Card making

Hush Little Baby

One of the benefits of working the way I do is that sometimes I only work a half day. Today was one of those days, so I made the most of my morning off and went to visit a friend and her newborn baby. They live minutes away from the school I was sent to, so it was a perfect opportunity to go and meet the new little one and have a catch up.

I made her a card to welcome the baby. As is so often the case, it was last minute because nothing I had ready made was suitable. I began by looking for a main image to base the rest of the design on, and the Forever Friends range was perfect. I saw the baby teddy asleep and felt inspired to use my hexagon dies to make a patchwork quilt for him to sleep on. The stitched edging ones seemed more suitable, I chose several coordinating papers to cut them from. I arranged them on the base card, trimming them to fill in the gaps around the edges and stuck them down with a double sided tape runner. (I use a lot of them, they are a last minute card maker’s must have item!) 

For the main image, I decided to use die cut scalloped squares to make ‘fluffy’ pillows for the baby bear. I also cut a tag and used a peel off greeting for speed. I inked the edges of the tag to give depth and added faux stitching to the base layer of the main image so it stood out more.

Faux stitching-it may well be old hat but it was the finishing touch this card needed!

Overall it took me almost an hour with designing and photography, which isn’t too bad. I’m a little bit in love with the hexagon background and I’m trying  to think of other types of cards it’s suitable for. Although it’s a bit ‘faffy’ I do think it looks really sweet, especially the stitched edges. (Pro tip-apply tape to the back of the paper not the front, an easy mistake with double sided papers!)

What else do you think the hexagon background could be used for?

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44 thoughts on “Hush Little Baby

  1. How sweet, Mrs. Craft! I have made a background “quilt” of hexagons for a retirement card (the retiree was a quilter). I have also used a hexagon background for birthday cards. Suitable for anything, really, and a great way to use up scraps of pretty paper!

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  2. This is amazingly beautiful. I like the hexagon idea because it borrows from English paper piecing, something that fascinates me. I think it could work for lots of projects, depending on how you decide to detail them.

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  3. Oh this is so cute, and fresh, just right for a new baby. I love how you made the background. Other uses? Well with bee images of course, and honey lovers, quilters, as others have mentioned. And chicken wire? People who loved the old game show Blockbusters?

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      1. I will if/when I get round to it. I’m busy with yarny projects still, once all of the Christmas presents are made I will be able to play and make a couple of Christmas cards to hand deliver with presents.

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