An elegant card doesn’t need to be difficult and overly time consuming to create! Cards can actually be made up in a snap and take up less time than it would be to hop in your car and go to the store to buy one. So for Mother’s Day this year, let your dear Mom know just how special she is to you by crafting her a handmade card in just a few simple steps and with a few supplies that you probably already have on hand. She will treasure it!
I limited supplies on this card for greater ease… a glue pen, an embossing folder and machine, a decorative edge punch, a diecut machine and cartridge, and some cardstock and patterned paper scraps are all that’s necessary.
- Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock Collection – Pastels
- Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock Collection – Neutrals
- DCWV Linen Closet 8×8 Paper Stack
- Zig Squeeze & Roll Chisel Tip Glue
- Martha Stewart Crafts Double Edge Punch – Garden Gate
- Darice Embossing Folder – 4.25 x 5.75″ – Fleur De lis
- Cuttlebug V2 Embossing Machine
- Cricut Cartridge – Sophisticated
- Cricut Expression 2
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stamp Pad – Vintage Photo
Why cut up perfectly new papers when you probably have a pile of scraps in your crafting supply that do not need to go to waste? Use up those scraps! First, I took a scrap of my green Core’dinations cardstock, folded the piece in half and cut it into a 7 x5″ size to form a card base. Then I found some scraps of brown Core cardstock and cut a piece to approximately a 4 x5″ panel. I then simply ran the panel through my Cuttlebug machine to emboss it with a design using a Darice Fleur De Lis folder. To bring out the texture of the design, you can sand over the embossing with a Core’dination’s Sand It Gadget. Now, adhere the panel to the front of the card, placing it in the center.
Next, you can grab two scraps of patterned paper of choice and punch out two decorative edged strips to flank the sides of the center brown panel. Add glue to the strips and attach them to the card.
For the remainder of the card design, you will need to pick out a Cricut cartridge! I have chosen to use the Cricut Teresa Collins Sophisticated cartridge to help me build the rest of my card. I cut out the Mother phrase and Base/Phrase shadow found on pg. 33 from two shades of brown cardstock scraps. These were each cut at 2 1/2″ . Layer the two pieces together and affix to the middle of the card with a glue pen.
I then used a label bracket design from pg. 62. I cut out one from green cardstock at 1″ and one from brown cardstock at 1 1/4″. After layering them together, I attached the piece to the card beneath the Mother diecut.
To finish up my card sentiment, I printed off the rest of my wording using the computer on a scrap of white cardstock. After cutting the piece into a rectangle I did also add ink around the edges with an inkpad. I then affixed the piece into the label bracket diecut and then finished the card by adding one extra flourish accent cut from some patterned paper scraps. Here I used <Floursh> and <Flrsh1-s> both cut at 1″, from pg. 55. Attach to card embellishing the sentiment and it’s finished!
Easy and elegant all rolled into one! Now go and have some fun and make your Mom a beautiful card!
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Scrapbooking has been one of Andrea’s biggest obsessions since 1997 and she has recently caught the card making and home décor bugs, too! When Andrea’s not busy being crafty, she can be found working part-time as a substitute Preschool teacher, shopping at craft and antique shops, and collecting Old World stoneware and unique pieces of jewelry. Visit Andrea’s personal blog at: imlivinonscraps.blogspot.com