Tropical state of mind!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which will have you daydreaming about sunny days, warm temperatures, and a slight breeze with the Tropical Oasis Suite! Spring is my favorite season here in Virginia and since we are going to have beautiful weather for the next week, why not start the week off in a tropical state of mind? It’s not too hot, not too cold, the humidity has not arrived yet, and it’s perfect to have the windows open and let that fresh air in! Have a hammock or a favorite chair in the back yard that you can relax in with your eyes closed and just listen to nature? Now you get it! Lol

The base layer is this design from the DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Cut a 2” x 4 ½” piece of this DSP design and also cut a 2 ¼” x 4 ¾” piece of Old Olive cardstock to layer under the DSP.

2. Cut two 1” strips of the Braided Burlap Trim and use your fingers and fingertips to fray the ends and slightly stretch out the sides.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink on Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the 1” Circle Punch. Use the 1 1/8” Scallop Circle Punch to punch out a piece in Real Red cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment circle.

4. Use Soft Suede ink on the pineapple crown die (press the die into the ink pad), spritz Old Olive cardstock with water (this is a cutting and embossing die), cut the cardstock with the die, and use a sponge dauber with Old Olive ink on the leaf tips. Tip-the die can be rinsed with water to remove the ink and I used my bone folder to curl the inner leaf tips.

5. Use Soft Suede ink on the pineapple die (press the die into the ink pad), spritz So Saffron cardstock with water (this is a cutting and embossing die), cut the cardstock with the die, be careful when removing the cardstock from the die (you want all the pieces, so just poke at the small holes), and use a sponge dauber with Mango Melody ink around the edges and slightly in the middle. Tip-as you can see, I’m missing a couple of pieces, but I still have them off to the side. After you adhere the pineapple, you can always use the Take Your Pick Tool and the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere those pieces.

To assemble the card front, adhere the DSP and Old Olive cardstock pieces together and then adhere to the DSP base layer as shown. I used liquid glue to adhere the pineapple and crown pieces to the DSP layer, avoiding the leaves that are curled:

Use Tear & Tape to adhere the burlap trim pieces next to each other, liquid glue to adhere the layered sentiment piece on top, and use three of the 3mm Gold Glitter Enamel Dots around the pineapple. This completed piece is adhered to a Real Red cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼”x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside sentiment, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Pretty Peacock ink, and adhere a ¾” x 4” piece of coordinating base layer DSP along the bottom:

Isn’t this a great way to get into that tropical state of mind? When I first started creating this card, I just started with the pineapple, and really played around with the different DSP designs to see what combinations I liked. A great way to combine different designs is to break them up with a layer of cardstock underneath, a complimentary color works best!

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