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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Zany Zebras, Children's Birthday Card

I found a layout that I REALLY liked using the "Zany Zebra" set. This set was hardly used. One of the zebras was still attached to the red rubber backing it came on, that's how little I used the set. You can see the original card here.  Though I am not a big fan of these split type cards. I think they are a bit flimsy. They feel that way when you open them. But I liked the top part, so I went with it.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Well Suited" 12" x 12" package. I cut the DSP at 4" x 5-1/4".  Then I set the die from the "Curvy Dies" set on top of the DSP about 1-3/4" on the left and 1-1/2" on the right.  I ran it through my Big Shot and set it on top of the front of the card so I could cut that piece to match. I used some post it tape to hold the DSP on the front of the card and then I set the die back on the DSP, lining up all the holes. I added a little post it tape to hold it in place and ran it through the Big Shot.  Now I do recommend you open the card when you do this. I did not and ended up ruining the whole card. And of course I laughed when I took it out of the Big Shot.  Rolled my eyes back and grabbed another half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  So, once I got it cut right, I taped the DSP to the upper part of the card.

I took the remaining piece of DSP and cut the bottom off at 1-1/4", so the piece measured 1-1/4" x 5-1/4".  I also cut the Basic White piece that was die cut off and cut it at 1-1/2", so that piece measured 5-1/2" x 1-1/2".  I taped the DSP to the Basic White piece, making sure I lined the top edge of the DSP to the top edge of the Basic White piece.  

I stamped the donkey from the "Zany Zebra" set using black Memento ink. I die cut it using the second largest stitched circle die and I die cut a Basic Black scalloped circle that was just a little bit larger than the stitched circle. 

The zebra's ears were colored in using the light Flirty Flamingo Blends pen and the cheek and belly were colored in using the light Petal Pink Blends pen.  I taped the circles together.

The words are from the "Zany Zebra" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I lined them up with the edge of the bottom piece and set it up in my Stamparatus to stamp it.  

To set the circle in place, I first taped the bottom piece using post it note tape. I didn't want it moving on me.  I added a little bit of glue to the bottom of the circle where it would be touching the bottom strip and I pressed it in place. Then I added glue to the top where it would be touching the DSP and I set one of my paper punches on it to weight it down to set up. I cleaned up my stamps and put them back and I figured the glue had long enough to do it's job and the card was done.

This was a fun card to make, it was easy enough and very quick too.  I did end up taping another Basic Black circle to the backside of the front one and it did give the card a lot more stability.  I'm sure Basic White would have been fine too, either way it improved the card.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see this fun children's card,

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