Just Us Girls Photo Week Challenge- Tropical

Hello, my crafty friends, and happy Tuesday! Today is Just Us Girls Challenge day and this week is Photo Week! To check out full challenge rules and how to enter, check them out here. I did something I’ve never done before on any card I’ve made for this challenge. I didn’t feel like any of the stamps I was pulling really worked with what I wanted to do so I did something very different (which you will see in a second 😉). I’m really happy with the final result. It’s different for me but it definitely pulled inspiration from the photo. Let me show you what I did!

A few month’s ago, a friend of mine was moving cross country and she was clearing her stuff out when she came across her Silhouette Cameo machine which she hadn’t really used. She asked me if I wanted it and of course I said yes! I just started using it to make memorial cards for my grandmother and then when I didn’t have anything I liked for this card challenge, I turned to my Cameo. I went through and found a palm tree image I liked and set to sizing it so it would fit an A2 card base. I stuck a piece of approximately 6″x5″ piece of black cardstock on the sticky mat, stuck it in the machine and cut it out.

Unfortunately, I’m still learning the settings and I didn’t tell it to cut deep enough so I took my craft knife and set to cutting the palm tree out with the border. I did also cut out the little cuts on the trunk but after thirty minutes of just that, I decided to leave the little parts that were to be cut out on the frauns and what not because I would still be cutting them out instead of typing this. I just flipped it over to the back where you couldn’t really see where it was supposed to be cut out.

For the background, I cut down a piece of Strathmore Watercolor paper to A2 size and got to work creating a wash with the colors I saw in the picture. I first taped my paper to hardboard and then I wet the whole piece with some clean water. I then took my Gansai Tambi Watercolors and went from the bottom up, adding the colors I saw in the picture but making it considerably lighter than the picture. I then took my Wagner Heat Tool and dried it because I had no time to wait for it to dry down all by itself. I then took 1/2″ Scor Tape and made a border around the back of the watercolor paper, with an extra strip going down the middle. I attached it to a top folding A2 card base. With the palm tree piece, I used my Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue and put glue all over the back of the piece. I lined it up with the card base and the watercolor piece and adhered it down. The liquid glue gave me a few seconds to fiddle with how it was lining up.

Next, I took a beach stamp set that was the cover gift of the last Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine I received and picked out a sentiment. I wiped down the palm tree with my anti-static powder tool and then stamped the sentiment ‘Sending Sunshine’ in my Versamark embossing ink. I coated the sentiment with my Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, tapped off the excess, and heat set it with my heat tool.

For the inside of the card, I used the same stamp set. I stamped ‘It’s your birthday’ with my favorite Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink and I then stamped a beach chair and beach umbrella in the bottom right hand corner with my Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige Premium Dye Ink. When I can, I like to add things like that to the inside of my cards because I feel it gives an extra special touch. When I want it to be subtle, I use the Simon ink I used here.

This is the final card. I had to resit hard the urge to use add gems and sequins and all the embellishments. I wanted this to be a nice one layer(ish) card and have it be Clean and Simple. I definitely want to try it again with the right settings on my Cameo so that all of the little itty bitty pieces will be cut out without me having to do it. I bet that would look really cool with a watercolor background like that.

Thank you so so much for stopping by today, as always your support means the world to me. To get notified each time I post, follow this blog before clicking out. If you want to see what I create and don’t share here, be sure to check out my Instagram (linked below!). I post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11AM PST. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope to see you again soon! Until next time, keep creating! XO Emma


4 thoughts on “Just Us Girls Photo Week Challenge- Tropical

  1. What a generous friend you have! I love my Cameo and don’t use it as often as I should. I think you made the right choice in not cutting the center of your fronds out by hand. The placement of the sentiment is perfect too! Great job with our inspiration photo and getting out of your comfort zone and making something that is not generally your style. We all should do that more. Thanks for playing along at Just Us Girls.

  2. Very cool card and thanks for sharing how you made it! Love the tree and the background is so gorgeous! Great job on the challenge theme and photo! Thanks so much for sharing it at JUGS!

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