I saw them long after BabyT was too big for them, so I was glad to have another person to buy them for. Those gorgeous shoes could only be presented with an equally cute card, so I worked hard on this one. It was a great project because I just sat down one evening and decided I was going to make it, and finished it in one sitting. That's what I love about making cards - they can be completed in a short time.
- Blank A2 ivory card and envelope
- Coordinating shades of pink cardstock, plain and patterned
- Cardstock letter stickers
- Adhesive metal faux brads - Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft
- Burgundy/gold embossing powder
- Tsukineko Brilliance Ink Pad, Coffee Bean
- Martha Stewart Adhesive / Art and Craft Glue
- Stampin' Up Welcome Baby rubber stamp
- Fiskars Alpine pattern decorative scissors
- Fiskars paper trimmer
- Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch
- Uchida Jumbo Craft Punch, 1.5" Circle
- Fiskars 1/4-Inch Corner Squeeze Paper Punch
- Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
- Scotch ATG714 Adhesive Applicator for 1/4-Inch Tape
1. I cut strips of patterned and plain pink cardstock to fit the width of the card, in different heights, and used the decorative scissors on the piece at the bottom.
2. I stamped 'Welcome Baby' in brown pigment ink onto plain pink cardstock cut in a circle, then quickly poured on embossing powder and tapped to remove excess. I used a paintbrush to get rid of the stray bits (as well as I could), then hit it with the heat tool for a few minutes until the powder melted and became shiny. It's a pretty dramatic change, so keep going if you don't see it happen.
3. I mounted the embossed circle onto a dark pink patterned circle, and then mounted that onto a square of textured cardstock with 3 of the 4 corners rounded (I didn't want to be too symmetric!).
4. Using the double-sided tape, I attached all of the paper strips to the front of the card, then the embossed piece. I spelled out 'ELLA' using the cardstock stickers, and then used craft glue to stick the hydrangea cutouts to the card.
5. The card didn't quite look "complete" so I added a row of faux brads along the top strip of paper.
I'm quite pleased with how this turned out. I had to restrain myself from using a ton of different pink patterned papers (I've got quite a stash) and stuck with the very cool crown print from my friend Jenn's scrap pile, and then a very subtle dark pink floral for one of the circles under the 'Welcome Baby' stamp.
I obviously can use some practice embossing - there were still stray bits of powder that wouldn't come off, making the design look a little "fuzzy" after embossing. I tried using a plastic tray to easily recover the leftover powder, but it was very sticky plastic so I ended up just throwing out a bunch of it. Next time, a plain piece of paper might work better.
The inside of the card was too plain - I probably should have used a bit of the patterned paper to tie it together a bit more. Also, I cut out all the pieces first so I could move them around to find the best layout. It's hard for me, because I get anxious to just finish it, but it's really better to save the tape and glue for the last step so I can make last-minute design changes.
My friend J liked the card and the shoes, so it's all good. Thoughts from the Peanut Gallery? Was this too traditionally girly?