Life’s A Beach Card with Sand from Cancun!

February 6th, 2012 by
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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!







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Meet Create N Craft Blogger Joe Rotella

Joe’s mom started the family on crafting. As early as he can remember, his mom was crocheting. When she brought home a Brother knitting machine, he was fascinated and soon he was creating designs from Christening dresses to ski wear. He dabbled in macramé, string art and latch hooked rugs when they were hot in the 70’s. Now, in his mid-forties, Joe’s turned his eye to paper crafting. He loves detail and 3D work. His specialty is upcycling.

Joe’s work has appeared in Scrap & Stamp Arts, Just Steampunk! and Somerset Studio Gallery magazines. He’s filmed a segment of Crafting at the Spotted Canary with Joy Macdonell (airs on PBS Fall 2011), many segments for Scrapbook Soup TV and has won Archiver’s One-of-a-Kind Wall Art contest (Ohio, August 2011). He’s served on the Viva Las Vegastamps! design team.

Joe’s an expert on the Zing Air Cutting Machine and frequent teacher at events including Artiscape, Stampaway, Memories Expo and Gen Con.

When he’s not designing paper art projects, he works as CMO at Delphia Consulting.

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  1. Amy Day said:

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

  2. Mary said:

    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 said:

      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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