Something Old, Something New…Kind Koala Birthday Card

Hello, everyone! Something old, something new…Today I’ve got for you really adorable birthday card using sadly retiring Kind Koala stamp, and also a sneak peek at new Labeler Alphabet stamp set.


Kind koala

Isn’t this little koala cutest ever!? The base of my card is standard, top folded A6 in Sahara Sand. For the background, I’ve used Very Vanilla and dry embossed it with Happy Heart embossing folder.

Because I wanted this card to be a birthday card I used washi tape to cover the flower and a sentiment on my stamp before I inked it up in Basic Grey Archival Ink. Next, I stamped my cute koala on a piece of Very Vanilla. Just remember to take off the washi tape first or you will have a disaster. Guess how I know lol I also stamped him on a scrap of paper to create a mask I will need later.

Kind koala 4

I watercolour my little fella in Sahara Sand and added some shadow underneath him. I also added a touch of Blushing Bride to his nose and inside of his ears. When I was happy with the results I masked my koala and sponged the background with Soft Sky and Pool Party. Then I used the aqua painter to add few droplets of water to the background and took off a little bit of the colour.

Kind koala 2

Next, I matted my koala panel with a piece of vellum and a slightly bigger piece of Sahara Sand. But to add some more interest to this panel I stamped it with Tip Top Taupe using the foliage stamp from Sheltering Tree. I assembled all my panels.Now was time for balloons!

Kind koala 5

I stamped three smaller balloons from Balloon Celebration, two in Pool Party and one in Soft Sky, punch them with Balloon Bouquet punch and arrange them on the card using dimensionals. I also hand-drew balloon strings with Project Life pen (and yes, I know, I probably should have used a lighter colour, maybe Basic Grey or Smoky Slate marker) so it looks like koala is holding them in his paw.

kind koala 3

The card was busy enough so I kept the sentiment simple. I cut a strip of Very Vanilla and stamped my sentiment in Sahara Sand, using Labeler Alphabet stamp set. To keep it fun I mixed both types of letters and add it at wonky angle to my card.

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Very Vanilla:

  • 3-1/8 x 4-6/8″
  •  2 x 3-2/8″
  • 1/2 x 3-5/8″

Sahara Sand:

  • 2-2/8 x 3-4/8″


  • 2-1/8 x 3-3/8″

I’m adding my card to

Do you like my little card? I truly hope you do. Please let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day,

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20 thoughts on “Something Old, Something New…Kind Koala Birthday Card

  1. Love this card! I just bought this little guy and so happy to have a cute idea to change the sentiment. Thank you!

  2. This is just delightful, Anna! I love the soft colours you’ve used, and the way you’ve so wholeheartedly embraced our “masking” challenge at Just Add Ink! Thanks for playing along with us this week.

  3. This is so pretty Anna! I love how you’ve put the balloon strings in the koala’s paws – so cute! Such beautiful colouring and your background and water droplets have a lovely effect. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week 🙂

  4. Adorable card and gorgeous colors, I love that little koala bear! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.
    Tammy x

  5. Aww, too sweet! Love the way you colored the image and the fabulous background you created for it. Thanks for joining us for this week’s Color Throwdown!

  6. I love your idea of changing out the flower for a bunch of balloons Anna! They suit the koala perfectly and make him perfectly festive! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  7. Glad you could play along with us at Just Add Ink this week, Anna. Your little koala is adorable & I love that you gave him a bunch of balloons – who doesn’t love balloons. You’re so lucky to have won the alphabet too – it looks awesome here – did you manage to stamp the happy birthday in one go? If so it’s going up my list of must-haves 🙂
    Di 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Di x I actually haven’t stamp it in one go because only the regular letters comes as multiples, and I wanted to mix both together, so I didn’t have two square”P’s” to use xx

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