Hello and good morning!!
I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start. Mine is going well so far, though I've finally started The Diet, and I still haven't taken down the Christmas decorations. Crafting had to come first after a two-week hiatus. You know what I mean, yes you do. As for The Diet, it's been what, about 12 hours so far, and I'm already bored. But I've been kind of bad for oh, the past 7 months, and now it's time to pay the piper. But other than that, Happy New Year to me.
Thank goodness for paper. And glitter. And ribbon.
Today's card is a baby card. I've made one baby card to date, about 6 months ago, and I'd like to have a couple on hand to round out my collection of cards. At my age, all of my friends have grown, or almost-grown children, so there isn't much call for baby cards in my world. Still, they're nice to have.
Oh, who am I kidding, there are several challenges out there who are using baby cards or new beginnings as their theme, so without further ado, here 'tis.
The first layer was embossed with the Swiss Dot ef as the base. When I use white layers, I almost always tend to emboss them so as to not have a huge expanse of white cardstock looking back at me, which makes me, a color hound, completely nervous.
I stamped the image onto Whisper White and paper pieced the three little bits of baby clothing after first having colored them with my brand new Copics. Since I'm so new to using Copics, I didn't want to risk ruining the whole thing if I colored any of them poorly.
I stitched around the middle layers (yellow and blue) a couple of times before adhering them to the base.
And now for the fun part - the embellishments. I LOVE embellishments and almost can't make a card without at least something dressing it up. I used seam binding for this one (I think I dyed it myself), and tied it into a messy bow. I attached a tiny brass duck charm and two tiny tags with blue-striped baker's twine, then topped the whole thing off with a little flower button. Darlin'.
I ruched the ribbon strip by pulling a couple of threads down the middle of the strip of seam binding, thereby causing it to gather up, then adhered it to the card with Scor-Tape. Anyone who sews knows this is a great way to gather fabric, but I had forgotten it until I saw this tutorial given by my good friend Catherine Pooler over at StampNation (members go here, non-members here). This is a much more reliable way of getting that ruched look rather than just manually sticking the ribbon to adhesive and hoping it holds (which it rarely does for me). This way the ribbon is actually gathered instead of fake-gathered.
Here's a picture showing the various layers in greater detail. (You can see a glimpse of the finished inside.) I love adding depth by popping up layers on dimensionals.
I hope you've enjoyed my card today, and I appreciate you stopping by for a visit. Here's wishing you a lovely day full of whatever it is that makes you happy.
Paper: Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (all SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamp: Hello Baby (Flourishes), Tiny Tags (SU)
Extras: SB Labels One and Decorative Labels One, Copics, seam binding, Scor-Tape, button, duck charm (Mark's Finest Papers), Jewelry Tag punch, baker's twine, dimensionals, sewing machine, Swiss Dots ef.
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