I had a plan for this card, and that plan involved elephants. As you can tell from the picture, that plan didn’t work out. Bear with me on this… See, I knew I wanted grey to be one of my main colours for this baby card. And elephants are grey! Perfect, right? I was thinking about these cards that I made a couple of years ago – new baby and elephants – and was planning on using that as inspiration for this card. Except, I wanted to feature Lawn Fawn for this project and when I went through my stash I could not find the elephants anywhere. If you clicked through and looked at those other cards you might have seen the problem. The elephants in question are actually from Heffy Doodle, not Lawn Fawn! But I did spot this cute chick among the Lawn Fawn stamps, and seeing as one of the other colours I wanted to use was yellow, I decided that would work well enough as an alternative.
I did hit another snag as I was looking for card bases. I’m completely out of the white card I usually use for them, and I didn’t have any grey ones either. I did have some wide grey snippets though, and I cut two of them down to cover the top and bottom third of the yellow card base that I ended up deciding to use. I then trimmed down another snippet, this time white, to be just shorter than the third.
I placed the white panel into my MISTI and arranged the “congrats” and “on your” stamps from Bun In The Oven, then stamped them with Catherine Pooler Twilight Ink. Next I took the “hello chickadee” sentiment from Critters On The Farm and masked it off so I could stamp just the word “chick” to complete my sentiment. Before removing the panel from my MISTI I stamped the chick from Critter Concert three times, with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, onto the right hand side of the panel.
After completing the stamping I coloured the birds. Obviously I went with yellows! I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers, colouring as though my light is coming from the top right, which is my normal way of shading. I worked from darkest to lightest and used GB7 – Raw Sienna, GB4 – Goldenrod, CT3 – Canary, and a touch of CT1 – Daffodil. I used the GB4 along with GY2 – Mimosa to colour in the chicks’ beaks.
Next I moved on to assembling the card. I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the grey panels into place. I then put double sided tape on the back of the white panel and positioned it between the two. I tried to make sure the yellow showing above and below the panel was evenly spaced. I finished off the card by using my clear Wink of Stella to add sparkle to all the yellow areas – the exposed card base and the chicks – and I also used a white gel pen to add detail to the chicks.
Whilst this card wasn’t at all what I had in mind, I’m really happy with how it turned out! I do wonder if I should have repeated the chicks all the way along the white panel. I think that would be a cute option, but I do like how it looks with just the three. It was fun to make a baby card that’s on the non-traditional side. I think the colours work well as a gender neutral option.
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