May Tips | South Beach


Hey everybody!  Suz here to share a few tips and tricks for May.  Since I have teenagers that tend to hide from the camera these days, I find myself making more and more cards.

Today I wanted to share a few tips and tricks that I used in creating some of my May cards.

First up is this “follow your own arrow” graduation card.

The inspiration for this card was a large coffee mug I have (that I store markers in on one of my scrap desks.)  It has gold arrows and the gold script sentiment.  Inspiration is everywhere, right?!

Another design tip I incorporated into this card was repetition of design in that I used the arrow theme throughout the card within the sentiment as well as the arrow pattern paper itself.  I also used the gallon, quart, pint rule of design, varying the sizes of papers and elements used.

Lastly, I  used repetition of design by going with a monochromatic color pattern with all of my card’s elements. Placing the sentiment at the bottom right of the card, the arrow just to the left of the sentiment draws one’s eyes into the card and its’ sentiment and then the arrow at the right of the sentiment wanders off of the page leading one to open the card for more.

For the card below, I played off of the banana patterned paper and brush scripted my sentiment with the “go bananas.”  TIP:  If you don’t have the right alpha stickers at hand (many times they are too large for card sentiments), you can always do hand lettered sentiments or use a vintage typewriter if you aren’t confident in your hand lettering yet.  (*Sidenote:  If you want to practice or to improve your hand lettering skills, Cocoa Daisy is offering an awesome brush script class that you can join in on by going to — Use this code > cocoa10 to receive 10% off).  😉

As with the other card, you can see I also incorporated the gallon, quart, pint rule of design with this card as well.

For the card below I used a masking technique to spray mist the cork pineapple element two different colors.

For the masking technique, I simply applied a bit of Scotch tape to cover the base of the pineapple while I spray misted the top of the pineapple. Then I removed the tape and covered the top of the pineapple while misting the base.

I played off of the patterned paper for my sentiment on the card below.  The cork pineapple stood out as unique/different from the background paper, repeating the pineapple element as well as the card’s theme and sentiment.


Lastly, is this whimsical card.  I used the exclusive stamped sentiment “soak up the sun” to play off of my main sentiment “stay cool.”  The whimsy comes in the form of the die cut sunglasses I placed over one of the pineapples to stand out uniquely.  Once again, the gallon, quart, pint rule of design came into play with my design. On a side note, I particularly loved the aqua patterned paper I placed my “stay cool” sentiment  on.  It really reminded me of the refreshing, rippling water of a pool or ocean!

That’s it for today peeps!  Enjoy your Thursday and “stay cool!”





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