squares.
To finish the card, I used a Simon Says Stamp Stamptember die, which I die cut from a scrap of gold glitter cardstock and curved round the edge of the frame (I adhered using spray adhesive). I also diecut a 2 (an older die set by My Favorite Things) from clear glitter paper I made myself using Distress Glitter and placed it on the mermaid’s hand for a bit of fun. And that finishes the card!
This week’s Time Out Challenge still has a few days to run and there is a $10 prize for the winner courtesy of Stamplorations. Janet is joining us as a Guest Designer and has designed a beautiful card for us this week! Please show her some love and visit her blog. The photo is below – as you can see I was very liberal with my interpretation, but there is so much you can draw from it – we can’t wait to see what you come up with!