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Dresser Baby Card – Baby, Day 2

June 23, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of my Baby Mini Series!  This card has a lot going on, and it looks complicated, but it’s actually pretty easy.  It would be perfect for a baby coming home from the hospital, or for a baby shower.  Let’s start with the background.

 

This is a 5 x 7 card, so the Modern Damask background stamp from Catherine Pooler isn’t large enough to fill the whole panel.  But I stamped it with Versamark, and heat embossed it in silver.  Then I added a strip of white paper to make a chair rail, and now it looks like wallpaper on the top.  Let’s add some furniture.

 

This die is called Grand Madison Window, from Poppy Stamps.  I did some partial die cutting to just cut the trim at the top of the window.  Then I used my paper trimmer to cut the sides straight down.  If you don’t have this die, you can just cut the paper to any width you choose, then add a narrow strip of paper to the top for some trim, like this card here. This was my inspiration, but I wanted something smaller.

 

I used my paper trimmer to cut 3 drawer fronts, each 2 5/8 x 1.  Then I used my T-ruler to measure in 1/2″ from either end and mark it lightly with a pencil.  I grabbed one of my most used scrapbook tools – a large safety pin – to poke a hole through the drawer front at the mark I made.  Then I erased the pencil marks.  I have a rubber mat under my paper so I can poke through the paper without creasing it.  A mouse pad would also work for this.

I’m using small brads for drawer pulls, and I poked holes first with the pin so they would be straight.  I’m pushing them through, and folding them open on the back.

 

I temporarily attached each drawer front to the dresser, so I could get the spacing right, and drew a line under each drawer.  Then I removed them, and used a Nesting Square die from Darice to cut out the space in the bottom. It makes it look like real furniture!  If you don’t have these dies, many companies have fancy label or frame dies that will work.

 

I added the dresser to the background with tape runner, and popped up the drawers with foam tape.  I’m using these cute stickers from Recollections for embellishments.  I cut a few stickers at an angle to make them stick out of the drawers.  Lots of companies make stamps of baby clothes, and they’re definitely on my wish list.   Those would work great for this card, and you can match it to the baby’s room.

For the sentiment, I stamped Justrite’s  Large Fancy Sentiments to stamp “Welcome Home” on a scrap of pink cardstock.  Then I added more scraps of black and pink cardstock behind it to make it stand out.  But it still needed something.  I finally stamped the sentiment again in Versamark, slightly offset from the first, and heat embossed it in silver.  And that completes my baby card.  Would you make a card like this?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another post in this series.  Thanks for coming by!

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Pregnancy Card – Baby, Day 1

June 20, 2017

Hey, thanks for coming by!  It’s time for another Mini Series, all about babies.  This is one of my favorite occasions for making cards, so I couldn’t wait to get started on this.  If you changed the sentiment to, “We’re expecting,” this would make a great announcement too. I found this idea here, but I wanted something a little more feminine.

Here’s what I used for my card.  I’ve got a white card base that’s 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″,  two pieces of patterned cardstock cut to 4″ by 5 1/4″, and 2 circle dies from Darice.  If you don’t have dies, this is easy to create without them.  You can cut the paper to size with a paper trimmer, and there are tons of things around the house that you could use for the circles.  I have a salt shaker and a glass that would work perfectly.

 

I laid the larger die on the edge of the paper, and ran it through the Big Kick.  Then I switched circles and ran it through again.  I heat embossed a Hero Arts Congrats sentiment in white.  I tried to stamp, “we’re so happy for you” underneath, but it didn’t stamp evenly.  Oops!

 

Fortunately, this mistake was easy to cover up.  I stamped the sentiment on vellum with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  I added Ranger Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive on the back of the words, and attached it to the panel.  Then I trimmed off some of the strip and folded it to the back, and glued it down.  I’ve got acrylic blocks weighing it down until it dries.

 

Where the circles meet, I marked it with a pencil.  I added a piece of white ribbon over the line.  I folded the strip around the back, and glued it down.  Last, I added foam tape to the back of the panel for some dimension.  I made sure to stick it all the way around so I have even support.

For a final touch, I attached a ribbon bow with hot melt glue.  Tying these tiny bows is much a challenge, unless you use this fork tutorial here.  And this simple card is complete.  You could add sequins or other embellishments, but I wanted to keep the focus on the silhouette.  Have you ever made a card like this?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

 

 

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