Narwhal Thanks

November 23, 2017

Swim season is finally over. My daughter loved her first year on the team and wanted to thank her coaches. We made them some thank you cards. The team’s mascot is a narwhal, so we had to use narwhals on the cards.

In the end, I made 12 cards. We didn’t need that many, but we got carried away. We made five of the cards with an interactive spinner element. I still need to make the spinners work well. The other seven have an inlayed background and a stationary narwhal that is popped up on foam tape.


With the spinner element


With the inlaid background


Size:  4.25 x 4.25” square cards

Extra Details:  We began these cards by creating the inked backgrounds. We ink smooshed some shades of blue Distress Inks onto water color paper. Once the ink was dry, I cut the paper into 4 by 4 inch squares. I added some blue ink splatters to each square. When the splatters were dry, I die cut two stitched circles from each inked square.  I also embossed the work Thanks in a dark blue embossing powder on each square.

I stamped and colored the narwhals on white card stock. I fussy cut each narwhal out, leaving a small white border.

I created 7 blue card bases for the inlaid cards. I adhered the ink panels to the card bases. I tried to line up any ink splatters, so the backgrounds were continuous. I added a narwhal to each card with some foam tape. Lastly, I added a white liner to each card base on the inside.

The spinner cards were a bit more complicated. I adhered the outer background piece to a scrap of blue card stock with foam tape. I adhered the larger circle flat to the card stock and adhered the inner circle with more foam tape. I adhered a dime to the back of each narwhal with a foam dot and slide that into the track. The narwhals, mostly, slide around the circles. There a few places they get hung up, But overall, I ‘m please with the results.

Lastly, I adhered the spinner panels to some white card bases.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid for You

Simon Says Stamp’s You + Me

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Embossing Powder: Simon Says Stamp’s Steel Navy Fine Detail

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, and Chipped Sapphire



Hope you enjoyed the cards!

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