Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Advice from a Cactus

Never did I ever think I would ever live in Arizona. Florida? Yes! Arizona? Never! But here I am spending my retirement years in the Sonoran Desert's Valley of the Sun - and liking it. And I have learned to see beauty in a cactus landscape. When I saw the inspiration photo (below) for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #399, I decided to use these stamps to build a cactus garden and disregarded the sketch. This challenge has three options:

1. Use the inspiration photo.
2. Use the sketch.
3. Use both the sketch and the photo.

Using alcohol-ink-friendly cardstock, the images were stamped and then colored using Copic alcohol markers. The images were masked so that the background could be colored blue using a soft brush and pouncing the color onto the card. The sentiment was stamped directly to the image panel. ("You are fan cactus.") Finally, two panels - one pink, one a green woodgrain - were angled and adhered to the white card base and the image panel topped it off.  The inside of the card was stamped with another sentiment and decorated with cardstock scraps and another stamped, colored and fussy-cut cactus image.

Be sure to visit the TSOT challenge blog. The challenge runs through Monday, March 25, 2019.

Stamps: Scraps of Love "Advice from a Cactus" (card front) & Cactus Doodle (inside)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! Soft Sky; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum; Spectrum Noir for alcohol ink
Paper: Sunny Studio "Amazing Argyll" (back side has wood grain)
Misc.: Judikins brush


  1. Love it all Mel...great sentiments outside and inside. I'll have to pull out those cactus stamps that bought awhile ago and was so anxious to use them and never did. Love it.

    1. Thank you, Sue! I really like these stamp sets, too. I have more from the same maker that I plan to use. Can't wait to see what you do with the images.

  2. OK - this made me laugh out loud! That sentiment is FAN-CACTUS! What a clever collection of cacti you have created - and the advice inside is perfect. Thanks for making me laugh today... I really need this. Love your card :)

    1. Thank you, Alyson! I actually made two of these almost exactly alike because I plan to mail one to my sister-in-law who is recovering from a long illness and one to a dear friend in Florida.

  3. What a cute card! Love your cactus, perfectly layered and perfectly colored! Great design! :)

  4. Love your card, Melanie! I always look forward to seeing what you create as a DT member! -Donna