Saturday 28 November 2015

Welcome to the World

I love using tags on cards; particularly building up layers of interest.  The birth of a colleague's baby gave me the ideal opportunity to use this method.

I started with a plain #8 manila tag and stamped it multiple times with the Baby Background stamp by Rubber Stampede, using Cobalt Blue Archival ink.  
Before adding the two shades of blue (Indigo and Pool satin acrylic paint by Martha Stewart), I gave the stamped tag a wash with watered down white gesso.


 To add texture, I used the heart stencil by Tim Holtz and the Decadent Denim Sparkle Texture paste by Cosmic shimmer in the upper left corner of the tag and some carefully chosen words from the Traveler stencil, but this time using the pearlescent texture paste from the same colour collection by Phill Martin, at the bottom.

The base card is made from a piece of white linen A4 card, scored and folded in half.  I used the Baby Text Background by Darkroom Door and the Decadent Denim Colour Cloud to stamp around the edge of the card.

I couldn't decide initially whether I was going to use a pale blue background or a dark blue one, so I cut the name twice using the Typewriter Key Contour dies by Memory Box and laid them out to help me make a decision.  

 The background panel of dark blue pearlescent card (20cm x 13.8cm) had a piece of pale blue 'It's a Boy' ribbon wrapped around it before being added to the card; I went with the dark letters set into the light blue background, although I didn't use the narrow rings around the edges of the letters. 

Before I added the tag to the card, I coloured some plain seam binding tape with the Decadent Denim colour mist and found some fibres in a lighter blue to put through the hole at the top of the tag.  The Welcome to the World sentiment by Tonic Studios was cut twice from the same card as used in the letters of the name; before gluing the two layers together to create a drop shadow effect, I used a Versamark ink pad to coat the top layer with Decadent Denim embossing powder and heat embossed the die cut sentiment.

The separate stork die from the same sentiment set was cut from the lighter blue card and added in the top right hand corner of the card as I felt it needed some balance.  To finish, I used the Decadent Denim Cosmic Twinkles around the edge of the letters.  This was done, both to tie in with the sparkle paste on the tag, as well as to emphasize the 'typewriter' style of the letters used for the name.  I really enjoyed making this card; it was one of those occasions when the ideas just seemed to flow and it gave me an opportunity to try out most of the different elements of the colour collection by Phill Martin; the only products that I didn't use were the mica powders, the pearlescent PVA and the gilding wax. 


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