H2H-Make It Tropical!

We are having a tropical theme challenge this week at H2H.  Considering I live far from the tropics.....tropical stamps are not big in my collection.  I decided to bring on the sunshine for my tropical theme!  My card was created with just inks and papers.  The varied patterns add plenty of texture, while still leaving the card flat for easy mailing.

My sun rays were stamped with the Patterned Pennants stamp set.  I alternated the colors with Honey and Goldrush.  For my sun, I layered Honey and Goldrush circles.  To give my sun texture, I randomly stamped a background stamp from the Universal Backgrounds Stamp set.  I stamped randomly and with varying pressures to get the mottled look.  There is no right or wrong way, just keep stamping until you get the look you like.

I inked my sentiment in black pigment ink and clear embossed.  The clear embossing gives it an extra pop against the colored  background.  For the inside, I added a couple of rays along the bottom to dress up the card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1534 Patterned Pennants
D1477 Universal Backgrounds
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5668 Honey Cardstock
1243 Goldrush Cardstock
Z2503 Basics Pigment Ink
Z2123 Goldrush Ink
Z2162 Honey Ink
Circle Dies-MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge-Summertime
Alota Rubber Stamps-Summer Feeling
Catered Crop-Mellow Yellow
Penny Black-Clean and Simple
Pile It On-Stripes/Plaid
The Squirrel & Fox-Summer or Winter

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. I love that sun!! Thanks for joining our challenge on Alota Rubberstamps!


  2. such a bright card with a very tropical look! thank you so much for playing along with us this month at penny black and more.

  3. Ooh, I feel warmer just looking at your lovely card! Such clever stamping and great design. Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge xx

  4. A stunning creation Allisa and I can almost feel the heat of the sun radiating from it.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  5. We could do with some of that sun here in England!! ;) This is such a bright and happy card, I love it :)

  6. This is stunning, A gorgeous burst of sunshine!
    Thank you for taking part in A Gem of A Challenge
    Sue xx

  7. Thank you for sharing this sunny and lovely card at Penny Black and More Challenge.
    Hope to see you again, good luck;-))m

  8. Your stamping is top-notch, Allisa! Those rays look so perfectly spaced. Love this one. :)

  9. This looks GREAT! I love how you thought around the problem of not having the right stamps, and your technique looks great :D
    good job!

    Simple Salutations


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