Sending Smiles Mermaid Style

Hello friends!  Well it feels nice to get back into the swing of things here again!  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the awesome welcome back I recieved from you guys!  Wish I could reach out through the screen and give you all a big hug!  🙂

Today is August 1st AND it’s on a Thursday too, so I wanted to share the card I made for the Whimsy Stamps August Digital new release as well as a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge too!!  Whimsy Stamps is our sponsor this week and it’s an easy “Anything Goes“, so please be sure to stop by the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us!!  We look forward to seeing what you’re working on!


Oh aren’t these Sylvia Zet images just as cute as can be?!  I so enjoyed coloring her up!  (See the close up photo and details below.)  This is the DIGITAL version of  “Goldie” just released from Whimsy Stamps this month.  You can still also purchase the rubber cling stamp HERE, but now it’s nice to be able to have the option to choose either one!

Since her name is “Goldie“, I had to use the orangish color palette for her!  When looking at the image, I immediately saw “bubbles”, so I thought it would be fun to make a circle easel card design with her!  This actually turned out to be a “non-traditional” circle easel card with the circled image going askew from the main area…which makes it seem more like several bubbles underwater!

I have cut several different sizes of circles, one for the main circle card base and several others with some old SU! bokeh looking papers from my stash.  I used a stitched scallop circle die set to cut out the layers behind the circles.  I sponged all circles with some blue ink for more depth.  I’ve added a strip of blue glitter cardstock on the main card front layer as well as some ribbon to attach to the front.  I arranged the circles where I wanted them and added some foam tape here and there to pop up the layers.

To hold up the card front, the inside of the easel card has another strip of that blue glitter cardstock and I stamped an anchor image over one of the circle panels using an older Whimsy Stamps clear set.  I used some foam tape to pop that up so that the front card panel would prop up.

I’ve taken the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments stamp set to stamp the sentiment under the image panel with black ink.  For the accents on the card, I’ve used some clear acrylic bubbles randomly and glued them in places.  For the fish, it was a wood veneer from my stash that I heat embossed with some cool orange metallic embossing powder.


Here you can see the details from the side view of the easel design and how it’s propped up with that anchor circle holding the front card panel in place.  to mail this card, you just unfold it and lay it flat as shown in the last photo below.


Here’s a closer look at this really sweet image.  Below are the list of Copics I’ve used to color her in with:

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  • Fins, flowers, Bubbles – Y38, Y35, Y32, BG000
  • Hair – C8, C5, C3, C1
  • Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • Snail – W5, W3, W1, E33, E31, R20

Wink of Stella used for mermaid body, clear glitter and 2-way glue pen used for the bubbles.  I used a black gel pen to dot the center of flowers.


Here’s what the folded and closed circle card looks like.  She will not quie fit into a regular A2 sized envelope because I arranged the circles differently, but a nice 5×5 size would work great.  I do have an envelope creator which is handy for those odd shaped designs that I can custom make.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to check out the full August Digital Release over at Whimsy Stamps and don’t forget to play along with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to win a nice prize from our sponsor, Whimsy Stamps too!!

Here are the products and affiliate links to the products I’ve used today:



WS-Copic display


Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Sweet Stampers – Summer (digi and stamp used)
  2. QKR Stampede – #358 Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – #352 Make Your Mark Make Your Mark badge
  4. Little Red Wagon – Digital Stamps
  5. Crafty Gals Corner – 3+ layers



22 thoughts on “Sending Smiles Mermaid Style

  1. You’re really back, Vicki. Awesome creation with that lovely mermaid. Fab coloring and details!
    xxx Margreet


  2. Sigh. Your coloring is always so full of brightness and highlights! Your little mermaid is beautifully done. I love that you have used “bubbles” to continue her theme with the repeated round fancy fold, Vicki! You are so clever! Have a great day! hugs, de


  3. Love this in measures of oodles! Cute as can be! And gosh, wouldn’t it be fun to be able to reach through the screen an hug our crafty friends? Hugs back to you, my friend!


  4. What a beautiful and unique card. The image is so very pretty and the design of the card is stunning. Love the colouring and of course the little bit of shimmer x


  5. So adorable Vicki..gorgeous image and colouring and I love, love, love your design..IK love thje sparkle and transparency of the bubbles, the little fish, and that itty bitty snail blowing bubbles is so very cute..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  6. WOW Vicki, this is gorgeous! I love that little mermaid and she’s colored beautifully, I love the fabulous circle design and added sparkle too, so cute!!
    Hugs, Tammy


  7. I love this amazing easel design, Vicki, with this precious mermaid!! Stellar coloring, as always!! Beautiful, beautiful work!


  8. Wow, Vicki, what a fantastic easel card! Love the multitude of circles. Fab coloring, my friend. Sending huge congrats for being one of the Top 5 at QKR Stampede!

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  9. A circle easel – how cool! Loving the fish embellishment. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.


  10. Love this card fold along with your use of several circles in a contrasting color for the panels. It’s really effective and decorative.


  11. Your card is wonderful.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.


  12. Amazing colouring on your easel card & you created a wonderfully summery card too! Thanks for sharing it with us at Addicted to stamps and More and we look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations again! Hugs, Gwendolyn


  13. What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Judy Crafty Gals Corner DT
    Don’t Mess With Me, I’m Scrappy {My Blog}


    You were one of the lucky winners from Challenge #197 3+ layers at the Crafty Gals Corner!
    Please visit the blog to claim your prize 🙂


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