Well I haven’t done any card challenges for AGES even though I’ve been making cards fairly regularly. So I decided to do the challenge from Cards in Envy where the theme is ‘Pretty Pastels’. I also noticed there were a few other challenges I could match up with this theme; the Incy Wincy Designs Challenge is ‘So So Cute’; Make My Monday has the challenge ‘Embossing – Heat or Dry’ and the Allsorts Challenge Blog has ‘Something beginning with “B.”
So given that everyone seems to be having babies right now or at the very least, they have babies pending, I decided I needed to make some New Baby cards. So I came up with a boy and a girl version of this card.
I went for the traditional pink/blue because firstly they are great pastel colours and second, I just like the traditional! I suppose I could do some all-white or yellow and green versions of the cards – it’s a pretty basic idea so would be easy to do in any colour really.
I used plain white card but added another piece of thick paper cut into a square with rounded edges. I painted the paper using pale watercolours and when it dried put it through my machine with a polka dot embossing folder. I stuck this on and then used a stencil to go around the square in either pink/blue thin marker pen.
I used a cute toy train die I got off of eBay ages ago but haven’t got round to using and cut this out in pink and blue card. I also have a great set of ‘baby’ dies from Fuzzy Lemon and picked the socks and dummy out of the set. (There’s also a baby grow and a safety pin in the set but decided I could use some great textures with the dummy and socks.)
For the socks, I used a piece of white foam and embossed it using a ‘cable knit pattern’ embossing folder which I recently bought. I then used the sock die and I think the pattern looks great – like a really cute pair of cotton baby socks!
For the dummies, I used the die cutter on some pink, blue and yellow card. I chopped the pink and blue cuts in half and stuck each one onto the yellow cut to make them look more authentic. I then used glossy accents on the yellow part to make it look more 3-D.
To finish off, I added a cute polka dotted button in either pink or blue and then stamped my sentiments onto blue or pink card.
I love the way that these turned out! They didn’t take long to do so I made a few of them to take into work. As I said, I might make a couple more in more generic pastel colours since not everyone is into the traditional colours.
- Polka Dot embossing folder and Cable Knit embossing folder, both from Xcut
- Toy train die from eBay
- Fuzzy Lemon ‘Baby Set’ dies
- Hunkydory For the Love of Masks ‘Welcome Little One’ stencil
- Ranger Glossy Accents
- White foam from The Works
- Sentiments from Crafty Impressions ‘double sayings’ stamp set
- Buttons from Dovecraft