Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Whip It Up Wednesday: Mother's Day Cards


Just in time for Mother's Day this Sunday, a stack of cards! I've made one for mum (of course!) and one for my nan, my great aunt and my step mum! I even managed to convince Allan to make one for his mum, awesome!

I'm going to show you how I made two of them. The others I'll describe briefly at the end as well :)

Card #1

What you need:

* Scrap brown corrugated cardboard
* Scrapbooking paper
* Tissue paper
* Double sided tape
* Ribbon
* Other embellishments to taste ;)


What to do:

First, score your corrugated cardboard down the centre to make it easier to fold.


Fold the cardboard in half.


And use scissors to tidy up the outside edge of the fold.


Pop double sided tape around the edge of the front of your card.


Peel off the protective layer and press your card onto the back of some pretty scrapbook paper.


Neatly cut around the edge of your card, and you should have something like this:


Take a coordinating scrapbook paper and write your message on it! I used a metallic gold marker, and because my handwriting is pretty dodgy I prettied it up by dotting the ends of all the letters ;)


Cut your message out so it's on a nice neat square. You'll notice that I also added an embellishment here - a white "lace" style sticker. If you don't have one, you could actually glue on real lace, a strip of coordinating scrapbook paper or if you've got a Silhouette machine, I'm sure you can think of some other solutions ;)


I decided that I wanted my message to pop a bit more, so using my fancy smancy scissors (awesome Christmas present I got years ago from my dad and step mum, I think it's probably my most used craft item!) I cut a square out of a plain coloured paper that is just larger than my scrapbook square.


Now let's make some tissue paper rosettes! Cut out a long thin strip of tissue paper, and roll it up. As you go, pinch the underside together and squash the edges outwards to create a petal effect.


When you're done, tuck the loose edge underneath. I made three of these.


Attach all pieces to your card using double sided tape.

Use a square of double sided tape on the back of your rosettes, then attach them to your card. The double sided tape will also help the rosette hold together.


Finish it off with a pretty piece of ribbon tied around the spine of the card. This makes it even more cute and girly, and also serves the purpose of hiding the slightly icky bend in the corrugated cardboard.

You can melt the edges of your ribbon with a candle to avoid fraying. I forgot until it was on my card, so I used some clear nail polish to seal the edges, as you can see here:


 And we're done! Good job!


To write inside it, I cut another set of the red border & pink stripy paper that I used on the front and placed that inside so that my message looks nice instead of just being on brown cardboard :)


Card #2

What you need:

* Pretty textured cardboard
* Lots of buttons
* Double sided tape
* Ribbon
* Scrapbooking paper


What to do:

Take a piece of nice textured cardboard and fold it in half to make a card shape.


Cut small squares of double sided tape and place them roughly in a heart shaped outline. If you want, you could lightly sketch the outline with lead pencil until you like the shape, then place the tape.


Peel off the protective layer from the tape and place some buttons at the key positions. I chose to use large buttons, but I've seen this idea done very cutely using all small buttons!


Use double sided tape and more buttons to fill in the heart shape!


I was going to keep it simple, but I decided it needed a little more pizzaz ;)

Sooo, I used my fancy scissors again and cut some strips of scrapbooking paper to make a border. I attached them using double sided tape, of course!


Aaaaand top it off with a little ribbon bow! I hot glue gunned this one on ;)


Cuuuute, right?

Here's some photos of the other cards I made!

To make this one I cut out flower shapes from scrapbooking paper and pinched the ends of the petals to give them a 3D effect. I then cut little wibbly edged circles for the centres and scrunched them up a bit for texture, and popped a cute button on top. The green vines and letters are stickers I already had. The green vines feel velvety, ooooh!


This is the card Allan made! He used a spare flower I made, some pretty scrapbooking paper and a silver rose sticker. Not bad for the first handmade card he's done since primary school ;) 


My final card! This one is quite simple but it's super cute! The photo doesn't really do it justice. I made a white tissue paper rosette and glued some seed beads in the centre, used some more of that pretty lacy sticker for the bottom, some velum paper over a pretty blue coloured cardboard and the glittery border is actually strips of scrapbook cardboard too.


So are you making cards for Mother's Day too..?


10 comments:

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

These cards are fantastic, Rissa! :D I like the button one best. Thanks for the tutorial!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Look at you go! I would never have the patience for all of those! Great job!

Lesley said...

I literally gasped when I saw the button heart card. Yippee! I have a billion ivory buttons waiting for a home. Thanks girl!

Steph said...

My mom loves handmade cards! Thank you so much for the ideas...I think she would love the one with the lace at the bottom.

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

Loving the button heart one!

Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun said...

I love the flowers on each of these! Your are awesome! (still not sure where you find the time for all of this!) ;)

Jennifer said...

Beautiful!! Geez I went to good ole Hallmark! But I plan on making some rings for my mom, sis and sis in law!

Pinkie said...

Your cards are very pretty! I found you through Reasons to Skip the Housework.

Jill said...

Lovely cards Rissa! love the flowers especially!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

To Sew With Love said...

these are all so pretty! thanks for sharing!

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