Sunday, 3 May 2009

Cuteasaurous Brother!

My friend Ann just had her second baby, a little brother for their three year old daughter. There's a knitted blanket on the way for them but he arrived a few days early and beat me to it (the lining still needs stitching in!) so I made this little set as a "welcome" gift in the meantime.

The baby vests (onesies if you're reading this in North America!) started life as plain white ones from M&S - nice smooth close-knit fabric that gives a great surface for stamping on.

I used Versacraft ink for the stamping, it's permanent if you iron it and gives a nice clear impression. The colouring is done with Copics. You need to colour carefully, keeping well inside the lines as the colour tends to travel a little along the knit of the fabric so you need to allow for the spread - just three colours is fine for this kind of simple design, no need to try for too much shading (which would probably result in soaking the fabric too much and having the colour bleed further).

I made a coordinating gift tote just by following the basic bag-a-lope method and then trimming the top to make a deep handle shape.

Ann's reaction? "Ooooh great, he'll be able to have t-shirts with the same things on as he gets bigger!"

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Little Guy and Baby Love sets (Kim Hughes Collection)

Ink: Versacraft by Tsukineko (black)

Other:
Cotton baby vests Copic markers (Putty, Raw Silk and Cool Gray 1) Envelope and ribbon for tote

Thanks for stopping by!

14 comments:

Janice said...

Ha ha ha, you've made a rod for your own back there then Joanne! They are gorgeous, I knew about the versacraft ink but not that the Copics would wash okay too, interesting.

cardesque said...

these are soooo cute and with a matching bag too!

Julie Campbell said...

This is adorable! I love the onesies and the tote!!! I'll have to look for some of the Versacraft. Hmm.... Great idea!!!

Traceyr said...

I have never stamped onto fabric before and you coloured the images too. These are lovely Joanne.

Are you taking orders for tee shirts? I wouldn't mind one if you are?

:)

Karen said...

Awe joanne...these are so cute sweetie and would look great on bigger t-shirts etc haha XXX

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Joanne, these are soooooo gorgeous! I can see a little T-shirt or two in the making as well.

x

craftytrog said...

What a lovely gift Joanne, they look great! x

KarenK said...

What a fantastic present - they look so cute, and the matching wrapping is the perfect finishing touch.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Simply adorable Joanne!! How clever of you and the matching tote is perfect ... what an awesome gift!!

Sue said...

What a super gift idea. You do realise you'll be kept busy for a few years yet producing toddler designs.
Sue x

cards4u said...

This is precious - great idea! Love seeing your work : )

Kathy said...

These are fantastic - you are sooooo clever with your stamping - well, ok, not just your stamping....lol

tracy said...

those are really sweet joannne :)

Gez said...

The vests!! I remember hearing about the vests. Joanne they are gorgeous. What a wonderful gift. The bag is pretty fabby too. xx