A little mermaid

Today it’s yet another Convention 2011 WOW Swap CASE.  Honestly, I need to get crackin’ and come up with some original cards, don’t you think?  Jeri Holm of Overland Park, Kansas made this irresistable card and honestly, I didn’t change much.  It was an enormous hit at our class over the weekend, even if it was the most detailed card we made.  Not hard!!  DETAILED.

Jeri Holm's Mermaid Side Step card

  • Word Play stamp set
  • Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, So Saffron and Blushing Bride card stock
  • Sahara Sand textured card stock
  • Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper
  • Simply Scored
  • Not Quite Navy and So Saffron Classic ink pads
  • Oval, Small oval, 1 inch circle, 1 3/4 inch circle, 5 petal flower, Scallop Circle, Triple heart and Scallop Border punches
  • Scallop and heart Bitty punches
  • Champagne Mist Shimmer paint
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Stampin’ Sponges
  • Pearl Jewels
  • Big Shot and Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing folder
  • Googlie Eyes (non-SU)
  • Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write markers

I got a little carried away with the Champagne Mist Shimmer paint.  Initially I used it mixed with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to mist the card and give everything a little sparkle, but then I got the brilliant idea of dusting her little mermaid face and her “shells” with the paint.  The shells, not so bad.  The face, well, it looks like a 5 o’clock shadow to me.  Next time we’ll leave it off.  In class, we used the Shimmer Mist for the whole card but the new Dazzling Details glitter glue to give her shells some pizazz.  Perfect!

One of the questions everyone had putting this together concerned crumpling the little flower stack for her hair.  I used a bamboo skewer (the kind you use for kebabs) but the point of a pencil or even your snips would work – just poke a point into the center of the flowers and fold everything up around it.  The only trick is to be sure you don’t press so hard that you punch a hole in the flowers.

There are loads of tutorials on the Side Step card.  It’s a fun, it’s unusual, and it meets the “one-44-cent-stamp” criteria.  That’s a plus in my book!

One thought on “A little mermaid

  1. I am so glad you posted this! This is just the cutest card! And you did a great job finding the perfect little scrap to make the fish look like he has paisley scales. I bet this side step card would be a great way to show off the Simply Scored too. Hmmmm. I might have to try this.


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