Mother’s Day Card inspired by the Met Gala

This card was inspired by this year’s Met Gala! I don’t think it is anywhere near the over-the-top fashions that appeared at the gala. However, I was inspired by all the rich colors, elaborate designs and intricate detailing on the gowns as well as the touches of gold everywhere (hence, the gold glitter border).

I love this cover die, Antique Engravings by Altenew. The design is very delicate, and I found it a little fragile and difficult to work with but managed to die-cut and adhere it to the card front. I didn’t apply any adhesive sheets, like Stick-it, to the back of my cardstock before die-cutting the cover die. Sometimes I find that on something so intricate and delicate like this die, you can end up tearing the die-cut piece when you remove the backing of the adhesive. Instead, I patiently removed the piece from the die after cutting it and added tiny dots of liquid adhesive to the back. It took a while, but I finally was able to do this and place it onto a 4.0” by 5.25” piece of burgundy cardstock.

Hope you like this card! Have a great day!

How I made this project:

  • Die-cut the cover die piece from a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of white card stock. Note: It is important to use a metal shim and you may have to run the die through a couple of times to completely cut through the paper. The number of times depends on your die-cutting machine. I have an old Vagabond machine, so I went back and forth 3 times. I also adhered the cover die to the paper with removable tape (like Purple tape) to make sure the die and paper didn’t shift.
  • Gently remove the die-cut from the die.
  • Cut a burgundy piece of card stock to the size: 4.0” by 5.25”.
  • Apply liquid adhesive in little dots to the back of the die-cut. (Note: I used a fine-tip Zig 2-way glue pen.)
  • Adhere the die-cut to the burgundy card front piece.
  • Cut an A2-sized (4.25” by 5.5”) piece of gold glitter cardstock.
  • Adhere the burgundy/die-cut piece to gold glitter, placing it in the lower left-hand corner of the gold glitter piece.
  • Die-cut a banner from the same colored burgundy cardstock and prep this piece with an embossing bag.
  • Stamp the burgundy banner with a Mother’s Day sentiment using Versamark ink.
  • Sprinkle gold embossing powder on the banner and heat emboss it.
  • Adhere the banner to the card front using foam tape.
  • Mount the completed card front to an A2-sized card base.

Supplies I used in this project:

  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Keep It Simple Sentiments: Mother (for the Mother’s Day sentiment).
  • Dies: Altenew: Antique Engraving Cover Die; MFT Die-namics: Sentiment Strips die set (no longer available, but there are many other sentiment strips that could be used).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (for the die-cut); Papertrey Ink: Scarlet Jewel (for matting the die-cut); Mirri Sparkle cardstock in Gold (for the mat underneath the burgundy piece); Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.
  • Other: WOW Embossing Powder in Pale Rich Gold; Zig 2-way Glue Pen (fine tip).

Three Cards Using Same Floral Stamp Arrangement

Altenew is a stamp company that appreciates their customers. I received a lovely stamp set from them as a gift. Thanks, so much Altenew! The gift set which is shown below is similar to Altenew’s Billowing Blossoms stamp set with just a few other images added.

I created a layout from one of the flowers and one of the leaf clusters from the set and used the same floral/leaf arrangement to create three different cards.

While the floral/leaf arrangement is the same in all three cards, I varied the ink colors, sentiments and backgrounds for each card for different looks.

No special techniques were used. I stamped the floral/leaf arrangement using my MISTI on A2-sized (4.25”x5.5”) white cardstock, stamped a sentiment, die-cut the focal image, and then mounted it onto a background. Each card front was then mounted onto an A2 card base.

Hope you like these projects. Have a great day! Thanks again Altenew for the lovely gift!

Supplies used in making these projects:

For the Hugs card:

  • Stamps: Altenew gift stamp (flower and leaf); Altenew: Floral Garden stamp set (word: ‘Hugs’). Note: The Floral Garden stamp set is retired (sorry about that).
  • Dies: LifeStyle Crafts: Nesting Hexagon dies (no longer available), but there are other nesting hexagon die sets you can use.
  • Inks: Altenew Crisp Die Inks: (from darkest to lightest shade) Ultraviolet, Hydrangea, and Wisteria used for the flowers, Limeade for the leaves; Versafine pigment ink: Onyx Black for the sentiment.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#; metallic cardstock in violet from my stash (hexagon mat for the focal image).
  • Other: We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder: Waves (card background); Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Amethyst.

For the Hope Your Day is Wonderful card:

  • Stamps: Altenew gift stamp (flower and leaf); Altenew: Floral Garden stamp set (word: ‘Hugs’). Note: The Floral Garden stamp set is retired (sorry about that).
  • Dies: Hero Arts: Infinity Dies: Postage Stamp dies .
  • Inks: Altenew Crisp Die Inks: (from darkest to lightest shade) Magenta, Fuchsia, and Baby Pink used for the flowers, Lime for the leaves; Versafine pigment ink: Onyx Black for the sentiment.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (focal image) and 110# (card base); plum cardstock from my stash (mat for the postage stamp piece).
  • Other: We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder: Waves (card background); Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Amethyst.

For the Smile card:

  • Stamps: Altenew gift stamp (flower and leaf); Altenew: Geo Frames stamp set (word: ‘Smile’).
  • Dies: Lawn Fawn: Quilted Backdrop (cover die for card front background).
  • Inks: Altenew Crisp Die Inks: (from darkest to lightest shade) Marigold, Snapdragon, and Chamomile used for the flowers, Lime for the leaves; Versafine pigment ink: Onyx Black for the sentiment.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (oval focal image) and Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise for quilted background and card base.

Thinking of You Peonies

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Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. Their blooms are so full and beautiful. This card is an homage to them.

All the coloring of the peonies and leaves was done using Copic Markers. The die cover plate used as a mat behind the peonies adds some additional texture and interest to the card. I’m happy with how the elements all came together. The card has a very feminine look to it and would make a perfect Mother’s Day card using a different sentiment.

Hope you like the project. Have a great day!

How I made this project:

  • Stamp all three peonies from the Altenew Beautiful Peony stamp set onto a piece of white Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. Use a Copic-friendly black ink to stamp the flower images.
  • Stamp the leaves from the same stamp set onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. Note: I stamped all the leaves and then determined which ones I wanted to use for my arrangement later.
  • Color and shade the peonies and the leaves using Copic makers (the color markers I used are listed in the supply list below).
  • Die-cut the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies or fussy-cut them if you don’t have the dies.
  • Using the cover plate (listed below in the supplies), die cut the scalloped-patterned mat from a 4.25” by 5.5” piece of white cardstock and then trim it down to 4” by 5.25”.
  • Adhere a 3.75” by 5” piece of fun foam to the back of the scalloped-patterned mat. This will raise the card front against the card base.
  • Adhere the scalloped mat to an A2 card base in a color that coordinates with the color of the peonies. The card base will form a frame around the mat.
  • Arrange and adhere the three peonies and the leaves near the bottom of the card front.
  • For the sentiment: Stamp the sentiment onto a piece cardstock in the same color as the card base and cut it out in a rectangle or use a banner die to cut the sentiment piece. Adhere the sentiment.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Beautiful Peony stamp set (flowers and leaves); Altenew: Floral Shadow stamp set (sentiment).
  • Dies: Altenew Beautiful Peony coordinating die set (flowers and leaves); Altenew: Dotted Scales cover plate.
  • Inks: Memento: Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink for stamped flower and leaf images); Versafine Onyx Black (sentiment).
  • Copic Markers: For the flowers (from lightest to darkest): R01, R21, R22; For the leaves (lightest to darkest): YG11, YG25, YG13.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock; Papertrey Ink: Pale Peony (for card base and sentiment strip).

 

Lavender Bud Thanks

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I love clean and simple card designs. However, for me they are difficult to achieve. I think the difficulty in making such cards lies in knowing that more is not better and there is a fine line between sparse and just enough.

I liked the results of this card. There is a single image of a lavender bud, a simple sentiment, and a little bit of background for the bud so that things don’t look too sparse or unfinished.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

 

How I made this project:

  • Stamp the lavender bud and its green stem onto a piece of white cardstock.
  • Die-cut or fussy cut the stamped image.
  • Adhere foam tape to the back of the image for some dimension.
  • Stamp the distressed circle and sentiment onto a 4-inch by 5.5-inch piece of white cardstock.
  • Adhere the 4-inch by 5.5-inch stamped circle onto a 4.25-inch by 5.5 inch (A2 size) of colored cardstock (in the same color as the stamped distressed circle).
  • Adhere the lavender bud over the distressed circle.
  • Mount the entire card front onto an A2-sized card base.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Lavender Bud (flower and sentiment); Altenew: Watercolor Frames (distressed circle).
  • Inks: Altenew: Midnight Violet (bud) and Parrot (stem); Catherine Pooler Inks: Shea Butter (distressed circle).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar white 110# (for stamped images and card base; Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise for mat.

 

Hello Spring with a Floral Frame

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Spring is creeping slowly into our lives again in the Midwest. The sun sets a little later each day and on somedays (though not all) the temperature low is above freezing! Yay! I hope this card gives you a  taste of the Spring to come.

I chose bright pinks, yellows and greens as the color combination for this card and blended the colors together using ink daubers and Distress Oxide Inks.

How I made this project:

  • Die cut the floral frame from Bristol Smooth cardstock. This cardstock makes it easier to ink blend colors. The ink seems to sit on top of the paper longer so you cs
  • Use sponge ink daubers to do the blending. One dauber for each of the colors used. Note: When coloring the frame, I dabbed the inked dauber onto the frame with a tapping motion so that I wouldn’t tear the delicate die-cut frame. As you dab on the colors, begin dabbing the flowers or leaves and then work out to the edge of the frame. I daubed all the flowers in pink, the circles in yellows (with 2 yellow inks), and the leaves in green (first using a light green then adding a deeper green for more depth).
  • Blend inks on the edge of the frame with a bit of yellow to blend out any harsh color distinctions.
  • Wait for the inked floral frame to dry.
  • Stamp the sentiment and butterflies onto an A2 (4.25” by 5.5”) piece of white card. You may want to lay the floral frame over the white card piece to determine proper placement of the sentiment and butterflies so that they aren’t covered by the frame.
  • Adhere the floral frame over the sentiment piece with either liquid or dry (tape runner) adhesive.
  • Adhere the entire floral/sentiment piece to an A2-sized card base.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Neat & Tangled: Hello Spring stamp set (‘Hello Spring” sentiment); Paper Smooches: Graceful Beauties (small butterfly image, small heart image).
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Outline Floral Frame Die
  • Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks in the following colors: Be Mine, Lime Rickey, Limoncello, Tiara; Distress Oxide Inks in the following colors: Squeezed Lemonade; Cracked Pistachio.
  • Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100# cardstock for the floral frame; Neenah Solar White #8 (behind the frame); Neenah Solar White 110# (for the card base).
  • Other: Sponge daubers.

Hope you like the project. Have a great day!

Hooray and Smile: A Cheerful Card

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I created a cheerful card to brighten someone’s day. The card is gender-neutral so it is appropriate for anyone. You can use different color palettes or combos depending on your own tastes or the tastes of the card recipient. I love cards that can be sent to anyone with just a few minor changes!

The stamps and dies I used are all by Altenew. Though Altenew’s specialty are gorgeous floral stamps, they have some great graphic stamp sets as well. I used two of them to make this card (the name of the sets is listed below in the supply list).

I used two colors in the same color family for this project. A light orange/coral to stamp the background and a darker orange/coral to stamp the small images over the dots of the background stamp.

Hope you like this project. Smile and stay happy. Have a great day!

How I made this project:

  • Stamp the Watercolor Dots background stamp onto a piece of 4-inch by 5.25-inch white cardstock. Make sure that the background stamp pattern is centered onto the piece white cardstock. This means that the dots on the background don’t hang over the edge of the cardstock. (Note: I used the MISTI stamp positioner to stamp the background to ensure even ink coverage.)
  • Stamp the small images include in the background stamp set over the background dots. You can stagger the pattern of the images, use only a few images in the set. I chose to use the asterisk, scattered dots and flower images and alternated them across the dots in the following order: asterisk, scattered dots, flower. I repeated this across each row of dots and then started with the next image of my pattern on the next row of dots (e.g. if the row ended with an asterisk image, I started the next row with the scattered dots image and then continued with the pattern.).
  • Stamp the speech bubble sentiments with the darker shade of orange/coral and die-cut them using the coordinating dies. If you don’t have the dies, then fussy-cut the speech bubbles.
  • Adhere the speech bubbles to the background dots card front.
  • Cut a 3.75-inch by 5-inch piece of fun foam to the back of the card front. This will give the card front added dimension.
  • Mount the background piece onto a mat in the same tone as the darker ink.
  • Adhere the entire card front to an A2 (4.25-inch by 5.5-inch) card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Watercolor Dots background stamp set; Altenew: Speech Bubbles stamp set.
  • Dies: Altenew: Speech Bubbles coordinating die set.
  • Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks: Bellini (lighter orange/coral); Samba (darker orange/coral).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# (card front and card base); Papertrey Ink: Berry Sorbet cardstock (mat).

 

Smile with a Floral Background

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Winter is hanging on way to long! So, I hope this springtime bouquet is something you enjoy while waiting for more sun, and less snow and cold.

How I made this project:

  • Create a floral bouquet with some of your favorite floral stamp onto an A2-sized piece of white cardstock. (Note: use the largest floral stamps first and stamp them to form a floral arrangement with open spaces between them, then fill in the open spaces around the larger flower images with small ones or dots until the arrangement looks nice and full).
  • Trim down the A2 floral card front to 1/8 inch on all sides so that the final size is 4.0” by 5.25”.
  • Mat the floral card front to a piece of colored cardstock that picks up one of the main colors in the stamped floral arrangement.
  • Mount the entire piece on to a horizontal A2 card base.
  • For the sentiment:
    • Die-cut the sentiment 4 times from the same cardstock used to mat the floral arrangement.
    • Adhere each of the 4 sentiment pieces together (I like to use liquid adhesive). Let the sentiment piece dry.
    • Adhere the raised sentiment piece to a piece of vellum (I used micro-sized glue dots behind the sentiment). The vellum piece should be cut to a size slightly large than the die-cut sentiment.
    • Adhere the vellum piece to the center of the card. (Note vellum was used behind the die-cut sentiment to make the sentiment stand out and mute the floral pattern behind it).

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Concord and 9th: Peek Through Patterns (floral shapes); Concord & 9th: Love You, Mean It (tiny flowers and dots).
  • Dies: WPlus9: Basic Greetings dies (‘smile’).
  • Inks: Versafine Clair in Charming Pink, Glamorous, Purple Delight, Verdant, and Cheerful.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz (mat and die-cut sentiment)

 

Hope you like this project. Have a great day. Spring can’t be far away!