I had the inspiration for this card when I needed to make a quick card for some good friends that were visiting from out of town and just so happened to be the husband’s birthday while they were here. I wanted something cute but a bit more masculine and I think I hit the mark with this one. Hopefully someone in their 40’s isn’t too old for adorable animals!
Step 1: To start I prepped my card base by cutting an 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” piece of 80lb Neenah Solar white cardstock and scoring it at 4 ¼” using my scoring tool. I then took a piece of olive green cardstock and cut it to about ¼” less on all sides than the 5 ½” x 4 ¼” base. I knew I wanted to create a bit of a subtle tone-on-tone background so I use Distress Oxide Ink in Iced Spruce to stamp the little birthday cake image from Lawn Fawn’s “Elphie Selfie” set, creating overall random coverage on the background. I made sure to have some of the images stamp off the edge to give more of a patterned cardstock feel.
Step 2: I then selected a few critter friends using both the “Elphie Selfie” and “Party Animal” sets from Lawn Fawn, stamped them using Copic safe ink (Memento Tuxedo black in this case), colored them using my Copic markers, and cut them out using the coordinating Lawn Cuts dies. For the sentiment, I picked the scripty happy birthday from the Party Animal set, stamped it in black on some Neenah Solar White Cardstock and cut out the banner shape using the largest banner die from Lawn Fawn’s “Everyday Sentiment Banners.” The banner die was slightly wider than I wanted for this card, so once cut I positioned the die at the other end to create a shorter banner.
Step 3: Once I had all my components ready I attached them to the card base using 3M ½” white foam tape for dimension. I did glue the elephant directly to the card base versus popping him up to give more depth to the card.