Most of our friends have kids our age and I rarely get the chance to shop for baby things anymore…sniff…

But finally that opportunity has come along and I had the delight of making a ‘hello baby’ card at last – and finally a boy one too!!!  And so I grabbed the cute stamp set Zoo Babies that features EIGHT cute animals and two sentiments and got to work…

Here is what I came up with…

baby-elephant-card

Is that cute or what?!  LOVE that elephant and he is so easy to stamp nice & clearly and first time, with the fabulous firm foam ink pads!!!

The card base…is simply Whisper White…I tried layering but decided on a simple base to highlight that elephant and the polka dotted paper…

The patterned strip…I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to be 5 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ tand onto it I layered a cute piece of paper from Fresh Prints DSP (pg 33 Occasions Catalog) – I just LOVE how that paper fits right into my baby theme!

The elephant…the elephant is from the set Zoo Babies (pg 74) and I stamped him in Coastal Cabana Ink onto a piece of Whisper White…I wanted to make him stand out and decided on a kind of film strip, framed look…

baby-elephant-closeup

The frame…I cut a square of Crumb Cake cardstock and using a die from Circles Collection Framelits (pg 186) cut a circle…I then paper pierced a circle around it which was SUPER EASY to do using the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack that has a template in it to enable you to pierce perfect circles in lots of different sizes!!!

And to make this even more easy, I used my Paper Piercing Tool plus Mat to give seamless results…all of these items can be found on pg 179 or online by clicking HERE – AND to make this easier still, if you use a couple of pieces of masking tape to secure your template before you pierce, it won’t move around and your piercing will be right first time, every time…

paper-piercing-template

Once my frame was pierced, I cut it to the size I wanted it to be and added it over my elephant using Dimensionals for that 3-D look.

SARAH’S TIP:  you know the edge & corner bits on a sheet of Dimensionals – the non-hexagonal bits?  Can you believe that I used to throw them away?!  Until I found out that they are just PERFECT for a job like this!  The corner pieces are perfect for getting right into that frame corner, and those thin edge bits are perfect on the narrow bits for ensuring a flat professional finish – see what I mean from the photo below…

corner-dimensionals

The ribbons…I wrapped around a piece of Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding (pg 173) and secured it to the back of the strip with tape.  I then cut another smaller piece along with a piece of Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffled Stretch Trim (pg 173) the same size, and tied both together around that ‘anchor’ piece to give me a nice two-tone knot.

The tag…I stamped the words ‘hello baby’ using a stamp from the set Teeny Tiny Wishes (pg 44) and Soft Suede Ink and then punched it out using the 1″ Circle Punch (pg 182).

The finishing touch…I made a small hole in my tag and threaded through a piece of Linen Thread (pg 173) and tied it to the ribbon knot.

ebaby-elephant-card-sentiment

I loved the card so much that I decided to make a co-ordinating Gift Tag to go with it…I used the same supplies, the only difference being the sentiment on this tag which is a stamp that is included in that set Zoo Babies…CUTE, eh?

baby-elephant-tag

What a super sweet project to work on – I just love how both items turned out and hope I get to make more baby cards soon!

Here are the images that you get in the set Zoo Babies – click on the blue words below to view in the online store…

zoo-babies

Supplies I used to make this card & tag:

Stamps: Zoo Babies (CM 130456/WM 130453), Teeny Tiny Wishes (CM 127802/WM 128748)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953)
Inks: Early Espresso (126774), Soft Suede (126978)
Designer Series Paper: Fresh Prints DSP Stack (132996)
Punch: 1″ Circle (119868)
Paper Piercing: Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (126187), Stampin Pierce Mat (126199), Paper Piercing Tool (126189)
Ribbons: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding (122332), Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch (130024)
Misc: Linen Thread (104199), Dimensionals (104430), Masking Tape

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