Happy hump day everyone, hope your week is going well. I've been working on some Mother's Day cards and gifts this week as Sunday is Mother's Day here in Canada. I can't show you what I made for my Mom as she does read my blog (Hi Mom!) but I can share the card I made for my mother-in-law.
The first thing you need to know about my MIL is that she is an AMAZING gardener. Her yard is bursting with colour and beauty every growing season and her roses and peonies are prize winning - literally prize winning, she has won many awards in local flower shows for her beautiful blossoms. So when I thought about a card to make for her, some papers with a floral theme definitely had to be included and the first thing I thought of was the 'Botanical Tea' collection from Graphic 45. I just have the 8 x 8 pad but it worked perfectly for this easel card.
I made the card using a tutorial I found on YouTube by Splitcoast Stampers as I'd never made an easel card before but I will now be making many more, I love them! Kraft cardstock was used for my base and some of that gorgeous Botanical Tea paper was used for the background. It is so lovely that I didn't want to cover it up too much, so I cut a label with my Spellbinders Labels 8 die, handstamped and embossed 'Mom' on it and then cut some teeny tiny hearts using Tim Holtz's 'Shape Strips' die. The rose was one I round at Michaels and I gently edged the petals with some Tea Stain distress ink. The little butterfly was a $1 Store find and I coloured it with more distress ink in 'Spun Sugar' and 'Tattered Rose'. You can't see it in the picture but I also added some Wink Of Stella to the hearts, the rose and the butterfly, I just got that pen and love how it adds just a subtle shimmer.
The inside has more Botanical Tea loveliness, the pinked striped paper on the top was overlaid with another handstamped Spellbinders Labels 8 die and I used the bird and floral stamp borders as well as a label included in the Botanical Tea collection as my 'stopper' along the bottom edge. The paper in the middle is courtesy of Astrid MacLean and I resized it and made it transparent so my hubby can write his Mother's Day message to his Mom.
Here's the card set up into it's easel position, I love how it turned out.
And here is a side view so you can see the 'mechanics' of the card, they make a beautiful display I think. If you haven't made an easel card before give it a go, they are very easy to construct and the results are quite lovely.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I will stop in again to show you what I made for my Mom as soon as she receives her parcel. Got you wondering now Mom, don't I?! Have a great week everyone and happy crafting!