Welcome Baby Cards

Anything Goes Embossing With A Twist of PASTELS

One of by besties daughter is expecting her first baby any day now. I don’t know the sex so decided to make 2 generic cards ready to mail (one for the new mom and one for grandmother) and I thought the CYHTP with a twist of pastel’s challenge was the perfect way to make a card and enter a challenge at the same time. Using a new stamp set from MFT that I hadn’t inked yet my first task was to make those images work. Using Tombow markers and a technique seen on A.I, I added colour to the stamp with the markers and then stamped the image onto mixed media paper. With a wet brush I filled in some colour pulling it from the lines of the image. Once they were done I needed backgrounds and on Instagram I viewed a card by Sheri Gilson and another by Gina K – both with ideas I thought would work for the backgrounds. The following cards are what I initially came up with. The one at the top is what I did today when I realized that I hadn’t used any embossing on the my first efforts.

First try
Second try

Once the images were done I die cut them and added some foam tape to the back. Taking a white layer piece I used a stencil, I don’t remember from which company, in various inks keeping them as light in colour as possible. This is the background for the giraffe card. Using the idea on Sheri’s card I also added some pastel strips across the layer. Then I popped the image on top, added the sentiment and a few gems. The one with the elephants is close to being the same except in this case I used Gina’s bubble wrap technique for my background and I added some gold pen to the frame of the image. I also scored the card edge and added the layer between the scored lines. You can imagine my face when I realized that I had met the pastel part of the challenge but not the embossing.

The one I did today is also along the same lines but in this case I used an EF by, I think, Crafters Companion and another one by WeRMemory Keepers. The panel was embossed first and I used the debossed side with soft inks sponged over the top. The strips were done with the triangle folder. And I added a small frame popped up over the image before attaching it to the card front. I added the tiny gems at the top only. I’m happy with all of these although I still need a lot of practice with the water colouring part. Having the cards ready to go as soon as I know the baby is here and one to spare is great. Thanks for spending time with me today.

12 thoughts on “Welcome Baby Cards

  1. Congratulations to the new mother and grandmother. I really like the cards. The bubble wrap background look wonderful. I used bubble wrap yesterday, from Gina’s inspiration.

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    1. Thanks a lot. When I was figuring out the backgrounds I realized I needed something subtle so it wouldn’t detract from the images. I looked at a ton of pp before choosing these techniques.

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  2. Love your cards, Johanna, the background on each card is subtle enough so it doesnt distract you from the image. I love the giraffes and love the bear embossing technique. What stamp set are these images from, may I ask? We are having a new grandbaby in August and the sex will be a surprise for everyone. Love your cards.

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  3. Thanks so much Gayle. Just got news the new baby is a girl and her name is Ruby. Such a cute video was sent and she is adorable. The stamp set is by MFT and is called I’ll love you Forever (BB-116) There are 5 image stamps and 5 sentiments. The 2 I’ve not used yet include a Rhino and a Sloth, both with babies. Its a cute set and you could do a slimline with several of them.

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