Are you dreaming about the tropics today? I am too with the heavy rains and thunderstorms these last few days sitting on the beach right now sounds wonderful. And I know that all my girlfriends in the USA can’t wait for their long winter to quickly leave too! So today, Leah and myself are placing ourselves in the tropics using our Tropical Paradise stamp set.

We begin with Leah’s tropical card featuring a mid-day scene. I love her coloring with Copics. Her sunshine and birds really caught my eye! I must try the gorgeous yellow ring around the sun next time. Here’s Leah!

Hi there! Do you like making scenery cards? I really do! I think it’s a lot of fun to come up with a scene and vary the feeling you can create. For my card today I used the fabulous scene building stamp set from Inspired By Stamping called Tropical Paradise. I decided to make this a mid-day scene.

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I like to lay out my stamps onto my card base first to get an idea of what will go where and then decide if I will mask anything. I decided for my sailboat to stamp it on separate paper and trim it out though masking would have worked as well. I colored my images with Copics.

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To give the sun that extra glow I took a very light yellow Copic marker and colored outside of the stamped image. For my sky I like to use a very light blue and lay down color in a swirly motion to represent clouds.

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For my sentiment I wanted something big so I used the new Big Hello set which was perfect! I added a few sequins to highlight the sentiment. I hope you’ll try making a scene card! Have a wonderful day.

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Tropical Paradise
Big Hello

Signature

It’s my turn again to share a card with you today. It’s been a fun and busy week in the craft room. Here’s today’s fun and cheery tropical card!

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To make this card, you will need a piece of watercolor paper measuring 4 x 5 1/4” inches.

I used the following supplies:

Watercolor Paper 140lbs

Tropical Paradise stamp set

Birthday Greetings stamp set

Newton & Winsor Watercolor Paints (let me know if you are interested in the colors I used and I will list them in the comment section)

Tombow Markers numbers 277, 539 & 879

Scrap paper to create my line between ocean and sky

Brown and Cream Cardstock for layers

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To begin coloring today’s card, I put down a wash of very light sand color. The white between the turquoise and sand, is just blank watercolor paper. I then used a piece of scrap paper and created my line between ocean and sky.

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I then moved on to my ocean. Again, starting with my lightest turquoise color. After each layer completely dried, I then applied a second, third and for the darkest turquoise color a fourth layer.

A key tip here is to make sure the paper is completely dried before adding a new color because the watercolors will bleed together (ocean and sky colors) and then you will have to start over.

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After the watercolors dried, I then grabbed my Towbow markers. I didn’t want to use the entire large stamp set and only colored the palm trees, leaving out the hut in this scene. I then stamped the birds with markers and while the ink was still wet, I gently used a 0 watercolor brush to move some ink around to fill in the birds.

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I didn’t want to stamp on the outside with a sentiment so grabbed our Birthday Greetings stamp set for the inside. I also stamped a few palm trees on the edges for decoration.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s card! I am working on another video tutorial featuring our Tropical Paradise stamp set. Here’s a little sneak peek…

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A very special thank you to Leah for creating such a beautiful card with our stamps. Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you are dreaming about sitting on the beach as much as I am! We will be back tomorrow with more inspiration! With paper hugs, Joanna

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