Do You Need Tropical Christmas Cards?

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If you are making tropical Christmas cards, you HAVE to see this!

Believe it or not, tropical Christmas cards are pretty popular. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you celebrate Christmas during your warm season. And if you live somewhere warm, a card like this is a perfect nod to your location. We just about fell over when we saw this card from Kittie and knew we had to share it with you all! You can see her original post here and we wanted to share some of her tips.

First, to make that gorgeous sea and sky background, Kittie simple applied some masking tape across the panel and applied her darker shade of Color Fuse Ink from Set #9 to the bottom half with a blending brush. She removed the tape and then applied a lighter shade from the same set over the top half being sure to blend right into the “water” for a seamless look. (Since you are blending lighter into darker and because each Color Fuse set is formulated to blend perfectly, you can mix at the edge and not end up with a line.) Now for some magic – Kittie dabbed some white embossing paste over the water with her finger and sprinkled some clear glitter over it and set it aside to dry. We know, right? We aren’t sure we will EVER make water any other way!

As she usually does, Kittie added lots of shading and dimension to her sand, palm fronds and tree trunks using reinkers and a water brush. You can see how much detail this adds so don’t skip this easy step!

For those absolutely off the chain adorable Christmas lights Kittie shared a great PRO TIP that will save you time AND sanity. She cut the lights out using different colored card stock scraps and then stretched her gold twine out straight, taping it down at both ends, to attach the lights. SO much easier than trying to “chase” the cord around!

For step by step instructions, be sure to hop over here and see all of Kittie’s instruction. Here are the items from the shop that Kittie used today on her beach themed Christmas card:

 
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If you are planning to make tropical Christmas cards – one for a friend who lives somewhere warm or as a nod to your home – this project should give you some great inspiration!

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