Oh my goodness, calling all mermaids for shaker fun!  This card just makes me want to become a mermaid it is so much fun.  And who doesn’t just love a shaker card?

Cynthia McQueen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. www.aCrowningCreation.com Magical Mermaid stamp set, mini sequins trim, Ruffle embossing folder, aqua painter, ink pads, shaker card. Click thru to learn how to make and see other projects on my blog.This combines the best of both worlds all into one.  And, I always love gold on a card, so I am over the moon…or shall I say, under the sea with this card.

I made it with my upline and other team members while attending the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Live convention in Salt Lake City in November and just knew I had to share with my friends and make in a class, too.  I just loved the process, stamp set and technique.  And, I have to confess, it was nice to make a card that I didn’t have to design myself.  That doesn’t happen often enough, so I could really appreciate the surprise element and fun of the process.

The card base is made with a vertical cut of Bermuda Bay cardstock and and additional layer of the same color cardstock cut just slightly smaller.  The layer was cut with an appropriate size from the Layering Ovals framelit set and then run through the Big Shot machine using the Ruffled Dynamic Embossing Folder adding a great touch of ocean waves.

Cynthia McQueen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. www.aCrowningCreation.com Magical Mermaid stamp set, mini sequins trim, Ruffle embossing folder, aqua painter, ink pads, shaker card. Click thru to learn how to make and see other projects on my blog.

The Magical Mermaid stamp set was used and I have to say that she sure feels magical to me stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed using gold embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock.  The mermaid herself was colored in using an aqua painter and ink from the Bermuda Bay stamp pad, Pear Pizzaz stamp pad, and Pool Party stamp pad.  These same stamp pads were used with sponge daubers in the same colors on the Whisper White cardstock back to simulate the water in which she plays.  Her tail was highlighted with the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write marker.  The mermaid was cut out by hand allowing her to swim anywhere on the card.  I chose to place her exploring the ocean bottom for treasures.  I colored her skin using a very pale version of Powder Pink stamp pad or the Ivory Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker from our alcohol ink collection.  Depending upon your choice of ethnicity, there are several options for her hair and skin tones….it’s your mermaid fantasy!

To make the shaker card, the smaller piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock cut and embossed had a piece of window sheet secured with Tear & Tape or Fast Fuse, since liquid won’t work because it isn’t a porous material and something less strong wouldn’t be sufficient to secure the window sheet.  Another great tip here is to use the Embossing Buddy on the inside of the acetate to prevent any magnetization of the shaker items sticking to it.  Once in place, you can use the Foam Adhesive Strips pieces and place them on the window sheet just on the outside edge around the oval just a bit so they aren’t seen once the card is complete.  Strip several of the gold mini sequins off the thread to add the gold touches in the shaker pieces.  Also, here is where a fun tip comes in.  Use some silica with a couple drops of Bermuda Bay reinker and Pool Party reinker to color the silica for a great underwater feel.  Put some in the ring of foam adhesive strips on top of the window sheet.  Don’t forget to stamp the sentiment using the Bermuda Bay stamp pad on the sponged Whisper White cardstock before placing it on top of the foam adhesive strips after pealing off the covering.   You might want to add a few Dimensionals on the corners to make sure it sits level.  Voila!  You will definitely feel like you are calling all mermaids for shaker fun!  A gorgeous, magical mermaid shaker card for someone special.

Cynthia McQueen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. www.aCrowningCreation.com Magical Mermaid stamp set, mini sequins trim, Ruffle embossing folder, aqua painter, ink pads, shaker card. Click thru to learn how to make and see other projects on my blog.

You can register to make this card and others at one my upcoming card classes listed on my MeetUp group here.  When you are done making this card, you will definitely want to call all mermaids for shaker fun and to come play with you.

Want to watch me make other cute projects, turn into my Facebook Live Wine Wednesday events at 7pm Pacific or watch any of the videos listed on my page, A Crowning Creation.  Be sure to Like the page so you can see all kinds of fun.

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