Hi Crafty Friends,
Recently Karen Burniston, shared how to create an "Offset Stacking Animal" using the Surprise Ball Pop-up die set. Of course I wanted to try this technique. Karen created a lizard, however I wanted to try something different so after a little thought I decided to try an elephant. You can see Karen's video here.
I only had dark grey cardstock, I would have preferred something a little lighter, however beggars can't be choosers so I used what I had.
Here is a quick video to see my card in action.
It's pretty hard to take photos of this card that do justice on how this looks, it definitely looks better in real life and is lots of fun to play with.
I used ovals for the elephants large ears, scoring a section of the top half of the oval so it could be attached to the head.
I used the hammock from the Palm Tree Pop-up die set for the elephant's tusks.
For the elephant's trunk, I took a pattern of one of the segments of the surprise ball, and used this to trace out a shape onto a folded piece for grey cardstock. I then cut this out making sure to make the trunk portion longer than what the surprise ball segment was. I added the mouth again using oval dies inside this piece along the fold. I trimmed the trunk shape and then added a heart from the Surprise Ball Pop-up die to the end of the trunk.
The eyes of course are just circles.
The elephant is attached to the card by a brad, so it can be moved around if needed. To create the elephant's tail, I used the flame from the Rocket ship trimming it down slightly after die cutting.
I added two stamped sentiments to the inside of the card. The one in the oval is from a freebie stamp set I got with a magazine some time ago and says "Age is Irr-elephant". The other one in the circle is from an older Art Impressions Stamp set and says "Tons of Fun Coming Your Way".
I kept the front of the card simple seeing the focus is on the inside of the card. I added Karen Burniston's Happy Birthday sentiment which is layered using the Crosshatch - Ovals. The bow is from the Parcel Pop-up die set.
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Elephant Stacker Stamp set - Art Impressions (retired)
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