Hello crafters! It’s me, Khushboo, once again with a Mom & Child craft for the month of October. Thank you so much for loving my previous craft where I designed 3 Home Décor frames with stamping techniques, along with the assistance of my daughter. Together, we had so much fun and were excited to craft something new once again for a new theme. This month’s theme is Inktober, and with endless possibilities going on in my mind, I finally settled down to create a craft that not only would look good, but would be very functional for my daughter.
For Inktober, I have crafted a ‘3D Numbers Book’ for my 3 year old daughter, who is learning all about numbers and counting. I have used various different elements, and inks especially in the form of stamping inks and pens to build the Numbers Book. With such beautiful card stocks to choose from at Pretty Paper Studio, it was very easy to create a colourful and eye-catching background for the Numbers Book.
I wanted to create a 15 x 15 cm book, holding 5 pages and a front and back cover. Therefore, I used 5 different cardstocks to cut out five 15 x 15 cm squares for the inside pages, and a glittery cardstock to cut out two 15 x 15 cm squares for the external cover pages. I used the number cardstock and cut out the first five numbers to be used later when the pages would be assembled together.
I am now going to take you through each page, and the different elements used to create the finished look.
From the Fancy Pants: The Bright Side Tags and Labels pack, I chose a speech bubble label with a black outline. I wrote the title of the numbers book with the Tombow Mono Twin tip pen and stuck it down on the glittery cardstock with some double-sided tape.
On the other side of this cardstock, I glued the number 1 card slightly off centre.
I chose a cardstock with a green background to represent the sea. On the Tim Holtz Distress Stamping paper, using the Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mini kit and Kaisercraft Clear Stamps, I stamped a single fish. I used the same Ink pads and a brush to colour in the fish. Using double sided tape, I stuck the fish on the green background. My daughter and I further decorated the page with green cardstock leaves and some sequins. To finish it off, I used my Tombow ink pen to draw some pebbles on the sea bed.
As before, I glued the number 2 card, slightly off centre, on the other side of the green cardstock and gave it a black border with the Tombow ink pen.
I wanted to create a shaker window for this page on a confetti like cardstock background. Using the blue and grey Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Ranger Ink Blending Tool, I blended these two inks together on the Tim Holtz Stamping Paper to create a gradient. Once dry, I cut it into a square and using the Elmer’s Craft Knife, I cut out a window in this square. With the same measurements, I cut out a square on a green cardstock and on an acetate sheet. I stuck the acetate on the underside of the blue square stamping paper. I lined up the edges of the acetate with double sided tape. I cut out two milkshake images from the cardstock that I had used previously, and placed it facing down on the acetate. Now for the fun part, I let my daughter sprinkle lots of sequins in the window. With the double sided tape already in place, I stuck down the green cardstock facing inwards and had the shaker window ready. Finally, I glued this shaker window off centre, to the confetti cardstock page.
Again as before, I glued the number 3 card on the other side of the confetti cardstock and outlined it too.
Just like the fish, I used the Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mini kit and the Horse Kaisercraft Clear Stamp on the Tim Holtz Distress Stamping paper, to stamp three horses. As before, I used various different coloured Ink pads and a brush to paint in these horses. Using matching cardstock and labels from the Fancy Pants: The Bright Side Tags and Labels pack, I was able to create a Merry Go Round feel on the page. My daughter helped me decorate the page using metallic sequins that we glued together.
I glued the number 4 card, with a black ink border on the other side of this cardstock.
On the Tim Holtz Distress Stamping Paper, I asked my daughter to use a paint brush and the inks from the Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mini kit and paint some circles. They looked like meaningless scribbles, but once dried, I used the Tombow Mono Twin tip pen and doodled some funny and friendly looking monster like creatures. With the help of safety scissors, I let my daughter cut these monsters up, while I inked a camping background on the pink cardstock. With some double sided tape, we stuck down these monsters and I could see my daughter looked very proud of her craft.
For the last time, I stuck down the number 5 card on the other side of the page and gave the number card a black outline.
Using the red and green Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Ranger Ink Blending Tool, my daughter applied these inks with some help on the Tim Holtz Stamping paper. Once dried up, I drew balloons and cut them out. Using double sided tape, I stuck these balloons together in a bunch on a beautiful paper plane cardstock. I drew strings for these balloons and also cut out a basket out of a label from the Fancy Pants pack. Finally, we also stuck some green sequins on the page.
It was time to assemble the pages together, along with the front and back glittery cardstock covers. Once in place, I hole-punched all the pages together on the lefthand side. I used the red and white string from the Fancy Pants: The Bright Side Tags and Labels pack and tied a loose bow to hold all the pages of the numbers book in place. And that’s it, with a lot of love and patience, my daughter and I were able to create her first Numbers Book.
Thank you for reading.
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