Live in the Sunshine Card Tutorial | Mini Van Dreams

Live in the Sunshine Card – PART 1

As my Live in the Sunshine Card is a rather intricate one, I have decided to break it up into a two part post.  Today, we will work on the card portion, and tomorrow I will show you how to make the super cute torn mulberry paper flamingo.  Uber adorable!  One you learn this easy technique, the sky is the limit!  Think bears, penguins, dogs, cats… if it is an animal and is furry, you can make it look awesome on a card!  So, without further adieu, let’s get going on the base of the card!  Make sure you come back tomorrow for part 2!

Live in the Sunshine Card Tutorial | Mini Van Dreams

Supplies (for entire card):

  • Orange cardstock, 4.75″ x 5.75″
  • Yellow cardstock, 4.5″ x 5.5″
  • White card stock, 8.25″ x 5.25″
  • Water/ocean printed paper, large scrap (can also use solid blue)
  • Yellow card stock, 3″ x 3″
  • Yellow card stock, 2″ x 2″
  • Yellow card stock, scrap
  • Sandpaper, large scrap
  • Black card stock, scrap
  • 8-pop dots
  • 5 self-stick pink rhinestones
  • Pink mulberry paper, 6″ x 6″
  • Orange stamp pad
  • Yellow stamp pad
  • Black stamp pad
  • Stamping sponge
  • Black pen
  • Sentiment (Live in the Sunshine or something else appropriate)
  • 1″ circle punch
  • Decorative label punch
  • Q-tip
  • Pencil
  • Small cup water
  • Pattern (see tomorrow’s post)
  • Scrap cardstock with straight edge (or index card)
  • Small hole punch (I used the eyes from Stampin’ Up’s owl punch)
  • Scissors, cutter, scrapbook adhesive of choice

(I know that is a lot of supplies, but stick with me!)



  1. Adhere yellow cardstock (4.5″ x 5.5″)  to orange cardstock (4.75″ x 5.75″).
  2. Fold white cardstock in half.  Crease well.
  3. Using the stamping sponge, dab yellow ink on the top 3/4 of the white card stock.  Allow to dry.
  4. Determine where you want your sun to be positioned.  Mark lightly with a pencil
  5. Using the stamping sponge and your index card or scrap cardstock pivoted on the pencil mark, dab orange ink along the edge to create the sun rays.  See picture for example.  It doesn’t have to be perfect… the most important thing is to have one straight edge to each ‘ray’ and that all the rays angle from the pencil mark.  Set aside to dry.
  6. Meanwhile, punch your sun out of the yellow cardstock (2″ x 2″).  Sponge the edges with orange ink.  Set aside to dry.
  7. Stamp your sentiment on yellow cardstock (3″ x 3″).  Allow to dry, then punch out using decorative label punch.  Sponge edges with orange.  Set aside to dry.
  8. Adhere white folded card to yellow cardstock from step #1.
  9. Using 2 pop dots, adhere sun to cover your pencil mark from where your rays intersected during your stamping.
  10. Tear the long edge of the ocean/water paper (or blue).  Trim to fit the white cardstock, and adhere as shown in picture.
  11. Tear the long edge of the sandpaper.  You want the sandpaper to be approximately 1/2 the width of the water paper.  Trim to fit the white cardstock.  Layer the sandpaper over the water paper and adhere as shown.
  12. Add the pink rhinestones to the bottom of your sentiment label.  Do not adhere this yet.  Wait until you have adhered your flamingo to ensure a proper fit.

You are all done with the card base!  Now, that wasn’t so bad, was it?  Make sure you check out the 2nd part of this card tomorrow, where I will show you how to make a tear flamingo out of mulberry paper!


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