Life is Good

I finally got around to making another full card as part of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I’ve managed to fit in some coloring time every day, but this is only the second actual completed card I’ve made thus far. If you want to see the other things I’ve colored this week that haven’t made it into a card yet, please check out my Instagram feed.

This card was inspired by the Summer Sunset card Kristina Werner posted on her blog today. As soon as I saw it, I knew creating a tropical sunset would be absolutely perfect for my Life is Good stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I’ve been wanting to make a card with it ever since I got it a couple of months ago, but just hadn’t found the right idea until now.

Life is Good finished cardIt was really fun going back and using the masking technique again since I worked on that all of last week during the Mask-erade class I took over at Online Card Classes. It was definitely good to reinforce those skills again.

To start things off, I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ panel from Marshmallow cardstock by Bazzill. I also cut a piece of masking paper from Simon Says Stamp to the same size. I die cut a three inch circle in the masking paper using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Small Standard Circles die set slightly off center to the right. Of course, any set of circle dies would work fine for this. I then layered the mask on top of the cardstock to do some ink blending using some Mini Distress Inks and the Mini Blending Tool.

NOTE: Be careful when applying the mask. I inadvertently tore mine in a couple of places. Thankfully, the tears were very small, so I just covered them with a bit of washi tape so I didn’t have to waste the mask.

Ink Blending SunsetThe colors I selected for creating my tropical sunset were Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and a very small amount of Chipped Sapphire at the very top. I took my time and added the colors very lightly allowing them to build up in intensity by adding several layers of color. Once I had a sunset look I really liked, it was time to remove the mask to unveil my finished tropical sun.

Ink Blending Tropical SunOnce my sunset was finished, it was just a matter of stamping the other images and sentiment I wanted to use on my card. For the sentiment, seabirds, and sand hill, I used VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I stamped those using my MISTI stamping tool to ensure I got them lined up exactly where I wanted because I wanted to be sure the sand hill didn’t get stamped on top of my sun, but just touching right up against it. Using the MISTI made this quite easy.

I stamped the tree, crab, and starfish on some Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored them using Copic markers in the following colors:

  • Tree Trunk: E33, E35, E37
  • Palm Fronds: YG63, YG67
  • Crab: R02, R05, R14
  • Starfish: Y15, Y17, Y38 (my favorite yellow combination!)

Once colored, I fussy cut the images leaving no white border. I went around all of the edges using a Memento Tuxedo Black marker to cover the white edges and make the images “pop” more once they were adhered to the card.

Before adhering them, I wanted to give the sand a bit of color. Since I used the VersaFine ink, I knew I could use some of my water-based markers. I opted to use the Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen in Oatmeal because it seemed to be the best “sand” color in my 36 piece set. Even though I wasn’t using watercolor paper, I very lightly went over the color using a mostly dry Aquash water pen just to blend out the ink a bit.

After the watercolor bit dried, I adhered the tree and crab using some foam tape to give them a little dimension. Since the starfish was so small, I adhered it directly to the panel using some Multi-Medium Matte.

For my card base, I used some Doll Pink cardstock from Simon Says Stamp. I prepped the front using my EK Tools Powder Tool then stamped it with the BG Diagonal Stripes background stamp from My Favorite Things using Versamark ink. I covered the ink using some clear embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp then heat set it using my heat gun.

Diagnoal Stripe Embossed BackgroundI adhered the white panel to the card base using some Big Momma foam tape from Simon Says Stamp. This foam tape is half the thickness {1/32″} than the Scotch foam tape {1/16″}, so it’s really nice to use when adding multiple layers of foam tape to keep the card from getting too thick or just for times when you don’t want quite as much dimension.

To finish off the card, I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the tree, crab, and starfish. I just love Wink of Stella! I also added a tiny bit of shadowing in the sand beneath each of those elements using Zig Clean Color pen in Light Gray.

Here’s another final look at the finished card:

Life is Good finished cardI absolutely love how this card turned out. It’s everything I’d hoped for and then some! Because of that, I’m entering this card into two different card challenges.

Lawnscaping Badge     Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge
I’m entering it into the “Calling All Critters” challenge over at the Lawnscaping Challenges blog. I’m also entering it into the “Freestyle” challenge over at the Hiding in My Craft Room blog.

Until next time …

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  1. Samantha Casey says:

    Amazing card! I love the background you made, it is so pretty! Thanks for playing the Lawnscaping Challenge!

  2. Samantha M says:

    oh wow!! this is amazing! i LOOOOOOOVE that majestic sunset background you made! wow!! it’s just incredible! and that little crab still cracks me up! i love him! thank you SO much for playing along with the Lawnscaping Challenge! 🙂

  3. Kamila says:

    This card is so beautiful! I love how you took your inspiration even further and created a little island and added the crab and the palm tree really beautiful and soothing scene!

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