With Mother’s Day almost here, I thought it time to make a card for my dear mom-in-law. And of course, what better image for a Mother’s Day card than… flowers!
[Tweet “Flowers make everything better.”]
I chose one of the outline floral designs from the “Fresh Flowers” stamp set by Clearly Besotted because I felt like doing some coloring. But first, I needed to emboss my tiny heart background.
I taped down my white panel (5.25″x 4″) and then secured my stencil over it. Once I smoothed out a thin layer of embossing paste evenly over my stencil, I carefully removed the tape from all sides except the top and lifted the stencil carefully like a hinge. Then I set the panel aside to dry. For like an hour. Without moving it from the scratch paper I was working on.
What you see in the pictures was my second attempt… if you want to see what happened the first time I did it, you need to follow @cardstoq on Instagram ;)
While all that drying was going on, I stamped the flower image with Memento (safe for Copics) on another piece of card and die cut it using a two-part oval die. I then die cut the oval again from blue cardstock, and finally cut two of the stitched ovals from white.
Setting all that aside, I used my Copics to color the flowers. I started with the lightest color (B000) to fill them all in, then used B24 and B28 respectively to flick out from the centers.
The flowers needed a little something extra, though, so I decided to add a little sparkle with blue and clear Wink of Stella brush pens. I used the blue to flick out from the centers very carefully – the color is quite vibrant and I didn’t want the flower centers to be too intense. The edges of the petals popped nicely with a quick outline with the clear brush pen.
Sadly, I can never seem to catch the glittery finish on camera. Even if you look closely, all you can see in my pictures is a small dusting of little white flecks. I assure you, though, if you try these pens at home you will LOVE them. The ink looks fabulous in real life.
After I finished up with the glitter, I affixed my crystals with a little Glossy Accents. Since my hotfix tool broke, the Glossy Accents worked in a pinch, but hot fixing them is the way to go – once you melt those babies on, they don’t come off.
To put together my frame, I used one of the stitched ovals covered in the adhesive as a backing to make sure my center stamped oval stayed put inside the dark blue scalloped edge. I then placed the second stitched oval (which I had colored using B000 to match my flowers) over the seam to hide it. I layered that onto my embossed background with foam squares.
For the sentiment, I die cut a small banner and stamped ‘With Love’ in the center. I used a couple of thin foam squares to add a little more dimension to my card.
Thanks for stopping by today to check out my Mother’s Day card. Do you craft for Mother’s Day? Do you spend your Mother’s Day crafting? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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