Zoo or Safari Animals for Cardz 4 Galz # 168

Welcome to the latest Cardz 4 Galz biweekly challenge!  Dawn S. chose the theme of safari or zoo animals for challenge # 168.  When you are done here, I hope you will visit the challenge blog to see what all the other design team members created.  So many beautiful and fun cards await your visit.  

When I started looking for zoo and/or safari animals in my Stampin’ Up! stamp set collection, I found that I just might have to get myself some new stamp sets to go with this theme.

Here’s my card, which mixes old with new:


I’ve always loved this rhino from the retired Animal Outing stamp set. I paired it with a DSP (designer series paper) pattern from the Artfully Composed pack, from the current January – June mini catalog. I’ve almost used the whole pack and will have to order another pack very soon. As a matter of fact, I could order an animal stamp set with the DSP pack. Perfect!

Measurements and Such:

This card came together very quickly.  

  • The Evening Evergreen base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches to form a tent card.
  • I didn’t try to measure and match up the DSP with the embossed cardstock.  Therefore, the DSP measures 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches. I also trimmed a piece of the DSP to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Next, I embossed a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock using the bark 3D embossing folder.  After I embossed the cardstock, I trimmed it to 5-3/8 inches by 1-3/4 inches.  
  • HINT:  Since this is a 3D embossing folder, meaning you will get a deep emboss, it is much easier to emboss first then trim.  If you trim first, the cardstock will shrink up and you will be left with a too short embossed piece of cardstock.

Stamping, Coloring, Adhering, Oh My!

  • I stamped the rhino and bird in Momento tuxedo black ink, which enabled me to color it in using the Smoky Slate blends combo.
  • Then, I used the Just Jade and Mango Melody Stampin’ Write markers to color in the bird.  The markers won’t bleed so for this little guy, I went with the markers.
  • Next, I outlined the rhino using a Basic Black marker.
  • The last thing I did for the rhino was to color in some “grass” using the light Old Olive blend.  
  • Using a scalloped contour die, I cropped out my focal image.
  • I stamped the sentiment in Just Jade then used a stitched rectangle die to crop it out.  I used the Mango Melody marker to outline the sentiment block, which pulled in the Mango Melody in the DSP.
  • After wrapping a piece of Just Jade ribbon around the DSP/cardstock layer, I adhered it to the base using multipurpose liquid glue.  I popped the rhino panel and sentiment block up on dimensionals.
  • Finally, I adhered the 4 inch by 5-1/4 inch white cardstock to the inside of the card, trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap, and made the envelope seal.  With that, this coordinated card set was complete.


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