Badges and Banners Baby Cards

Baby cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up!

Badges and Banners Baby Cards

I have three different cards for you today that demonstrate “stepped up” versions of the same card design and the Badges and Banners stamp set. This shows how you can use one design to make a card at your skill level and in your style.

Step it up!

Baby cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up! Baby cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up! Baby cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up!

The term “stepping up” in card making means taking one design and adding to it to make it more intricate. It can mean using more challenging techniques or simply adding additional layers and embellishments.

More doesn’t necessarily mean better, though. Some people prefer a cleaner, simpler style. A simpler card is also easier to mass produce or to teach in classes of large numbers or varying skill levels.

Here are all three of my cards.

Baby cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up!

Step 1: Clean and Simple Baby Boy Card

My baby boy card  requires limited supplies and uses basic techniques for a fun card that anyone can make.

Supplies: Badges and Banners stamps, Best Badge Punch, Glimmer Enamel Shapes, cardstock in various colors, glue

Techniques: stamping, simple fussy cutting

Step 2: Intermediately Intricate Baby Girl Card

My baby girl card is a slightly more elaborate version that mixes in a second stamp set, heat embossing, layering with dimensionals, and vellum.

Additional supplies: Tabs for Everything stamp set, dimensionals, white embossing powder, heat tool

Techniques: second generation stamping, heat embossing

Step 3: Lots of Layers Surprise Gender Baby Card

My gender neutral card adds additional layers of cardstock and die cut shapes for a fun background texture. Die cutting necessitates a die cutting machine, such as a Big Shot, so it requires more of an investment.

Additional supplies: Big Shot dies cutting machine, Swirly Shapes Thinlit Dies

Techniques: die cutting

Baby cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up!

International Inspiration

This card was inspired by the theme over at Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights. The blog highlight is also a contest where the participants can win the chance to participate in a winners’ blog hop later in the month. Click the banner below to see all the participants and their awesome projects. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

Kylie's International Blog Highlight

This theme has great timing because my cousin is expecting a baby girl in July. The pink version of this card will be in the mail soon and on it’s way to her. Hooray!

Challenge Inspiration

I am also playing along with this week’s What Will You Stamp Challenge! So fun!

And now, as promised, here is a closer look at each of these cards and directions so you can make them for yourself!

Baby card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Dapper Denim, Crumb Cake

Step 1: Baby Boy Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Crumb Cake card base.
  2. Next, cut (or scrounge for them in your scrap pile) three strips of paper in Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, and Dapper Denim. The wider strips are 1/4″ (0.6 cm) and the skinny strip is 1/8″ (0.3 cm).
  3. In Pool Party ink, stamp a striped badge from the Badges and Banners stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Punch it out using the Best Badge Punch.
  4. Punch out a Dapper Denim badge shape using the Best Badge Punch.
  5. Dry fit (arrange without gluing) the two badge shapes to help determine where to place the stamp in the next step. Remove the badges before stamping!
  6. In Crumb Cake ink, stamp the striped badge shape on the card base near the right edge about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom.
  7. Adhere the three strips across the card base about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom edge. Trim any excess off the edges.
  8. Adhere the badge shapes on top of the stripes, each one tilted slightly.
  9. Using Dapper Denim ink, stamp the sentiment from Badges and Banners on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Fussy cut it out (or punch it, if you also have the Duet Banner Punch), then adhere it onto the badges.
  10. Add Dapper Denim embellishments from the Glitter Enamel Shapes in a triangle around the badges, with the largest and smallest dot paired up on one corner.

Materials

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Badges and Banners (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Best Badge Punch, Duet Banner Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Basics: Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Scored board, scissors, glue, clear blocks (I use these basic tools for every single card I make, so I usually don’t list them.)

Other: Glitter Enamel Dots (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Baby cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Berry Burst, Crumb Cake

Step 2: Baby Girl Card Directions

    1. First, cut and score a Crumb Cake card base.
    2. Next, cut (or scrounge for them in your scrap pile) three strips of paper in Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, and Berry Burst. The wider strips are 1/4″ (0.6 cm) and the skinny strip is 1/8″ (0.3 cm).
    3. In Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, and Berry Burst ink, stamp a pattern of elephants from the Tabs for Everything stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Punch it out using the Best Badge Punch.
    4. Punch out two vellum badge shapes using the Best Badge Punch.
    5. In Crumb Cake ink, stamp the “Adorable” sentiment from the Tabs for Everything stamp set on the card base in the bottom right hand corner. Stamp the sentiment two or three times each time you add ink, so some of the words appear more faded; this is called generational stamping.
    6. Adhere the three strips across the card base about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom edge. Trim any excess off the edges.
    7. Adhere the badge shapes on top of the strips with dimensionals, each one tilted slightly.
    8. Using VersaMark ink, stamp the sentiment from Badges and Banners on Calypso Coral cardstock. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
    9. Fussy cut out the sentiment (or punch it, if you also have the Duet Banner Punch), then adhere it onto the badges with dimensionals.
    10. Add Berry Burst embellishments from the Glitter Enamel Shapes in a triangle around the badges, with the largest and smallest dot paired up on one corner.

    Materials

    Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst (c) Stampin’ Up!

    Ink: VersaMark, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst (c) Stampin’ Up!

    Stamps: Badges and Banners, Tabs for Everything (c) Stampin’ Up!

    Punches: Best Badge Punch, Duet Banner Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

    Basics: Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Scored board, scissors, glue, clear blocks

    Other: dimensionals, vellum, Glitter Enamel Dots, white embossing powder, heat tool (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Baby cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Lemon Lime Twist, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake

Step 3: Gender Neutral Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Crumb Cake card base.
  2. Next, cut a So Saffron panel that is 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base and a Crumb Cake panel that is 3/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut (or scrounge for them in your scrap pile) three strips of paper in Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, and So Saffron. The wider strips are 1/4″ (0.6 cm) and the skinny strip is 1/8″ (0.3 cm).
  4. In Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, and So Saffron ink, stamp a pattern of elephants from the Tabs for Everything stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Punch it out using the Best Badge Punch.
  5. Punch out two vellum badge shapes using the Best Badge Punch.
  6. Adhere the three strips across the Crumb Cake panel about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom edge. Trim any excess off the ends, then adhere So Saffron and Crumb Cake panels to the card base.
  7. Die cut two swirl shapes from Crumb Cake cardstock using Swirly Scribble Thinlit Dies. The center piece from one of the swirls is the smaller swirl shape peeking out on the left side of the badge shape!
  8. Dry fit the badge and swirl pieces to determine placement, then remove the badges and adhere the swirls to the card base.
  9. Adhere the badge shapes on top of the strips with dimensionals, each one tilted slightly.
  10. Using VersaMark ink, stamp the sentiment from Badges and Banners on Calypso Coral cardstock. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
  11. Fussy cut out the sentiment (or punch it, if you also have the Duet Banner Punch), then adhere it onto the badges with dimensionals.
  12. Add Crushed Curry embellishments from the Glitter Enamel Shapes (the lightest shade looks like So Saffron) in a triangle around the badges, with the largest and smallest dot paired up on one corner.

    Materials

    Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, So Saffron (c) Stampin’ Up!

    Ink: VersaMark, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, So Saffron (c) Stampin’ Up!

    Stamps: Badges and Banners, Tabs for Everything (c) Stampin’ Up!

    Punches and Dies: Best Badge Punch, Duet Banner Punch, Swirly Scribbles Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

    Basics: Big Shot, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Scored board, scissors, glue, clear blocks

    Other: dimensionals, vellum, Glitter Enamel Dots, white embossing powder, heat tool (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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