The Paper Players #485

Time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  LeAnne is hosting a theme challenge this week, A Day at the Zoo.  I might have stretched the limits ever so slightly with my card!  I am sure for most, a buffalo is not your first pick for a day at the zoo.  I am fortunate enough to live where these majestic animals can almost run free.  But, in other parts of the country, their existence is only in zoos.  So, they do exist in a zoo setting!

My card is based on the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch

This sketch was so me….I am a huge fan of layers!  I went with a mix of rustic wood tones for my layers.  My buffalo is from the Wild and Free stamp set.  This set is available with or without Thin Cut dies.  I was ecstatic when Close To My Heart came out with matching dies!  Here is a look at the complete set-

My buffalo was stamped in Intense Black ink and then colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I blended out the colors with Gamsol.  A bit of burlap twine finishes off the card.  I seriously can not create a rustic card without adding in a touch of burlap in some form!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

Z3709 Wild and Free Stamp Set w/Thin Cuts

C1818 Life is a Journey

Fresh Air Papers-Retired

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

X5951 Espresso Cardstock

Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Prismacolor Pencils-941, 946, 947


Stitched Square Die-MFT


I have also entered my card in the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge-Z is for Zoo Animals

Die Cut Divas-Animals

Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:

The Paper Players Design Team


LeAnne Pugliese

Claire Broadwater

Joanne James

Laurie Schmidt

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Allisa Steinlicht (you are here)

Stef Perry

Mary Deatherage

Thanks so much for stopping by!

14 thoughts on “The Paper Players #485”

  1. Hi Allisa! This is such a great image and a wonderful card! You have done such a perfect job casing the sketch and you're right…you are lucky to live in a place where these fantastic animals can almost live freely! I have to go to the North Carolina Zooto see one up close and personal! Thanks so much for sharing this card with us at the Alphabet Challenge!
    Rachelle – DT : )

  2. What a great masculine card, Allisa! Love that buffalo against the wonderful wood and burlap papers!! 🙂

  3. Very cool masculine card! Love the wood tones behind that great buffalo. Thank you for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  4. Allisa, I love that you used something a little out of the ordinary for your zoo-themed card! They certainly can be seen at the zoo and this one is majestic! Great job on the challenge, thanks!

  5. Love all the texture and depth of your layers, what a super card.
    Thank you for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge!

  6. What a fantastic card for a guy – rugged and the colors are perfect to work with the buffalo. Great layering. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our "It's all about Animals" challenge this April.

  7. These words pop to mind when I first saw this card: The Strong Silent Type. What a great design! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to our April challenge gallery at Die Cut Divas.

  8. A great masculine card Allisa – I love those layers too, especially in those textured browns. perfect for your buffalo!

  9. Allisa, I just love this card! So perfect for a guy! That burlap and the layers are perfect to showcase this buffalo!

  10. Allisa, I absolutely love this card. I love the texture from the burlap and the coloring. Perfect masculine card

  11. Allisa, I love this card! I always struggle with masculine cards and this is perfect. Such an awesome mix of patterns and texture, too. Love it!


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