Aloha from the Beach!

Tropical Sunset Card

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

A handmade card using Imagine and Tsukineko inks featuring a Kaleidacolor sunset and hand tinted Turtles, shells and palm tree with the sentiment Aloha! on top.

Dreaming of a vacation—somewhere on a tropical beach under swaying palm trees? Whether you’re going there or it is only wishful thinking, you can make your own beautiful sunset with a Kaleidacolor inkpad and a brayer.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes



Step 1

Ink a brayer with the Kaleidacolor Tahiti pad and apply the ink to one side of the gelli plate. Re-ink the brayer (being careful to keep the colors straight) and ink the rest of the gelli plate, turning the plate to have colors meet up to create a seamless pattern. Place your paper on the gelli plate, rub and lift it (and the ink) back off.


Step 2

Stamp images using Coffee Bean Brilliance ink onto white cardstock, stamping doubles in case of errors and at least two palm trees for layering.


Step 3

Tap the corners of Memento, Memento Luxe, and Brilliance ink pads onto an acrylic block to create a palette and use a water brush to paint in the stamped images. Fussy cut the images. To make a beach, apply Desert Sand Memento Ink directly onto white cardstock that is cut to the width of your card. Cut the top freehand.


Step 4

Trim and attach the striped background to the card base. Use foam adhesive to layer the palm trees as well as pop up the beach section.


Step 5

Stamp the sentiment with Mediterranean Blue Brilliance Ink and attach the rest of the stamped images.


  • Cardstock
  • Gelli Arts – Gelli Plate
  • Speedball – Brayer
  • Bombshell Stamps – Hawaiian Girl stamp set
  • Niji – Watercolor brush
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Helmar – Quick Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner, ZapDots Foam Adhesive





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