Saturday 21 December 2013

Baby's First Christmas

This time last year we were all excitedly (and nervously) awaiting the arrival of my brother and sister-in-law's first child.  So this is my first Baby's First Christmas card and I hope you think it's special enough for their special Lucia. 
Card Recipe:
Stamp: Mo Manning, Kanban
Colouring Mediums: Promarkers, Pebbles Inc Chalks, Versamark, Glitter & Clear Embossing Powders
Paper and Card: Stardream, DCWV, Satin Elegance
Tools: Tonic Studios Verso Holly Rings, Frond Finesse and Tag Dies, Snowflake and Simplicity Snowflake punches, Spellbinders Scallop Circle and Grand Labels1, Grand Calibur
Embellishments: snowflake ribbon, gingham check ribbon, rhinestone crystals, snaps
I don't often use "cute children" images but for a Baby's First Christmas Card, I felt one was needed, and this Mo Manning image was just perfect.

I coloured the main image in hues of pink and green to echo the lovely pink and green DCWV snowflake patterned paper I've used on the card base.

I also masked the main image and stamped and heat-embossed some tiny snowflakes around the baby girl.  I'm not sure if my photography shows this, but I used clear embossing powder on the sugar cane and white glitter embossing powder on the stocking top.  Finally, I used pink chalks to very subtly wash the background (so subtle that I don't think you can see it)!

I printed the sentiment off from my computer and die cut it with a little label tag. I thought the gingham check ribbon added a lovely fresh touch to the card, and do you remember the craze for snaps a few years ago?  Well I dug out a pack of pink snaps to secure my gingham ribbon trim to my sentiment.  Finally, it was mounted onto smallest Verso Holly Ring die-cut from stardream card.

I really wanted to showcase the filigree die-cutting of the large Verso Holly Ring, which I've used as the mat to my main image.  So I used a fancy shaped card, folded in half, as my card base, leaving over half of the Holly Ring free-standing above the card base.

At the bottom, you can just see some Brenda Pinnick snowflake ribbon, which coordinates perfectly with my card.

Finally, I die cut a number of swirls from my Frond Finese die set and created multi-layer snowflakes from some snowflake punches.  I wove these around the top of the mat along with a couple of pearl strands, to create an ethereal finish to my card.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Clear it Out - Warm Fuzzies

I would like to end by wishing you all a happy, safe and loving Christmas with those that matter most to you, peace, joy and happiness to you all. Pin It Now!


  1. Dips the card is gorgeous and I love it.

  2. Oh My!!! I have never seen such a beautiful and delicate baby's first Christmas card. It has taken me ages to comment as I keep leaving the comment box and scrolling up to gaze at your keepsake. Wonderful!

  3. A very special First Christmas card very dainty and feminine,gorgeous image and spectacular dies
    Carol x

  4. What a stunning piece of work, I'm sure they will treasure it!

  5. hi Dips, what an exquisite card for Lucia's first Christmas, love all the die-cut flourishes at the top and the delicately coloured cute image, this card will be treasured! happy Christmas, have really enjoyed commenting and being inspired this year by your superb blog, hugs fi xx

  6. this is so lovely, very detailed :D Hopped from Docraft

  7. This is gorgeous Dips. So delicate.
    Heike xx

  8. An absolutely lovely and elegant card! I love the flourishes and all the snowflakes, and your nice soft colors! It's perfect for our Happy Holidays challenge at CC&CC. Thanx for joining us. Joanne

  9. ok wow, this is a work of art. Absolutely gorgeous and perfect for a baby girls first birthday x

  10. Wow is all I can say! Happy leapblogging and have a wonderful Christmas! :-) Elaine-xxx-

  11. wow super little baby girl's first christmas card dips and I am sure little lucia will love it ... sorry have not hopped about for a while still having problems with my poor Mum ... but have actually grabbed a few seconds to catch up with my blog friends ... happy crafting and happy christmas ... love sandy xx

  12. Gorgeous card for a first Christmas - ok so your niece maybe won't appreciate it, but the rest of the family will. It's a beauty that will be kept and treasured. Have a lovely Christmas, Jx

  13. Such a beautiful and elegant card for Lucia's 1st Christmas. Tinaxx

  14. super cute card! Love this image. Thank you for playing at Clear it out challenge blog. Hope to see you next time. Good luck.

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