I suppose I could’ve taken this word, place a single stripe on my card base with a simple sentiment and called it good, but you know I have this thing for challenging myself to think of a way to creatively twist the cue words just a little these days. I still used stripes, but simply because this week’s cue word brought back a childhood memory that includes lots of colorful stripes! I realized as I was putting this card together that I could have used this as inspiration for last week’s rainbow challenge too!
So do you get what I’m playing off of here?! If not, I’ll tell you! Does anyone remember Fruit Stripe gum and that adorable little zebra on the packages with his colorful stripes?
Do you remember the free tattoos in every package? It’s no wonder my siblings and I begged for this gum at the check out lines is it? Until we entered our bubble blowing contest stage and had to graduate to something like Hubba Bubba so we had more bulk for huge, face covering creations! Of course, if we didn’t have the big stuff available, a whole pack of the Fruit Stripe in the mouth at once usually worked pretty well for our competitions!
When I first wandered down to my craft room to get started on this idea, I soon discovered I owned absolutely zero horse or zebra stamps! In my head, I could picture a zebra stamp that I thought I had, but that I must have just thought of purchasing at one time and didn’t. A quick search for digital zebras led me to the Squared Zebra (by Sonia at SKdigis) above. I gave him a little hair cut for his stint on my card, though. I hope he doesn’t mind too much, but it is summer, after all.
I printed the zebra on Copic blending card and colored him with Copic markers before fussy cutting the image. I added a little sparkle to every other stripe using my Wink of Stella Brush Marker. I rounded two corners on both the main panel as well as the card base. The colorful zebra was attached with foam dots. I added two black gemstones to his eyes for a little fun dimension. The sentiment was stamped in black ink and I added a trio of yellow sequins just because I couldn’t resist.
I hope you’ll bop over and visit the rest of the design team member blogs as well as this week’s guest designer blogs! They’d love to hear from you!