I’m not a mom but I love celebrating the mothers in my life for Mother’s Day. I typically send out about a dozen cards each year! I’m a big believer in honoring the women who “mother” us throughout our lives. They are amazing sisters, aunts, church ladies, or even friends who offer us support. So, this month I’m going to highlight some of the mother’s day cards I’m sending this year. Here’s the second. You can see the first one in last week’s post.
This card evokes feelings of home and love and the passing down of tradition and beauty, all things I associate with moms and mother’s day. The main technique I employed is watercoloring using ink pads and blender pens. This Accented Blooms stamp set just cries out to be colored, whether using markers, pencils, or “paint.”
So I stamped it in black stazon ink, which holds fast in the presence of water, unlike our classic inks. And I stamped it on shimmery white cardstock to add some extra sparkle and shine. If you look close at the picture below you can see flecks catching the light. It’s hard to capture but looks fabulous in person.
Then I applied color to the flowers and leaves by picking up ink from the pad on my blender pen, layering the color on lightly at first then picking up more ink to concentrate the deeper color where I wanted it, like the base of the marigolds and the petals near the centers of other flowers and the veins and stems of leaves.
When it was completely colored I stamped the sentiment in versa mark ink and heat embossed with black powder to give a shiny raised texture to the letters. I tied a piece of ribbon in the negative space in the top corner of the shimmery white cardstock and mounted it to a piece of rich razzelberry cardstock. I chose that color because I thought it complemented the piece of designer series paper I chose for the background and nicely framed the watercolored piece.
That designer series paper is one of my favorites! The images on one side come from photos of real embroidery done by an artist. On the back are simpler patterns that still evoke hand stitching in coordinating colors. I’m kind of obsessed with this paper. I’m sure you’ll see it again this month! Check out a taste of all the patterns below.
The colors I painted with coordinate quite well with the paper even though I didn’t use the exact shades listed in the DSP pack. So, I won’t bother listing them all for you. My recommendation is to either use what you have on hand when combining with a multi-colored piece of DSP, like I did. OR, stick with the colors listed on the DSP pack if you’re really worried about coordination. Let me know what you think in the comments below or over on my facebook page.
Here’s a full supply list so you can recreate this card:
Inks and Embellishments:
- several Classic Inks–use what you have on hand or the colors coordinating with the DSP you choose
- block embossing powder
- tea room ribbon
Paper and Cardstock:
Stamps, and Adhesives:
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