Amy here and I’m closing out MerMay with one more fun under the sea card. I also wanted to shake things up a bit from my usual single layer style of card making and have a play with a couple of the dies from the Hello Bluebird store. The Postage Frame die became the base for so many cute fish from the Sea LifeSea Friends and Sea Sentiments sets and of course I had to throw a sweet mermaid into the mix too.

The little rectangle of ‘stamps’ that you get when you die cut the Postage Frame is always fun to fill with a bunch of smaller stamps but this was the first time that let the images run across the various squares and treated it like one cohesive mini scene.  I started stamping from the bottom up, using Memento Rich Cocoa ink on Copic X-Press It card stock. The hermit crab from the Sea Sentiments set was first so that I could mask him off and add the coral behind him. The rest of the sea critters are a mix of the Sea Life and Sea Friends sets and once they were all in place I grabbed my Copic markers and began coloring. Once the fish were all brought to life I stamped this sweet mermaid with the out stretched arm onto a scrap piece of Copic X-Press It card stock and colored her before fussy cutting her out.

The next step was to begin decorating the card base using the Ocean Floor Slimline die. Once the pieces were die cut I colored them to match the sand, coral and fish in the mini scene and glued them along the bottom of the card. Before gluing the mini postage scene over top the base, I cut the top left ‘stamp’ apart from the rest of the scene. I then glued the single ‘stamp’ into the arms of the little mermaid and used foam adhesive to pop them both above the rest of the card. The sentiment that I stamped into the sand is from the Sea Friends set and a sprinkling of clear enamel dots added a bubbly finishing touch to this playful ocean scene.

Stay crafty my friends!