...in Sea Turtle Years!
A friend's grandfather is celebrating his 88th birthday this month, and I'm popping this card in the mail to help him celebrate his day. I really went to town with the sparkles, too! Sparkles make every birthday better!
I wanted to give Kim Teasdale's embossing/watercolor/layering technique a try. If you've never seen Kim's stamp art, you're missing out! HOLAY MOLAY... Kim, that's a lot of work! Not only did I have to drag out my heat gun and embossing powders, but I also had to stamp and emboss the turtle 9 times before I was happy with at least 3 of the impressions! Oh, and be sure you check out the project Kim shared on her blog today! It was created with not only images from one of my Whipper Snapper sets, but she also drew some serious inspirtation from my recently posted felt ornaments! AMAZING stuff, Kim!!
Getting back to Kim's technique on this card -- the cute High Hopes turtle is stamped several times, embossed, and painted with watercolors. Then I cut several of the turtles out, removing additional parts (like legs and tail, and finally everything but the shell) with each additional layer. Once I had the parts cut out, I layered them up with foam dimensional adhesive. The time it takes to make the additional layers and cutting each one out very carefully adds to the time of the project, but I think the results are super!
The balloons on my card are punched from watercolor paper using the Martha Stewart balloon punch. I then painted them various shades, added a layer of Glossy Accents by Ranger, and glittered them up. They sparkle like nobody's business!