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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Kangaroo & Company, Valentine's Day Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I was looking for a fun card to make using the "Kangaroo & Company" set. I wanted to make Valentine's Day cards for my granddaughters. I had seen one a few days ago but I didn't save it and if you forget to save something you saw in Pinterest you'll never see it again. I have not had good luck searching for things I saw. Anyway, I found this card and thought I'd work with it. What I liked about the original card was the circle behind the kangaroo and the red hearts.  So here's what I came up with.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Coastal Cabana card stock.

The Basic White piece on top of that was stamped using the words from the retired "Everything Festive" set. I didn't have any current sets with nice size Valentine's Day greetings.  But I'm sure you can find something current to use on your card if you need it to be current. I had stamped the words using black Memento ink and then I took my Blender pen and wiped off each heart until it was clean. I stamped the black and then I cleaned the stamp so I could use my Real Red marker and color the hearts and stamped them, I did have to color them twice because once was just not dark enough. Then I textured the piece using the "Subtle" embossing folder.  I set this piece aside.

I die cut the circle using the largest "Stitched Circle" die on a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Oh So Ombre" 6" x 6" stack.  After cutting the circle out I textured it using the "Painted Texture" embossing folder.  I glued it to the "Subtle" textured piece. part of the circle hung over the edge. I trimmed that off.  Then I glued the piece in place. I often glue the textured pieces in place because sometimes they just don't stick. So I play it safe and glue them all.

The kangaroo from the "Kangaroo & Company" set was stamped using black Memento ink. I colored it using the light and dark Crumb Cake Blends pen and the Ivory Blends pen. The nose and ears were colored in using the light "Petal Pink" Blends pen. Then I die cut the kangaroo.  Last time, which was the first time I played with the set I had fussy cut the kangaroo. It wasn't a big deal because it was super easy to cut, not a lot of corners or turns. I had purchased the dies but forgot I had them. They were with another set. When I buy bundles I put them together with a rubber band and I matched up the kangaroo dies with some other set (don't ask me why, I have no idea why I did it).  But after I realized I had the dies I was anxious to use the set again.  

I stamped the hearts from the set using black Memento ink and I colored them in using the dark Real Red Blends pen. I also die cut those out. I tucked them in the slit that was created when the kangaroo was cut. I glued the flowers in place. The set is designed to be able to stamp tiny words on a tiny rectangle that is attached to the hearts or flowers or the two other images in the set and you pull them up from the kangaroos pocket to read the greeting.  I was going to do that but I decided that I would make a wobbler card.  These are very easy to make. All you do is take some very thin wire. I used 28 gauge. I had first used 20 gauge but it didn't wobble as much. The thinner the wire the better. Then you wrap the wire around a round pen or pencil about 4 times. I punched out two 5/8" circles of scrap card stock and I taped the wire to the circles using some scotch tape that I cut in half. I just centered the tape on the circle and slipped it between the bottom wire and folded the ends of the tape down to hold it in place. I repeated that for the other end. I used glue dots to affix the wire piece to my image and another glue dot on the other end to hold it onto the front of the card.  I have another card coming tomorrow using this technique so if you don't understand how to make this, please stay tuned and you will be making it like a pro!  Once the kangaroo was in place the cards were done. Now all I need to do is sign them and drop them off with some fun Valentine's Day candies.

This was a very fun card to make (cards, I made two the same). 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see what I created today,

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