26 July 2023

Zoo Crew Birthday Greetings - Colour INKspiration Challenge #148


Hello and welcome to another Colour INKspiration Challenge.

We have very dramatic colours to work with for Challenge #148.  The fabulous Brenton Golley chose our inspiration photo and we have the amazing Beverley Evans coming in as our Guest Designer.  I can't wait to see what Bev and the Crew have created.

To be honest, I struggled my first play which I thought was a little too simple and if you stick around, I'll show you later.  If you need to make a card in a hurry, this would be a perfect design.  

My second play, I went on a completely different tangent and used the Zoo Crew Designer Paper as my feature.  I used the "B" side for the background and after die-cutting one of the lion images, I created extra dimension by layering sections of the first image, simplified paper tole style. 


  • Stamp Set:  Circle Sayings
  • Dies:  Stylish Shapes, Nested Essentials
  • Designer Paper:   Zoo Crew 12" x 12"
  • Cardstock:  Pebbled Path, Basic Black, Basic White, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
  • Embellishments:  Adhesive-Backed Sparkle Gems
  • Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, Scissors 
  • Adhesives:  Black Dimensionals, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow Liquid Glue

Let's Make It:

  • Create a card base in Pebbled Path cardstock.  
  • Trim a piece of Designer Paper from the Zoo Crew Papers and mat it onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Glue this to the card front.
  • Trim four strips of cardstock and randomly stamp the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment on all four strips using VersaMark Ink.
  • Glue these to the front on jaunty angles.
  • Die Cut the largest Nested Essential label die in Basic Black cardstock and attach this over the strips using Black Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from Circle Sayings in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and die-cut using the third-to-smallest circle from Stylish Shapes.  Glue this this to the card front towards the top of the black label.
  • Select one of the lion images and die-cut using the second-to-largest circle from Stylish Shapes.  Select a second image and fussy cut a lions head, tail end, marsh mellow and fire and overlay these onto the first image using Mini Glue Dots to create 3D dimension.
  • Attach this to the card front.
  • Add a few of the Adhesive-Backed Sparkle Gems to complete the front.
  • Mat a piece of Basic White onto a piece of Basic Black and glue this into the centre of the card.

As promised, here is my first play.  A really easy design and almost clean and simple.  It uses the Timeless Charm stamp set as the feature which is part of the
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Feel INKspired to join the challenge? I would love for you to join us! It's a great way to have fun with different colours! 

If you'd like to join in with our Challenges, click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your Favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We'd love to see what you create with these gorgeous colours! You don't have to have a Blog to participate but if you do, you can link back to your post.

Just a reminder to use all the Challenge colours. If you don’t have the colours in our palette, feel free to use the closest Stampin’ Up! substitute - Melon Mambo instead of Berry Burst for example. We also allow Ivory, Bronze and Natural Tones in the Stampin' Blends and Neutrals such as Basic White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Metallics.

Thank you so much taking the time to drop in. I hope I have inspired you and if you like what I have shown or if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.   

Until next time, take care, stay safe and have a great day!  

Monica xx


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1 comment:

  1. Hey Monica ... love you very cute card!! But I also adore your "simple" card. It is so elegant!!!


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