This week the What Will You Stamp? Challenge features the Animal Outing Stamp Set. I received this stamp set for free at a Stampin’ Up! event I attended in April and I’ve had a lot of fun creating projects with it. Free and discounted products are one of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, and right now Stampin’ Up! has an amazing joining offer. For more information about joining my team of Crafty Canadians contact me via the ‘Get In Touch’ link in the bar at the top of the page. .
For WWYS 176 – Animal Outing I decided to concentrate on some of the lovely line-art images and combine it with another stamp set that I love, Tropical Chic. Creating this project for the WWYS Design Team was such fun, these two sets are a match made in heaven.
The gift tag started with my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform, and using the #7 plain-edge die from the Layering Ovals Framelits (counting from the smallest up) I cut out a piece of Granny Apple Green and Whisper White Card as well as some Gold Foil Sheet. Using the #6 plain-edge die I then cut out the centre of the Gold Foil oval to create a frame (I’ll use that centre piece for another project in the future).
To give the background of the tag some added interest I opened up the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and pressed a Granny Apple Green ink pad over both inside surfaces. I placed the Granny Apple Green die-cut oval inside the embossing folder and then ran it through the Big Shot twice on the multipurpose platform with all the tabs open and with a single cutting plate (on top of the folder). I set the embossed oval aside while I worked on the rest of the tag pieces.
TIP – To clean the inky embossing folder simply run it under a tap until the water runs clear and pat dry with a towel.
On some more Granny Apple Green Card I used Call Me Cover ink to stamp two each of the two more rounded leaves from the Tropical Chic Stamp Set. The three flowers were created by inking the flower stamp with Gorgeous Grape ink then stamping off onto scrap paper. Using a Sponge Dauber I added a little more Gorgeous Grape ink to the surface of the stamp rubber, just in the centre of the flower, before stamping it onto some Whisper White Card. Then going back to the Big Shot and Magnetic Platform I cut out the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies from the Tropical Thinlits.
The only stamping that was left to do was my cute giraffe from the Animal Outing Stamp Set, stamped onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Card using Soft Suede ink. Then using a Blender Pen I coloured in the spots on the giraffe and the inside of his ears with a little Soft Suede ink picked up from inside the lid of the ink pad. Although there are dies that coordinate with the Animal Outing Stamp Set (Animal Friends Thinlits) I don’t yet have them, so instead I cut out the giraffe image with my Paper Snips.
Finally I was ready to assemble the tag.
Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the Whisper White and Granny Apple Green ovals together, then added the gold frame to the Granny Apple Green side. At the top I used a 1/8″ Circle Handheld Punch to add a hole so that I could tie on a length of Linen Thread.
Next came the leaves, layered onto the tag with liquid glue, followed by the giraffe attached with liquid glue at the bottom of his neck and a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional under his head. Two flowers were added with more liquid glue before the final flower, attached with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional, finished off the tag.
I loved the finished tag but of course when you have a gift tag, you need a gift to put it on, and that means gift wrap.
This is a piece of plain newsprint-type paper (purchased as a box of packing paper from U-Haul). From the Animal Outing Stamp Set I stamped the rhino in Gray Granite, the giraffe in Soft Suede, and the frog on a branch in Lemon Lime Twist. Between the animals I stamped the fan-shaped leaves with Shaded Spruce, the notched leaves with Call Me Clover and the long leaves with Granny Apple Green.
Next I added the flowers Gorgeous Grape ink, clustered together in sets of 3 and stamped using the same stamping off and Sponge Dauber technique I’d used for my gift tag.
Finally I filled the spaces with the abstract spotty image from the Tropical Chic Stamp Set, stamped using Mango Melody ink.
Having wrapped the present with my custom gift wrap I added some 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon onto which I’d attached some Gorgeous Grape 1/4″ Mini Striped Ribbon with Tear & Tape.
The tag finishes it all off quite nicely don’t you think?
As I mentioned, I created this tag and gift wrap project for the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Design Team. Projects created by other members of the team are on the blog post for WWYS176 – Animal Outing.
If you have this stamp set we’d love to see your creations, and as I showed today, your project doesn’t have to be a card.
The rules of the challenge are simple, create any new project using at least one stamp from the Animal Outing Stamp Set. If you upload your creation to our challenge gallery before the closing date you could be randomly selected as our weekly winner, and as well as bragging rights and a badge to display on your social media, you’ll also receive an invitation to be our Guest Designer two weeks later.
BUNDLE BONUS – The Animal Outing Stamp Set has a set of coordinating dies called Animal Friends Thinlits Dies, and the Tropical Chic Stamp Set coordinates with the Tropical Thinlits Dies. All these items can be bought individually but if you want a stamp set and its coordinating dies, make sure you use the special bundle code so that you get the 10% discount offered on all bundles in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue. I’ve included links to the these bundles in my product list so you can look at this offer in more detail.