Today I am making a mermaid engagement card for a very special couple. I am sure they will get lots of classy, sophisticated cards – so I am going for cutey and whimsical!
I got the new Lawn Fawn “Mermaid for You” stamps just before Christmas and they came with the perfect sentiment, plus who doesn’t love mermaids?
The Shaker Area
First I took two sizes of circle dies from the from Circles Nesting Die set by Presscut. I placed the smaller one on a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and drew around it with a pencil, then cut it out with about half an inch extra all around.
For this card I used a mixture of the “Mermaid For You” and the “Fintastic Friends” stamps from Lawn Fawn to make a little underwater scene within the circle. I stamped the sea weed with two shades of green Memento ink (Cottage Ivy and Bamboo Leaves) and stamped the rest in Tuxedo black Memento ink.
Then I used the Tuxedo black ink to stamp two of the sweet little mermaids, the big rock and the seahorse onto more Neenah Solar White card. And I added the tiny starfish to the girl mermaid’s hair.
Everything was colour in with a mixture of Spectrum Noir, Copic and Promarker alcohol markers. I used the clear blender pen to create a “scaly” look on the mermaid tails and the biggest fish. Then I cut out the mermaids leaving a very thin white border because I rather like this “sticker cut” look.
Next I used both of the circle dies to cut a frame from Hunkeydory Gold Miri card. To make this look a bit more like a porthole I added Bright Gold Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects around the edge: they are supposed to be the rivets.
I used the smaller die as a template to cut a circle from acetate (recycled from Christmas packaging) I drew around the outside of the die with a black Sharpy pen, then cut it out with scissors. Some sorts of acetate will cut fine with dies, others just seem to bend and stretch rather than cut through. Had this acetate been ok to cut, I would have done so using the larger circle die.
I used both of the circle dies to cut two frame shapes (exactly like the porthole one) from fun foam then glued them together with Anita’s Tacky Glue. I then glued them on to the coloured scene circle.
For the “shakers” I used some Scatter Blue from My Village. This is a product designed to go with Christmas village ornaments, to create fake water. It is very tiny pieces of coloured transparent plastic and great for shaker cards. I added a few clear sequins too. Then I glued the acetate to the back of the gold frame with the Tacky Glue, then glued this to the fun foam on the scene to finish the shaker part.
Handy hint – rub the inside side of the acetate with an anti-static bag or tumble-dryer sheet before gluing it in place, this will help prevent the sequins sticking to it.”
The Base Card
The base card is a white 5″ by 7″ side folding card from “The Works” – I bought some before Christmas as they are great quality and useful to have on hand.
Then I took the sentiment “We mermaid for each other” from the Lawn Fawn Mermaids stamp set and carefully cut off the word “we”. I often cut stamps up like this, it won’t really harm them as it is easy enough to push them back together to stamp the whole thing again.
Next I stamped the “mermaid for each other” part of the sentiment on to the base of the folded card (I laid the shaker part on first to be sure I had it in the right place), then added the word “you” from the “sea you soon ” sentiment that is included in the same stamp set. I used Tuxedo black ink for this too.
Then I added the shaker unit to the card. The reason I added this after stamping my sentiment was because there is always a chance that the stamping will go wrong. Well there is when I am stamping, anyway! So I prefer to stamp before adding the extra items to save having to cut things off etc if it goes wrong. Once I am sure I have a perfectly stamped card, then I can add the rest.
I then added the rock, mermaid, merman and tiny seahorse to the frame of the shaker card. The finished mermaid engagement card was ready to give to the happy couple.
Resources for making the mermaid engagement card
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