I’m a sucker for a cute baby stamp set and as soon as I saw the Sweet Baby Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! I knew I’d have to get it. Today is my first time inking it up and my project features two amazing new embossing folders too. Even if you don’t have a use for baby-themed projects right now, do check out these new embossing folders, I think you’ll be seeing a lot of them in the weeks and months to come.
My project all started with the baby image from the Sweet Baby Stamp Set. I mounted the stamp on my Stamparatus stamp positioning platform and coloured the outline of the baby’s hands and face directly on the stamp rubber using the brush tips of my Stampin’ Write Markers in Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede and Night of Navy, then I stamped it onto a piece of Powder Pink Card. To make sure I had a good image I coloured the rubber again and stamped a second time. I cut out the baby’s hands and face with Paper Snips and set them aside.
I cleaned off the stamp and then stamped the whole image onto a piece of Mint Macaron Card using Mint Macaron ink. I cut out this image with Paper Snips and also cut up along the underside of the arms up as far as the hands. Then I used a Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Marker to colour in the collar. Finally, to give the Mint Macaron piece some additional dimension I used a Sponge Dauber to tap Mint Macaron ink over the whole surface.
I was going to glue the stamped and cut pieces together but I needed to do a little more work before I was ready for that. I placed the baby’s head face down (literally) on the foam insert from my Stamparatus and using the largest ball end of my scoring tool I went over the back of the card in small circular motions to stretch the card slightly. Once I was done and turned the card face up the head was slightly domed.
To assemble my baby I trimmed some more off the head on the Mint Macaron piece (I didn’t want a green head showing on my finished card) and then used a Stampin’ Dimensional to add the baby’s head to the little bit that was left. The hands followed, attached with a dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). The completed baby was then set aside while I got on with his bed.
Using my Big Shot and multipurpose platform I embossed a piece of Whisper White Card using the new Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, with the card pressed tight up against the hinge. This would give me a flat strip along the edge, but it was exactly what I would need.
TIP – To get the best results with Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, lightly spritz the surface of the card with clean water before placing the card inside the folder. Dynamic folders are much thicker than standard embossing folders so place the folder with the card directly onto the multipurpose platform with all tabs open and with the hinge of the folder pointing towards the Big Shot. Place a cutting pad on top of the folder and run it through the Big Shot, and then back again.
Next I took the Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder but this time instead of misting the Soft Sea Foam card with clean water I lightly tapped a VersaMark Ink Pad on the inside of the side with the printed Stampin’ Up! logo. Then I ran that through the Big Shot as before. This time when I took out the card the embossing was very slightly darker (tone-on-tone) where it had been pressed in.
I had one final task for my Big Shot and that was to cut a narrow strip of Whisper White Card using the edge die from the coordinating Bouncing Baby Framelits Dies.
To assemble the baby’s bed I cut a piece from the Subtle embossed Whisper White Card and attached that to a layer of Soft Suede Card with liquid glue so that the smooth line created by embossing folder hinge could become the edge of the pillow case.
I took another piece of the Subtle embossed Whisper White Card and this time cut it into a strip so that the embossed lines were vertical. I then added the lace trim piece under the bottom edge of the strip with liquid glue and then added it to the Tufted embossed Soft Sea Foam layer. I slipped the arms of the assembled baby over the top edge of the quilt and then fixed the completed piece onto the Soft Suede layer with more liquid glue.
To create my card base I cut and scored a piece of Thick Whisper White Card using my Stampin’ Trimmer, folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. On the front of the card base I attached a piece of Whisper White Card and then a piece from the Nature’s Poem 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack. The baby layer came next, popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Baby Stamp Set onto a piece of Thick Whisper White Card with Soft Suede ink and then added the decorative line underneath with Mint Macaron ink. The sentiment was punched out with the Everyday Label Punch and added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
For the inside of the card I decided to take a layer of Whisper White Card and cut the bottom edge using the lace edge die from the Bouncing Baby Framelits. This layer was then fixed inside the card base with liquid glue.
All that was left was the Whisper White Medium Envelope and I decided to coordinate it with the card front by embossing the envelope flap using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. As the envelope paper is much thinner than cardstock (and it has water activated glue on it!) I did not bother spritzing the flap with water but the result was still great. Finally I was finished.
Oh my, I’m sorry that my post today was so long but I must say I had such a lot of fun making this project. I can’t decide what I like best, the cute baby image or those amazing new embossing folders. What do you think?