I had a sheet of six stamped Zany Zebras sitting in my box of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) for quite some time and yesterday I decided to do something with them. For some reason, I also decided I wanted to make a card in my favourite colour combo, too, i.e. Basic Black, Real Red and Whisper White.
While I was designing the card I kept in my mind the thought that the Zany Zebras are primarily, but not necessarily totally, aimed at children! Their cuteness also makes them ideal for young females, too! I hope this doesn’t make me sound sexist, ageist or any other “ist” I mustn’t be! I’m sure as card makers we have someone or a type of someone in mind when we’re designing our cards.
The dies I used to die-cut the zebras out on the front of the card are from the Ornate Frames Dies, as are the dies I used to die-cut the sentiment with, too! My pre-order from the Mini (Christmas) Catalogue arrived today and I didn’t have time to go through it properly. I just emptied everything out of the box and put it all on the side.
When I drew a blank looking for some Real Red Designer Series Paper in my stash for today’s card, I decided to check out the packs of Designer Series Paper (DSP) that arrived today. With the DSP being for Christmas I thought I must be able to find something that’s in Real Red and I was right! There’s a set called Tis the Season 6″ x 6″ DSP Pack and I found the design I used for the top half of my card.
Without delving into retired DSP I couldn’t find something in black so I decided to emboss a piece of Basic Black CS instead. I chose to use the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder for the first time and had underestimated the beauty of this folder! I’ve done a close up on one of the photographs so you can see the design – it’s an excellent match for the DSP!
The more I worked on my card, the more I decided this card was for a child which put me in a quandary about what colour layers I should use for the inside of the card. I decided to go for a layer of Basic Black and a top layer of Real Red and to decorate the inside of the card – the side opposite the side for the birthday greetings – with the three remaining zebras!
In the absence of a set of dies for this stamp set, I fussy cut the zebras without making a drama about it and then made a small scene of the three zebras playing together! I think this is probably the first time I have ever decorated the inside of a card to this extent but with the Zany Zebra Stamp Set it was very easy to do.
I’ll bear this idea in mind next time I make another child’s card, although it will obviously depend on the stamp set lending itself to this idea! That’s about it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime please take care and stay safe! Happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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