Special Delivery–It’s a Boy

I made this card a while ago, while I was pregnant with my son, or very soon after he was born. I can’t remember July and August–it was all a blur. Two hours of sleep a night does that to your brain!

I can remember this: I used things from the new 2012-2013 Stampin UP catalog! The base is In Color Midnight Muse, a great navy blue and I’m not a navy blue person. To brighten things up, I used Pool Party card stock, another In Color, texturized with the Fancy Fan Letterpress plate. I inked up the plate with Versamark (you could also use Pool party ink) and then ran it through the Big Shot for some texture and pattern.

The stamp is from Special Delivery, a new hostess set. I inked up the boy silhouette with Midnight Muse ink and stamped it on Whisper White card stock. I layered it with Daffodil Delight and Pool Party circles.

Some of the other elements used on the card are Lattice Bigz Die, Summer Smooches DSP, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Daffodil Delight Stitched 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, and Whisper White 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon.

Summer Silhouettes 2 Ways

I made 2 versions of this card, one basic and another slightly stepped up. Using a combination of bright In Colors, grounded with Basic Gray and White as neutrals, the card feels cheery but not busy.

First up is the basic version. I used the Summer Silhouettes stamp set for the flowers and Friendly Phrases for the sentiment. The colors for the flowers are Summer Starfruit, Lucky Limeade, and Primrose Petals.

The strip across the front is Summer Starfruit card stock, layered with Pool Party card stock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder for texture.

For the stepped up version, I used one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits to cut out the sentiment on Whisper White card stock. Then, I added an In Color Dahlia in Primrose Petals and adhered the label to the card with stampin dimensionals.

Fancy Fan Letterpress {New Home Card}

I’m a big fan of letterpress. I experimented with L Letterpress before and the results are stunning. The only drawback is that sometimes inking the plates can get a little messy. Stampin UP came out with letterpress plates that are really very easy to use. This one is called Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate. I inked it up with Pool Party ink, directly from the pad. Craft ink is best for the letterpress plates but Pool Party does not come in craft ink, and I was happy with the results anyway.

To use the Letterpress plates, you need the Big Shot. Ink up the plate, place it ink side up on the multipurpose platform with 1 tab. Then, adhere your watercolor paper to a cutting mat with snail or dotto. Place the cutting plate/paper down on the inked letterpress plate and run it through the Big Shot. Lift the cutting plate/paper off gently so as not to smear the ink.

Now for the card details: the base is Lucky Limeade, layered with chocolate chip card stock and the letterpressed watercolor paper. I stamped “congratulations” from Congrats (retired) using SU Markers: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, and Chocolate Chip. That was layered onto a strip of chocolate chip card stock and adhered to the base with glue dots.

The new home stamp is non SU, colored in with Copic Markers and matted with chocolate chip card stock as well.

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