And Baby Makes Three: Swan Baby Card

I’ve been gone for awhile but hopefully I’m back if only until the Spring Musical.  I made this card as a part of an order placed by my aunt for her work. I made 6 different baby cards for an order of 24 cards in total. To make this specific card, I used the Splendid Swans stamp set from My Favorite Things.I don’t have the dies, so I fussy cut each of the swans.  I used my Faber Castell colored pencils that I got from Amazon to do a bit of shading under the wings and the orange bills. To give the eyes a bit of ‘oomph’ I used a Gelly Roll black Glaze pen.  I also used the Kool Tak Clear Foam Tape to pop up the baby swan to give some dimension to this otherwise flat card.  I then used the Willow, Meadow, Limeade, and Butterscotch alcohol inks for the
4.25″ x 5.5″ background.  I then took the gold mixative on an inexpensive paint brush and splattered it all over the background.  A little side note if you do that, wear some sort of eye protection because the gold mixative flies everywhere.  For the blue background I used Aqua, Cloudy Blue, and Turquoise alcohol inks with no colored mixatives.  I then took one of my circle dies, I use Nellie’s Choice Multi Frame Dies in Straight Round, to cut the blue alcohol background into a circle. I’m not quite sure what brand the letters are but I know I bought them because the corners are rounded and I really like how that looks.  

I like adding little touches to the inside of the card as well as the envelope to give them a little extra something.  The sentiment is from the Splendid Swans set as well.  I used the mini ink cubes from Hero Arts in Green Hills and Sunshine.  I have to admit, I don’t know if the yellow is actually called Sunshine.  There was no name on the cube because it came in a kit so I gave it my own name.  For the sentiment I used my favorite black ink, Versa Fine in in Onyx Black.  I like to use Versa Fine in everything, including water coloring.  It is a pigment ink but is fast drying so it won’t smear when it get’s a little wet from water coloring. 

I hope you enjoyed this post.  If there is something you would like to see or a technique you’d like to see me try, please let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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