It’s been quite a while since I last made a card to celebrate a new baby on the way, but that’s exactly what’s about to happen for one of my friends. Since I don’t make this type of card very often, you won’t find a bunch of baby-themed supplies in my stash. That said, you don’t necessarily need them! I loved the Tropical Foliage stamp and die bundle from the last Essentials by Ellen release sooooo much, and decided to use it for this project with a soft gender-neutral color palette.
Speaking of which, let’s chat about colors first. I’m finding myself more and more drawn to neutrals these days, so I paired some muted greens with light orangey-browns – specifically, these inks:
- Pinkfresh Studio Peach Fuzz
- Pinkfresh Studio Doe
- Pinkfresh Studio Espresso
- Catherine Pooler Ginger
- Catherine Pooler Matcha
- Catherine Pooler Sage
- Catherine Pooler Spruce
I die cut a whole bunch of leaves with the Tropical Foliage dies from white cardstock (because it’s good to have options!), then stamped them using the jig method in my MISTI. While my die cutting machine was out, I also cut an arch from the Essential Rectangles die set, and created a textured background with the Spellbinders Optical Arches embossing folder. Dry embossing is so easy once you know what the right sandwich is for your die cutting machine, and a great technique if you love clean, bright white backgrounds.
The only thing missing (before assembly, of course) was a sentiment. For this I used a “Welcome Baby” hot foil plate from the Spellbinders It’s My Party Glimmer Sentiments, designed by my exceptionally talented crafty friend, Carissa Wiley. I stacked and adhered several layers together to give the sentiment a more sturdy look, then went on to arrange all of my Tropical Foliage pieces behind the arch. Temporary tape held them in place until I had everything where I wanted it, and once I had my arrangement finalized, I secured the whole thing to the dry embossed panel with foam tape. To finish, I mounted that on a white A2 base, then added some small glitter drop accents.
I’d love to hear: Do you have any go-to stamp/die sets for making baby cards?
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