One of the fun things about buying new patterned paper is discovering designs you hadn’t noticed when you placed the order. Take the Let’s Go Fishing 12” x 12” Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack for instance. It was pretty obvious that there were lots of fishing themed designs, but as I explored the pack I spotted a gorgeous diagonal stripe. The Pebbled Path colour immediately inspired me to pair it with a sweet rhino image. The result is this elegant gender-neutral birthday card, and there’s not a fish in sight!
I began with the diagonal striped sheet and cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the DSP to the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess paper with my Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Next I cut a 1-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the striped DSP, making sure that the stripes went from bottom left to top right (to match the envelope flap). Then I glued the DSP onto a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Pebbled Path Card leaving an even border at the sides.
Now I needed an A2 card base and for this I chose Thick Very Vanilla Card. After using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score the card, I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then I glued the layered DSP onto the front, 1/2″ from the crease.
Finally I cut a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ strip of the DSP, once again checking the direction of the stripes. Then I glued the DSP down the right-hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Finally I glued the assembled layer inside my card base.
All I needed now was the focal point for the card and thats when I reached for the Rhino Ready Stamp Set. First I chose the “Hope your birthday is wild!” sentiment and stamped it onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card using Pebbled Path ink.
Then from the Stylish Shapes Dies I chose the largest square die and with the sentiment in the top right corner I die-cut the card.
Next on a separate scrap of Very Vanilla Card I stamped the solo walking rhino image with Pebbled Path ink. To colour him I chose the Gray Granite Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.
First I used the dark marker to add a line under his chin, between his front legs and around his bottom I also coloured the area at the base of his horn. Then using the light Gray Granite marker I went over the whole image except his horn. After giving the image a little time to dry I went back over the whole rhino including his horn. This gave the impression that I’d used three shades of grey when I only had two markers!.
From there I carefully cut out the rhino using Paper Snips. Then I attached him to the sentiment layer with pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, using more Stampin’ Dimensionals I mounted the sentiment layer onto the card front, and my birthday card project was complete.
I love how this card turned out and have a feeling that the remaining striped paper is going to be used up very quickly.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVES – The Rhino Ready Stamp Set is part of the Stampin’ Up! Online Exclusives range. These items are subject to availability and may be discontinued without warning. More products will be added to the Online Exclusives range on July 6th (hint… early Christmas anyone?). For a sneak peek of some of these new items check out my new Online Exclusives flyer.