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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?