Paper Nest Dolls Guest Design Spot with Fishy Kisses!

Hello friends!  Happy Memorial Day and I hope you’ve been having a great weekend!  I would like to take a moment on this day to stop and give thank you and remembrance to all of the U.S.  service men and women who’ve served our country.  Your service will never be forgotten.

I am very excited to share a card I made with an image that Christine sent me to play with from the Paper Nest Dolls!  I’m sharing my card as a Guest Designer for her and I’m thrilled to be apart of it with her adorable images!

Vicki-PDMermaid Ellie Seahorse

I am using this CUTE image called Mermaid Ellie with Seahorse for my card. Isn’t that little seahorse she has her arm around adorable?!  She was so much fun to color too!

There is just so much shimmer/shine and sparkle on this…so I hope I can capture it all for you!  For the card, I’ve used the Tonic Basic Oval dies to cut her out with, but I’ve used the “Out of the Box” technique and cut out her tail before cutting the rest of the oval.  You can see in the photo below how I’ve slightly curled her tail upwards.

The background of the card was done with a stencil and ink blending.  I thought it was so fun as it reminded me of the scales!  I cut this piece out with a square stitched rectangle die and then layered a piece of aqua colored mirrored cardstock that I’ve also used as an oval layer behind the mermaid image as well as a strip at the bottom.

For the strip at the bottom, I’ve wrapped around some linen thread and tied a bow with it.  I’ve also wrapped around some ribbon to the layered stencil and mirror cardstock panels and then attached them to a 5″ square top folding card base.

I’ve taken a sentiment and heat embossed it with some “Mermaid Tail” EP and cut it out with a word banner die and sponged around the edges of it which I slipped under the first layer of the oval cut mermaid.  I’ve added some burlap and a few of the sea shell sequins behind the oval image panel and popped her up along with the sentiment banner with some foam tape.  Lastly, I added some half-back pearls randomly over the design.

Vicki-PDMermaid Ellie Seahorse-close

Here’s a closer view of the image and all of the shimmer and sparkle details.  I’ve colored her up in the following Copic markers:

  • hair – 100, W9, W7, W5, W3, W1
  • Mermaid shells – BG13, BG10 (covered with glitter brush pen)
  • Mermaid Tail – YG25, YG13, YG11, BG000 (pointillism with darkest and blender 0 and also green and white gel pens.  The fin at the end was also covered with a glitter brush pen.)
  • Mermaid Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • Seahorse – V17, V15, V12, R11, R00, R000 (pointillism with V colors and blender 0)
  • Shading – BG000

Vicki-PDMermaid Ellie Seahorse-flat

It’s hard to see it from the other angles of the card, but it looks like the sentiment heat embossed with “Mermaid Tail” shows more of the shimmer in it as well as the ribbon.


  1.  Cheerful Sketches – using sketch
  2. Tuesday Throwdown – Stenciling
  3. CCEE Stampers – CCEE1921 – Use a die
  4. QKR Stampede – #349 Anything Goes
  5. Cupcake Inspirations – CIC471 – mermaids

14 thoughts on “Paper Nest Dolls Guest Design Spot with Fishy Kisses!

  1. Such an adorable image and your display of her is stunning Vicki! Like the sterilizing and shells to enhance your beautiful coloring! Hugs, Donna


  2. Sorry I haven’t been by lately. Graduation is finally over now though – thank goodness!
    LOVE your sweet sea going card. The image is so pretty and all the details are perfect. Congrats on the guest spot too!


  3. Lovely card with great coloring!
    With my hat on as DT of Cheerful Sketches I want to thank you for using our sketch!
    xxx Margreet


  4. Beautiful card Vicki..the little meraid is adorable and coloured the wavey background and pretty shells and fabulous take on the sketch..

    luv CHRISSYxx


  5. Wow, this is such a lovely card! The background reminds me both of scales and waves. The colors are very nautical which matches your image perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at PIP Challenges!


  6. Another abolutley adorable card Vicki! That little mermaid is so cute and I love all of the embellishments, gorgeous shimmery seashells! Congrats on your GT spot too!
    Hugs, Tammy


  7. The little mermaid is soooo cute and with her own sea horse too. Color work is extraordinary and all your details on the beachy card are wonderful. What a fun card.



  8. Oh she is adorable – love her shell halter top!!! Love the colors you choose and her purple sea horse is too cute. Had a good Memorial Day weekend, had all the kids home – and everyone got along really well (surprise). Bar-b-qued, had fish fry, played games and really had a good weekend.


  9. OMG! That mermaid is just as cute as can be! I love the shells you used on your card and that ribbon is delicious! Love everything about this beauty!


  10. oh, your card is so lovely, the little mermaid and seahorse are so beautiful colored!
    Thanks for playing at Cheerful Sketches Challenge!
    Nancy DT


  11. Absolutely magical, Vicki!! I love your gloriously colored mermaid and seahorse and all the stunning embellishment you did to create this amazing card. How lucky is Paper Nest Dolls to have your remarkable talent on their team? Very, very, very lucky, indeed!!


  12. Love your nautical themed card and cute mermaid! The stenciled background is a perfect match for this image! Thanks very much for joining our stenciling challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!


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