Mother's Day

We learned this card making technique at an all-day class (well, in one half of the day!) and I decided it was time to put the ideas into practice. My Mother-in-Law has a very green lounge so I decided to use green papers for this card. You can see in the photos below the 12×12 scrapbook papers I chose and also the card I used for the base and the letters cut out ready for drawing round. They are traced on the reverse of the card (mirror image) and then stuck onto the decorative paper before cutting round them. The more observant of you may notice that I actually cut the card before I’d stuck the papers on – a mistake while reading the instructions, just meant extra cutting! Paper was glued and trimmed on the reverse of all pieces too.

12x12 papers

Selected letters

Ready for glueing

Diluted PVA

Glue and trimmed

A bit dull!

Decorating

I’ve had a couple of sets of alphabet punches (upper- and lower-case) for ages – bought them at CostCo a long time ago – so I punched out the relevant letters to start each line of the poem I glued to the back of each page:

M-O-T-H-E-R

“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold,
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER” – a word that means the world to me.

I ‘tidied-up’ the edges with a paint dauber but….. it wasn’t neat and looked rather ugly so I had to disguise with some glitter glue. It did brighten-up the pages though so it was a happy accident I guess. I then glued verses to the front of the card pieces and rummaged through my stash of embellishments to decorate the whole thing.

Punches

M-O-T-H-E-R

Brightening up

Other side view

1st page

Duty

2nd page

Eye-to-eye

3rd page

So true!

4th page

Irish proverb

5th page (1)

5th page (2)

Too sickly?!!

Finishing

The crop-o-dile bites through this thick card sooooo easily! I joined the whole card together with a couple of split rings and tied some ribbons and yarns to those. The tag was punched (Sizzix die with my Wizard) from some of the paper-covered card left-over from cutting down the ‘pages’ so that they’re all the same size. We wrote the personal message on the back of this.

Below are a couple of close-ups of the finished article – I do hope she likes it after all this effort!! 🙂

Finished

Tag & fibres

No stopping me now!

It is a special birthday for another friend of ours this week (actually the wife of the other 60th birthday card I blogged earlier) and so I made another of these cards. Her name, Barbara, is a bit too long for this technique so I used her nick-name instead. Same process as previously but this time I edged the pieces with peel-offs and, on the front, I made one of those cute little paper flowers that are popular just now.

BABS

Joined with ribbon

Front cover

Paper flower

1st page

2nd page

3rd page

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