Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day Hexagons

Operation Write Home posted a notice recently that they ran out of Mother's Day cards last year, and asked cardmakers to send in several this year. So I have been on a Mother's Day card kick lately. I had found this sketch on Pinterest some months ago, and had pinned it to my "card sketches" board there.

The other day, I was scrolling through that board, looking for inspiration, and came across this image. I thought hexagons would make a nice substitution for the diamonds in the sketch. I also wanted to try a variation on a technique Gina K. demonstrated in a video on YouTube, about using embossing folders to emboss only part of a card front. She had used two different folders, one each on the top and bottom, with the image in the middle. I decided that I only wanted to have embossing only above the hexagons, since my greeting would be on the lower part of the front. So I chose a folder with a somewhat "dense" floral pattern, and embossed the top of the purple panel.

I also die cut 16 hexagons, using this die set from Lifestyle Crafts. I arranged them in a "beehive"-style pattern, trying for a somewhat random look with the colors (not as easy as you might think!). I popped up 4 of them on foam tape for added interest, and glued the rest directly to the card front panel.

I tried to think of something different to do for a tag, instead of just cutting a tag shape and slapping it on the card. I still have several tag frames that I got when I got my Making Memories Tag Maker tool several years ago. So I dug through that collection until I found one that would work. I cut the tag from yellow cardstock, and printed a greeting from this digital stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps on it. Then I popped it in the tag frame and crimped the metal with the Tag Maker tool. For the hole reinforcer, I punched a hole in blue cardstock with an 1/8" hole punch, then punched around that with a 1/4" punch. I honestly had more trouble gluing it to the tag than I did punching it out! I threaded baker's twine through the hole, and adhered the tag to the card front. I matted the purple panel on black, then matted that on teal cardstock, and mounted the whole front to the card base.

I am entering this in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Tag It" challenge.


  1. A fabulous card Andrea, a lovely design, such gorgeous embossing and pretty colours of the hexagons - perfect with a little cute tag!!

    Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,
    Heather xx

  2. this is super cute, so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*


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