I am so thrilled to be able to compete again - and this week's theme was right up my alley. As soon as I read the masculine/feminine card set theme, my mommy-mind wandered towards creating a baby boy and a baby girl card set.
In my mind, what I've created are 2 nursery walls - one for a boy's room, and the other fit for a new little princess. I love a baby room painted in soft stripes (where else in your home could you get away with that bubble-gum pink?!) and little lacquered white frames with alphabet art inside.
When I say lacquered, I mean that I added some glossy accents to the scallop portion of the frames - in real life, it's such a pretty detail. You may be able to pick up some of that detail in the close-up shot below:
I hope you can also see that I only swiped a bit of blue or pink onto the images, but left them mostly white, and colored around them with a light grey copic marker (T1.) It gave them the vintage meets pop art feel that I was after. Oh, and the sentiment? It's an Elena-original :) Sooooo, if any stamp makers need help with theirs... hahaha.
In case it's not super obvious, let me list the products that match up on both cards:
1) the little Denami scallop frame (stamped and hand cut many, many times this past weekend)
2) the PTI stripes, for the backgrounds
3) the lawn fawn alphabet letters, above each frame
4) the grey polka-dotted diy faux washi tape (made using this tutorial)
The only things that differ between the cards are the images inside the frames, and the color schemes.
And, because I do so much masking on this blog, I thought it was high time for a little step-by-step:
First, I stamped the scallop frame onto white cardstock. (Hilarious, that you can see my notes and stamped images on the scrap paper underneath.)
Next, create your mask (sorry, this one is used, but you get the idea, right?) I use Eclipsys masking paper - it's like a post-it note, but with removable sticky everywhere. I stamped the scallop frame again onto the masking paper and then used scissors to cut out the circle in the middle. After that, I aligned the mask with the original stamped image.
Then, I inked up one of the images - a crab (from lawn fawn's "critters of the sea.") When I removed my stamp, I had to laugh for a moment at the funny crab-lady I'd just created for myself (note to self: make a new mask for tutorial purposes next time!)
And, when I finally peeled back the masking paper - voila! A crab image, perfectly contained within the circle part of the frame. Now, repeat with all the rest of the images :)
I had such a fun time creating this card set! And now, to find a mom pregnant with a set of boy/girl twins, and be invited to that baby shower *wink*
Thank you so much for your encouragement and support! I could not have made it past the first round without your votes - so bear with me while I ask you to do it all over again! Click *here* to access the top 15 gallery, or click on the picture of my card set on the right sidebar (it will be up all week for your voting convenience.) I would love to continue on for another round!
Stamps: Denami: scallop frame, PTI: distressed stripes, tiny treats: birthday, SU: greeting card kids, under the big top, every little bit, lawn fawn: critters of the sea, smitty's abcs, silly valentine, blissful botanicals, american crafts amy tangerine: lovestruck
Ink: SU: basic grey, pink pirouette, going grey, PTI: aqua mist, Memento black
Paper: PTI white cardstock
Misc: white tissue paper, glossy accents, computer fonts: Ld glorious and scrap casual (both from dafont.com)