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Birthday card: Mermaid

Mermaid birthday card


A birthday card for an Instagram crafter who, I’m told, loves ocean colours and mermaids.


I went on the hunt for a mermaid digital stamp that I liked and printed it onto watercolour paper; the inkjet print isn’t waterproof, but watercolour markers can be used with care.

This is the first detailed piece I have coloured with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and I am surprised how well it came out, especially on the mermaid’s tail. I will admit to wimping out when it came to adding a background — backgrounds are a weak area for me and I’m always scared of messing up the main image — so I just added a light hint of blue to avoid leaving it stark white.

I stamped and heat embossed “happy birthday” on a piece of vellum and die cut a scalloped edge at the top of it. I also die cut scalloped edges on the top and bottom of the main panel. Then I just mounted the pieces on a card base and added a few sequins and some Wink of Stella highlights to finish it off.


  • stamps:
    Uniko Studio – simply said birthday
  • digital stamps:
    Sugar Nellie – under the sea – ocean’s gift
  • dies:
    Clearly Besotted – scalloped edges die collection
  • embossing powder:
    Lindy’s Stamp Gang – hyacinth blue jade
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush:
    skin – 064 oatmeal, 071 flesh colour
    tail – 040 green, 041 light green, 045 pale green
    top & accessories – 036 light blue, 042 turquoise
    hair – 050 yellow, 071 flesh colour
    pearl – 091 light grey
    rock – 091 light grey, 090 grey
    seahorse – 021 light carmine, 200 sugar almond pink, 040 green, 042 turquoise
    sea – 302 haze blue
  • embellishments:
    Doodlebug – sequins – assorted
    Wink of Stella – clear
  • paper and card:
    watercolour paper
    Papermill Direct – plain teal

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