Saturday, 15 November 2014

Tropical sunset

It's coming up to my brother-in-law's birthday,  and although I make a lot of male-oriented cards, I always find him difficult to make for, as he's not keen on any of the "traditional" male hobbies. His main hobby is going on holiday, usually to tropical places, the hotter the better. So I decided to make him a tropical sunset scene.

I die cut an oval in scrap card and used it to mask off  all but the centre of a white card, then sponged inks of various ocean and sunset colours through the aperture dragging them horizontally to give that "striated" effect you so often see at sunset. (Tip - to position the aperture, place the oval you have die cut in the place where you would like your design to be, then put the waste back in place over it as if trying to reassemble the original piece of card. Lift out the die cut and your aperture is perfectly positioned. )

I used a stamp positioner to place the palm trees, so they didn't end up floating in mid air or lying underwater, then stamped with black ink and embossed with clear. Finally I stamped a greeting - using the stamp positioner again. I think it's indispensable when making CAS cards!

I'd already lifted out everything ready to make this card when I looked  in on Less is More this morning and saw that the latest challenge is "More than one tree" - there's serendipity for you!


  1. oooh I am up for a sunny getaway, lovely card.

  2. What a delightful take on the theme? Gr8 make


  3. This really stood out for me amongst the Christmas trees - lovely!


  4. Lovely card, really evokes a tropical island.
    Lynn x

  5. I wondered if there would be any non Christmassy cards... this is really tropical... super job!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  6. Gorgeous image and card and thanks so much for your positioning tips! Placement is even more important in CAS cards than any other style, so I know exactly what you mean!

  7. Super stunning and love that tropical effect.
    Very clever not doing Christmas but love it equally
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  8. Jane what a gorgeous card and you're right, there is no hiding place on a CAS card for placement mistakes!
    Thank you for joining us at Less is More
    LIM Designer

  9. Love your tropical scene Jane, it's brightened up an otherwise gloomy Monday morning. Carol x

  10. I'd love to watch this sunset on Hawaii.


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