Friday, June 24, 2011


Good morning stampers!

As I promised yesterday I would share with you a tropical card using the new in color CALYPSO CORAL! Here it is:

Isn't that color gorgeous? I love it! Goes perfect with related colors for making sunset cards. Wouldn't it be awesome to be somplace like that right now? I was inspired by a card made by Loll Thompson on splitcoaststampers. She did a gorgeous card with this layout using blues for her water and yellows for her sky. She also used glossy paper and a brayer, I just used whisper white and sponges. In fact....if you can believe it the only stamps on this card are the two Palm Trees! They are from the stamp set Plant Hope. The rest of the card was done using post it notes as masks and sponging! Super easy once you get the hang of it and huge WOW factor! Schedule a workshop with me and I can teach you how to make these types of cards!

If you want to try one on your own here are the colors I used and what I did:

After masking your horizon line with a post its....Sponge On
Make your sun by punching a 1" circle from a post it being sure to get some sticky and place it where you want your sun... Then Sponge
CALYPSO CORAL then sponge

For the water I used:

The mountains I just ripped post its to make the edges rough, masked the area off with post its and sponged with basic black until it was solid.
I added white gel pen water highlights.
Stamped the trees in basic black then colored in the trucks, the branches, and the fronds with a basic black marker.
Freehanded the little birds
Highlighted a few palm fronds with my white gel pen...and WAAALAHHH....PARADISE!

I inked my square lattice embossing folder with calypso coral ink before running the calypso coral card stock through the big shot to give that piece extra depth. Very pretty color! I am loving the new in colors.... ONLY 6 more days for the new catalog to start! YAY! I hope you try one of these cards - they are fun! Have a great day!

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Beautiful card. Great use of that color - perfect. Certainly would be lovelier there than living with all the rain we've been having.

Colorado Crafter

Just found your blog and was looking around. Your cards are lovely! I tried to find the card you mentioned that inspired your tropical sunset, but didn't have any luck. Could you provide a link to Loll's card???

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