I don’t know about you, but I like to keep a stash of cards around for a wide variety of occasions… this way I have something to fall back on if I don’t have enough time to create a card when I need one at the last minute! Birthdays, holidays, love you’s, thank you’s, sympathy, feel better soon… the occasions for a card are endless! Today I have three topics to share with you; baby, birthday and love. So let’s get started!
When it comes to baby cards, I love using adorable little birds and animals in bright happy colors. I stamped the “hello” sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. The rest of the sentiment, “baby”, was done in my own handwriting for a bit of a “handmade touch”, and paired well with the large bold letters above it. I then stamped the two little birds (that are so cute!) in black waterproof ink before watercoloring in hues of yellow, pink and green. Layers of bright patterned papers and a happy green ribbon “tie off” the card nicely.
Birthday’s are a special time of year… and this calls for specially made cards! The Penny Black “Paint the Town” stamp set has the cutest mouse image included in it; holding up a cake as big as he is… too sweet! :) I stamped the mouse in brown waterproof ink and colored him in with a rainbow of colors, and heat embossed a birthday greeting in gold embossing powder. Paired with a fairly neutral background, the mouse and sentiment really pop off the card and add the perfect splash of color. For some added depth, I inked all the edges of my card panels with a medium gray pigment ink; the result created a sort of “shadowed” effect, and helps finish off the card nicely.
You can never say “I love you” too many times to the special people in your life… staying away from the typical frilly hearts and flowers, I used this adorable cat stamp (with the most lovable smile on its face!), as part of my scene in this card. With a tag as the base for the focal point, I layered, fussy cut and paper pieced together a happy, sunny scene… and not to worry, I didn’t get away from the hearts altogether! :) I tucked a couple hearts in the design, punching a heart into the cloud, and stamping a heart in the sentiment as well. The tag was then layered upon white papers, and I splashed on some droplets of brown ink as well, for a bit of interest.
I hope this has inspired your creativity to help you make some wonderful cards for all those special occasions life has to offer! Enjoy, and Happy Sunday!