Create a super spinner card

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How do you create a super spinner card?  I’m hoping this blog post can help you understand the steps needed.  We posted a short video of this card in action on Instagram.  All the supplies I used are listed and linked below, and are available in the online shop right now.





On a piece of 11x14cm piece of Bristol smooth card, I lightly ink blended Salty Ocean Distress Ink to the top 2/3 of the card and a very light amount of Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink to the bottom.


TIP: When you are ink blending on smooth card – pounce your ink blending tool onto scrap paper before using a very light hand to barely touch the card and slowly build up the colour you want.



Using the Mermaid For You stamp set by Lawn Fawn to create a beautifully soft greeting card. Before I did any stamping I took the 2 largest circle dies from the Large Stitched Circle dies by Lawn Fawn and placed these in the top center of my card.

Taped these down with some washi tape to make sure they wouldn’t move in the die cutting machine. I only need the outside panel and the inside circle for this card.

Stamping some seaweed and coral with black archival ink along the bottom and sides of the card front, then added a few solid fish, and three schools of the outline fish.  I also stamped the sentiment inside the circle.



I stamped the mermaid on Bristol smooth card and used Distress markers to colour her.


TIP: You can watercolour on non-watercolour paper, as long as you don’t use too much water.  Some papers take water better than others, but it is possible to get a water-coloured effect.


I seem to be giving all my mermaids pink hair lately, scribbling Picked Raspberry Distress marker onto an acrylic block, and used a damp water brush to make some pink hair.  I added the colour to her roots and blended it out to let the colour soften out at the tips.  With Wilted Violet for her bikini top and Mowed Lawn for her fin.


For her skin, I used Festive Berries.  I added a lot of water to Festive Berries to get a very light colour.  Coloured her skin areas and then lifted the colour with a paper towel to get a very light shade.  Her skin still looked a little too pink, so with clean water I wet the skin area and used a paper towel to blot up the colour until it was the light shade I wanted.


Circle Spinner

To add more detail, I used the fine tip of the Mowed Lawn Distress marker to some scales in her fin, and Picked Raspberry to add lines in her hair. I used Ripe Persimmon Distress marker to colour in the fish. To create the spinner, I added 2 layers of foam tape onto the main panel, leaving some space near the circle and adhered this onto a top folding 11cm x 14cm card base.



Making The Spinner

I added 2 layers of foam to the inside circle, leaving space around the edge for the penny.  Cut two tiny pieces of foam tape for my penny.  Before removing the backing paper on the foam tape on the circle, I placed this on the card and tested that my penny would run smoothly around.  If I felt that the penny was catching on anything I carefully trimmed the foam tape at an angle.


Finishing The Card

Once everything was running smoothly, I removed the backing paper from the foam tape and adhered this in the centre – with the penny already in the track. Instead of just having the mermaid move in a circle, I thought it would be really amazing to have her spin around as well.


I pulled off the foam tape from the penny and carefully trimmed the edges to make this a circle piece of foam tape.  This allows the mermaid to spin around in a circle as well as around the card!  I placed the mermaid on the foam so that the penny is hidden behind her hair.  Now, she is ready for a spin!


If there is anything you don’t understand, please leave a comment.  I have posted a video of this mermaid card in action on our Instagram.  You can see that video by clicking HERE.


The supplies I used for this card are available from our online shop by clicking on any of the products below.




LAWN FAWN Mermaid For You Stamp Set


Distress Ink: Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch.

Distress Markers: 12 Set, Wilted Violet


Archival Black Ink

Foam Blending Tool, Craft Mat, Foam Tape

LAWN FAWN Acrylic Block


Cuttlebug Diecutting Machine and C Adapter Plate 





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