Hi friends! I’m hopping along with the Crafty Collaborations Team today for Share it Sunday and featuring the new Pirates & Mermaids stamp set paired with the Picture This dies.

What is the Crafty Collaborations Team?

The Crafty Collaborations team is comprised of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world. Each month, we participate in several collaborative projects including blog hops, like this one, to inspire all of us in our passion for crafting. Our goal is to create, share, and inspire every crafter to keep our creative energy flowing.

You are so mermazing!

You guys… This card is SO extra! I can’t even. Do I sound like a teenager? I have no other words to describe it. You’ll see!



What’s so extra about the card you ask? It’s adorable, right! I made this for my niece, who is turning 6 in August because she’s obsessed with mermaids. We’ll even be visiting her in Montana for her birthday! My little guy is so excite – they’re BFFs.

What’s so “extra”!

This card is a shaker, with double sided glimmer fishies, colored Sequins, colored Opal Rounds and embossed with two of my 3D Embossing Folders on an alcohol technique background! Oh, and it’s loaded with Wink of Stella! My niece is going to LOVE it!

Want to see all of the extras? Let’s dive in!

I used the Sequins for Everything package and colored the silver hexagons with my Dark Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blend and the white circles with my Light Misty Moonlight Blend and Dark Bermuda Bay Blend to get the same colors I used on my background and for my mermaid’s tail.



The alcohol technique using Stampin’ Blends is all the rage right now in the crafty world and let me tell you – it does not disappoint! This was my first background I made with the technique and I can’t wait to play with more colors.



I used four Blends: Light & Dark Bermuda Bay, Light Misty Moonlight and Dark Pool Party. To create this background I colored random areas on a piece of Vellum Cardstock and spritzed it with 91% rubbing alcohol. For the best results you want to use 91% or higher. I moved some of the color around with a paintbrush, slightly, while wet from the spritz and then blotted it with a paper towel. Once the sheet had the color I wanted and was dry, I applied an Adhesive Sheet to the back of the whole piece and adhered it to a piece of Basic White cardstock. This allows the colors to really show their beauty.

I created individual shaker compartments around the circles in the Picture This die using foam strips.



When I make this card again, I will definitely add more shaker bits. Once I started filling the circles I couldn’t flip it over to really see how it was going to move. I will also put the shimmer fish in the larger circles so they move around more. I didn’t worry about enclosing the smallest circle at the bottom because it was mostly covered up with my sandy mound. I used my mermaid to cover the rest of the window.

Double Sided Fish!

Use the fish die from the Sea Life dies and cut it out of the Rainbow Glimmer Paper; then cut another set, but this time from the back side of the paper to get two fish facing the same direction in glimmer paper. You’ll adhere them together, with the two white (back) sides in the middle.



I embossed my Pool Party card front with the  Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder and my Sahara Sand stitched mound with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder – both after die cutting. I used one of the Basic Borders dies to make my sandy mound.

I used a blending brush to add Coastal Cabana ink to my die cut label that I stamped with sentiment in Highland Heather ink. I also blended a little bit of ink onto the card front before I built my shaker on the back. It gave a little depth to the painted texture and using a different ink color also offered some nice shading.

My last bit of “extra” is the adorable Opal Rounds! I used my Dark Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blend and colored them so they would look like water bubbles on the front of my card.



Oh, wait! I also used Wink of Stella on the, shells, the mermaid’s tail and the flower in her hair… because it goes on everything, right?! There’s never too much glimmer!

Whew! What a card. I hope you enjoyed all of the fun extras and thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to keep hopping along to see all of the other amazing creators and their fun projects this month!

If you would like any of these Stampin’ Up! supplies, or others, and you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love for you to shop with me. In the month of, June please use the Host Code below and you’ll receive happy mail from me!


Want to join in on the fun and craft with us at my next virtual class?  We’ll be making a less “extra” version of this card in my August 21st class – Cards for Kids! Check out the links below or my events calendar  for more info!

8/7 – All Squared Away Online Card Class
8/21 – Cards for Kids Online Card Class
9/4 – Pretty Pumpkins (save the date – info coming soon!)

Happy Crafting,

Kurstan Signature Image



Measurements for the pieces in this project:

  • Card base – Pool Party: 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ on the long side
  • Card mat – Pool Party: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Vellum Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″

Stampin’ Up! supplies used for this project: