it's day four of the papertrey ink countdown to the april release!!! but it's also flashback friday, so i thought i'd start by sharing some pics of baby face's printed beginnings. the first recorded project i have is the baby girl birth announcement above right, with a touch of embroidery thread for the hair ribbon (which would totally work with the new boy stamp, if you want the 3d option!), but i think she came to life for a mommy note pad some time before that. over the years, the simple face has been a go to image for everything baby - from announcements and shower invites to note cards and labels. i'm so excited that she (and he) are now in stamp form for others to enjoy.
for my first project today, i thought i'd continue on the clean and simple path and create a few 3 x 3 gift cards that are reminiscent of the early printed projects i found - the face, framed simply with the promininent baby color. i threw in one with a trio of bottles for the unknown gender option - i love that bottle! these would be perfect for stamping on your way out the door to pick up a quickie baby gift, or tucked into the ribbon of your package. easy peasy, but super cute, too!
while baby face began as just a face, i was so excited when i came up with the blanket swaddling for the body. it's such a fun new element to play with, especially in stamp form. erin showcased the line image for paper piecing the other day, so i thought i'd share the solid image with another fun idea for adding a little detail. after stamping the solid blanket, i masked off the top fold, and stamped the hearts and stars. then, using a coordinating copic, i colored them in and added the contrasting stripes. you can also color the line image if you prefer, but if you're going for a monochromatic look like i've done, it's nice to start with the solid base. i finished off the card by adding oh, baby!, inking up baby! a second time to play off the twin idea. the dots on the side were stamped in grey also, and then colored on top with a clear glitter pen - nice and shimmery in person, but so hard to catch on screen. i can't wait to see what you create when you get the stamps - just a few more days now...