Simply Swap It – March 2024

Our final sketch for this swap round is from Mojo Monday and designed by Julee Tilman (once again found on Pinterest). I’m working with our designer paper style this month to make a new baby card.

I started by going to my paper closet to dig through all my paper stash to find designer paper that was baby appropriate. I found an old Authentique Easter paper set called “Best of Springtime” that I felt worked perfectly for a neutral baby card.

I started by choosing a few patterns that I liked. The paper was double sided, and I used both sides of the two pages I picked. Our layering pieces this month were small so I was really able to maximize my chosen pages and had just a little bit of scrap.

I chose a cream colored card base since the paper pack had more of a vintage feel with a cream background rather than stark white. I started by cutting my two largest layers, using the gingham side of one page and the polka dot side of the other page.

My small banner elements were cut from the same paper, but I used the opposite sides – the floral was the back of the gingham, and the pink pattern was the back of the polka dot.

Next I started gluing down my layers according to the sketch.

At this point, things sat for a little bit while I decided what I wanted for the “circle” element from the sketch. I knew I didn’t really want to use a circle and ultimately decided to use a stitched heart from Unity Stamp Company’s Dashes and Frills Hearts die set. I cut these hearts out of cream colored cardstock that matches the card base.

So now the really hard part . . . deciding on sentiments. I chose sentiments from two different Unity Stamp Company baby sets. In the stitched heart die cut, I stamped “Welcome Baby” from Unity’s “Finally Here” stamp set using VersaFine Claire Ink in Morning Mist.

The sentiment I stamped on the inside is from Unity’s “A Mother’s Arms” stamp set. This was also stamped in VersaFine Claire Morning Mist. I think the gray ink is a softer choice and perfect for a baby card than black.

To finish off the card front, I adhered the stitched heart die cut with foam tape for a little dimension.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my process for this card. I think it really turned out sweet and can be used as a neutral baby card.

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