Mother’s Day Cards 2012

SPOILER ALERT! If you are my grandma, or my husband’s grandma, STOP READING THIS POST. These cards are for you. But I wanted to share some new ideas for Mother’s Day cards in time for other people to be inspired by them.

Anyway. I had intended to take many more in-process shots, but things went all pear-shaped in the middle of it, and I thought for a while that I was going to have to scrap them and start over. But I managed to recover and bring them back from the brink.

Given all the hecticness (pretty sure that’s not a real word) of my life lately, I wanted to make cards that were fairly simple. Nothing along the lines of the quilled cards I made last year.

I have 2 cards to show you today. These were made for the grandmas in my life.

I started with this stamp set by Martha Stewart that I got a couple of years ago. They’re clear stamps, which I find much easier to use than the traditional kind. This set seems perfect for Mother’s Day, with all the flowers, leaves, birds & butterflies.

Here is the one and only in-process shot you get.

For the first card, I cut ovals from 2 different papers– one a bit larger than the other– using an oval cutter. This one is from Creative Memories, and my grandma gave it (and a whole giant bag of other Creative Memories stuff!) to me for my birthday this year. The paper I used was adhesive, so I just peeled the back & stuck it where I needed it. But if you have regular paper, just use a good glue stick.

And then it was done!

Oh, right. There were a bunch of other things that happened in between. But, alas, no pictures. I used the stamp set on some ivory paper to stamp a branch with leaves & flowers, as well as a blue bird. I then cut it out with a bit of a border. I made a “Happy Mother’s Day” banner from pink paper and glued it on with a glue stick.

I attached the bird & branch using mini foam glue dots so they add some dimension.

And then done! For real.

Here’s the other card. I started off by stamping the grass, stems, butterfly & flowers all on the card where I wanted them to be. Then I stamped the grass, flowers, & butterfly again on other paper, and cut them out with a border. I used some awesome Copic markers to color a couple of the flowers to give them more detail.

The flowers & grass I attached with the foam glue dots again. At the bottom, I used adhesive ribbon, and layered it with a frame stamp & stickers to spell out “Grandma.”

For the butterfly, I cut out the stamped image, then folded it in half. I used a glue pen to get a fine line of glue on the fold, and then glued it on the original stamped image so it looks like it’s flying.

Then I glued the whole image onto a kraft paper card. This was TOTALLY the plan all along and is definitely not because I set the smaller, ivory card down on top of a used stamp & got a big ol’ smudge on the back of it. Yeah, cuz I’m way more organized and neat and put-together than that.

Anyway. I hope you’re inspired to make your own cards instead of buying $5 cards at the store. I seriously can’t believe how expensive cute cards are sometimes.

I may or may not get to one more post regarding Mother’s Day. So check back tomorrow. You may or may not be rewarded.

;)

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