Take a Break Slimline Card by Lisa

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Hello, Lisa here and I’m thrilled to be sharing my second guest designer post for The Little Paper Tree.

Slimline cards seem to be very popular at the moment and I thought it would be the perfect layout for the super cute trio of mermaids from the Penguin Palace Take a Break stamp set.



Making the Background


When I create with anything sea-themed – like mermaids, I love making inky backgrounds that give the illusion of a swirly ocean. This one was created by blending shades of green, blue and aqua ink onto watercolour card. It was then spritzed with water and splattered with sparkle ink and white paint.


I didn’t have the right shade of green card in my stash for the layering panel, so I cut the scalloped piece from white card and coloured the edges with the same pen that I used for the ink splatter on the background panel. Once dry, the background was fixed to the scalloped panel and then the card base.



Stamping and Colouring


I die cut three shapes from watercolour colour card and stamped a mermaid onto each using a waterproof black ink. I love to colour small images with watercolour pens. For these images, I scribbled the pens onto my glass mat and then picked the colour up using a small (size 0) paintbrush.


Once dry I fixed the mermaid images to the base with foam pads.




Putting it all together


I originally stamped the sentiments straight on to the base, but they got lost and didn’t stand out enough. To correct this, I re-stamped and heat embossed onto black card using white embossing powder. I trimmed them into small strips and attached them to the base with foam tape.


And lastly, I added a tiny little gem to each mermaid panel for a little bling.


I hope you like today’s card!


Lisa x

Find Lisa on her blog and Instagram @craftingbellecreates


Supply List

Take a Break Stamp Set – Penguin Palace

Mini Midnight Ink Pad – Catherine Pooler Designs

Watercolour Card – Canson

White Card – Neenah 80lb

Foam Tape – 3M Scotch

Foam Squares – Scrapbook Adhesives

Tape Runner – Xtreme

Tape Runner – Stix2

Mono Multi Liquid Glue – Tombow

Slimline Die Set

Noir Harmony Opaque Inkpads

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

Flat Back Pearls

Die Cutting Machine

Paint Brushes



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