Milestone Cards for my Baby II


Hola!

Today I’m sharing another batch of milestone cards I made for my baby. Mikel is 8 months old now. My, how time flies! I’m so happy to watch him grow up but so sad at the same time because he is not going to be a little baby anymore 😥 I’m so happy I decided to make his milestone cards myself and take pictures to check how much he has grown. Every time I see the first milestone picture, I think: “Did I ever had such a small baby in my arms?”.

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This little sheep is one of my favorite stamps. He is so cute with his bow tie!

As I told you in this previous post, initially, I planned which images I wanted for each card, taking into account which month/season it is for. Today I’m showing you the 5 to 8 months old cards, corresponding to March to June months. If you read my blog post where I showed the first batch of cards, you already know I’m using mainly Purple Onion Designs stamps designed by Stacey Yacula with some other stamps to help to set the scenes.

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I love how well the big flowers coordinate with the one the bunny is holding.

The cards are in Basque, so hilabete means month. If you are interested in the supplies I used to stamp the words and the numbers, you can check this post. The images are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and I used Distress Inks to color the backgrounds. Also, I used a white gel pen and a Sakura Stardust glitter pen to add some details.

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In this card, I added a subtle cloudy background with a stencil, barely visible in the picture.

I tried to make rather simple scenes. If you follow my work, you know I love a good scene card with tons of elements, so making these clean scenes in such muted colors is quite difficult for me.

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Notice I used the same background stamp as in the 5-months-old card, but with some selective masking, it looks totally different.

I’m still finishing the 12-month set, so probably I’ll share the last four cards after Mikel’s first birthday (please, can we stop time? I want him to be a little baby forever). I hope you like these cards!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Gym Rats card

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Yay! I made a card! 🙂 It has been a while since my last card. As I mentioned in a previous post, I haven’t much time to craft, and I’m making the milestone cards for my baby, so that is mostly my only crafting. But I wanted to make a card for the physiotherapist who has helped me with the childbirth classes and later with the hypopressive exercises. Now, after a lot of encouragement, I’m working out with her help.

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I thought this Waffle Flower “Gym Rat” stamp set was perfect for making a card for her. I knew I wanted a tiled backdrop to simulate the Zoom screen since the classes are online. To make that backdrop, I used several Lawn Fawn dies.

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The mice were colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I find difficult choosing the color schemes in these type of cards (basically, any non-scene card), but I like the one I used in this card.

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I love making my own backgrounds using stamps, and this set has very cool small stamps, perfect for that.

I’m entering this card into Simon Says Stamp IG Challenge:

I hope you like this card! Thank you very much for stopping by! Have a great day!


Supply list

Stamps:

  • Waffle Flower “Gym Rat”

Dies:

  • Waffle Flower “Gym Rat”
  • Lawn Fawn “Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables”
  • Lawn Fawn “Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up”

Coloring:

  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers

Inks:

  • Versafine Onyx black ink
  • Spun Sugar Distress
  • Cracked Pistachio Distress
  • Dusty Concord Distress
  • Squeezed Lemonade Distress

Others:

  • Neenah Solar White 80 lb cardstock
  • Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolor paper

Milestone Cards for my Baby I

Hi!

It’s been so long since I posted something! Long story short: I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy back in October, and he keeps me very busy but really happy 🙂 It’s crazy how precious are all these moments and how fast everything is going. So, summarizing, I have so little crafting time!

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This is the first card. It says “Hi, I’m Mikel” and displays some birth-related data.

When I was pregnant, I started to make milestone cards for Mikel, but for whatever reason, (I guess because of the pandemic…) I was not feeling crafty during pregnancy, and I only finished two or three. So, now the time I have for crafting is dedicated to these milestone cards.

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This, the first-week card, is my less favorite one. Initially, I did not consider ink blending, and I’m not very happy with the grass.

For the cards, I’ve used Fabriano Artistico hot pressed watercolor paper. The cards are in Basque, and I stamped the words week and month (aste and hilabete) on black using Concord and 9th “Perfectly Penned” stamp set. The rest of the words are stamped using Lawn Fawn “Harold’s ABCs” stamps.

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I think the ink blended background looks much better, especially in that muted green.

I used a light green/pink color scheme for the cards. I made a stencil to ink blend a solid circle and then used Neat and Tangled “Journaling Alphas” dies to make stencils for the numbers, and ink blended them on black. I wish I have a stamp set with big numbers!

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At this point, I changed the lighting, and the pictures look much better!

Initially, I planned which images I wanted for each card, taking into account which month/season it is for (that saves me lots of time). I was going to deliver in early November, but Mikel was born in late October. So, there are some inconsistencies in the first cards, like animals with presents in the one corresponding to November. Also, I wanted the cards to be simple, but I love scene cards, and I find it difficult not to add tons of things to the scenes. I’m very happy with the results, although I know that the full set of cards is not going to be very consistent.

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These critters are the cutest, aren’t they? When there is snow on the cards, I spray some Perfect Pearls mixed with water over the area.

Last, I knew I was going to use stamps designed by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs. I love her style, and I think her stamps are perfect for projects for babies. I also used other stamps to complete the scenes, so you can ask me if you want to know from which set is one specific stamp I’ve used or any other supply.

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Here I tried something different: ink blending the negative space. I think the result is quite cool.

The images are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers because I feel really comfy coloring with them. Plus, they are really easy to blend. It was the first time I’ve used them on this watercolor cardstock, and I love the results. Also, I used a white gel pen and a Sakura Stardust glitter pen to add some details.

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In this card, I used a soft pink for the snow, but I think it’s barely visible in the photo.

I love seeing all these pictures together… It’s crazy how fast this boy grows up!

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This is Mikel today! I love seeing all the pics together.

This time I’m sharing only the first four months’ cards since, as I’ve said, I’m still completing the 12-month set. I hope you like them!! Please, leave me a comment and tell me what do you think about these milestone cards. Have you done something similar for your kids or for the family/ friends’ ones?

Thank you so much for stopping by!