Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cabana Card

Boy was this fun to craft...scroll down to see how I made it!






This is my newest very fun tropical party card!  My inspiration for this card was my blog title...Crafty Cabana.
I wanted to create something that displayed the cabana feel and this is where my inspiration took me.
  • I combined two cards (an 8 1/2" x 11" paper cut in half horizontally and each folded and taped together)
  • Next I found some really great SVG kits: the Mahalo, and Mahalo Nui Loa from Lettering Delights, and the Hula Girl and waves which are free SVGs file from SVG Cuts. 
  • After I had these basic elements, I had to come up with something that would make the card stand out or pop, so I refered to my Pop-Up Book by Paul Jackson which demonstrated how to make a cylinder lay flat when closed and pops out when opened.  I used that base to create my Tiki Bar.  I added a ledge (with a drink) and for the thatched roof I cut stripes from yellow paper (without cutting all the way through so the stayed as one unit) and since they flew up and wouldn't stay down I added hemp to secure them.
  • For the palm trees (Lettering Delights) I thought it would be fun to hang some lanterns from them to really create a beach party feel.  I made the lanterns by accordion folding colored paper and clipping them to look a little more like a lantern and then hot glued them to a piece of hemp.
  • The background was fun because I had to figure out if I wanted daytime or twilight....of course I picked twilight!  I created the sunset background in Adobe Photoshop Elements and added a sparkle swirl brush in yellow to resemble stars and magic. Then I used 3 different colors of blue for the ocean, and cut out some sand and rocks.  I inked all of the edges to give it dimension and make it more interesting, and lots of glitter to finish it off.  I will probably definately make another fun scene, as soon as I think of what it will be! 



5 comments:

  1. I love this card, sure does look like a crafty cabana. You are always so creative, and great way to use your resources to expand on your creativity!

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  2. omg! LOOOOOOOVE your cabana card! it's absolutely adorable!

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  3. Love your cabana, very nicely done!!! I always enjoy seeing your cards. Thanks for putting up my button, hope to grow our blogs together as we are both starting!!

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  4. This card is awesome!!!!!! I may have to give it a try! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Wow, an incredible card and the person who gets this one is a very lucky person.

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