Christmas In July Cards – Tropical Style!

Are you part of the Christmas in July cards planning world? Looking for a “hot” idea? Look no further!

The web is abuzz with Christmas in July cards, décor and gifts ideas and I just had to get in on the fun. For our friends in the Southern Hemisphere and for many of us who live in warmer areas, Christmas is celebrated in what is or can feel like the summer! So you know I had to go there……

A funny idea for Christmas in July cards planning with holiday lights adorning die cut palm trees all from Rubbernecker

The Card Base

  • Use white cardstock to cut the card base and tag.
  • Cut the rectangle layer using red cardstock and the card base layer using green cardstock.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the green layer and attach it to the white card base.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the red rectangle and attach to the green card base.
  • Use masking tape to apply a mask across the middle of the tag and apply blue ink to the water portion using a blender brush.
  • Remove the masking tape and apply a lighter sky blue to the top of the tag using a blender brush.
  • Dab white embossing paste on the water using your finger, sprinkle it with clear glitter and allow it to dry.  
  • Attach the scene tag to the red layer using ATG adhesive.

The Sand and Trees

  • Cut the sand layers using watercolor paper, trim to size and watercolor them using brown reinker and a water brush.
  • Attach one sand layer directly to the tag using ATG adhesive and the front sand layer using a strip of mounting tape.
  • Use watercolor paper to cut the palm tree sections and watercolor them using a water brush and brown and green reinkers.  Pro Tip:  I use a drop of Distress reinkers in the lid of my Distress Ink lids as a palette and mix the ink with water from my water brush to paint.  If there is any ink left in the lid it will be there for the next time I want to use it.  No waste!
  • Attach the fronds to the trunks using glossy accents and then attach the two trees together using glossy accents to the bottom of the trunks.
  • Cut Christmas lights using red, yellow, green and blue cardstock and attach them to the gold twine using glossy accents.  Pro Tip:  I stretched the twine out straight and taped both ends down to hold it secure while attaching the lights.
  • Apply sparkle to the lights using a shimmer pen.
  • Secure the string to the palm fronts using small sections of double stick tape on the back of the fronds.
  • Tuck the trees in behind the sand and attach using strips of mounting tape and small pop dots.

The Sun, Santa Bag and Presents

  • Use bright yellow cardstock to cut the sun and attach it to the tag using a piece of mounting tape.
  • Apply sparkle to the sun using a shimmer pen.  Sadly the shimmer doesn’t show in the photo.
  • Cut the Santa bag and present elements using red and green cardstock.
  • Apply glossy accents to the bow sections and attach them to the packages.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the presents and Santa bag and attach them to the sand layer.

Tiny holiday lights decorate die cut palm trees on one of my Christmas in July cards by Rubbernecker

I live in Florida and we rarely have cold weather for Christmas .  I thought it would be  so much fun making this tropical Christmas in July card.  You can check out a more traditional beach card here.  Check out a more traditional Christmas card here.  

Nested Rectangle Small Stitch Die Cut…
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Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
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5338-01D Santa Mini Die
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5177-03D Globe Tree #1 Die Cut
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
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Color Fuse Set #9
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The Color Catalog by Sarah Renae Clark
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Arches Watercolor Pad – 9” x 12”,…
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink…
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink…
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Kuretake – ZIG – Watercolor System -…
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Altenew – Embossing Paste
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress…
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Picket Fence Studios – Tools – Life…
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String by the Spool – Metallic Gold,…
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Spellbinders – Best Ever Craft Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen, Midas Touch
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If you haven’t checked out all the Christmas in July cards ideas over on the Rubbernecker blog, do take a look. It’s kind of fun to have your holiday card ideas chosen and you can start working on them now and get yours in the mail with no stress or pressure closer to the holidays. And if you live in or are sending cards to someone for whom the holidays experience warmer weather, consider this one. They will CRACK UP!

4 thoughts on “Christmas In July Cards – Tropical Style!”

  1. Hi hi! This is really a bold card. I love the colors. And wow do I love the idea of a tropical Christmas, complete with decorated palm trees.

    I do have one tiny word of critique— the red package and the red Santa sack blur into each other. Probably that’s not an issue “in person”, but it definitely is on line. I’d probably mix it up and cut an electric blue (to match the lights) present just to make sure everything’s distinct.

    BTW, I took your advice and bought The Color Catalog. So many color combos!

    • Hi Twila, I appreciate your input. I agree that it would have looked better in the picture with the blue bag. I’m so happy you found the Color Catalog helpful. I love it.

  2. What a cute card….given I live on the coast….so appropriate. Love everything about this card Kittie….the lights top it off for sure. Great tutorial


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