Jul 10, 2016

Free Printable Mermaid Tail Metallic Card

card 1

This card was commissioned by a coworker as a thank you for her lovely grown daughter, who so kindly paid for their family to go on a Disney cruise!  Wow, how generous and sweet!  She is a very special girl and her mama wanted to give her a very specific thank you card, which she designed and had me create.


mermaid tail

I roughly sketched out this tail, which you may right click and open in a new tab to view at the largest size and print for a template if you like.

mermaid

I could not resist adding this thought to the post...  I am a natural born fish in the water and lover of the Little Mermaid.  "I'll tell you a tale..."

step 1

Quickly, let me share the process.  I painted torn strips of paper with blue Lumiere paints, watered down some.   Then hand painted the background panel with the same paints and embossed the dotty stamp in white to create a sea foam effect.

step 2

I cut out my template and painted it pink, then embossed this geometric pattern onto it with Ranger's holographic powder to create the scales.  Any small repetitive pattern should work.

step 3

Next, I stamped again in black randomly to add some grunge.  ;0

card 2

A final coat of DecoArt crackle glaze and some purple Lumiere paint brushed along the edge completed my tail.

card 3

I added some Twinkling H2Os to create highlights on the sunset.  I dry brushed gesso along the torn and curled layers of "waves", then added some of the color for a reflection.  Some random text stamping, splashes of white and blue, and the sentiment completed my card.  I hope she will like it!

card 4

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34 comments:

sirkkis said...

Super card. Love colours and design.
Thank you for sharing with us at TioT.

rachel said...

super gorgeous - I love this Autumn - the texture in the background is so wonderful. I love it to bits - and a lovely tale about your friend! Hugs Rachel x

Redanne said...

Oh WOW Autumn, what a fabulous design and so beautifully executed! The mermaid tail is delightful and the way you created the water is truly amazing - wonderful colour, gorgeous shapes... Love this so much! Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at TioT's its a great design.
Yvonne

crafty-stamper said...

WOW a stunning mixed media card and love the personalisation behind it fabulous painted background and love the layers of waves-we wiuld love to see you enter this at http://ainkymess.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/challenge-1.html
Carol x

Lisa said...

Well, you know I love, love, love this, Autumn!! My favorite card ever of yours!! The tail is amazing!! I love how you created the water - spectacular!! Everything about this is stunning!! I absolutely adore it my friend!! I know the recipient will treasure it!! I hope you have a wonderful evening!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Bunny said...

Absolutely beautiful card. Love your colors and textures. Great background. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

nwilliams6 said...

Awesome colors! Awesome technique (love the instructions and your sharing - you are so sweet). Great card!!!! Hugz

Mona Pendleton said...

So fun and creative! Love all the texture!

Vintagehandmade said...

Wow, Autumn, your mermaid card is delightful! What a stunning design with brilliantly created waves and that mermaid tail is simply fantastic! Beautiful colors and a fabulous background, too! Love it to bits! Big hugs! Branka xx

Maxine D said...

Oh what a wonderful card Autumn. Love your colour useage and all the texture - and thank you so much for the template.
Blessings
Maxine

Shirley Chillman said...

Absolutely amazing Autumn and a huge thank you for the step by step tutorial. The mermaids tail looks fabulous.

Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow, this is gorgeous Autumn!! I just love how you created your waves, and the mermaid tail is just fabulous!! Your colours work so well together, amazing piece! hugs :)

Barb said...

Fabulous creation with wonderful colors and design. Thanks for sharing at Come And Get It, Hope to see you again. Barb

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I love this card! Thank you for sharing with us at TioT.

MaryH said...

This is just a wonderfully complex and beautiful creation. I bet the requestor was delighted too! Enjoyed the creative process and thanks for sharing the pictures. You did a terrific take on the scales and the 'curling waves'. I've never deliberately tried to crackle anything (did it recently with some Glossy Accents, but that wasn't my intention. The results looked ok, but had not been the goal.) YOu do so many textural techniques that always look so fantastic. TFS & Stay cool. Also loved the sentiment you've added on the card too.

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a wonderful card! The lovely textured sea and that fabulous mermaid's tail make this a truly unique creation! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

Chris said...

A superb card Autumn and such a lovely story to go with it. Love your mermaid tail drawing and it's very generous of you to make it downloadable. 😍

Petra Swart said...

So unique and simply wonderful, Autumn!!!! The colours are so beautiful and the texture is simply gorgeous!!!! Love how you've done the waves and the lovely mermaid tail - thanks for showing how you did it!!! Loved the story, too!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Marjan Küppers said...

Ofcourse she will love it, it is a gorgeous creation, there's depth, the colours are beautiful and the design unique!

Willy said...

Wow love this card!!!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Autumn, I love the mermaid tail! you're so talented! I am sure the recipient loved it :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
luv
Lols x x x

Paper Profusion said...

Stunning! You can see the shimmer from here!! and Im sure it is even more so in the hand. Love the ocean waves! What a lovely daughter, I'm sure she loves this card. Nicola x

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

What a delightful card with so many layers! You've really captured those waves and the sea spray! Love the mermaid sentiment - will try to remember it!

Margik said...

Love this creative card, Autumn. Great textures and beautiful colors! Mar x

Mimi said...

Oh great... now you know I have the crew of Eric's ship dancing in my head...
This is wonderful and of course your co-worker's daughter will love it! Personally, I love the tail-- is it beautiful IRL in the sun? I bet it's so pretty :)

Sara Barker said...

Autumn, your card is gorgeous and full of wonderful techniques. I love the waves and that mermaid tail is truly amazing in texture and color! Just like the real thing! Tee Hee! What a beautiful work of art! Hugs!

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous card Autumn, love the waves and the mermaid tail looks amazing.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
Avril xx

Aileen Ryan said...

Fantastic card, and I love that mermaids tail. Also love that you tale us through the steps.

A Pink said...

Fantastic! Autumn Such vibrant colours and fabulously crafted seascape. I love water ( very therapeutic) and I want nohting more right now , after seeing this to go take a dip and swim , swim , swim .
hugs x

linda said...

this is a very pretty thank you card and i love the colours and techniques you've used. thank you so much for playing along with us this month at penny black and more.
linda

Wanda Hentges said...

Wow!!!! It's all wonderful!!! That holographic powder has to look way cool in person!!!

Marty Fishman said...

This is truly amazing, Autumn!! I LOVE this!!!! My sis was here when you posted this and I showed it to her - we both love it! Thank you so much for sharing the template and can't wait to try it out :-) You did an amazing job and I love love love the pink tail with all of the texture. Your layers of water are gorgeous! One of your best pieces of art, in my opinion (though I think every one I see is my new favorite!!) :-) :-)

Mervi said...

Lovely creation.
Thank you for sharing over at Penny Black and more;-))m

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