02 January 2017

Baby Bump

I very recently found out that one of my co-workers (at my day job) is soon to me a new daddy. I've known him for close to a decade and am thrilled he and his sweetie are expecting. Since she's due to deliver later this month, she's likely to be about this size *laugh* I'll be giving him the card tomorrow when we return to normal hours at work.. unless she's early and he's started his paternity leave *laugh*


Scribbles Designs challenge: Ring In the New
Dies R Us: Anything Goes
Crafy Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes


Putting It Together

During the Kit and Clowder Facebook Advent Calendar event, I was the lucky winner of a free stamp from Noxine Stamps. I fell in love with the Aviva Expecting a Baby stamp and instantly thought of my co-worker's impending daddy-hood.

Aviva Expecting a Baby is a digital stamp which means it comes as an image file that needs to be printed instead of a rubber or photopolymer stamp. I have an HP deskjet printer. To paint with water on printed digis, I need to first "fix" the ink. I print the image on light weight (80lb) watercolour card stock cut down to an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet (maximum size my printer supports) then spray it with hairspray and let that sit and dry for several hours (or sometimes a few days). 

I used Distress Inks and waterbrushes to paint the image.
  • Hair: Tea Dye, Rusty Hing, and Ground Espresso
  • Skin: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, and Victorian Velvet
  • Blanket and eyes: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Faded Jeans

I used the Spellbinders Lacy Ovals to die cut the image. To the left of it, you can see my notes on inks used. I make notes as I paint.

Looking through my growing stash of patterned papers, I remembered the Precious Memories collection and the lovely baby themed papers. The blues I used for her blanket and the blues of the sheet work well together. Before cutting it, I dry fit it with the image and Congratulations die cut from silver foiled cardstock using a Way With Word die from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I love the Way With Words dies with their elegant calligraphy.  

I trimmed the patterned sheet and dry fit again. It seemed to be missing something.

I ran the Brilliance Platinum Dew Drop along the edge of the patterned paper to create a thin silver border which was just the right finishing touch.

I attached the patterned paper directly to the card base I had made and then used foam mounting tape below the oval to pop it up. Since the "Congratulations" crossed both the lower card area and the oval, I used foam mounting tape on part of it and directly adhered it to the oval.

Inside, I added scrap from the patterned paper and a sentiment from Heartfelt.


  1. Thank you so much for entering the Anything Goes challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Happy crafting,
    AngelaTTCRD DT
    Taste Of Craftiness {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  2. Beautiful card Rijacki. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Penny’s Paper-Crafty. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  3. Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes with Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  4. Fabulous card, beautiful colouring.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  5. Hello… Thanks for sharing your card with us… your card is lovely and fits perfectly with our Ring in the New challenge theme… hope you can join us next time and good luck in the draw.
    [Diane Louise, DT Member, Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog]

  6. Very pretty card!! Thank you so much for joining our Anything Goes challenge at Dies R Us!
    We hope to see you in our next one too! Happy New Year!
    ♥ Dies R Us Challenges ♥
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  7. Wonderful card! Great image to use and I love the die cut word.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Scribbles Design. Good luck! Nick DT

  8. Great card -thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    We hope to see you again next month.

    Helen x


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