Mermazing Summery Cards

how to create fun and easy ocean themed cards using stencils and transfer foil

Hi everyone, Heidi here, today I’m on The Crafter’s Workshop blog with these fun, shiny and summery cards. The background looks amazing and it’s really easy to make!


The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own. This post also contains affiliate links.


how to create fun and easy ocean themed cards using stencils and transfer foil

To get these cards started I die cut a square panel, in the size that I wanted, from some white card stock and created a blend top to bottom with Memento “Nautical Blue“ ink and using a foam applicator tool and a craft sheet. You apply ink to the foam applicator tool, work it in the foam on the craft sheet and then start at the edge of the panel working inwards in circular motions, because the ink is transferring to the card stock the colour gets lighter inwards. When you re-ink the foam applicator tool you start on the edge and work inwards again, it takes a little time but it’s fairly easy to get a nice blend (and it doesn’t need to be perfect since we will apply foil over part of the ink). As you can see in the picture my idea was to have the darker part at the bottom of the card, but in the end I decided it looked nicer with the darker part on top: I just switched the panel around before adding the sentiment. I also applied a little ink lightly on the sides of the panel to create an overall under water hue.

Next I applied some Deco Foil “Transfer Gel“ over a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Leafy Texture“ (TCW733s) with a palette knife (to keep the stencil in place you can tape it to your work surface). As you can see from the name of the stencil it’s designed to look like leafs, but when you turn it to the side, it looks like waves, that’s the way I used this stencil today!

Then I set this panel aside to dry overnight. You can see that the panel is ready when the gel is clear/see through. In the picture you can see how it looks when the gel is fully dry.

how to create fun and easy ocean themed cards using stencils and transfer foil

In the meantime I started working on the images: for this I choose the My Favorite Things  “Mermazing“ stamp set, because it fitted the nautical design I was going for. I stamped two of the mermaids and the turtle (twice), in this set onto some Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper, using Versafine “Onyx Black“ ink and I clear heat embossed afterwards. Then I coloured the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and using my Pentel Aquabrush. I used the following colours: Pale Pink, Oatmeal, Light Violet, Purple, Turquoise Green, Persian Green, Haze Blue, Beige, Light Brown, Dark Brown and Brown.

When the colouring was done and dry, I fussy cut the images using my Fiskars scissors.

I also die cut a slightly larger square panel then the one we cut before, from some shiny pinkish purple card stock, to create a mat for the under water panel.

For the next step you need a laminator. Let it heat up. You can just follow the instructions given on the Transfer Gel label. Cut a piece of Deco Foil “Transfer Sheets“ a little larger then your project, place the foil on the project coloured side up (very important), place this combination into a folded piece of parchment paper (you can also use regular printer paper, when you have spots of transfer gel on the sides/back of your panel it will stick to the paper but you can take it off) and run this combination through your laminator, peel of the foil and … … … look: instead waves hit by the sun!

For this particular card I choose the Deco Foil “Transfer Sheets “ in the colour “Lapis Watercolor“: it’s this fabulous blue, gold, silver colour which is perfect for this card design!

Now I can adhere the two square panels together with liquid glue.

how to create fun and easy ocean themed cards using stencils and transfer foil

Next it’s time to start working on my sentiments: I choose two of the sentiments from the same “Mermazing“ stamp set as used before. I cut the “you are mermazing“ stamp in two with my scissors.

Then I stamped both sentiments on Grafix Arts “Essentials Vellum“ with Versafine “Onyx Black“ ink and using my MISTI, I clear heat embossed afterwards (using my Ranger Heat It tool). I love it that the vellum takes the heat well!

I die cut two banners from the two sentiments using two different sized dies from the Lawn Fawn  “Everyday Sentiment Banners “ die set. I applied dry adhesive to these banners by following the instructions on the Grafix Arts “Artist-Tac Permanent Dry Adhesive“, I positioned the banners on the cards and folded them around the back of the two combined square panels.

Then it’s time to put these cards together: I adhered the combined square panels to a white card base with one millimetre thick foam tape and adhered the mermaids and the turtles to the front of the cards also with one millimetre thick foam tape. And that’s it for today’s cards.

how to create fun and easy ocean themed cards using stencils and transfer foil

how to create fun and easy ocean themed cards using stencils and transfer foil

Thank you Therm-O-Web and Grafix Arts for providing the Design Team with some of the fabulous products mentioned in this post. I loved working with them!

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Heidi Jakobs

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member


4 thoughts on “Mermazing Summery Cards

    1. The combination of this particular stencil and the colours in the foil are indeed gorgeous! Thanks for your sweet comment! Heidi

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