Catch of the Day!

and what a catch it is


4/7/20243 min read

This card was created for the 613 Avenue Create.  The sponsor over there this month is Polkadoodles:  they’ve provided some wonderful digital images including this sweet mermaid.  There is also an optional twist this month -  “a splash of colour”.  Hop on over and check out the awesome entries - and while you’re there,  feel free to share a card and grow the creativity!                            

Would you like to play around with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencils I used from A Colorful Life Designs.  Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

Let’s get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Blue Border: 5.5 x 4.25

Card Face:5 ⅜ x 4 1/8

Card Face:

  • I downloaded the image provided by Polkadoodles and printed it on 80 lb. paper  (the heaviest that my printer will accept).

  • I coloured it with alcohol markers.

  • I trimmed the sheet down to the desired size.

  • I put the card face onto my Grip Mat and then positioned the first stencil on top  (Bubbly Waves).  I used light blue ink and a careful hand to add colour around the mermaid:  I needed enough colour for the pattern to show but didn’t want it to be overwhelming.

  • I added the second stencil directly on top of the first one. (Script). *

  • I used dark blue ink and applied it randomly to the image. 

*See Layered Stencilling under Techniques in the header


  • I stamped the sentiment with black pigment ink and then cut it out with a die.   

  • I also cut out 3 extra circles and glued them together behind the sentiment to provide depth.

  • I used a corner rounder on each corner of the card face.


  • I glued the blue layer to the card base, and the card face on top of them.

  • I added the sentiment to the front of the card, positioning as shown.

  • I added small bits of bling to represent bubbles rising to the surface.

Final Thoughts:

There are things I would change in the colouring on this image if I was doing it again,  but I was satisfied with it overall.

The addition of the darker blue with the Script stencil added a lot to the water but found it interesting that it looked more like shadows or currents than script.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

   I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances, there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.


Bubbly Waves:  A Colorful Life Designs

Script:   A Colorful Life Designs

Digital Image:  Polkadoodles

Sentiment:  Best Catch, Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

 Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Alcohol Markers:

     Stampin’ Blends: Stampin’ Up!

     Copics:  Wallacks

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Base: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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