Here in the UK, it is Mother’s Day this Sunday (11th March), and this is one occasion that I am grateful that I am a cardmaker because my Mum doesn’t like the term Mother’s Day and prefers the original Mothering Sunday. I have found a few places where you can purchase cards saying Mothering Sunday like Etsy, but nothing beats being able to make your own just to your Mum’s liking. Therefore it is time for me to make a card for Mothering Sunday 2018. I decided to use the 4th Joanna Sheen Cardmaking Collection; I’ll be honest I nearly reached for Hunkydory but thought I would crack this collection open because it has been sat in my inbox for a while and also it would give my crafting skills a bit more of a challenge.
- The Joanna Sheen Cardmaking Collection
- Craft UK 8″ x 8″ Card Blank & Envelope
- Create and Craft Silver Mirror Card
- Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
- Versa Fine Onyx Black Ink
- Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
- Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card
- Ranger Stickles Crystal
- Silhouette Silver Sticker Foil
- Create and Craft Wonderful White Decorative Ribbon
Cardmaking StepsThe first step was to cut the backing paper from the collection to 19.3 cm squared on my Cutterpillar Pro, I then used some of the Distress ink on a Dauber to go around the edge of this. I then cut a piece of the Silver Mirror card to 19.8 cm squared and fasten the decorative paper to the mirror card with a Create and Craft glue pen, followed by glueing down the mirror card to the card blank with Collall All Purpose Glue. The next step was to cut a piece of the Bristol Watercolour card to 14 cm squared on the Cutterpillar Pro. I used the stencil from the papercraft collection to create the border design with the Distress Ink and Dauber and put this aside to dry. Using the offcut of the Bristol card I stamped the floral display in the Tonic Tim Holtz Stamping Platform, you can read more about the Stamping Platform in this post. I used the Versa Fine Ink Pad and gave it two applications of the ink to ensure the image was well defined. To colour this in, I used my Clean Color Real Brush Markers which are water-based and a Dreamees Water Brush filled with water rather than blending fluid. The colouring was probably the longest part of the project. Once I had completed the colouring I used the Stickles Crystals to dot around the image and left this to dry whilst I had my lunch.
Bringing the card togetherOnce the focal image was thoroughly dry I used my Brother ScanNCut to cut it out; it took just 1 minute to do this, as a spoonie I wouldn’t have been able to complete the card today without the benefit of the ScanNCut. Arthritis in my hands would have been too painful not to mention my energy levels. I cut another piece of the Silver Mirror Card to 14.5 cm squared and fastened this to the back of the stencilled sheet using the Collall All Purpose Glue again. To attach this to the card base I turned it over and used a roll of Sticky Foam Pads, I ran a strip down either side and three pieces horizontally, one each across the top and bottom and the final one across the middle. Once I had peeled the backing off the pads, I took my scissors reserved for ribbons and trimmed the two pieces of ribbon to go down both edges. I stuck the fabric halfway across the foam pads on the sides and then turned it over and fastened the panel down. The Final stage was to use the ScanNCut Canvas Workspace to create the sentiment and download this to the ScanNCut before cutting it out of the Silhouette Silver Sticker Foil. I placed this across the top, and the outside of the card was complete.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I made this card and maybe got some inspiration for your cardmaking. On Saturday it is my Sister in law’s birthday, unlike my Mum, there is a good chance that she may see my blog or my social media images so I will share her card with you next Monday, after the event! I hope you all have a great week, remember to subscribe or follow me on social media to make sure you don’t miss any of my crafty makes. Don’t forget about my organisation and productivity post on Wednesday, this week I am talking you through how I use Trello to stay on top of my life and then on Friday I will be talking about living with Fibromyalgia and Sinusitis.