Who isn’t missing the Hawaiian Islands right about now? I am! The next best thing to being on the beach sipping a tropical drink with my toes in the sand is creating with some island themed paper goods!
A few items is all you need. Grab some items from your craft stash and lets see what you can make! All you need is some stamps, ink, ephemera, and stickers!
These simple tags were really easy to make. I stamped in various shades of green ink some tropical leaves on cardstock. I fussy cut the leaves out, for layering purposes I used some dimensional foam adhesive. The depth and dimension really add to your project. Allowing yourself to play with shades of one color also add to that depth. When you cannot add dimension through height, play with your color combinations to give that illusion of depth.
You do not have to reinvent the wheel when creating a card. You can think on a small level like a tag… and just make it bigger on a card scale. For this card I stamped some leaves on the background paper (is is my first layer of dimension), I added some of the tropical leaves I fussy cut out for the tag project. Using the dimensional foam adhesive I started to arrange the leaves in a pattern I wanted. You can see by the shadows just how much depth there is in between each piece.
After arranging the leaves in a pattern that I loved, I added stickers and ephemera to the project. Find an arrangement that brings your eye to the center. I used color to attract the eye. I kept the background designs all one color, even though there are different depths to each piece, it doesn’t distract because of the same shade of green that was used throughout the background. By using the pop of color in the center it brings your eye to the stickers and ephemera.
Don’t forget about the middle of your card. I like to add my sentiment there. To mimic the ocean breeze I used an “Action Wobble Mini Action Spring” from Hampton Arts on the Mahalo hand sign. When you open the card it springs into action like its waving “Mahalo” to you! I stamped the two tropical leaves, cut them out and placed them flush on the paper. The action spring already has adhesive on it, one side goes on your paper and the other side your design goes on. It add the perfect amount of fun to a card!
For this card I used the same technique with another shade of green ink. I wanted a more pastel green since the center piece I was going to use was more along that pastel color family. I once again placed my paper pieces of leaves and added dimension when adding my center piece.
This perfect Hawaiian Islands postage stamp is adorable. I just love the way it pops on this card! I have about a million more ways I want to use it!
These tags are perfect for gift wrapping, on party favors, as gift card holders, or in your card making. The cards are easy to make. A little layer goes a long way the you are designing. I hope you now have a few ideas of how to use and layer your items on projects. Have fun creating!
Cardstock – Michaels
Ink – Stamps of Life
Stamp- Social Paper Plan, Close to My Heart
Ephemera – Social Paper Plan
Stickers – Social Paper Plan