This year, send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you. So many of us live far away from our moms and what better way to celebrate her special day than with a beautiful spring garden of flowers card?
The Blooms & Wishes stamp set was my top pick as I was planning this card. It has a lovely mix of flower sizes and shapes, with the most gorgeous cursive font for greetings.
And what mom wouldn’t absolutely LOVE to see this card, and envelope, in her mailbox?
Does it make you feel like you’re looking through a pretty flower trellis or a garden window? Even though the Blooms & Wishes are all solid stamp images, with soft subtles colours and textured watercolour paper, they can be delicate too.
I chose watercolour paper so I could get some variation in colour. Since this paper has an uneven , sorta bumpy surface, your stamps will seem to “hit and miss” in some places.
Some tips for stamping solid images onto watercolour paper?
- stamp with a Stampin’ Pierce mat under your card panel to get good coverage, especially as this is a photopolymer stamp set
- apply firm, even pressure as you are stamping
- do not “rock” the stamp from side to side
- once you place your stamp onto your paper, let it sit for a few seconds. You will see the ink “flow” into all the areas of the stamp.
I’ve used four different colours from the Subtles colour family and the “stamping off” technique to achieve different intensity of colour around the edge of my card panel.
Don’t know what “stamping off” is? This happens when you ink up your stamp with your chosen colour and stamp it completely onto a piece of scrap paper (I use my grid paper) first. Then, without inking it up again, stamp it where you want on your card panel. You will see a lighter impression, but still with lots of colour.
This might also be referred to as “second impression” stamping since you are stamping the first impression onto the grid paper and the second one onto your card.
To instantly create depth, I’ve used a mix of first, second and third impression stamping here. See if you can tell which ones are which.
Another trick to creating a balanced and beautiful card? Stamp off the edges like I’ve done here. Every single stamp goes off the edge of my card. It actually makes the card front seem a bit bigger than it is.
That ribbon embellishment is super easy to make.
- fI irst attached the leaf from the Petal Passion embellishments with a glue dot to the left of my words.
- I put a mini dimensional on top (if I were to do this again, I might leave the dimensional off and try just a glue dot)
- Then I folded about a 6″ piece of the Pear Pizzazz Shimmer ribbon over top of another glue dot so it would stay folded in place.
- I attached this onto the mini dimensional.
- Lastly I put the metal flower embellishment onto a third glue dot and put it onto my ribbon.
Want another lovely detail to send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you? Mirror the card front on the inside! Look how pretty it is.
The hardest part to using colourful images to build up your “picture”? Making sure you don’t stamp the green leaf into the pink stamp pad (ask me how I know this!🤓) Try not to get stamping so quickly you’re not looking at your stamp pad!
To create a pretty card just like this for mom, the stamp set is key. You need one with solid images. You also need one with varied sizes of images. The Blooms & Wishes scores top marks in both categories.
If you need to pick it up to add to your collection, I would really appreciate for you to order it from me. Your orders help keep me doing what I love, which is bring lovely ideas like this one to you. Thank you.
Send a Mothers Day Greeting Card Handmade by You
Do you need another Mom’s Day card idea that’s totally different? How about this embossed one I showed you last year?
And if you think that ribbon effect is nifty, you might like this thank you one also showcasing another beautiful flower embellishment.
Mom’s special day is really just around the corner. And if, like me, you need to get your greeting into the mail, I have to start early to design something extra pretty.
Give the tips above a try and create a garden of flowers in pretty spring colours. Then send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you this year she will absolutely adore.