Monday, January 15, 2007


Welcome to the first edition of TURTLE TUESDAY, which I hope to make a weekly event.

I have a few of the clear turtle stamp sets from Inky Antics - and you can do so much with them. This company carries many other cute stamps so check out the Inky Antics site and see.


Materials: CS - Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, white (CTMH), PP - Cocoa Cafe Collection (CTMH), Ink - Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, Blush (CTMH) and Basic Black (SU), Stamp - Princess Turtle clear set (Inky Antics), Sakura Stardust glitter pen, Coluzzle cutting mat, swivel knife and circle template, Cuttlebug die - Vintage, Ribbon - pink organza, 1 1/4 inch circle punch (SU), Waterbrush (CTMH), Galaxy Marker - Milky Way White, Pop dots, Memory Makers tool kit - piercer, piercing mat (Ecstacy Crafts).

This card is so fun and feminine! The patterned paper (PP) and Cardstock (CS) is glued to a white card base (card size 6 1/2 inch w x 5 inch h) and before adhering the green CS, punch out a 1 1/4 inch circle roughly 3/4 inch from the bottom centre. Stamp the turtle image and accessories (hat and wand) onto white CS using Basic Black Stampin' Up ink (this ink is good to use for watercolouring outlines as it will not run once dried). To watercolour the image, squeeze the coloured ink pads before you open them so that there is a bit of the coloured ink on the inside lid. Using a waterbrush, pick up a bit of the ink from the lid and paint the stamped image - and let it dry completely. If the paper warps, you can leave it under a heavy book overnight or use a low heat iron to flatten (be careful doing this!). Stamp the saying ("Fairy Special") in the circle in the green CS. Using the glitter pen, colour in the stars on the turtle image and saying. Using the Coluzzle circle template, cut a curcle around the turtle image. Cut a 1 size larger circle out of Cocoa CS, and glue the turtle circle centred onto the Cocoa circle. Using a paper piercer and piercing mat, pierce holes evenly around the border - see the short TUTORIAL on this below. Use a white marker to accent each pierced hole. Tie ribbon around the card then cut out corner accent using a Cuttlebug and die - gluing this to the top right corner. Put pop dots onto the back of the turtle circle and centre it on the PP. Done!

1. Cut out a replica circle using regular printer paper. Fold the circle in half, in half again, in half again until it is folded into a small triangle. Open up the paper circle and you will have lines evenly spaced around the circle indicating where to pierce. This is a quick way to ensure you will have evenly placed holes!

2. Clip this paper circle to the cardstock circle using a paperclip and pierce on each line around the circle, about 1/8 inch in from the edge. When you are done, you will have holes evenly spaced around your cardstock circle border. Keep the circle template to use for other projects you may do using this circle size.

Hope this helped!
See you again soon.

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