Hi Folks! As the title says New Year, New Beginning and it is for me! I will end this month in a New Home with a New Craft Room and now a friend has just had a New Baby!
Step one was of course to figure out what I wanted to do and then gather all my bits together. I got my piece of Clarity Coated Card and dusted it with Talcum Powder. Stamped the ' it's a boy' onto the card using Memento Paris Dusk ink and sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder and of course then heated this from underneath. I also made a mask from a Post-it Note for this stamp.
You will have noticed (if you are paying attention) that the embossing is not completely covering the swirl and the sentiment. The reason? Although ink stays wet longer on Coated Card stock, you really need to use an embossing ink. But as I was going for the effect of dew drops on fresh leaves this suited me fine. I did blow quite a bit of the embossing powder away before heat setting it.
I took a tree from the set of 3 repositional trees and stamped a ridge line just with the very tip of the tall thin one in Memento Pistachio. I tore a piece of copy paper to make my hills using Pistachio again. I used the Lone Pine stamp from the ATC starter set, either side of the picture and my Mini Spruce Tree for the rest. I took the long stamp from the Trees and their Mantles, fixed it to my ruler and stamped along the bottom. I then added a bit more shading to the foreground with Memento Olive.
I took a Blue Distress Marker to the edge of my picture and then matted this onto White Super Smooth paper. Then matted this onto a textured Blue Card which I then matted onto a White Base card. I used my Perfect Layers Rulers that I got from Joanna Sheen (and they are perfect) to do my layers.
The final stages were to form my Banner. I used 15 Pricing Labels (I know, I know...I could have used my small tag stamps from Clarity Stamp but I was in a rush and didn't have time to cut them out. They stamp out the same size as these by the way).
I Stamped my letters using the Letterbox Set from In the Classroom with Barbara Gray. I then alternated the shading on each one. Pistachio and Paris Dusk. I then fixed them onto my card using small Foam Pads and Double Sided Tape, alternating which tag got raised and which tag lay flat. I then threaded the Blue Striped Twine through each tag and left the ends hanging...I was going to have stamped a Swallow to hold the twine at each end but I hadn't left myself much room, next time!
Oh! and why a Blue Leafy Swirl? Everyone knows that boys are found under Blue Bushes and girls are found under Pink Bushes!!!!!
Happy crafting everyone!