Zoo Review – Stampin’ Up! Tutorial #627

Hey there,

Hope you had a terrific weekend.  Mine was spent doing projects around the house.  Thank goodness for the weekend or nothing ever would get done around here.  Weekend worrier, I am.

I did get one thing done this morning.  I have a new tutorial for you.  This one is using the Stampin’ Up! Zoo Review stamp set and I teamed it up with the Thoughts and Prayer stamp set.  I made my trees taller to be more in line with what I had in mind for my scene.  Simple  trunk extension.  🙂

Check out my tutorial below.

Before I start the tutorial I wanted to give a reminder there is only 3 days left to get your name in the drawing for this round of Mystery Hostess.  See details at the bottom of this post.

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Now on with today’s tutorial. . . . .  . .
Project Supplies:
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Zoo Review (item #122197) and Thoughts & Prayers(item #113252)
Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar and Early Espresso
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze and Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Stampin’ Up!  Sponges, Stampin’ Write Markers (So Saffron, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake), 1″ square punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 1/2″ circle punch, Neutrals Candy Dots, Brayer, White Gel Pen


Started with a 3″ x 6.5″ piece of Whisper White card stock and masked it with a 1/2″ circle punched from the sticky part of a post it note.

Brayered Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and then Cherry Cobbler.




Removed the circle mask and sponged So Saffron ink in the sun.

Sponged Baked Brown Sugar at the bottom of the card stock.

Stamped the Thoughts and Prayers Tree using Old Olive ink (not inking up the bottom 2/3rds of the tree trunk).

Colored over the trunk and bottom branches using Soft Sued ink.  Also extended the trunk down to the ground.

Stamped the tree two more times using Crushed Curry ink (not inking up the bottom 2/3rds of the tree trunk).

Colored the trunks using Baked Brown Sugar marker and darkened the leaves a bit with So Saffron Marker.

Stamped the Giraffe on the main image panel and on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Stazon Jet Black ink.  Sponged Crushed Curry ink to the bottom of the card stock.


Colored the entire Giraffe using So Saffron marker and then colored the dots in with Crumb Cake marker (twice).



Added shading with the Crumb Cake marker (front of neck, back legs and bottom of stomach).

Cut out the giraffe (except for the tail) and adhered it over the giraffe on the main image panel.

Added Crumb Cake and White Gel Pen highlights and shadows to the leaves and branches.

Sponged Early Espresso ink to the bottom of the card stock.


Cut (3) 1″ squares and cut them in half. Added a 8″ x 9″ Soft Baked Sugar Card base (fold card stock in half), 3.75″ Early Espresso panel and 3 1/8″ x 6 5/8″ Soft Baked Sugar panel.  Added triangles to the top and bottom of the Early Espresso panel.

Punched 6 Itty Bitty punches out of Early Espresso card stock and added them along with Crumb Cake Candy Dots to the triangles.

Here is the finished card measuring 4″ x 9″.  This size card takes a #10 size office envelope.

May your day be filled with sunlight and soft breezes.

Until my next post. . . . . .
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6 responses to “Zoo Review – Stampin’ Up! Tutorial #627

  1. Love this card! The triangle elements are so cool!!

  2. Wow! This looks like picture taken on a safari. Beautiful!

    Ter 😉

  3. Fantastic card, thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Giraffes are my favorite animals (I grew up in Kenya), and nothing makes me happier than the idea of making this card, and your secret way to make an appropriate thorn tree for him!! (“secret” as in sharing freely with us all worldwide!) Thank you!

  5. Therese in Australia

    Wow Michelle, this card is stunning. I love the colours and design so much. Just beautiful.

  6. Maria A. Rodriguez

    Hello Michelle: I’m sorry to be late posting this comment, I’ve been super busy with my grandkids. I didn’t want to miss telling you that this card is like a little work of art!! You are the master of the Brayer, I’m blown away every time I see your cards using this tool. This set will be in my August SU order along with a Brayer, I decided it’s about time for me to try using this tool and your wonderful tutorials. I think it’s the perfect set for masculine cards and I can’t wait till I have it in my hands. Thank you again, so much for sharing your amazing talent with us.