Cards Challenge

Amazing Tribal Turtle

October 10, 2016

Happy Columbus Day or more correctly Happy day off of work
Apologies for being off the scene for a while, but I have been adjusting to my new normal. In my last post I mentioned that my youngest son was joining the military, so I was expecting his departure. However, my oldest decided to leave the nest at the same time. I am happy that he was ready to stand on his own but that meant my house got very quiet. I can honestly say I did not expect their departure to hit me the way that it did. But, I am finding it rather nice and have started to find my desire to be crafty again. This week, Always Playing with Paper has a beautiful color challenge and so I took the gauntlet and this is what I came up with.


Amazing Tribal Turtle

Amazing Tribal Turtle









This card is a 4.25 square base made from Neenah Solar White #110 cardstock. The focal image chosen is a cut file from the Silhouette Design store called “Tribal Turtle”.  After resizing the image to ensure it would fit on the focal panel it was cut from some contact paper.

After being cut, The contact paper was weeded to expose the areas I was going to fill with color and used a brayer to smooth it out over a piece of Arches hot press watercolor paper to make sure it was in place and not likely to move. Once in place, I used my Gansai Tamabi watercolors to match the colors in the image. Once the panel dried I die cut it using a Spellbinders large square die and stamped a sentiment from MFT’s “because you” stamp set using Archival’s Jet black ink. A mat was created using Gina K’s Red Hot cardstock and then mounted.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have an awesome week.


  • Reply Shelly Schmidt October 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Your card is amazing- so , if I read correctly, you used the contact paper as a stencil? This is so pretty- I LOVE the colors and the image is really neat!

  • Reply Lori October 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Fabulous design! Love how these colors look on the turtle. Thanks for joining us at The Challenge!

  • Reply Nance Salkeld October 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Oh so gorgeous! That turtle reminds me of artwork my son’s father-inlaw creates. Very cool! Thanks for playing The Challenge!

    • Reply Crystal October 14, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you Nance.

  • Reply Broni October 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

    What a cool turtle! Great way to use the colors! Thanks for playing along with us at The Challenge!

    • Reply Crystal October 13, 2016 at 5:17 am

      Thank you so much.

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