Hello Baby Cards and Gift Tag

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 06, 2014

Hi all!

Belinda here today to share a sweet baby card and gift tag combo that I created for a friend.


I created a background for both the card and tag by applying the Plaid Background Stamp DDBS002 onto the smooth side of some white Bazzill cardstock with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink and then heat set using white embossing powder. I used an ink blending tool to apply Spun Sugar Distress Ink and then sprayed over some Creme de Rouge Glimmermist, letting it run down the cardstock. Once it was dry, I distressed the edges of the cardstock to make it look a little soft and fluffy like a baby blanket.
For the card, I stamped the oh so cute teddy bear image from the Hello Baby Vol. 1 Stamp Set DDRS037 onto white cardstock with Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. I then simply coloured it in with my Spun Sugar Tim Holtz Distress Marker. I flicked a little Blush Heidi Swapp Color Shine over it and distressed the edges.
I wanted to add a frame to both the card and tag, so I coloured over the Regal Frame Stamp DDFR003 with a Pumice Stone Tim Holtz Distress Marker, huffed and puffed on it and then stamped onto Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. This method seems to work best with this paper as the ink seems to sit on top of the paper giving a crisper image whereas with regular cardstock the ink soaks in a little to give a softer look. 
For the gift tag I created a shaker box using the frame. Shaker boxes are so easy to make and super cute. I found some plastic packaging that was laying around and simply cut a rectangle to fit behind the frame and attached with double-sided tape. I then added strips of 3D foam behind the frame and all around so that there were no gaps. You don't want the little shaker contents to escape! I added some colour co-ordinated sequins, rhinestones and stars onto the upturned window, stuck the tag on top and then flipped over. Easy!
Here's what I used:

RANGER Archival Ink Jet Black
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!


Guest Artist - Lindsay Mason Part 2

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 25, 2012

Welcome to part 2 of Linsday's guest artist posts! Today we are sharing three more pieces of artwork from Lindsay, let's see what she's been up to...




Scatter Seeds of Friendship
I love watercolour stamping and these silhouette flower images are just perfect for this technique.

I used both Wildflowers Vol 1 and Friendship Flowers along with a selection of Marvy Le Plume pens, Glossy Accents and a 300gsm weight white card from Personal Impressions. Plus a few Distress inkpads of course!

I find that either a heavy weight, high quality card or a smooth water colour card are ideal to create a truly watercoloured effect.

Each flower stamp was coloured directly with three toning shades of pen, such as a pink, orange and coral, or a lilac, blue and purple. I then used yellows and greens on the stems before "huffing" on the surface (posh term for breathing!) and stamping onto a 5" square of card. I built up the flowers, leaving a clear area at the left for the sentiment.



The sentiment was coloured with several shades, huffed and stamped. I then added the dragonfly which I also stamped onto separate card, cutout and stuck to the base image along the body only. Glossy Accents gives a nice sheen to the body.

I next blended Distress inks around the card panel (Broken China and Peeled Paint in this case) to give a soft background.The grasses are simply created by using the edge of a piece of card dipped into watered down Peeled Paint ink on my craft sheet. I finished the panel by dipping a soft brush into watered down Distress inks and lightly tapping the handles to give little flecks of colour in the background.

The card itself has more flowers created the same way, but this time I used each inked image more than once to give a softer look to some of them. I blended Dried Marigold around the edges and then stamped the teeny butterfly in the corner, adding a second one over the top.

It was then just a case of adding the panel to the card - simple but I like the depth that this technique gives.


Here are some more projects...



Sewing Box
I can't speak too highly of the Dressmaker stamp set - really great images with a lovely vintage feel. I combined them here with the Measuring Tape background stamp which is huuuuge.....large enough to completely cover an A6 card blank.

For this project I used one 3" x 3" compartment from a Tim Holtz Configuration box as the starting point. I stamped the Measuring Tape image onto white card, using Distress inks to blend a mixture of neutral shades over the design. I cut pieces to cover the outer sides of the box.



For the top of the box I stamped two cotton reel ends. I rolled up a length of black card and attached the stamped circles to either end. Wrapping some cord around the reel completed the look and I stuck this to the lid using Glossy Accents. I stamped the Measuring Tape from the set, tinted it with ink and embossed one end as before then folded it up and attached to the lid.



I stamped the pattern piece image several times onto cream card using Tea Dye Distress ink for a soft look. These were cut to size to fit the insde back and sides of the box. I next used Tim Holtz Tissue Tape to cover each edge of the box which neatens the whole thing.

Once this initial work was done it was to enjoy decorating! I cut some individual strips from the Measuring Tape background and inked along the edges to define them. I applied glue stick adhesive to one end of each strip, dipped these into gold embossing powder and heat set them to represent the metal ends of a tape measure. These were then stuck randomly inside the box back and sides.



The various items I added to the interior were the wonderful scissors (just love this image!) which were stamped in black, coloured with a Marvy Le Plume pen and coated with Glossy Accents. Once dry, the scissors were pretty strong and I was able to angle them into one corner. The little thimble was done in the same way.



I squeezed some Distress Re Inker (Walnut Stain) a Tim Holtz Corked Vial adding Glossy Accents around the rim before replacing the cork to avoid spills and leaks later on. The Sewing Machine Oil image was stamped onto thin card, distressed with brown ink shades and then sprittzed with water to create speckles to further age the label which I stuck to the glass vial.

The bobbin image was stamped three times and each wrapped with threads before adding to the box. I also wrapped some loops of thread with tiny strips of Tissue Tape to represent skeins of thread and a couple of glass headed pins completed the interior.

I dyed some Vintage ribbon nicked the end and tore the strip in half for a frayed look. I stuck a length around the top edge of the box and used the second piece to tie a little bow which I stuck to the top left corner. I stamped the dress form using brown ink shades and trimmed the skirt frame away so that I could stick it to one front edge after tying another ribbon around the waist.

I really enjoy making pieces like this with lots of details and the Dressmaker set has just the right sized stamps to work well with a little box like this. I've not had this set for long, so am looking forward to making cards, tags and more individual pieces with these detailed stamps. Knowing that Darkroom Door stamps always give great detailed results saves so much time too, as I never have to re stamp anything!


Our final project for today is a gorgeous little baby tag...

Welcome to the World baby tag
The teddy bear in  Hello Baby vol 1 is worth buying this stamp set for on its own, let alone with all the other images and words in there. Whenever I've used the teddy on any of my demonstrations it always evokes "oohs and aahs".

This is a simple tag but would be lovely tied to a gift for a new baby. I cut my tag from good quality 300 gsm white card, then used Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick Distress inks to stamp a collage of the safety pins, hearts and words over the tag. I blended Victorian Velvet over the tag once I'd heat set the images to avoid smudging.

The teddy was stamped onto white card using Archival Jet black ink. I used Tea Dye Distress ink to shade him in. I added white highlights to his eyes and nose using a white gel pen followed by Glossy Accents to give dimension and shine to the features.

I coloured Tim Holtz Crinkle ribbon using Distress Stains and added a length of this through the tag. I poked two holes in the teddie's neck (ouch!) and threaded another length of the ribbon through, tying into a bow at the front. I stuck the ends down with double sided tape to make sure that they covered the original ribbon image on the stamp.

Once I'd stuck the teddy onto the tag with 3D foam, I stamped and added the Welcome to the World panel, again with 3D foam.

A really easy project which just allows the quality of the images to take centre stage.



Wow - aren't these projects amazing!! Thanks so much Lindsay for sharing your talents with us. I love how Linsday has made the background on the baby tag look like patterned paper - all just from a few small stamps!


We have more to share from Linsday tomorrow... she's been a busy girl I tell ya! I hope you'll join us again as there's loads to see tomorrow!

Until then, stay inky!