I seem to be at a place where I'm making cards in a hurry...not a place I like to be! I usually take 3-5 hours to complete a card from beginning concept to finished product. This card was one that I needed to get done in a hurry because I procrastinated for months. I only procrastinated because my collection of "baby" type stamps is limited, and I didn't want to buy a new set, so I just kept putting it off. The card is for my niece, Jessica, who just gave birth to her second child, a boy, on her grandfather's (my father) birthday, October 23rd! I had this cute set by Clear Dollar Stamps called "Monkey Accessories"...I guess the Baby Monkey is an accessory (LOL), and the Mama Monkey is from a CDS set called "Monkey Madness". As followers of my blog are learning, I am obsessed with this monkey ; )
Dimensions: 4.25:x5.5", Card opens from right side
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps "Monkey Madness" and "Monkey Accessories" Stamp Sets
Techniques: Basic Stamping, Prismacoloring with Mineral Spirits
Paper: K&Co. Blue Collection, Paper Trey White Cardstock
Ink: Stazon Black Ink
Tools: Cuttlebug, Dotted Swiss Embossing Folder, Buttons Embossing Border Folder, Nestabilities Regular Square Die and Scalloped Square Die, Karen Foster Click-It Hole Punch, Primsacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Blending Stumps, American Crafts Dimensionals
Embellishments: American Crafts Striped Ribbon, Bo Bunny Brads
The card base was cut from Paper Trey White Cardtock to 4.25"x5.5" size. The front panel was run through the Cuttlebug using the Dotted Swiss embossing folder. On a separate strip of matching white cardstock, I embossed with the Buttons Embossing Border folder and then using Fiskars Paper Shapers Scallop Scissors, I hand cut the bottom scallop border.
A strip of turquoise striped patterned paper was cut and glued down across the bottom and the sentiment was stamped with Stazon Black Ink onto the turquoise paper. I glued the embossed button, scalloped strip over the turquoise strip.
The Mama Monkey was stamped onto Paper Trey White Cardstock as well as the Baby Monkey, and both were colored with Prismacolor Pencils, blending with mineral spirits and blending stumps. Another Baby Monkey was stamped on another piece of matching white cardstock, colored in the same manner and hand cut out and then placed over the Baby Monkey image underneath and popped up on American Crafts Dimensionals for dimension and whimsy. The stamped image was die cut using the Nestabilities square die and then matted with a matching turquoise scalloped square mat, using the Nestabilities scalloped square die. After gluing the white stamped image mat to the turquoise scalloped mat, I ran the ribbon vertically under the the lower turquoise and white panels, and the stamped image mats, then securing the stamped image mat with more American Crafts Dimensionals to pop up. I added a ribbon bow to the secured ribbon strip and finished with 2 Bo Bunny turquoise brads to balance the card. The card was then lined with matching Paper Trey White cardstock cut to 4.25"x5.5" size.