Card How-to, Cardmaking

Combining New and Old Products: Baby Card using Hello Bluebird Stamps

Hello crafty friends. This week I ‘m sharing a sweet card celebrating those little bundles of joy. The stamp set I use for this card is from the Hello Bluebird, Little Star stamp set and it’s from the newest release.

Typically, I like using stamps that I have in my stash, but I really love this this set and it seems like there are babies everywhere. My FB and Instagram pages are filled with new babies these days, so I don’t feel buyer’s remorse. But, when I do feel a little guilty about getting something new, I try to pair it with something I already have in my stash. It’s like the wedding saying, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” (or pink, or yellow, or purple…). By pairing a new item with an old, you instantly can expand the usage of either product and chase those crafty blues away.

For this card, I used the Star Parade die from Simon Says Stamp and used it to add another element to my card. Cut it from a gold metallic card stock and layered it on tip of two layers of white cardstock. I used Stickit adhesive to hold the layers together. This Adhesive really works well when you’re working with intricate pieces.

 To make thing card, I brought color into the background by ink blending some Distress Oxide Inks in the colors Wild Honey, Warn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, and Wilted Violet. I used Bristol Smooth cardstock instead of my usual Neenah. Bristol cardstock is by far the easiest to blend with. The ink goes on without any effort and you can achieve a beautiful blend.

For those of you wondering why I don’t always use Bristol, I try to keep my craft room stocked with only a handful of cardstocks so I don’t get overwhelmed with products. One of the things I find hardest to control and organize is cardstock. By limiting the brands I have, I keep (or try to keep, anyway) my craft room in some sort of order.  There is a disadvantage to this, of course. Sometime techniques are harder to complete because of the supplies. While I don’t mind having to use some muscles to blend with Neenah cardstock, this may not be possible for everyone.

I added splatter to my background using Perfect Pearls and then moved onto creating the images for the stamp

I combined several images, the little fox, a bucket full of stars, and a cloud, by masking and stamping the images. Once I had them stamped, I colored the images using Copic markers.

I used a sentiment included in the set, and heat embossed it directly onto my ink blended background. The important thing about this process is making sure the distress oxide ink is completely dry before applying any embossing powder.   

I assembled this card using foam tap and liquid glue. Before finishing, I added some sparkle by placing sequins on the front and using a shimmer pen as well.

For details on how I made this card, you can watch the video here:

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