Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Springy Turtle & Fish Tank Tutorial

Ah, spring, can't wait! The current Artful INKables challenge is Think Spring and you can find the details here. One thing I love about spring is the return of the birds and other critters so I created this card to give you some inspiration. I hope you'll play along for a chance to win some AI stamps!

Want the Tips & Tricks on how I made this look like a 3D fish tank? Thought you would so I made some pics while I was creating. (and BTW, I used to call these Tuesday Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials with a number but I never seem to hit them on Tuesday's any more and I can't remember what number I am on SO....lets just forget about those details and get to the goods!)

I started by stamping all the images into position. The water line by his feet did not extend all the way to the margins so I just roughly drew them in with a fine black marker.

Next I colored in the turtle and the cattails with Copics. Notice I left a white space between the turtle's shell (above the water) and his legs (below the water).

Next, I placed a large sticky note (or 2 stuck together in this case) across the piece to mark the horizon line (aka edge of the water behind the turtle). I also masked ONLY the parts of the turtle that are sticking out above the water (I used Eclipse tape and I keep these to use over and over!). I sponge a lighter blue ink all over the exposed water area. Notice that I sponge right over his colored feet to make them appear to be under the water.

Remove the far so good.

Now I mask the water line with sticky notes. I wanted to capture that little water ripple right in the center so I used Eclipse tape to mask off that detail (probably not necessary but I just can't help myself sometimes!) I sponge a darker blue ink right along the line of the sticky note and blend into the water just a bit. It may be helpful to turn your piece upside down so you can see what you are doing a little better.

Remove the masks and you have a fabulous fish tank effect! Fun isn't it?!?! All I have left to do is add some Mothermark Clouds, sponge some green on the water plants along the bottom, and assemble onto the card backing with the ribbon.

Stamps: Artful INKables Pond Friends
Paper: GP 110, Pacific Point
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Copics, Stamp-a-majig, Nesties, ribbon from a swap, fine black marker

Michelle B.
"Queen of the Scene"


Crystal said...

Oh my This is just TOOOOO CUTE!!!!! LOVE this!! Great tutorial too sweetie!

Kelly said...

Gorgeous, thanks for the tutorial, I am learning they take a lot of work.

Sue from Oregon said...

Fun, fun fun!! Great card...TFS how you made it too!

Kristie said...

This is so cute!

Emily Leiphart said...

Awww, how cute!! I love how you tied that ribbon!

Melisa Waldorf said...

This is FABULOUS! I love it. Thanks so much for doing a tutorial for us! What are Mothermark Clouds??

Mary J said...

Fabulous technique! So effective and sooo clever!