Hurray, Lily is born!

Merry Christmas everyone!  Nice that you come to read my post on this Christmas time. I’ve been so busy that I barely have time to craft!  And there are still many more days of partying to come!

This time, I have made a baby card for a little girl named Lily.  Although she is not born on Christmas day, I still thought it was fitting to show a baby card today. This card has a lot of fine details and steps, so it’s semi-advanced and took a while to make.  Here’s what the card looks like.

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Klik hier voor de nederlandse versie.

A lot of thought was put into this card!  First a little background: my neighbor asked me to make a card for her sister that gave birth recently. My neighbor and her family are Chinese and one thing they like are the different animals on the Chinese Zodiac. So I asked my neighbor the animal sign of her sister and husband and she said they were sheep and dog, respectively.  And of course, this year is the year of the dog, so Lily is also a dog sign.

From that, I decided I would showcase the animals. I recently received a larger set of the 12 lunar animals (I already owned a smaller version) so I thought the different sizes would be perfect to show parents and child! Anyway, to make the card, I started with stamping out the animals and a tiny bow with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloring it in with TwinMarkers. I then cut out the images. While coloring the animals, I put a lot of thought to show how the little dog was a combination of the big dog and sheep. I think I did a pretty decent job!

Next it was time to make the background. I recently got some stencils from Ali Express and wanted to try using them in creative ways. To make the background, I first die cut a stitched rectangle and started rubbing Distress Oxide Worn lipstick and Squeezed lemonade with an ink blending tool on white cardstock.

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Really wet!

Then I took a stencil, generously sprayed water onto it with a spray bottle, and put the wet side of the stencil directly onto the colored background. The way Distress Oxide reacts with water is like magic! I let the stencil sit for about 30 second, then I took a dry cloth and dabbed away any excess water that may seep out, then carefully lifted the stencil away from the paper.

Tip! Dab, don’t rub! Because you don’t want the stencil to shift on accident.

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Don’t touch!  Let the “magic” happen.

I let the paper dry, but sped up the process by blasting my heat tool at it.

At first I tried to heat emboss “welcome” with Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder onto the background, but it did not look right. So I die cut the matching “welcome” from the same set from glossy black paper and glued this on top of the heat emboss. I also added a drop shadow to the left side of every thick line to make the word pop-up just a little more. The shadow was using a very light grey marker and running a Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Stardust pen over it too.

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The result of the water, stencil and Distress Oxide.  I was still testing out the “welcome” text on the card.

Next I die cut “Lily”, colored it with Distress Oxide Picked raspberry, brushed Wink of Stella, glued it onto the card, and covered it with Glossy Accents. I wanted the card to have a bit more to it, so I hand-stitched the border with gold Madeira thread by following the die-cut stitches.  I stuck the little animals with 1mm foam tape so it can comfortably sit on top of the letters and colored in the eyes and nose of the animals with a black Sakura Glaze pen. I gave the sheep eyelashes since it was supposed to represent the mother.

Finally, I put 1mm foam tape all over the back of the background and stuck it onto a light yellow card stock. The final touches were adding the rhinestones because one can never have enough bling!

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A beautiful card for a beautiful baby!

I really love adding small details and all kinds of glitter and shine to my cards, what about you?

If you have any questions, please ask! I will do my best to answer.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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