Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Finally got around to .....

Yes, I finally got around to creating a Baby Boy version of my elephant shaped 'New Baby' standing card, Although to be honest it would work for both and suit a nursery in these shades as a pretty and fun keepsake :)

This time I gave it a more vintage feel by using papers with a more distressed look and inking the edges with Distress Ink in 'Tea Dye'.



The card was created by drawing around my elephant templates in pencil onto pastel blue card.  Using my favourite trusty scissors I cut 2 of the large 'mummy' and 1 of the 'baby' I then covered the shapes with 2 different papers from a HOTP collection 'Soft Nostalgia', all cut edges were then inked around. 


Ears were hand-cut from a good quality wool blend felt, using a little glue only alongside the inner curve of each ear, this adds interest and allows the ears to be moveable.  Out came the Big Shot next which I used to die cut 4 little scalloped hearts, I also cut 4 blank hearts from the blue card to back my patterned paper with.  (I like them all to be sturdy).  Inking again around the die-cut hearts and the little 'New Baby' sentiment helps to pull the elements together.  2 little pale blue faux gemstones for the eyes in different sizes to suit the elephants and the card is almost complete.
 

Next job is to score the remaining plain blue 'mummy' shaped and attach to the back of my card.  I'm not sure why I leave this part til last, but it is my preferred way of working, so there must be some method in my madness :D The little baby elephant then has a little 3D foam tape applied and is positioned alongside the mummy elephant.  

This is another design that always makes me smile.  It may be a simple design to look at but it takes time and is relaxing to while away just cutting and inking.

And here is a pic of the original 'Baby Girl' version, which was re-homed a while back.  Just to show the pretty pink :)




Materials Used:
Pale Blue Cardstock
Soft Nostalgia' papers -Hot Off The Press
Pastel blue felt - Sew Sweet
New Baby Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
'Tea Dye' Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad
pale blue faux gems - from stash
Double sided tape
Detail Glue - Tattered Lace
3D foam tape

Tools Used:
Scissors for handcutting
Craft Knife for those hard to reach areas of the design
Big Shot & heart die for the little hearts