Baby Carriage Z-Fold Card

Baby Carriage Z-Fold Card

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Here’s one last baby card I made a week or so back…

This card features the Cottage Cutz “Fancy Baby Carriage” die and the Light Aqua Plaid card stock from Core’dinations.  I wanted the focal panel to to be white with just a bit of color so I smooshed Mint Macaron ink (stampin’ up) onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water, and dipped my white card stock into it.  (I love the splotchy, water color effect you achieve with this technique!)  In addition to the white card stock, I also used Bazzill Chiffon and a sheet from the Earth value pack by Recollections for the solid colors.

The panel on the inside for stamping or handwriting a sentiment is hidden behind the focal panel when the card is closed.

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Paper Pieced Baby Card

Paper Pieced Baby Card

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Here’s one more baby card (along with a quick “paper piecing” tutorial) I made while playing with the papers and supplies I had pulled out for the cards in my last post…..

This cute baby image is a cling stamp from a set called “Baby” (#227909) by Recollections.  (I purchased this set at Michaels a while ago and can’t seem to find it in the store or online anymore.)

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I used the Darice “Quilt Blocks” embossing folder and a scrap of Core’dinations “Light Aqua Plaid” (#320009) card stock for my background along with a pierced circle (and plain circle) die cut to frame the stamped images.

The greeting is from the “Bundle of Love” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?) and was stamped with “Mint Macaron” ink from Stampin’ Up.  I’m not sure why my camera “sees” blues differently than I do; the ink and these papers match so much better in person than on the photo.  (The papers are more greenish, and the ink is more bluish in real life.)  Oh well!

I “paper pieced” scraps of card stock to my baby image to add the color.  I really like this technique because you can easily match whatever card stock you are using on your project.

HOW TO PAPER PIECE:

To do this technique, you stamp the image onto the panel you plan to use on your card.  (For my card, I wanted the baby and greeting to be on a white panel, so I stamped him on white making sure I had enough space around him to die cut the panel with the pierced circle die.)

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Next, decide what colors you want to “color in” the image and stamp the image on a scrap of each of those colors.  (I couldn’t decide if I wanted his pj’s to be solid or plaid, so I stamped it on a scrap of each.)

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With scissors, cut out the portions of the colored pieces you need to “fill in” your image.  I cut out the whole body from the peachy paper and just the pj’s from the aqua pieces.  Notice that I did not worry about cutting out the line for the baby’s hair on the peach piece.  (The hair is too thin to cut out and is not supposed to be peach; it is supposed to be black and is still on the image on the white panel.)

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The final step is to glue the layers on to the white panel.  Line up the black stamped portions when doing that.  You can see how the hair “reappears” in this step!  (I was still deciding what he should wear in the photos below.  Ultimately, I decided to use the solid piece and removed the plaid one.)

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A Few Baby Card Variations

A Few Baby Card Variations

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In a recent post, I shared a few easel cards with negative framed scenes which were samples I had made for one of the classes in the 8-week card making course I am teaching through the Haddonfield Adult School.  One of my students had asked me (prior to that class) if I had any baby shower supplies as she needed a card for her daughter-in-law who is expecting.  I went through my stash at home and adapted the easel card lesson to include some baby shower elements and offered this variation as an option along with the others.  The above sample is the same basic card as the others but has patterned paper behind the negative (instead of the scene) and different greeting stamps.

Once my baby supplies were out, I got to playing with them along with a few scraps of paper that seemed appropriate and came up with a few more designs.  Below are a few cards using the negative of a “baby” word die cut.

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For two of the samples, I embossed the stitched rectangle frame with a wafer thin stitched rectangle die using my Cuttlebug and a Spellbinders embossing mat.  (The “sandwich” I use for embossing with a thin die is A-plate, B-plate, embossing mat, card stock, die with cutting edge facing paper and embossing mat, B-plate, and a chipboard shim.)  For the other two, I cut out the rectangle instead.

This is a pretty easy card design that could be customized with whatever colors and printed papers you desire.  And once the front panel is created, it can either be adhered to an easel card base or to a plain folded card base.  (I show how to create the easel card base in the post mentioned above.)

The “baby” die is called “In a Word: Baby Cutaway”  and the “happy” die is called “In a Word: Happy Cutaway” which are both by Winnie & Walter.  The “Baby Shower” stamp is from the “Mommy-To-Be Diva” set and the “a blessing from above” stamp is from the “Blessing From Above” set which are both by Gina K designs.

The patterned paper I used was Green/Pink Plaid HOTP-200210 (Paper Pizzazz/Hot off the Press) and several prints by Core’dinations called Light Aqua Plaid, White Plaid, and Light Aqua Small Dot.  The solid colored card stock was Chiffon (Bazzill), April Lovely (Core’dinations), Grey Kraft (Recollections), and a sheet from the Earth value pack (Recollections).

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Bundle of Boy Baby Card

Bundle of Boy Baby Card

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The cute stamps on this card are from the “Baby Talk” set (retired?) from Stampin’ Up.  I used Gina K In the Navy ink for all the images.  The greeting and carriage with the baseball were stamped first on the white card stock.  Then the carriage was stamped again on a piece of the printed paper.  Just the top and wheels were cut out, and these pieces were adhered to the white stamped panel adding the matching color/pattern to the image without needing to worry about cutting the thin lines.  I stamped the baseball on a scrap of white with Gina K Cherry Red ink and cut this out just inside the outer red edge so that only the stitching on a plain piece of white was left.  When it was adhered to the original stamped image on the main white panel, you could see the blue outline with the red stitching.

The printed paper was from the “Special Delivery” paper pad by Pebbles along with a piece of “Blue Stripe Paper” by Colorbok.  Gina K Blue Denim card stock was also used.

A die from the “Stitched Square Dies” set by Gina Marie Designs was used on the solid mat.

I needed two little boy cards and didn’t have enough of the printed paper used on the first card, so I made a second card with different paper.  I had used my MISTI for the stamping on the first card, so I was able to make the second card with the same stamp placement.

For this one, I used more paper from the “Special Delivery” paper pack and Gina K Powder Blue card stock and ink.  I felt like the red stitching on the baseball was too much with the softer colors on this card, so I left them powder blue.

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I love this stamp set, and paper piecing made all the elements match beautifully!

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Welcome Little One Shaker Card

Welcome Little One Shaker Card

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(Inside: Congratulations on your bundle of joy!)

Cheery Lynn Designs has a number of shaker card kits, and the one I used on this card is the Baby Rattle. The kit comes with the rattle dies, foam, acetate, and the metal fillers for inside the shaker element.  The components of the kit are also sold separately, but it was nice having everything included!  And it’s nice to know there are refills available if needed/desired.  There are instructional videos right on their site if you’ve never made a shaker card before.

The adorable papers used on this project are “Linen Door Boy Plaid” by The Paper Studio, “Betty-Ann” by Melissa Frances (the polka dotted paper), and American Crafts #320333 (elephants).  Stampin’ Up Mint Macaron card stock was also used along with the Mint Macaron ink for the inside sentiment and to color the white ribbon.

In addition to the metal “It’s a Boy” shaker elements that came with the kit, I also added some “Baby Shower Confetti” by Unique (#61842).

I used the Stampin’ Up Banner Triple Punch and a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Folder.

The greeting inside the rattle is from the “Basket Blessings” set (retired?) by Gina K Designs stamped with versamark and heat embossed in white.  The inside greeting is from the “Rectangle Greetings” set (retired?) from Gina K Designs.

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