Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Coastal Cabana Baby

A customer asked me to make a supply of baby cards for her, so I'll be posting more baby cards than usual over the next few days.  Rather than sticking with just pink and blue, I wanted to change it up a bit with different colors.  You may remember this card from last week that has a bit of an untraditional color combination.  This time I decided to go with Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate.  My intention is that this would be for a boy, but it could also be for a baby whose gender is a secret.

I used a few unexpected sets for this card as well.  "Baby" is actually from Pennant Parade and the heart is from Make A Cake.  The punched background is from Label Love.  The stamp from Label Love says "Cutest Baby Ever" but a relatively new mom is going to be giving these cards.  I'm not sure she'd be willing to say that a friend's baby is the cutest baby ever....because hers is, of course.  I think the only people who have children who could say that and really mean it are Grandmothers!  LOL

Did you notice that I used the Petite Curly Label Punch that is on sale this week for just $9.71?  All of the words from the Pennant Parade stamp set will easily fit with this punch....Love, Hello, Baby, Merry, Wish Big and Thank You. You can use label layering like mine and make just about any kind of card.

Tip Alert!  Have any of you had trouble embossing our Whisper White card stock?  I love our Whisper White card stock, but it tends to crinkle when you run it through the Big Shot with an embossing folder.  Here are a couple of techniques that will hopefully give you a smoother finish:

1)  I really, really wish I could remember where I saw this tip because I would give full credit, but I honestly don't remember.  Here it a piece of copy paper in the embossing folder with your card stock.  I cut my copy paper the same size as my card stock so that I could make sure my card stock was aligned properly with the folder.  The copy paper was against the side that is "indented" for lack of a better way of describing it.  I don't know if that really makes a difference, but mine came out really well.

2)  For me, I found that using the base of the Multi-Purpose Platform (no tabs) works best for much so that I've removed my top two tabs because I use LOTS of embossing folders.  If I'm using a Sizzlit, I just pull them back out and lay them on top of the platform.  Of course I use my Magnetic Platform for it!!  I've found that with my Big Shot, sometimes the paper (any of it) is sometimes embossed so deeply that it cuts through the paper.  I used just the platform (no tabs) and my cutting pads for this card and it came out beautifully.  For our colored card stock, I add a card stock shim to make sure I get a nice even embossed image over the entire piece.  Big Shots seem to be calibrated a little differently, so you may need to play with yours to see what works best.

Come back tomorrow to see how I easily found the "baby" and "heart" images that I needed for my projects.

Here's everything I used:

Label Love
Pennant Parade (Baby)
Make A Cake (Heart)

Coastal Cabana Card Stock
    8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Smoky Slate Card Stock
    3-3/4x5 Large Layer
    Scrap for Scalloped Circle Behind "Baby"
    3-3/4x1 Scalloped Border
Whisper White Card Stock
    3-1/2x4-3/4 Embossed Layer
    Scraps for Punched Pieces
2013-2015 In Color DSP Stack (Coastal Cabana)
    3-1/2x1-1/2 Layer at Bottom

Coastal Cabana Stamp Pad
Smoky Slate Stamp Pad

Artisan Label Punch
Petite Curly Label Punch (On Sale!)
7/8" Scallop Circle Punch
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Alphabet Press Embossing Folder
Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

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  1. Thanks for the tip on embossing! I'll give that a try!

  2. What a cute card! Just love the layering on the label!
    Thanks for sharing the big shot tip, I will give it a try.