Hello, pineapple!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun and tropical card featuring the Tropical Oasis Suite! The Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper has some absolutely beautiful designs that are sure to perk you up and out of those “winter blues”! As I was looking over the DSP and trying to decide which design to use, I thought why not the pineapple design? I will admit that it’s not necessarily a design that I would be drawn to create with, so I thought this would be a perfect way to not only challenge myself, but to also create a cute and fun card! 

For the base layer, cut a piece of Soft Suede cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, spritz with some water, and emboss with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I then used my Stazon Saddle Brown ink pad and “dragged” it across the embossed cardstock, vertically and horizontally (top to bottom and left to right). I felt that this really gave the embossed cardstock that “basket” look:

For the card front, you will need:

1. Cut a 3” x 3” square of this design from the DSP and then cut at 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” square of So Saffron cardstock to be layered under the DSP. 

2. Stamp the pineapple stamp in the Saddle Brown in on Very Vanilla cardstock, use the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Watercolor pencils to color in, blend with the Stampin’ Blender Pen, and cut out with the coordinating die.

3. Choose one of the Tropical Oasis Trinkets.

4. Cut a 5 ¼” piece of the Braided Burlap Trim.

5. Using the aloha die, cut two times from Very Vanilla cardstock and one time from the Gold Foil Sheet. All three layers will be adhered together, with the gold foil cut out on top.

6. Use three of the leaf dies to cut out of Old Olive cardstock (I spritzed the cardstock first with water since these are cut and emboss dies) and then took each leave and “dragged” them across the saddle brown ink pad, making sure the edges get inked.

I used Tear & Tape to adhere the burlap trim across the middle of the embossed cardstock base layer, adhere the pineapple cut out on top of one of the pineapples from the DSP, adhere the DSP/cardstock layers to the embossed cardstock base layer with dimensionals, and a glue dot to adhere the trinket to the burlap trim:

The leaves are adhered to the embossed cardstock base layer and the layered die cut sentiment is adhered around the bottom of the leaves. I also frayed the end of the burlap trim with my fingernails:

This completed piece is adhered to an Old Olive cardstock base layer, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp and color the pineapple in the corner the same way as the one on the card front, and stamp the sentiment in saddle brown ink:

This card is just so cute! Not only is this also a great “masculine” card, but if you are looking for Father’s Day cards, this would totally be a great option! I know, it may seem a little soon to be thinking about Father’s Day, but I just wanted to show you that this suite also has a masculine side and you can easily make multiples of this card since the DSP cut is smaller!

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Sending You Tropical Wishes

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a warm and tropical birthday card featuring the Tropical Oasis Suite! My Saddle Brown Stazon Ink pad arrived from backorder a couple weeks ago and it was time experiment with it! Not only that, but I really wanted to work on my coloring of the flowers from this stamp set. I really like the stamped image in the Saddle Brown ink, it doesn’t feel as harsh as using Memento or Early Espresso inks, and there was no “bleeding” considering I used a Blender Pen, Stampin’ Blends, and Wink of Stella. I also played around with different coloring tools, Blends, Sponging, and Markers, but ultimately, I really liked using the Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen for coloring and then used the Light Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends to “fill in” the petals.

The base layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and is embossed with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I then took the Saddle Brown ink pad and “dragged” it across the embossed side, horizontally and vertically, to give the embossed cardstock some depth:

For the front of the card, you will need:

1. This design from the Tropical Oasis DSP, cut at 4” x 4”.

2. Two strips of the Braided Burlap Trim, each cut at 4”.

3. Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink on a ¾” strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and trim down.

4. Stamp the palm trees in Saddle Brown ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the coordinating dies. Use the Old Olive watercolor pencil to color in the leaves, the Early Espresso watercolor pencil (very lightly) to color the tree trunk, and use a Blender Pen to blend, or soften, the leaves and tree trunk. I created the “coconuts” by coloring the 3mm Pearl Basic Jewels with the Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends.

5. Stamp the hibiscus flower in Saddle Brown ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die. Color the stamen with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends and color the middle of the flower, the shaded areas on the petals, and around the edge of the petals with a Calypso Coral watercolor pencil. I very lightly used the Real Red watercolor pencil for definition around the flower center, used a Blender Pen to blend the watercolor areas, used Light Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends to fill in the petals, and then went over the whole flower with Wink of Stella.

6. For the two smaller flowers, I did the same thing as above, but I used a little bit more Real Red watercolor pencil in the shaded center areas, and colored a 3mm Pearl Basic Jewel with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends for the center of the flowers. 

I first adhered the DSP to the embossed base layer with Multipurpose Glue and then adhered the two strips of Braided Burlap Trim with Tear & Tape Adhesive:

The hibiscus and one of the smaller flowers are adhered to the DSP and the other small flower is adhered with a dimensional. For the palm tree, I placed dimensionals behind the leaves and then a little bit of adhesive to the bottom of the tree trunks, so they will stick to the braided trim. Then I decided that the sentiment would be adhered to the DSP, in the upper right corner:

This completed piece is then adhered to an Early Espresso cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink, and then use the pineapple stamp to stamp just the top along the bottom in Old Olive ink, filling in the leaves with the Old Olive watercolor pencil and the Blender Pen:

Isn’t this a super cool card?? This is a fun way to get out those watercolor pencils that have been sitting around just collecting dust! Lol I will admit that I completely forgot about coloring with them and a Blender Pen versus an Aqua Painter, so maybe now I won’t be so intimidated by trying to figure out how to color the flowers without making them look like a blob!!

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No stamping required!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new Country Club Designer Series Paper from the 2020 Mini Catalog! This is part of the Country Club Suite, which is perfect for the golfer in your life! Not only that, but if you are planning what to make for Father’s Day or have a more bright and colorful cards, this would also be perfect! Yes, I know that Father’s Day is down the road and we literally just celebrated Christmas….just throwing ideas out there! Lol Trust me, I’m still recovering from the Christmas rush to get everything made, out the door, and spending time with family. So, why not show you an easy card to make that requires NO stamping? That’s right, one of the designs from the DSP has a side that you can color (or not) and it cuts perfectly to make 12 smaller cuts at 3” x 4”. I thought this would be perfect to get out both sets of the Watercolor Pencils and the Aqua Painter for today’s card!

I cut one strip at 4” and then cut each scene at 3”, which there are 3 different scenes, and if you cut down a 12” x 12”, you will get 4 of each scene. For this card, I chose to color this scene:

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

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Enough Whisper White Baker’s Twine to tie around the DSP twice, to crisscross the front.

2. A 2 ½” x 4” piece of Vellum cardstock embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder (I put a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock behind it so you could see).
3. Color in the scenery with Watercolor Pencils using Garden Green for the trees, Early Espresso for the tree trunks, Balmy Blue for the water, Granny Apple Green for the grass, Crushed Curry for the shirt, Night of Navy for the pants, Basic Black for the hat and gloves, mix Balmy Blue and Whisper White for the sky, and mix Flirty Flamingo (very light) with Whisper White to color the arm. I used the small tipped aqua painter to blend (or color) the colors on the DSP. Tip-be very easy with the amount of water used, as you can see I used a bit too much for the sky and the paper will start to crinkle up.

To assemble, I first adhered the embossed Vellum cardstock in the middle of the DSP and then wrapped the baker’s twine around to crisscross the front:

I then adhered the scenery on top with dimensionals and adhered this completed piece to a Night of Navy cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and adhere a ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the side:

Viola! Now you have a “no stamped card”! I know, that’s because technically I left the inside sentiment blank! Lol Think of it this way, you can now make some quick and easy “blank” cards to have on hand for any occasion! How many times have you needed a card at the last minute? For me, it’s usually because my husband asks me “Hey, can you make a card for…?” and I tell him I already have one, just need to stamp the inside sentiment! 

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Floral Essence, Vellum Cardstock, and Watercolor Pencils

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a bright and cheerful card made from the Perennial Essence Suite! Sometimes a card starts with just a piece of designer series paper and what better DSP than the Perennial Essence DSP? When I first received this DSP, I cut some of it up so I would have 4” x 5 ¼” pieces ready to go. Even though this DSP looks more like it was painted on, I thought I would try to incorporate making a watercolor flower. Remember last fall SU! introduced Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2? They were a “special purchase” and I thought for sure they would wind up in a catalog, but then they just disappeared….Well, they are back in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and I used a couple of these to color in the vellum flower on the card front!

I used Vellum cardstock to heat emboss the flower from Floral Essence in gold, colored the center of the flower with Crushed Curry and the outer petals with Flirty Flamingo Watercolor Pencil, using my Blender Pen to fill in the coloring. (I put a piece of Whisper White cardstock behind the flower so you could see it a little better):

For the card front, I fussy cut the flower out of the vellum, used this design from the DSP cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, used the fourth largest layering Stitched Rectangle die to cut out of the So Saffron Vellum, and stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo ink, cutting out with the second largest rectangle Stitched Rectangle die (the sentiment should be in the bottom right side):

There’s a couple ways to adhere the vellum to the DSP, you can use liquid glue and a sponge to spread on the backside or you can hide snail behind the sentiment piece and use glue dots in the corners (I have embellishments that I’m using that will hide these) or if you have the adhesive sheets left over from the previous catalog, you can cut a piece and use that. I adhered the vellum to the DSP, aligning to the left bottom corner, and then adhered the sentiment across, close to the bottom of the vellum:

The base layer is adhered to a So Saffron card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. I used liquid glue to adhere the vellum flower to the sentiment piece and placed a Perennial Essence Flower Center in the center. In three of the corners of the vellum piece, I used the gold Designer Elements:

The inside is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sentiment is in Flirty Flamingo ink, and the flowers are in So Saffron ink:

Isn’t this a fun card?? As I was putting the card together, the vellum flower started to curl (from the blender pen), so I just used my finger to flatten it out a bit. I was so happy that SU! brought the second assortment of watercolor pencils back! Now you have more core colors to choose from, including some from the color revamp!

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