What a truly delightful stamp set Kangaroo & Company is? I wasn’t sure if I wanted grey or brown kangaroos so I used my Stamparatus and stamped two each of the three kangaroos so I could colour each set in each colour. They both looked great but I could only choose one! I went for Grey Granite because it would go beautifully with Rococo Rose Cardstock (CS). My reasoning is that Rococo Rose is one of five colours that will be retiring when the new annual catalogue is released in May. As a demonstrator, I don’t want to share projects using retired products. (I do use retired ribbon as long as there is a suitable current alternative).
I have enjoyed working with these five InColours (Seaside Spray, Purple Posy, Terracotta Tile and Pretty Peacock) and will be sad to see them go. This disappointment is always offset by the excitement of looking forward to finding out what the new InColours will be! As I was painting the kangaroos, I decided to do the nose and inside of the nearest ear in pink but I didn’t want the pink to be too bright. The colour I used is Light Rich Razzleberry. Before and after I this Stampin’ Blend, I went over the area I using the Light Grey Granite Blend. I chose to make my card a baby card so I could use a sentiment from the stamp set HELLO BABY.
I stamped it on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Basic Grey Ink and then die-cut it using the flag die in the Tasteful Labels Dies. When it came to die-cutting the kangaroos I decided to fussy cut them so I didn’t have a white rim all around the images. It was amazingly easy and it allowed me to cut out the white area between the mummy kangaroo’s legs, too. I die-cut a piece of Whisper White CS die-cut using the no. 4 regular die from the Stitched Shapes and embossed it Woodland Embossing Folder which created a great background for the Kangaroos.
I built my card starting with a Rococo Rose CS card base with a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of the Love You Always Speciality Designer Series Paper (DSP). Inside the card I adhered the same middle layer but I used Rococo Rose CS for the top layer. I added the embossed Whisper White CS to a layer of Rococo Rose CS and then adhered the kangaroo with her joey tucked safely in her pouch on top using Dimensionals. Next I decided to add three strips of 3/4″ wide Whisper White CS with a 5/8″ strip of Rococo Rose CS adhered on top.
After cutting it a bit shorter, I added the die-cut sentiment in the top right-hand corner using Dimensionals. This helped me decide where I wanted the three strips to go so I glued them in position onto the DSP. After I had adhered the image in place using Dimensionals, I decorated the exposed strips by adding two Artistry Blooms Sequins in Rich Razzleberry at each end. To decorate the inside of my card I decided to add the third young kangaroo in the bottom left-hand corner! I would have preferred to have him in the other corner but I thought it might look as if he’s thinking “let me out of here!” LOL”
Yesterday, I received a note from one of my followers, Bobbi, who had been reading my blog Forever Fern Birthday Card which I shared on 18th June 2020. Like me, Bobbi is a visual learner, and asked if I could show the masks. Once I have made masks for any of my stamps, I always keep them inside my stamp box so I was able to pull them out and photograph them. It isn’t always easy to see from a photograph what are stamped images and what are masks!
In these photographs, they are all masks except, the “plums” on the left-hand side of the blue Post It Note. To create a mask, I stamp the image onto the front of a Post It Note above where the sticky strip is. I carefully cut around the outline of the image doing my best to remove a slither of the actual stamped image.
This is because, when the mask is placed over the stamped image you want to stamp “behind” there is a small white area where the stamp won’t touch the cardstock because of the slight height difference between the cardstock and the Post It Note. If the mask is a tad smaller than the image, when stamped over, the “white” area will be part of the image already stamped.
That’s it from me today and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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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”