Hello Card Makers,
It’s time to give Mom extra special attention. Thank God I have the privilege of making my mom a Mother’s Day card again this year. She is 88 years old and still maintaining her home, along with my dad who will be 92 next month. My mom has done SO MUCH to take care of our family with three children, who all turned out to be pretty good kids. 🙂 She was successful in owning and operating a grocery store as she raised a family. She cooked, washed, cleaned, paid the bills, took care of the family and business accounts, guided us children in wholesome living, took us to church, participated in the church, kept us clean and starched (haha…but true), kept up with our school experiences and was always there. She allowed us to do fun things as kids, but she never allowed us to go too far. Mommy did without things she wanted and never treated herself; she saved for the future. My mom is indeed amazing. Even now, as she lives in pain (fibromyalgia), she keeps her house and takes care of my dad. She sees to doctor visits and medications that older people use, cleans the house, does the laundry, pays the bills, and is a smart cookie. She does all this with no help, except my dad does most of the grocery shopping. Even with that, she checks the receipts, balances the checkbook and keeps up with grocery buys in the newspaper ads. She is something, and I am so honored to call her mine.
This is always a busy time of year for me. My husband and I just celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary on April 29th. Then there’s Mother’s Day followed the next day by my birthday. Our son-in-law’s birthday is in May, too. When I taught school, Teacher Appreciation Day was included in the hoop-de-la as well. Of course, there’s Memorial Day, then comes June. June 1st is Daddy’s birthday, and a week later is my parents’ 71st wedding anniversary!
The card I decided to make for my mom hosts a flower cone of mixed blossoms. To ink up the blossoms, I used a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire called Distress Ink Lifting. If you want to watch Jennifer’s video on this technique, click on the picture.
I always say, use the supplies you have on hand that are most similar to the supplies listed. Here’s the SUPPLIES I used:
- paper trimmer
- craft mat with measurements (or a ruler)
- scrap paper to practice making the cone
- 80# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
- 100# Simon Says Cardstock, Blue Violet
- 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock (card base)
- Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Border Punch
- Martha Stewart Score Board
- bone folder
- Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
- Lifestyle Crafts “Chain” Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, one-line strip
- Post-It Tape
- MISTI Stamping Tool or an Acrylic Block
- Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set
- Penny Black Blooming Garden Stamp Set
- Inkadinkadoo Magic Embossing Powder Bag
- VersaMark Clear Ink Pad
- heat gun
- Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
- Ranger Craft Sheet
- watercolor brush
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads: Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, Broken China
- Tim Holtz Mini-Blending Tool and Sponges
- Uni-ball Pen Signo White Gel
- American Crafts Double-Sided Tape
- Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape
- Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots
- Zots Adhesive Dots, Small
- Zig Wink of Stella, Clear
- Cricut Create Cutting Machine
- Cricut Cartridge, Ashlyn’s Alphabet Font
- Spellbinders Tool ‘N One (pick)
- Ranger Multi Medium Matt (liquid glue)
- Nuvo Glitter Drops Pink Champagne
- Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss White
- Pretty Pink Posh Springtime Mix Sequins, 6mm (pink only)
MAKING THE CONE
To start the card, I needed to figure out how to make a fancy cone to fit in the corner that would hold the flowers. When I was a child in elementary school, we made paper cones with doilies, and I just loved the frills. I cut scrap paper first to practice, so I wouldn’t mess up my good cardstock.
Cut an 80# Neenah White Cardstock to 6.75″ x 4.75″.
Cut across diagonally to get an even corner.
Use an Edge Border Punch to trim the top edge of the corner. Use a score board to fold down the decorated edge Press over the fold with a bone folder. Using the Cuttlebug Embossing Machine, emboss the cone. Put the cone in an embossing folder. Fold over the lacy edge so it does not get embossed. Use Post-It Tape to hold it in place.
CREATING THE FLOWERS
Using 80# white cardstock, stamp the flowers and leaves you want using a VersaMark Sticky Ink Pad. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and set with a heat gun.
Using the Blue Print Distress Ink Pad, press the ink pad on the white embossed images. Completely cover the images with the blue ink. After covering all the images, go back and ink them again. Use a blending tool to get into crevices, if you need to do that. Cover ALL the white. Saturate the paper.
I inked extra petals to adhere to the hydrangea to add dimension.
Work quickly. While the images are still wet, add some pink tint. On a craft mat, press Picked Raspberry Distress Ink on the mat. Using a watercolor brush, dip it into the water and then into the pink ink. Cover each petal by laying the drop on the petal. Don’t do regular water coloring. This is not watercolor paper, so you don’t want to rub it. The paper will peel.
On the leaves use Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. On the craft mat, press the ink on the mat. Using a clean watercolor brush, dip it into the water and then into the green ink. Cover each leaf by laying the ink. This is not watercolor paper, so you don’t want to rub it. The paper will peel.
Now it was time to stamp some flowers to complete the bouquet. This time I used a couple of stamps from Penny Black Blooming Garden set. These were white embossed, the same as above. To ink the flowers, I pressed the Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink pad on the tulips. To give them interest, I used water and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to streak the tulips. On the other flowers, I pressed the Broken China Distress Ink pad on them. I didn’t need to use the green ink on the stems since I ended up cutting them off.
All of the flowers were left to dry. I did use the heat gun to help along the way, but I still had to wait a good while, since the paper was saturated with ink.
After the flowers were dry, I cut them out with scissors. Dies can be purchased for the Mondo Hydrangea, but I don’t have them. I accidentally cut too close to the edge of the white embossing on some flowers, so I used a white gel pen to complete the edge. I had to step away from my project for a while, but before I did I covered the petals and leaves with clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle.
PULLING THE CARD FRONT TOGETHER
Trim a piece of blue violet cardstock to 6.75″ x 4.75″ to use as the card front. To adhere the cone to the bottom left corner of the cardstock, I used strong American Crafts Double-Sided Tape. Leave the trimmed and folded side open for the flowers. On the backs of the flower cutouts, I used the E-Z Runner tape (which is stronger) on the wider areas and the Tombow Adhesive Dots Runner on the narrow areas. Scissors were used to trim away stems.
Cut out the front center petal only of the extra tulips, as well as flowers only from the white and blue flowers. Attach these flower pieces to the bouquet with Zots Dots. Bend the petals a little to give dimension.
After I had my flowers adhered, I realized that I forgot to dry emboss the front panel so it wouldn’t be so plain. Fortunately, I have some Cuttlebug Embossing Folders that are one-line strips. I suggest that if you want your plain card front embossed that you use a whole embossing folder of your choice BEFORE you attach the cone and the flowers. I used a ruler to get the narrow folder straight and Post-It tape to keep it straight.
Crank the embossing plates through the machine with half of the card hanging out. DO NOT EMBOSS OVER THE CONE! IT WILL FLATTEN THE RAISED AREAS OF THE CHAIN WEAVE.
On the next attempt, I turned the embossing folder over so the impression of the design would be raised. DON’T FORGET TO MEASURE!
Here goes the third impression. I didn’t have to use the ruler on this one since it fit exactly between the second impression and the edge. I lucked out on that one!
Here’s the final result of embossing the one-line strip. I’m glad I had this folder. Do you notice that the third impression down is an “inny” instead of an “outy?”
Since I don’t have dies for the sentiment I wanted to put on the card front, I used my Cricut Create Machine. I have two cartridges that have alphabet letters on them and they are both chunky-looking. I wished to have fancy, delicate written words, but this is what I had to use. This is the Ashlyn’s Alphabet Cartridge.
I typed out, and the Cricut cut, Mom You’re Amazing. Before doing the final cut, I had to determine the size needed for the card front. For the word Mom, the size was 3/4″. For the other two words, I sized them at 1/2″.
After cutting my letters, I used the Spellbinders pick to get any letters loose from the cardstock. Then I adhered the words to the card front with the liquid glue.
FINISHING THE CARD
For my card base I wanted a heavy cardstock that wouldn’t bend with the load it was carrying. 110# Neenah cardstock was the perfect pick for that. I cut a piece of 7″ x 10″. Using the Martha Stewart Score Board, the card was folded done the middle, making a 5″ x 7″ card. Since I cut the front card panel 1/4″ smaller than this, I now had a nice white border around my front panel. This was adhered with the E-Z Runner Tape.
NOTE: I tried putting Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss White on the sentiment to give it a raised look – nope; then a white gel pen – uhn-uh; Glossy Accents – no, again! All three of these made the letters have an off-white tint. The bright whiteness of the paper was lost. So I left well enough alone.
Jazzing it up: I needed some pink accents on the card. First I put the pink glitter drops on the inside of the hydrangeas. <HINT: When putting Nuvo drops close together, do only one drop and move on to another flower. Let the first drop “seal” before applying a second drop close to it. Otherwise, the drops run together.> On the inside of the blue and white blossoms, I put the white crystal drops. I don’t like the holes in sequins, so after I positioned pink sequins on the card, I adhered them with a speck of the white crystal drops by carefully laying the sequin on top. If the white squished out from under the sequin, I wiped it off with the pick. This gave the sequin a cute white dot in the center instead of a hole.
It always delights me to see the dramatic difference between indoor electrical lighting and outdoor natural lighting. Even with a white light inside, the white on the card doesn’t come out as brilliant as it does when photgraphed with natural lighting. It was late in the day when I took the card photos outside. The air was damp from rain and the sun had already gone over the hill, even though it was 3 hours from being dark. I love the results.
This is one of those cards that took extra time and effort to make. You can make a similar card by keeping it simple. Use a bow at the base of the flowers instead of a cone shape. Make a flat card instead of adding extra petals on top. Just put the word, Mom, on the front. Don’t emboss the card background. Make your card your own. Enjoy the process.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day, no matter if you’re a mother or not. Be blessed!
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