Swim the Sea

by Taylor

I’m forgetful these days! One of the things I’ve been especially bad about since we moved earlier this year is birthdays… they just sneak up on me! Imagine my panic when I realized my mom’s birthday was fast approaching, and I needed to get a card in the mail immediately (as in, the same day I remembered) or it would arrive late! She lives on the beach and loves all things related to the ocean, so I knew exactly what to make for her.


  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Memento Tuxedo Black, Fireworks! Summer Sky
  • Spectrum Noir: Floral, Marine, Essentials sets of colored pencils
  • Crafter’s Companion: Maid of the Sea by Sheena Douglass (rubber stamp set)
  • Neenah: Desert Storm cardstock
  • Hemptique: Twine (Natural)
  • Misc: Darice foam adhesive, Collall All Purpose glue, Stamp-a-ma-jig, CutterBee scissors


1. Stamp the mermaid image on to a piece of cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

2. Without re-inking the stamp, stamp the image again, directly onto the card base. (Note: this is for a placement guide for the next step)

3. Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, stamp wave images directly on to card base with Tuxedo Black ink. Use the lightly stamped mermaid image as a guide for where to place these images.

4. Stamp the waves again on additional cardstock using Tuxedo Black ink. (Note: for this tutorial, four additional wave images were stamped)

5. Color all images as desired. For this card, Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencils were used as follows:

Waves: 55, 70, 75, 64, 69, 75, 117, 01
Mermaid Tail: 36, 37, 39, 42, 09 (fin: 83, 38, 40)
Skin: 03, 04, 05, 09, 85, 89
Hair: 117, 119, 120
Rocks: 109, 110, 114, 102

6. Fussy cut mermaid and additional waves.

7. Spray card base and additional waves with Fireworks! Summer Sky.

8: Using Stamp-a-ma-jig, stamp sentiment on card base with Tuxedo Black ink.

9: Using foam adhesive for dimension, adhere mermaid and waves to card base as desired. Use wet glue to attach some as well.

10: Tie twine around the top of the card.

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