Hello there! This is Ashlea and I am so very excited to be sharing my first project as part of the Ink Road Stamps Design Team. I thought it was only right as a newbie to showcase one of the newbie sets, This Stamp is Bananas.
It just so happened to by my husband’s birthday the day that I received this set and I knew exactly what I wanted to create for his card. When I first showed him this set when Lara shared it, he actually laughed out loud when he saw this quote so it was a no-brainer. Also, he’s a fine-apple. 😉
Here’s a video showing my thought process and how I created this card!
If you’re more of a written step-by-step learner, I’ve got you covered!
It’s super simple! Honestly, the hardest part of this card is controlling the spacing of the pineapple’s for the background pattern. I tend to get a little carried away and the spacing ends up not so great. The trick (for me, anyway) is to start stamping the pineapples off of the card stock and fill in the middle afterwards. But always experiment to find what works best for you.
- Begin by trimming a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of white card stock.
- Using the pineapple stamp and your favorite ink (mine is Catherine Pooler, especially for block image stamps like this) in light yellow, stamp the pineapple in all different orientations and directions. Again, I like stamping off of the card stock to begin and then filling in the center afterward.
- Using your MISTI or any stamp positioning tool and scrap a piece of white card stock, mask off the top of the pineapple and ink the lower portion with a darker yellow color than you used for the background. Remove your masking from the top of the pineapple and stamp onto your card stock.
- Since you’ve used your stamp positioning tool, you can now mask the lower portion of the pineapple stamp and ink the top portion with a green ink. When you remove the masking and stamp, it will be in the exact position as your previous stamp making the top of the pineapple green, and the bottom yellow. Magic!
- Fussy cut the pineapple out and leave it aside while you stamp the sentiment “if you were a fruit you’d be a fine-apple”. I used VersaFine ink so that I could emboss it with clear embossing powder making it a very bold black and more legible.
- Using foam adhesive, adhere the pineapple to the top portion of the card front just above the sentiment. Then adhere the card front to a piece of black card stock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ as a matted background. I always feel that black matted background add so much to the imagery of the card front especially for a card meant for a masculine guy.
- Finally, adhere the card front to an A2 sized card base and use Glossy Accents to the diamond pattern on the main pineapple to add shine and interest.
It looks like a lot, doesn’t it? I promise when you start you’ll be surprised at how simple it is. You can also always skip steps according to your liking and style, especially steps like the glossy accents and black matted background.
Thank you so very much for joining me today! I hope that you’ve enjoyed learning a bit about how I created this card and how you can too! I can’t wait to see what you create with this set (it’s one of my all time favorites!) and I will see you again very soon!