CIC 471 | Wish On A Starfish | Mermaids | Bugaboo

We’ve been looking for mermaid themed projects in our latest Cupcake Inspiration challenge. The challenge is now a little over halfway through and I’m back with my second card (you can find the first here) for our reminder post. Don’t forget that you can win a gift certificate from our sponsor Bugaboo if you come and play along with us!

I actually made the background of this card with the intention of using it for last week’s card. However after completing the background and colouring the focal image I felt they didn’t go well together. So I made a different background for that card and tried to decide what to do with this one.

I used alcohol inks to create the background. I started with a panel of plastic paper (similar to Yupo) and added drops of ink in Pistachio and Stream. I worked one drop at a time, dripped blending solution onto the drop and used my air puffer to get it to move, before moving on to add the next. I started in one corner of the card and moved along to the opposite corner. I wanted to add silver foil to the background but realised I didn’t have any, so I left it with just the ink.

Next I stamped a mermaid from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Mermaids stamp set. I used MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink and stamped onto a snippet of 80lb Neenah Solar White card stock. I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers and fussy cut it out.

I chose a sentiment from the same stamp set and stamped it with Altenew Dusk ink onto the alcohol ink panel. As it is plastic I knew it would take a while to dry so I set it aside. When I came back I discovered that the ink from part of the sentiment had feathered, and though it was more than 24 hours it hadn’t fully dried and was still smudging. As it was not set I decided to try and clean the ink off using a wet wipe. It did move some of the ink but didn’t clean it completely.

I decided to stamp the sentiment on a panel instead and pop it up over the smudged sentiment. I chose a snippet of black and first tried heat embossing with the Mermaid embossing glitter that came in the same kit as the stamp set. It didn’t give as clear an impression on the black as I would have liked, so I restamped and heat embossed in white instead. The mermaid powder left a very slight shadow to the letters, which I think adds a fun look.

Having sorted the sentiment I popped it up on the card base, then also popped up my fussy cut mermaid. I adhered the panel to a card base and that completed my card.

Whilst it took a while to get to the end result I’m quite happy with this card. I would have preferred not to have to use a panel to add my sentiment but unfortunately that’s the way it ended up. I probably should have tested ink for stamping on the plastic paper before committing, as I had no idea how it would react. But now I’ve learned for the next time, at least! Don’t forget that our mermaid themed challenge still has a few days left and we’d love it if you come and link up with us for a chance at the prize! I hope to see you there.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

CASology – Summer

Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes and Optional: Blue

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Mermaid

Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Summer Vibes

Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Anything Goes and Optional: Ocean Fun

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)







15 thoughts on “CIC 471 | Wish On A Starfish | Mermaids | Bugaboo

  1. What a beautiful card, Charlotte! Your background technique created a BEAUTIFUL ocean for your GORGEOUS mermaid to swim!!! Your coloring of her hair, scales and skin show that you are a very talented colorist!!! Thank you so much for sharing the details of how you created your card, and the beautiful card itself with us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges!!! -Donna

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  2. I just love the background you have created on your card. it really showcases that cute image. Thank you for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges.

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