Project Description

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!

Joe