Under the Sea Shopping Spree!

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Hi everyone, Karen here. Today, The Little Paper Tree invites me back to their blog as guest designer to showcase Penguin Palace’s Let’s Catch Up stamp set. The minute I saw her, I knew I just had to use the little shopping mermaid on my card and make her have an afternoon catching up with friends at the shopping mall!



I created my own background paper using a few of the smallest stamps in the set. On a sheet of white cardstock, I stamped randomly to create a background panel using 4 Lawn Fawn Ink cubes in the colours Minty Fresh, Merman, Peacock and Forget-Me-Not.


From basic printer paper, I used scissors and cut a wave shape to use as a stencil. On another piece of white cardstock, I blended Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks together over the stencil starting at the top, working my way down. I made sure to vary the amount of colour between the inks to add interest to this second background panel.

On another scrap piece of cardstock, I blended Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Ink, to make the sea bed. On both Distress Ink panels, I splattered clean water on, let it sit for a couple of seconds and dab it up with a dry cloth.

The water lifts Distress Ink from the page and when dabbed up with a towel, adds fabulous texture to a blended panel.

Finally, I took a thin strip of white cardstock approximately 1in thick and using the “direct-to-paper” technique. I dragged the Lawn Fawn Forget-Me-Not ink cube to add colour. Leaving these all to try, I moved onto the mermaid.


Mermaid and Sentiment

I stamped her and a few of the shells onto white heavy-weight cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black alcohol-friendly ink and coloured the images with my Winsor and Newton Promarkers.

I fussy-cut her and the shells out and set them aside. The sentiment “I miss you” and “let’s go shopping” was stamped on the wave and sea bed panels in Momento Tuxedo Black ink.

Assembling the Card

I attached the background panel to a card base using wet glue. Then trimmed the wave background panel to a width which would be a bit wider than the mermaid’s hair. Once the blue inked strip of cardstock was dry, I halved it longways to get 2 thinner strips.  I glued these underneath the wave panel.

The wave panel was then popped up on the homemade background paper using 3M foam tape. Using my scissors, I trimmed a sloping edge on the sea bed to create a sandbank, and attached this to the wave panel with more 3M foam tape.


To make the mermaid look like she was swimming in the ocean, I added foam tape behind her too to create a shadow. The coloured shells were arranged and glued flat to the sea bed.

Finishing Touches

Finally, I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add a few highlights to the shells and the mermaid’s hair and added Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to the shells and her tail.

I loved using Penguin Palace’s Let’s Catch Up stamp set and colouring in this little cutie. I hope I have given you some inspiration to get stamping those teeny little images in your sets! You can see more of my creations using my Instagram tag: @karaas_p


Find These Products

Let’s Catch Up stamp set by Penguin Palace

Tuxedo Black ink by Momento

80lb White Card by Neenah

110lb White Card by Neenah

Foam tape by 3M

Mono Multi Liquid glue by Tombow

Acrylic Stamping Blocks by Catherine Pooler Designs

Distress Inks by Tim Holtz/Ranger

Dye Ink Cubes by Lawn Fawn

Promarkers by Winsor and Newton

Clear Sparkle brush pen by Spectrum Noir

White Gelly Roll Pen by Sakura


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