Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tropicool Greetings- Hello Card

Hey, Crafty Friends!
Summer is at its end and the summer heat is finally dying down. That doesn't mean we can't still can't take advantage of all this beautiful sunshine. Its rays are inspiring and its vibrancy, mesmerizing! I'll let all that light soak in and fill me with joy. I find that people are often the product of their environment and are often what they surround themselves with. And personally, I LOVE to LOVE. I love to feel HAPPY. I love to LAUGH. I love ENERGY. I also find that when I'm filled with those things and give off those things, the people around me do too. 

Today, I'm sharing some LOVE with this BRIGHT & CHEERFUL Tropical Tucan Card using dies from Sizzix's Tropicool Collection by Lynda Kanase.

First, I gathered my materials...

Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase- Tropicool Banner (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase- Card Front, Tropicool Leaves (Sizzix)
Stitched Ovals (Sizzix)
3D Textured Impressions- Tropical Leaves (Sizzix)
ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Pads-  Olive, Coral, Pewter, Black Bean (Clearsnap)
ColorBox Petal Point- Enchantment, Boardwalk (Clearsnap)
Cardstock- Gray, Moss Green, White, Yellow (Open Stock- Hobby Lobby)
Vellum (Open Stock- Hobby Lobby)
Mini Spray/ Misting Bottle
Makeup Brush
Liquid Glue
Hemp Twine
Seed Beads
White Gel Pen (Sakura)
Heat Tool (optional)

I started by spritzing down a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of white cardstock with clean water. Then, inserted it into the Tropical Leaves Textured Impression folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.

I removed it from the folder and let it dry. Then, applied Lettuce ink from Clearsnap's Boardwalk ColorBox Petal Point with a Colorbox Stylus and Tip.

Then, applied Olive (also from the Boardwalk PetalPoint) just over the raised areas.

I die-cut tucan pieces and monstera leaves using Lynda Kanase's Tropicool Banner dies by Sizzix. 

I die-cut the majority of the tucan from a light gray cardstock then added depth by inking and shading the body and wing. I used a ColorBox Stylus and Tip to apply Pewter ColorBox Premium Dye Ink all around the perimeter. Then darkened the shading by adding Black Bean ink on the edges using a ColorBox Art Dauber.

I die cut the feet and beak from yellow cardstock then shaded it with Coral ColorBox Premium Dye Ink

When the ink was completely dried, I layered and assemble the paper pieces to create the tucan. Then, I added foam adhesive to give the wing dimension. 

To finish the tucan, I used a white gel pen to draw highlights.

I die-cut the monstera leaves from green cardstock. Then, shaded it with Olive ColorBox Premium Dye Ink using a ColorBox Stylus and Tip.

I used the hibiscus die (also included in the Tropicool Banner set to cut white cardstock. I shaded the centers using Pink from the Enchanted ColorBox Petal Point and a small makeup brush.

Once the centers were completely dried, I spritzed each flower with water using a mini mister. Then, I twisted each petal to add texture and heat set them to hold the added dimension. 

I layered and adhered 2 flowers together using a clear drying liquid glue. Then added a dollop to each center and sprinkled on seed beads.

The beads were set once the glue turned clear.

I wrapped twine across the top of my card and tied it into a bow. 

Then, die-cut an oval from vellum using Sizzix's Stitched Ovals. I ran the oval through a Xyron Creative Station Lite and adhered it directly to the embossed card front.

I added small strips of foam adhesive to the back of the monstera leaves then positioned them around the oval.

I added more foam adhesive behind the tucan and attached it over the leaves. Then attached the flowers with liquid glue.

Finally, I die-cut my cards sentiment out of white and black cardstock. I used the "hello" die from Lynda Kanase's Card Front, Tropicool Leaves set and layered the two pieces together and slightly overlapping one of the die-cuts to give the appearance of a shadow. 

And here is my finished card...

I hope you enjoyed this card and the rest of his summer weather because Fall will be blowing in real soon!

Until next time...

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