Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Three Challenges in One! - Turtles Happy Birthday Card

Three Challenges, One Card!

So I had a challenge for a Flickr group,

New Beginnings, basically anything that was new was gonna work.

I had this great NEW stamp from Lawn Fawn, Perfect! Do a little watercolor in the background with this super cute turtle wearing a cute hat holding some balloons, Perfect!

Then I came across this! Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is. . . 


 showcasing Lawn Fawn!!!!!

Then the Lawnscaping challenge was Watercoloring!



So I really had no idea how to do the water coloring, I thought it would be easy but I actually ended up making a total of 5 different panels using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles and Evergreen Bough and some Perfect Pearl water, cuz I love shimmer! I actually loved the 4th one that I did but then I embossed it and didn't like it so I had to do another one. . . . 

Once I got a background that I liked I thought is was kinda flat so I added some light stamping of the birthday present that was part of the stamp in a light green.

I stamped the turtles and hats in Simon Says Stamp Black ink and clear heat embossed. I colored the turtles in with the same Tim Holtz Distress inks I used for the background, using Brushed Corduroy on the shells. I added some white accents with a white Sakura jelly roll pen.

I used Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire on two hats and used yellow, light green and dark green Wink of Stella fine glitter dust pens on the other hat.

I die cut balloons with the Penny Black uplifting die set and used the same colors for the balloons, for the yellow ones I used Tattered Straw and Mustard Seed. I added a little white highlight with a recollections white opaque marker and added a few balloon strings with just regular black thread.

I stamped the sentiment right onto the watercolor with Simon Says Stamp Black ink, the "IT'S YOUR DAY" was from the stamp set that came in the February SSS stamp kit, Hello Beautiful. then I added some glitter enamel dots from Virginia Turtle for some sparkle!

To be honest I wasn't happy with this card until it was complete, I'm glad that I followed it through to the end.

See you next time!



  1. An adorable card, a lovely design with gorgeous colours and background..........your sparkling turtles are adorable with super balloons and details!!

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  2. What a fun and uplifting card! Turtles make me happy. Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping!

  3. Such a sweet card! Love your watercolored bg!! Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping, hugs, Karin