CTC320 – A Birthday Wish

Well it’s Sunday night again which means it is time for another CASEing the Catty Challenge. This week I really pushed myself as the stamp set and project I wanted to CASE fitted into this week’s challenge but I didn’t need the card for another 2 weeks for a special little girl of mine who is turning 6, in 12 days time. In some ways it feels like she was just born and here she is turning 6. Last year we gave her a little vanity table for her birthday and I’m not sure whether you remember the card I made to go with it, but I made a little 3D vanity table card which you can see here. So that card set the benchmark for this year’s card. I always find making her cards difficult as I keep second guessing myself as I want it to be perfect. She loves cards and still has last year’s up on display in her room. At least by having made the card for this week’s challenge I won’t be up until all hours the night before her birthday trying to finish it off.

This week we are CASEing the All Occasions section of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue (pages 10-59) and as my daughter wanted an Ariel/The Little Mermaid theme for her birthday, I, of course, had to make a card to match this theme and the Pirates & Mermaids stamp set on p58 was just perfect, along with the new Plenty of Patterns Decorative masks. I used the mermaid card below as my case/inspiration and then tried to step it up a bit more.

I had been making elements of the card throughout the week and last night I finally put them all together to come up with my final card. Now I have to try and hide it from my daughter for nearly two weeks and she keeps asking to see it. Let’s see if I can hold out until her birthday.

The first thing I made was an alcohol ink background using Blends™ and isopopyl alcohol on vellum to look a bit like water. I used Shaded Spruce, Bermuda Bay & Night of Navy. This was my first attempt and this is how it turned out.

Once I started putting my card together, it was a bit bright and clashed a bit with the front of the card so I ended up putting another layer of vellum on top of it to dull the colours down a little.

The next part I made was the front panel using the mermaid scales pattern of the Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks with blending brushes and Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather & Gorgeous Grape inks.

I then stamped the mermaid image from the Pirates & Mermaids stamp set and coloured the mermaid in using my Blends™ in similar colours to Ariel. Once I had fussy cut the image out, it was time to put the card together. I decided to use the new Diorama Dies to cut out the hole, rather than a circle that is in the original project. Once I had done this, that is when I discovered that the alcohol ink background was too much against the scales and added the extra layer of vellum on top so that it wasn’t as bright. It still wasn’t quite right, so I added another layer in between using Coastal Cabana cardstock and used the next size down in the Diorama Dies. I think this was the right decision as it added a bit of space between the two patterned elements.

I added the coral and fish from the Sea Life Dies to finish off the card, along with the sentiment that was heat embossed in White Embossing Powder and cut out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. Now to keep my almost 6 year old out of my craft room so that she doesn’t see her card before her birthday!

To make the card 3D, here are the dimensions:

  • 14.8cm x 14.5cm – scored 2cm from each end (2 of these – one for the front panel & one for the back panel)
  • 14.8cm x 12.5cm – scored 1cm from each end (middle panel)

I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has made this week as we dive further into the new Annual Catalogue. Next up is Monique with her wonderful creation. I love this time of year as you get talked into purchasing stamps sets, bundles, DSP etc that weren’t originally on your list, but once you see something made with it, you quickly change your mind. Keep hopping around to see all of the design team’s projects for this week.

We’d love for you to join in with this challenge and you don’t have to have any of the new products. Find a project you like in the All Occasions section and use whatever products you have to make your own version. Make sure you add it to our Facebook page once you’ve done it.

Until next time, happy stamping



  1. ABSOLUTLEY AWESOME. You have a very very lucky little gal to receive your brilliant cards. Love the background, I really love diorama cards, and this is just fabulous.

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