Life’s A Beach Card with Sand from Cancun!

by Joe Rotella on February 6, 2012

Lifes A Beach card with sand from Cancun
Last June, I was in Mexico for business and had just a few minutes to run to the beach and feel the water before heading back to the airport for the trip home to Ohio. In those short minutes, I couldn’t resist filling an empty water bottle with sand, knowing it might come in handy for some future craft project. Well, the time has come.

I thought these four stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps! would make a great beach scene:
Alien Sun Tanning 1 1/4 x 2 (#2277)
- Sunbathing Lady 2 x 2 3/4 (#2414)
- Sunbathing Lady 1 1/2 x 2 3/4 (#14263)
- Life’s A Beach 1 1/4 x 2 1/4 (#14215)

I stamped the three figures and then cut them out with my new cutting machine – the Zing! It does an AMAZING job fussy cutting because it has a 3-point laser alignment system. And it’s fast! It cuts 20″ per second!

The stamped figures were colored with Copic markers.

I created the umbrella with the Zing too. Each piece is made by taking a triangle and “cutting out” a circle from the bottom of it. A stir stick inked with Brushed Corduroy makes the perfect umbrella pole.

To make the card base, I started with a cream colored card and used Faded Jeans and Wild Honey distress inks to make the sky. The inks were applied with an ink applicator in a circular motion on a non-stick craft sheet.

To make the beach, I applied three overlapping strips of 1″ wide Miracle Tape to the card, trimming the top strip so it had a bit of a wave too it before adhering it to the card. I dumped on some of my Cancun sand, used a brayer to be sure it was pushed down on to the tape and shook off the excess. The tape does a great job holding the sand. Instant beach!

I attached the pieces to the card base using Miracle Tape and foam dots. I added a bit more sand around the base of the umbrella pole using liquid glue.

Viva Las VegaStamps!For more projects using Viva Las Vegastamps! check out their Design Team blog.

Happy Crafting!







{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy Day February 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Joe! I told you – never put my picture on the web! Baby got back! Love it! So cute!


Mary February 16, 2012 at 4:48 am

Joe love this card. But how did you cut your stamped images on the zing? Do you have a video tutorial on this. I just got a zing and am trying to learn it. Thanks!


Joe Rotella March 12, 2012 at 5:04 am

Thanks for your comment!! I stamped the images on white cardstock and scanned it. I used the Pixel Trace feature of Make The Cut! to pull in the scan and create a vector image of the outline of the stamps (using the Blackout and Texturize features of Pixel trace). Then I printed it out on cardstock using the Make The Cut print feature that adds registration marks. I put that cardstock on the mat, aligned the zing blade to the registration marks using the 3 point laser alignment and cut. It worked amaZINGly well!


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