Our very first grandchild was born on Saturday, June 19th. Millie arrived 5 weeks early and is very tiny and, currently, full of tubes and monitors and is living in the special baby care unit. Because it was a surprise, I was not ready with a card so had to make one in a hurry.
I had recently bought this cute embossed paper, pink and blue in a package, with lots of little feet all over it. This was going to be the base of the card. Inside I used another piece of pink card – this spiral pop-up technique really needs the extra support of the inner card. I have this lovely baby border stamp which I decided to use around all the edges of the inner card so, to help with placement, I got out my stamp positioner. The acrylic piece which comes with this wasn’t big enough for this border stamp so I used a bit of a plastic lid which I’d saved from the recycling bin.
I kept with the same ink colour throughout, an Adirondack pad in a colour which I thought toned nicely with all the pinkness. The stamp-positioner did help to space the border equally around the card and I considered colouring it in but decided it would be far too busy if I did (plus, I’m no good at colouring!).
I have been buying the odd ‘baby’ stamp for the past few months so had plenty to choose from. The letters which spell out BABY are from Elusive Images and the clothes and accessories I used are Non Sequitur stamps which I have actually had for several years but rarely get a chance to use.
I stamped all of these onto yet more pink card and then cut them out and embossed them using the Wizard and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities. I used that same Wild Plum ink to edge the circles using an ink applicator tool and then stuck them back-to-back.
This card was featured at Splitcoast Stampers but, if you Google the term ‘Spiral Pop-up’ you will find many other tutorials. I used a large plain Nestie to cut a circle of card and then made that into a spiral. 3M’s quick dry adhesive did a lovely job of sticking the ends of the spiral to the card though glue dots work very well too. I used the same glue to stick the double-sided letters to the spiral and then added a few random embellishments. I had already stuck the inner card to the outer but, on reflection, it might have been a good idea to attach the spiral with glue and a brad – the legs of which could then be hidden between these two layers.
For the front I used this pretty stamp which is actually a Christmas image but just epitomises a mother and child so nicely I couldn’t resist it. I stamped it a couple of times on watercolour paper, coloured it lightly and then masked the image whilst I air-brushed with two different colours and sprayed with gold glimmer mist to add a lovely shine. I cut it with a labels Nestie, layered on some burgundy foiled card which I also embossed with a floral pattern and then the last layer was self-adhesive glitter card. I glued the layers together and then added the brads to help reinforce this. There is a decoupaged layer on top of just the mum and baby and then I found this cute pram topper in my stash. I also added some beads on wire with Millie’s name spelled out.