Welcome to the bi-weekly Cardz 4 Galz #206 challenge. I have the honor of being the host for this edition, and I chose cute animals or insects. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the creations from the rest of the design team members. We can’t wait for you to play along with us and post your creations to the challenge gallery!
Here’s my cute animal card:
As you know, I thoroughly enjoy playing along with Try Stampin’ – or not- on Tuesday. TSOT # 620 is also featured on the Double Trouble challenge #145 with the theme of GORP (basically combining different patterns and textures). I’ll be adding this little bird in each challenge.
Here are the challenge banners:
- The Pretty Peacock base measures 11-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to form a tent card.
- Trim a piece of Pretty Peacock 6 x 6 inch DSP (designer series paper) to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches for the background..
- At this time, trim a piece of the Pretty Peacock DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
- The Sweet Sorbet DSP layer measures 2-1/2 by 4-1/2 inches.
- Punch a 1-inch circle from the Sweet Sorbet DSP for the envelope seal.
- Trim a piece of white cardstock to 2-1/8 by 3-1/2 inches for the first layer under the bird.
- The striped Pretty Peacock DSP measures 2 by 3-1/4 inches.
- After embossing a piece of white cardstock using the Cheery Patterns embossing folder (from the soon-to-be released holiday mini-catalog), I trimmed it to 3-2/8 by 1-7/8 inches.
- HINT: Do your stamping before you emboss the white cardstock. Trust me.
- I used white cardstock scraps for the bird and sentiment rectangle.
Stamping and Assembly:
- Stamp the branch using Pebbled Path on the white cardstock piece.
- Stamp the leaves using Pretty Peacock ink.
- The bird’s feet and the music notes are stamped using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
- After stamping the bird using Sweet Sorbet ink on a scrap of white cardstock, I punched it out with the bird builder punch. I also punched her wing from Sweet Sorbet DSP and the beak from Daffodil Delight cardstock.
- Thankfully, the Sweet Songbirds stamp set includes a stamp for the eyes, which I stamped in Tuxedo Black. I tried, and failed, to add white gel pen ink to a tiny spot in each eye. Instead of being a cute highlight, it turned into something creepy. Therefore, I had to repeat the bird building process for another try.
- I stamped the wood pattern stamp using Pebbled Path ink on a scrap of white cardstock.
- After using my embossing buddy on the stamped area, I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink. Then add white embossing powder to the VersaMark ink and heat set.
- I repeated the stamping process using the little bird on the inside piece of white cardstock.
- I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere all the layers of DSP and cardstock because the layers would be thick enough.
- Then, I added mini-dimensionals to the back of the bird and to the bottom of the sentiment rectangle to adhere the pieces to the white embossed panel. I needed to add a couple of dots of liquid glue to the top part of the sentiment rectangle.
- When I finished this card, I’d completed this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.