Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Mermaid

My daughter woke up yesterday morning, and asked me if I could make a card for her friend's birthday (her party was later that evening).  First I had her look through the bucket of cards I've already made to see if she found one she liked...guess what, she didn't.  So, out came the paper and Gypsy and I got to work.  She mentioned that her friend liked mermaids, and I just happened to have the Life is a Beach handbook memorized (since I've been using it for school stuff).  I knew just what I wanted to do. 

Using the Just a Note cartridge as a template, I welded together some squares from George and Basic Shapes and a liner from Wild Card to make the card base.  Then, using the Don Juan cartridge, I welded the shadow for "Happy Birthday" to the card base (after flipping the letters so they would be correct once the card was folded.  I did the same for the base of the mermaid on the other side of the card. 

Once all the pieces were cut, assembly was super easy.  I did hand cut some rectangles to add to the sides before adding the letters and mermaid...felt like it needed a little something.  The mermaid was finished off by embossing her hair (with my Cuttlebug and the divine swirls folder), adding adhesive pearls to her waist, and stickling (yes, that is a word, lol) her top, flower and fin.  I also added just a tiny bit of chalk to her cheeks...what a difference it makes.

I think this might be my new favorite card.  Now that I've set it up, it should be really easy to switch out the main image to fit any birthday.


  1. How adorable. You did a great job on this one!

  2. Very cute! I love this style of card and all the details you added are fantastic!!

  3. This is terrific! I love all of your choices from design to embossing. You totally rocked it, and I can see why it is one of your favorites!