When I think of my mother, I think of sewing, baking and setting a high moral example for her two daughters. She loved family history, anything old as well as the latest trends and beautiful color combinations. This card reminds me of a beautiful purple wool straight skirt that she paired with a purple twin sweater set. Add pearls and heels and she was definitely decked out.
She made all of our clothes when we were growing up, and there were always scraps from which we fashioned doll clothes. Today, my scraps are now baskets of paper pieces left over from my latest projects. When I saw these wonderful quilt-patterned stamps, designed by Ann Butler for Unity Stamp Company, I knew they would make the perfect frame for this card.
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Here's how I made this simple card:
- Stamps, 1" Doily Picnic and Leaves All Over (Designed by Ann Butler for Unity Stamp Company )
- Versamark Ink
- Silver Embossing Powder
- Heat Tool
- Card stock, 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" (Basic Grey)
- Card Stock, 12" x 6 ", 4" x 4" and 5" x 5" white
- Cardstock scraps, 6" x 1/2" coordinating patterned paper, approximately 20 strips
- Double Stick Tape
- Craft Knife
- Cutting mat
- Stamping mat or rubber padded mouse pad
- Dye inks to match your patterned paper (Colorbox Dye Inks)
- Paper Towels
- Lace Ribbon, two pieces, 7" (Offrey)
- Square Punches, 1 1/4" , and 1 1/2"
1. Fold white card stock to 6" square and set aside.
2a. Measure 1 1/4" from each edge of the 5 3/4" square. Trim the center out to create the frame.
|Step 2a. Measure margin and trim center out.|
2b. Mark the center of each edge of the frame and use this as a guide for stamping. (I used a 2" square acrylic block and set both my stamps on it to save a little time.)
|Step 2b. Find the center of each side and mark lightly with pencil.|
3. Begin in the center, aligning the point of one stamp with the center mark, and stamp four images on two opposite sides. On the other two sides, line up the center point (if you are using two stamps on one block) and stamp the two images. Apply silver embossing powder and heat with heat tool until it melts.
|Step 3. Stamp the images on the frame with Versamark ink.|
4. Sponge ink on frame and buff it off the embossed areas. Be sure to hit the paper edges of the frame as well to hide the white inner core.
|Step 4. Ink frame with a sponge and dye ink.|
|Step 4. Buff embossed areas lightly with damp paper towel.|
5. On the 4" square of white cardstock, create an opening that is 1/4" all around smaller than the other frame opening. Adhere to the larger frame to create a white liner. Set aside.
1. Draw two lines corner to corner. Line up two strips of 1/2" paper along the pencil lines and adhere both ends to the white card.
2a. Weave paper strips with alternating patterns, using the two guide strips to keep the lines straight. Once you have woven a strip, adhere one end only to the card stock. This will make it easier to weave the last few strips in place. 2b. Trim any edges off the white card stock and paper scraps. Adhere the frame to the top of the woven strip.
|Step 2a. Tape down only one end of the woven strips.|
|Step 2b. Weave all the strips into the base, alternating colors.|
3. Place double-stick tape on each end of the ribbon and wrap it to the back side of the frame.
5. Punch a heart from a card stock scrap, apply Versamark and silver embossing powder and heat with heat tool. Form the center bow by wrapping the ends of the lace ribbon across the center of the ribbon and secure with double stick tape. Apply the heart to the ribbon center and attach it to the card.
6. Adhere the entire frame front to the 6" folded white cradstock.
I will probably think of a hundred things I could have added to improve this card, but at the moment the only thing that would make this card better is if I could hand it to my mother personally.
Wishing you all a very happy Mothers Day, just a little bit early!
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