Because I liked the assortment and summer colors of the Doodlebug Designs envelope and cards package set, I again chose to use a card from it. This aqua one reminded me that I needed to use my mermaid and ocean themed stamp sets. I don't normally use white embossing powder for my stamping but on this card it worked. Tip: Stamp with ink of the same color as the card so that mistakes won't show. The white embossing powder will stick to the ink and when heated leave a raised white design.
Both the mermaid and merman were stamped, colored, and fussy cut before adhering to the card with foam dots. I will need to get the dies for this stamp set because it was tedious to hand cut the seaweeds. For added interest, I glued on some acrylic dots and added a sticker pearl. Oh yes, I watercolored the background with Ken Oliver Colorburst inks.
Since this card unfolded into such a large blank space, I decided to add some decoration to the inside panel. I chose a Doodlebug Design paper and added some of the sea creatures (dressing them up with glitter and Glossy Accents). I'm not sure who will receive this card so I left the option of covering the stamped sentiment with a banner saying 'Happy Birthday' or perhaps ' Congratulations'. It's always satisfying to have some basic cards ready in a stash for emergencies. Don't you agree?