I am excited to share this cute card with you featuring the kangaroo from the Animal Outing stamp set. Although my design and ideas continued to change while making the card, I smiled throughout the entire process. Are there many things cuter than this kangaroo? Doubtful! I am not sure why she is carrying a koala, but the koala is also cute.

I stamped he kangaroo on Crumb Cake card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, which is the ink recommended for use with the Stampin’ Blends. Stampin’ Blends are high-quality dual tip alcohol markers in Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors. They come in light and dark shades of each color to allow for line-free blending and coloring. You can purchase a single marker, or you can buy a combo pack of light and dark in the same color. They are terrific, and they make me feel like an artiste!   

To color the kangaroo image, I used light and dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends for the head, body and tail, and I accented the feet, nose and ears with Smokey Slate Dark. The baby koala was colored using the Smokey Slate Light and Dark Stampin’ Blends. Since I am still a novice at using alcohol markers, I colored, then let the image dry, then touched up repeatedly.  Overall, this turned out cute, but it would be hard to deface anything made with this adorable kangaroo and koala stamp.

After I was (somewhat) satisfied with my blending, I used the Big Shot, to cut the kangaroo image with a die from the coordinating Animal Friends Thinlets. You can save 10% by buying the stamp set and the thinlets in a bundle. 

After the image was cut, I went to work on building the card. What could I do to help this great kangaroo shine? From the same stamp set, Animal Outing, I used the sentiment “wild about you” stamped with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake card stock. I then trimmed it to 1 1/4 by 2 1/2, and inserted the end into the Triple Banner Punch for the clean banner edge.

To finish the card, I needed a few colors of card stock. I cut three sets of leaves from Garden Green card stock using the Animal Friends Thinlets, To frame the kangaroo, I used the largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and cut a circle out of Early Espresso card stock.  I glued the kangaroo (and koala!) to the circle, and then put them aside while figuring out what else to do.  I wanted to use colors that would pick up the grays, browns and beiges, so I decided on Early Espresso card stock as the card foundation, with a layer of Sahara Sand.

For the card base I cut the Early Espresso at 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches, and scored the long side at 4 1/4 inches.  I folded the card on the score line and burnished the fold with a bone folder (bone folders always get good use in card making). I then cut two pieces of Sahara Sand card stock at 4 by 5 1/4, gluing one on the inside for the card (for writing) and one on the front of the card.

It was then time for assembly.  I attached the sentiment banner on the upper left of the card onto the Sahara Sand layer..  I then determined placement for the leaves and glued them onto the card, then layered the circle with the kangaroo.

Voila! In spite of a lot of instructions, it was an easy card to make, and so far everyone who has seen it has smiled.

Below are the products I used to make this gem.  Thanks for taking a look at my cute card!  Please leave comments or questions for me.  

Linda