Friday, April 10, 2015

Two More Mother's Day Cards

I decided to make a couple more Mother's Day cards to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids. The inspiration for my cards came from this card I found through Pinterest. I was especially drawn to the background, with the alternating patterned paper panels.

I began by choosing 4 patterned papers from Recollections' "Paddywack" 6x6" pad. I then chose the cardstock colors for each bird to coordinate with those patterns. I die cut the birds from yellow & blue cardstock, using the "Bird & Leaf" die from Sizzix. I die cut it a second time from hot pink and blue cardstock. I removed the wings from the second set of birds (I promise, they didn't scream!), and glued them to the blue & yellow birds. I inked around the birds with Faded Jeans (blue) & Spiced Marmalade (yellow) Distress inks, to give them a bit more definition. I finished my birds by coloring in the eyes with a black marker.

To create my backgrounds, I cut yellow & pale green cardstock pieces to 4.25x5.5", and adhered my patterned paper pieces to those. I applied foam tape to the back of each bird so I could pop them up. One trend that I've been noticing is to create a "messy nest" by looping thread and adhering that under your focal piece. I've never really been drawn to that, but decided to give it a try for these cards. So I got some cream-colored thread, looped it several times around my fingers, and arranged it carefully into a "messy" nest, sticking it to the foam tape on the back of the birds. Finally I adhered my birds in place on the card fronts. I actually like the messy nest effect, at least on these cards!

For the greeting, I used one from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Mother's Day Sentiments." I printed it onto pink & blue strips cut to 1"x3". I also cut banner ends from the same cardstock for each. After I decided where to place them, I glued my banner ends onto the backgrounds, the popped the greeting pieces on top of those with foam tape. Finally, I adhered my completed card fronts to two A2 card bases.

I'm entering these cards in Virginia's View Challenge #14: "Layers and Dimensions."


  1. Very pretty cards! I love the die cut bird and your patterned paper choices.

  2. BEAUTIFULLY done, Andrea! I love your play with pattern paper and images! Thanks so much for playing Virginia’s View “Layers and Dimensions” Challenge! Hope to see your lovely work soon again!


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