25 August 2018

Fin-tastic Birthday - watercolour pencil, die cutting

Hello! My card today features a mermaid surrounded by bubbles as a Fin-tastic birthday card.

Putting It Together

I can't find the mermaid available anywhere, but the file name and the folder in which I put it indicates it's from Whimsey. I'm pretty sure it was from one of the Kit & Clowder events freebies.

I printed the mermaid on lightweight watercolour paper and then took her to work in my travel art packet. I used all of the pencil sets I usually carry with me to colour her during lunch over a couple days. I kept getting interrupted by, well, work, or I would likely have coloured her in one day.

I like colouring at work, it's so relaxing. I like watercolour pencils because I can use both pencil and watercolour techniques with them. And, they're very transportable. I use brush rolls from Micheals to hold the pencils and keep their tips safe. I have a makeup bag with other supplies including waterbrushes and a manual pencil sharpener as well as a ziplock baggie of printed and stamped images on watercolour paper. I keep the images in the plastic bag to keep them clean.

At home I dry fit an idea. I die cut the oval dot frame and put it on pearled paper. I like the bubbly look with the mermaid. I used a glittered paper for both the frame and an oval behind the mermaid. I used a holographic paper for the "hello" because I like the iridescent bubbly look of it.

To give the word a bit of dimension, I die cut it twice more from white scrap cardstock. If I don't get the stack perfect, the white will blend with the holographic paper.

I ran all three through the Xyron to add adhesive.

I kept one of the white words on the release paper and stacked the other two die cuts on top. Leaving it on the release paper while stacking is a lot easier because it's stable. I always build my word stacks from bottom to top.

I popped-up both the oval and the mermaid with foam mounting tape. The word crosses the low of the bubble frame to the higher oval. Because it's sticky across the whole back, it stays in place quite well.

Inside, I used a sentiment from a Kraftin' Kimmie set and an underwater pier pile from Emerald Creek for a detail tying into the theme.



Outlawz Sunday Songs and Rhymes: Under the Sea
Chin-Chou Kuik: Under the Sea
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes Birthday
The Paper Shelter: Digital Image
Penny's Paper-crafty: Anything Goes


  1. Great card and coloring Rijacki!
    Love that die cut background and I can see where that bit of glitter adds just enough!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for sharing!
    (Hugs) Cara
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

  2. What a lovely mermaid on your "fintastic" birthday card. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

  3. What a "fin-tastic" card you have made that fits in well with the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog Monthly Challenge this month of “Under the sea”. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Design Team Leader).

  4. This is a gorgeous creation, I love the image and you did such an amazing job on your coloring. Thanks so much for playing along in our Digital Image challenge at The Paper Shelter:) Hugs! Audrey DT

  5. Cute card. Love how you decorated the inside, too! Thanks for sharing your card with us at Penny's this week. DT Kathy

  6. Great card. Thank you very much for entering our The Paper Shelter „digital image“ challenge last week.

    Hugs, Natasha

  7. Running a bit late but want to thank you for joining our challenge last week over at The Paper Shelter.
    Love n hugs


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