A simple message on a homemade turtle card for an amazing person October 03 2016, 2 Comments

This Mixed Media turtle card was made specially for my cousin Kris. I wanted to simply say "hello" and tell her I think she's amazing. (Isn't that what cousins do?) 

The hello is stamped on watercolor paper in black StazOn ink and dotted with 3D Scribbles Iridescent Teal fabric paint. The edges were inked with blue alcohol ink. It's also raised off the card front with pop-dots to make it pop off the page.

The ivory cardstock paper the turtle is on was designed with so many different mediums. The sparkles come from a smattering of mica flake paste. The more you apply the more dense the flakes clump together and then harden looking like the mica in a stone. The light blueish dots are Faber Castell Metallic Mint Gelatos applied through a circle stencil that was randomly moved around the paper and then watered down and spritzed on with a toothbrush-like tool. Depending on which way the light hits the metallic Gelatos, the color changes between green and blue but continues to glimmer with tiny sparkles of silver. While I was "spritzing" I decided to add a little Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.

Those bright blue edges were made from one of my newest mediums I'm learning to play with...Craft Decors' Chalk Writers.  I used my fingers to smudge it on. The most outer edges of blue on the photo below are Tim Holtz Distress inks rubbed on with a foam dauber. (Told you there were a lot of mediums used).


A side view of the popped up "hello" shows how raised up it is by the size of the shadow it's casting below it. The side view of the stenciled turtle also shows how raised it is.

The turtle was stenciled using Delta Creative "Frogs and Friends" stencil with DecoArt's Texture Terra Cotta (pictured below) and was applied using a palette knife.

And my message on the inside was simple. (She is amazing).

Here's the finished card again. I pretty much explained how I made every aspect of it and then some.

Almost forgot...the brown paper underneath was applied using Elmer's Extra Strength Craft Bond glue stick. Below you can really see this card in the beginning phases of putting it all together.

These scraps of paper were edged in alcohol inks after they were ripped. If you tear a piece of paper one way, the edge of the paper is different then if you tear the paper in the opposite direction. 

I used 1/4" Red Tape to secure the turtle paper onto the front of this 5"x7" card.  Typically I use this tape when I need a stronger hold, especially when using thicker textured papers.

Kris has since received her homemade card via "snail mail" and let me know how much it was appreciated. Here's a pic of its new home. (Love it!!!)

Thanks for reading my blog and enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 10/3/16.