From Land To Sea Turtle One Layer Card

by Joanne James15. May 2016 09:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of my good friend LeAnne to host our challenge this week and she has a fun clean-and-simple theme for you to play along with:


For my card this week I wanted to use my 'From Land To Sea' stamp set. I bought this set for the turtle - I love turtles! - but to date have only used the lighthouse stamp, so this week's challenge gave me the opportunity to change that. The ladies over at Less is More have a one layer challenge with the theme 'At Sea' so I'm linking my card with them too, along with the challenge over at Just Add Ink where the theme is 'masking'. I've a new product 'sneak peek' for you today as well! Without further ado, here is my card:


This isn't the first card I made for this week's challenge: I remembered 'wild animal' but forgot 'clean and simple' on my original card, so I will share that one with you later. As far as this card goes though, I just love it! Here's the low-down on how I created my card:

Sea-faring Turtle - Turtles are the one species of sea creature that has always captivated me. I have spent many hours BC (before children!) scuba diving in the warm waters of the Caribbean and nothing ever thrilled me more than to come across a turtle in its natural habitat. They really are so graceful and fascinating to observe. I stamped my turtle in Archival Black ink, once directly onto my extra-thick Whisper White card base, and again onto a post-it note. I cut the second one out and used it as a mask to cover the one on my card base, whilst I sponged in the sea behind. 

Swirly Scribbles Stencil - Secondly, the 'sneak peek'! I made a stencil with the wavy die in the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits set from the forthcoming new annual catalogue by cutting one and then placing across a masked rectangle behind my turtle. With my turtle masked, I sponged through the stencil with Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo inks to create the seascape and then removed both the stencil and turtle mask and coloured my turtle with inks and a blender pen.

A Teeny Tiny Sentiment - To finish my card, I added a sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set. This stamp set has a great variety of sentiments for each and every occasion that are suitably small and work perfectly with this layout. I chose my sentiment with the recipient of my card in mind; we haven't had a diving holiday with our good friends Cathy and Andy in such a long time, so this card is perfect to send to them to remind them that one day we will all dive together again!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 


I look forward to seeing your wild animal CAS creations this week. We have double basketball today: training this morning them both James Juniors are playing at a tournament this afternoon - on opposing teams! One is playing for school and the other for club, so that should be interesting!!

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (25) -

Sandy mathis
Sandy mathisUnited States
5/15/2016 1:52:24 PM #

This card is awesome, Joanne! You rocked all three challenges, and your coloring and masking are just fabulous!

LaurieUnited States
5/15/2016 4:44:39 PM #

I just LOVE this design, that background is perfect for your turtle...what an awesome CAS card!!!!

EstherUnited Kingdom
5/15/2016 6:28:20 PM #

What a fabulous card! The sea turtle is great and I love the stencil Smile

jaydeeUnited States
5/15/2016 9:12:12 PM #

Joanne, your card reminds me of scuba diving and snorkeling in those beautiful seas, so I wasn't surprised to read that you had spent time with them.  An absolutely stunning card.  I couldn't stop looking at it.

5/15/2016 10:21:05 PM #

i love turtles too  or tortoises, i can never remember which is whic, but i love your card, it's awesome!

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
5/16/2016 2:41:43 AM #

Oh this is calming and beautiful!  I love the stenciled background you created!

KathrynUnited States
5/16/2016 3:15:51 AM #

Joanne, it's brilliant.  Just brilliant.  The turtle is fantastic, your homemade stencil worked out perfectly--and I love the placement, everything.  So very well-planned!

Trish Rayfield
Trish RayfieldAustralia
5/16/2016 3:38:36 AM #

I love how you've created that wavy sea!
Your little turtle looks like it's very happy floating on your card.  Thanks for playing in our masking challenge this week.

JAI Design Team

Christine Blain
Christine BlainAustralia
5/16/2016 8:26:59 AM #

Great card, Joanne; your masked and sponged background is very effective!  Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

Jan M
Jan MAustralia
5/16/2016 11:29:02 AM #

Such a beautiful way to highlight the beautiful turtle Joanne! The ombré variation in your sea background makes for a stunning CAS design. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week Smile

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
5/16/2016 5:48:08 PM #

What a great CAS card...that stencilled background is awesome!  I had to admit that your "Teeny Tiny Sentiments" had me confused....your UK version is a little different than our Teeny Tiny Wishes, and we don't have that nice sentiment!  Your friends will love it!

Andrea W
Andrea WUnited States
5/16/2016 6:25:11 PM #

Fantastic card Joanne! One layer cards can be a real challenge but you've pulled it off beautifully.

Sarah G
Sarah GUnited Kingdom
5/16/2016 7:42:51 PM #

The turtle looks absolutely amazing, Joanne - as if he could walk off the card!  A great image and CAS design for our one layer week.  Thank you for playing along with us at Less is More Smile

anneUnited Kingdom
5/17/2016 7:11:56 AM #

Joanne this is so beautiful - great CAS make and love your stencil you created, it makes the perfect background for your turtle!
Thanks so much for joining us for one layer week
"Less is More"

Tracy May
Tracy MayUnited Kingdom
5/17/2016 9:16:38 AM #

Fabulous card Joanne - great idea for the stencil. You inspired me to play along with this (new to me) challenge! Smile x

5/17/2016 9:53:15 AM #

Awesome card Joanne! The colours that you used through the homemade stencil really depict the way sunlight shows through the water - amazing. You are one lucky person to have seen turtles up close in their natural habitat.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Less is More.
Sharon xx

Kim Badelt
Kim BadeltAustralia
5/17/2016 11:01:09 AM #

I love your use of the swirly scribble thinlets to create that wonderful ombre background Joanne. It freally does capture the feel of a way sea - just perfect for your turtle! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

Shona Chambers
Shona ChambersNew Zealand
5/17/2016 12:09:49 PM #

I can see why you love this stamp set, that turtle image is gorgeous and so detailed. You really brought it to life too with your incredible colouring skills. Its an amazing CAS design and I'm so glad you shared it with us at Just Add Ink this week!

5/18/2016 6:10:43 AM #

Wow, your turtle is so beautifully coloured, Joanne, & I love how it contrasts with the swirly background. Really lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.
Di Smile

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
5/19/2016 12:52:32 PM #

WOW, Joanne!  Brilliant use of the new die for the stenciled waves.  Your coloring and placement are pure CAS perfection.  What a wonderful card for your friends and a beautiful memory for you!  Just gorgeous!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
5/19/2016 11:45:11 PM #

JoAnne, I just love the stenciled background you created for this beautifully colored turtle!  I love turtles, too and I loved reading your special memories!  This is CAS perfection, My Friend!  XX

LilianUnited Kingdom
5/20/2016 12:15:45 AM #

Such a beautiful card. I love the way the turtle overlaps the stencilled area.

ChrissieUnited Kingdom
5/20/2016 8:38:13 AM #

I love your placement on this one Joanne, and your turtle looks awesome!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Colleen Begley
Colleen BegleyUnited States
5/20/2016 11:22:00 PM #

Awesome, awesome card Joanne! I love to watch sea turtles too and have seen several on trips to Hawaii. They can be very curious creatures when swimming near them.

Leigh Penner
Leigh PennerCanada
5/21/2016 2:07:03 PM #

Oh, I love this!

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