Last weekend, while I was out of town, I managed to fit in one small scrapbooking/stamping store - my kids allowed me 5 minutes - I took 6! I had been looking at this stamp set at an online store somewhere and when I saw it at the store I grabbed it and ran! Well, I paid for it first, then ran! I think it is very cute! It is called Turtle Crossing by Tricia Santry Studio, a line from Fiskars. I was happy to only pay 8.50 and no shipping! I thought the turtles would be fun to color but honestly they were a lot harder than I had imagined! I'm just not very good with shading with my prismacolor markers. I will try Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils next time! I seem to do a little bit better with those!
I stamped the main image with Palette Noir and colored the turtles with Prismacolor Markers. Then I cut them out and painted over each one with Shimmerz. I used Green Olive, Pumpkin and Pink. I stamped the image again, colored the turtle heads and then layered the shells using dimensionals. I'm not the best cutter in the world, so I cheated and used a tiny butterfly punch for the butterflies rather than cutting them out! You can see in the close-up view that the punch isn't exactly perfect, so where the white showed through, I just filled it in with a black marker - a bit cheesy but it does the job! I punched the sentiment out with a circle punch, but I didn't have a scallop punch that was the right size, so I took the SU! scallop punch and cut it up and made it smaller, taping it to the back of the "smile" circle - I thought I was quite clever! Then I went CRAZY! I went crazy with my Zig pen and made dots all over the place. I even put dots on the patterned paper in the background of the card! (which happens to be Prima Paper, Urban Cosmos). I even used Black Stickles on the turtle shells to give it even more dimension! I added a little Martha Stewart Ribbon to tie it all together! I'm quite pleased with the card actually - it has such a funky whimsical look to it! I think the turtle shells would make really cute mushroom caps! Now for the turtle heads....???
Thanks for stopping by! I will post a blue turtle tomorrow! He's really cute too!