Friday, 16 December 2016

New Baby Congrats in 3 Colour Ways + A Tip

Earlier this year one of my friends announced she was expecting, hurrah thought I, another chance to make a card, until I realised that I seemed to have loads of dies, stamps and paper pads etc to make birthday and christmas cards. But realised that my stash had very few items in that would allow me to make Sympathy, New Born baby and even Wedding cards! Given how the year went that was a sorry state of affairs, so I added some items to my stash over the following few months to rectify the situation.

The card above is the one I sent to my friend, who gave birth to a beautiful little girl in November, at the time I wasn't sure if she was having a boy or a girl, so I made the card in 3 different colour ways so I'd have a card to send whether she had a boy or girl. The 'spare' cards were added to my box of cards for future events so will become useful eventually.

To make the cards I made my own card blanks from some bright coloured card I bought at The Range, then I die cut some mats from white card and embossed them with a Craft Essentials Creative Embossing folder called 'Buttons'. Next I cut a circle of gingham paper that I'd printed out on my computer, from a free download I'd acquire a while back, using one the the dies from my Presscut Round Dies with Stitched Holes set.

I die cut a baby carriage from thin card in a corresponding colour using the Baby Carriage die from the new Crafter's Companion 'Little Angel' Sara Signature Collection, and used me MISTI stamping tool to stamp the New Baby wording from a stamp set from the same collection. I love the MISTI, it was an expensive purchase, but it really helps me get my stamping right when it matters and means if I mess up or don't get enough pressure on the stamped image, I can re-ink the stamp and go right back in to fix it, without messing up my card or ending up with a misaligned or fuzzy stamped sentiment.

I used Memento inks, again in corresponding shades for each card, in this instance it was Rosebud, Danube Blue and Dandelion and after inking gave the carriage die cut a mist of my homemade pearl shimmer spray. The baby carriage was then glued to the gingham paper circle and stuck down to my embossed mat using Cosmic Shimmer glue. I added a die cut 'Congrats' to the finished card which I'd cut using a Lawn Fawn 'Scripty Congrats' die, I cut the image in white card then used a finger dauber tool to colour it with the same colour ink I'd stamped with (see image below and tip below).

The final touch was to add a couple of gems from my stash to the centre of the wheels. These cards were super fast to create and I'm getting in to the habit where possible of making several cards of the same design, especially for standard events like these. I plan on making them in other colours like lilac, peach and mint green for those people who don't like to send cards in the 'traditional' boy/girl colours.

Crafting Tip

When I'm not crafting at my proper craft desk, I use the desk that my PC monitor etc sits on, which doesn't have very much space, so getting my large craft mat on it is a struggle. So I was delighted when I had a brain wave a few months ago and re-purposed something I was about to throw out! I'd been struggling with my Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet on my small desk and was getting frustrated when things got knocked off the desk because the mat was too big.

I was having a clear out and was about to put two sheets I'd laminated for a course I was running that I noticed had spelling mistakes on, so I was going to have to redo them. As I was about to slip the laminated pages in to the bin, I realised they could possibly be perfect for little inking jobs and I was right! Now I use them a lot, they wipe clean with a baby wipe, so you can use over and over again, and are only A4 size so they fit in small areas and are relatively cheap to make, if you have a laminator or know someone that does have.

I've used them to tape down pieces of paper/card to when I'm using pixie powders and brushos! I'm sure they will fall apart eventually, when they do I can easily make some more. The laminated sheets also make the perfect surface to add drops of Nuvo Crystal drops to make your own 'enamel' dots, if you do them on a book or magazine for additional support, when you've finished adding the drops to the sheet you can easily pick them sheet up and put it somewhere safe whilst the dots dry! Brilliant don't you think? I don't impress myself often, but I did when I had this particular brainwave lol!

That's all from me today, hope you have a brilliant weekend, ours involves my future daughter-in-law coming to visit with her children for the first time, working on making a robot pangolin with a friend and going to see that same friend in her band when they give a concert on Sunday. Take care and thank you for stopping by.


  1. Hi Debbs this is a stunning set of cards. Thank you for the tips. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Gorgeous set of cards Debs, lovely in all colour ways. Emmax


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