Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mother's Day Tag Card

This is another card to help Operation Write Home send lots of Mother's Day cards to our heroes, so they can write home to their mothers. I based this card design on a sketch by OWH. I stenciled the three panels that make up the background using Simon Says Stamp's "Moroccan" stencil for the top, "Mini Garden Gate" by The Crafter's Workshop for the middle, and another by Studio Calico for the bottom panel (there was no name for this stencil on its packaging). I used Distress Inks in Faded Jeans & Victorian Velvet. I applied the Faded Jeans to the top panel, and the Victorian Velvet to the bottom. Then I inked the top of the middle panel with the Faded Jeans, and the bottom with Victorian Velvet, blending them in the middle. I inked the edges of each panel with the corresponding ink colors, and adhered them to an A2-size card base.

I cut the tag using a Fiskars template as a guide. I took Spun Sugar & Tumbled Glass Distress Inks and applied them over the tag, using Hero Arts' "Tweed" stencil. I used a very light touch, so that I could put the greeting over the stenciling. I used an image from this digital stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for the greeting, moving the words into a column in Photoshop to fit the tag before printing it directly onto the tag. I felt the tag still needed something, so I found a blue flower-shaped grommet in my stash, and put that through the upper part of the tag. To make it stand out against the background, I backed the tag with dark blue cardstock, trimmed about 1/16" bigger all around. I adhered the tag to the card at an angle, put Glossy Accents into the center hole in the grommet, and poured in light blue seed beads. I squeezed more Glossy Accents over them to make sure they would stay in place, and set the card aside to dry. That finished Mother's Day Card #5.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Mother's Day or Special Girl"
Simon Says Stamp's Monday "D is for Distress" (used Distress Inks)
A Blog Named Hero's "Stencil It!"


  1. Great Mother's Day card and fabulous use of Distress Inks. Thank you so much for sharing this and joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  2. Gorgeous card Andrea, the colours are so pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  3. Love your combination of stencils! Thanks for playing along with us at A Blog Named Hero :)


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