Tuesday 11 April 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge 60 - DT card

Welcome to our baby critters challenge! As always, the rules are simple: use at least one stamp older than a year, tell us how old the stamp is (approximately) and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total.

This was a great excuse to get out my favourite baby critter set: Zoo Babies from Stampin' Up, which was first seen in the 2013-14 Annual Catalogue.

It was hard to choose which of the adorable baby critters to use but as you see, the giraffe and the toucan won the day. 

It's quite a simple card. The little hill is sponged using a post-it note mask, then stamped over using a grass stamp that I got three or four years ago from jumble at the Church Fair. It's unmarked, so I don't know how old it is but I think, very!

The new thing I tried out was to try to partially emboss the corner. I wanted to have embossing fading out just as though it was sponging that was gently fading out. There were a few false starts, getting the angle just right and it perhaps not something I'll attempt on a regular basis but somehow, on the third try, I got what I was aiming for!

So, dig out those retro baby critters, ink them up and show us what you can do. We love to see what everyone does and we love to comment. You have until 21 April to show us your retro rubber.

Card: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Stamps: Zoo Babies, unnamed grass stamp
Inks: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Tuxedo Black
Other: sponges, Happy Heart embossing folder, Blushing Bride enamel dots


  1. Jan, I love Zoo Babies!! Am so glad I did not go that route, cuz this card is wonderful. Love the masked grass and the partial emboss! Very cool!!

  2. I came so close to using this set so I am glad I didn't - it would have never compared to your sweet card! The giraffe is my favorite for some reason. I love how you did the partial embossing and will try that soon. Wonderful baby card, Jan!

  3. Jan, I love your card, it is so beautiful with the lovely soft colour palette, the partial embossing is making me swoon and feel slightly confused..I need to understand how you managed to pull it off. The stamp set is pretty cool, love the Toucan. Clairex

  4. OMG Jan, love your card, it's CAS yet cute. That toucan looking up at the giraffe is priceless. I also love how you added the embossed hearts just on the corner of your card, I would have never thought about it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love, love this set, such sweet little baby animals in it. Fabulous partial embossing with the hearts embossing folder, awesome idea.
    The colors are perfect for this sweet images.

  6. Great job with the zoo baby theme! I love the fade on the embossing and the sponging! Thank you for divulging that you didn't get it perfect the first time, so when I try this technique I won't get too frustrated!

  7. Adorable - and I really like the faded embossing

  8. Oh wow that partial embossing is clever! Love the coloring on the hill and the critter! What a super, inspiring project!❤️❤️

  9. LOVE this card! That partial embossing is really brilliant! It is the perfect foil for your images! I enjoy popping in and seeing your cards - always a treat - something unique to see each time!