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Summer Smiles

June 16, 2024 in Sunny Studio - No Comments

Happy Sunday!

I’ve got a tropical summer card for you today with the adorable cockatoos from the Tropical Birds Stamps!


I began this A2 card by creating a patterned background panel to match my color scheme. I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using a Stitched Rectangle Die and then stamped/heat embossed the monstera leaf from the Tropical Birds Stamps all along the outside edges using Speckled Egg Distress embossing glaze. I then inked over the embossed leaves with Speckled Egg Distress ink and adhered the panel to the center of the card front.


Next, I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using the largest Limitless Labels I Die and lightly inked the center of the die-cut with yellow ink focusing on the top and bottom areas. I stamped the “smiles” sentiment from the Radiant Plumeria Stamps in the bottom right with a peach ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then adhered the label die-cut centered on the background panel.


For a tropical backdrop, I stamped two hibiscus flowers from the Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps and five monstera leaves from the Radiant Plumeria Stamps using peach, orange and blue-green inks from my stash. I die-cut them using the coordinating dies and adhered the smaller hibiscus at the top first followed by the five leaves. Before adhering the large hibiscus, I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using the Tree Branch Die, inked it with Frayed Burlap Distress ink, adhered it over the leaves and then added the hibiscus.


To finish, I stamped the cockatoos, monstera leaves and hibiscus from the Tropical Birds Stamps on Neenah Classic Crest 80lb solar white cardstock, colored them with Copics and die-cut them using the coordinating dies. I heat embossed the “Summer” sentiment from the Radiant Plumeria Stamps with white embossing powder on white cardstock and inked over it with yellow and peach inks. I then fussy cut around the sentiment. For a shadow effect and to make the sentiment stand out a bit more, I inked white cardstock with Lost Shadow Distress ink, adhered the sentiment overlapping it and fussy cut along the bottom edge. I then adhered the sentiment using foam dimensional tape.


I hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by today!

Cathy Chapdelaine

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