Hi, Stampers!

A new Alphabet Challenge is starting today; the theme is “Z is for Zodiac” – not a theme that I have ever had before, so I was more than just a little intimidated. Then, I remembered the new By The Bay designer paper had the perfect image, Crabs! After that, the rest of the card came together quite easily once I researched the attributes of Cancerians. Your cards can be anything related to the zodiac, so we look forward to seeing your makes!

Once you finish here, I hope you visit our Alphabet Design Team gallery for some great inspiration and play along!

My secrets!

  • Firstly, I made the card base with Night of Navy cardstock, cut at 5-1/2″ x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2.”
  • After that, I wanted a dark designer paper to showcase the light crab images, so I cut the DSP 1/8″ smaller than the white cardstock that was cut at 5″ square. Then, I decided that the card needed just a little bit of balance so I layered a light designer paper onto the card base before adding the background panel.

So now, the fun part!

  • After the card base was done, I started cropping out the crabs from the By The Bay designer paper, doing as many I could.
  • Then, I typed out the Cancer centerpiece and printed it out on my computer. Confession: I actually did this part twice. The first one was used and I completed the card with the crabs around it, but I wasn’t happy with the quality of the print. Because it looked a bit pixelated, I decided to try another way of printing it and that one turned out much better. This is why you see white underneath the second centerpiece, which I had to cut smaller to fit into place.
  • So, after I printed out the centerpiece, I cropped it out with Beautiful Shapes hexagon die. After that, I popped it up in the middle of the card with dimensionals.
  • Using the hexagon points as my guides, I popped up the crabs in alternating colors on each side.
  • Then, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink and cropped it out with its coordinating die.
  • Finally, I added three little Milky Dots for a little bling.

Then, on the inside…

  • So, keeping the inside simple, all I did was cut more designer paper (5-3/8″ square) then layered on top of it a white cardstock panel that was cut to 4-7/8″ square.
  • Finally, I stamped the Charming Sentiments stamp with Night of Navy ink.

I’m sharing my card with these challenges:

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