Welcome Baby – Squirrel Style!

A friend of mine wanted a ‘Welcome Baby’ card to give to someone, but his request was that it feature a Squirrel. Yes…a squirrel. Well….I accepted that challenge!

I started with Pinkfresh’s ‘Squirrel Friends‘ stamp set…which isn’t specifically for babies, but it’s got a couple of really cute Squirrels in there 🙂

I started off stamping a parent squirrel and a baby squirrel, slightly above the bottom of the panel and closer to the left side as I was planning to put the sentiment on the upper right side. I used Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink as it’s watercolor and alcohol marker safe and I wanted to make sure the outlines didn’t smudge as I applied water.

I started off with the parent squirrel and added a mix of brown and grey, then blended it out with some water.

I repeated the same with the baby squirrel as well. Then I mixed a green and blue and used a larger brush to “wash” the colour across the base on the panel to create a ground for the squirrels.

I added a rattle to the baby squirrel’s hand from Mama Elephant’s ‘New Family’ stamp set to add a little more ‘baby’ theme in there. Then I used a sentiment from that same stamp set and head embossed it in the upper right side of the panel using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder and Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink.

To finish off the watercolor panel, I added some “sky” using a blue coloured wash across the top portion of the panel…then for a little kick…I added a bit of a sun in the upper left corner of the panel. Then I let everything dry for a bit to make sure that there was enough firmness in the panel before proceeding.

To add a bit of definition to the ground I stamped a grass detail using Frayed Leaf ink. I also painted the baby’s rattle. I then trimmed the panel down to approximately 3.75x 5 inches and adhered it to a panel of Recollections’ Iridescent white Cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. I added everything to an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and the card is complete!

I also stamped the envelope to make sure it corresponded with the card. I stamped the flap with a detailed stamp from the Mama Elephant stamp set and Frayed Leaf ink. Then I used some of the little baby objects and stamped the bottom left corner of the front of the envelope using Crimson, Snapdragon, Warm Sunshine and Frayed Leaf.

And I’m done. Is it my best work? probably not, but I pushed myself to try something outside of my wheelhouse, and I do think it came out really cute.

Stamps:

– Mama Elephant’s ‘New Family’

Pinkfresh’s ‘Squirrel Friends’ (SSS)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Frayed Leaf

Crimson

Snapdragon

Warm Sunshine

Other Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-Canson XL Watercolor Paper

– Recollections Iridescent White Cardstock

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

Altenew’s Watercolor Pan Set

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Hello Baby Girls…

Two week old Twin girls need a warm welcome into the world. Although they shared the same womb that doesn’t mean they need to share the same card!

Card #1:

Using Stampin Up’s First Steps Stamp set, I stamped the tiny footprints and a beautiful sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed it all using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder on Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Cotton Pink. I used a heart edge border punch to decorate the edge.

I adhered this onto a panel of Recollections’ Iridescent White cardstock measuring approximately 4.25×5 inches. I applied a panel of craft foam to the panel and attached everything to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches… Done!

Featuring:

Stamps:

– Stampin Up’s First Steps Stamp set

Supplies:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Cotton Pink

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Recollections Iridescent White Cardstock

– Heart Border Punch

Card #2:

I absolutely LOVE this stamp. Sooo sweet. It could be used as both a welcome or sympathy card. But this one is definitely for a happy welcome!

I stamped the both the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder. For the sentiment I stamped in Catherine Pooler Dye Inks in ‘It’s a Girl’ and heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s ‘Fairy Dust’ embossing powder.

I then used an EK Success edge punch to decorate the trim of the main panel and adhered it to a panel of pink glitter cardstock measuring approximately 4 x5.25 inches. I backed it with craft foam and attached it to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches… Card #2 complete!

Featuring:

Stamps:

– Art Stamp/Carabelle Studio’s ‘Hello Baby’ stamp set

Inks:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder

Tools:

– EK Success Border Punch

BOTH CARDS:

Other Supplies:

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

Baby Boom!

So there are a few people i know having babies this year, so i though I’d give some baby cards a try.

Featuring:

– Stampin Up’s ‘First Steps’ stamp set

– Stampin Up’s ‘Little Elephant’ stamp set

– Spellbinders’ ‘Venise Lace’ die set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Versamark Ink

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Simon Says Stamp’s Clear Embossing powder

– Stampin Up’s – Pineapple Punch’ Grosgrain Ribbon

Featuring:

– Stampin Up’s ‘First Steps’ stamp set

– Celebrate It Tempo White Grosgrain Ribbon

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Avery Elle’s ‘Quilted Frame Die’ (D-08-05)

Featuring:

– Stampin Up’s ‘Little Elephant’ stamp set and punch

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Glossy Accents

– Nuvo Glitter Drops

– Simon Says Stamp’s Clear Embossing powder

– Bazzil Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

EK Success ‘Bubbles’ Edge Punch