Die Cut Borders for Handmade Cards

Decorative die cut borders add so much interest and dimension to our handmade cards.  I love how my white decorative layer pops against the red card base and enhances the die cut images and sentiment.  The red, white and green floral arrangements and the black lamppost and pots look so bold on the background. Although this is such a simple card there is so much to see.

To make this card I used Rubbernecker’s  Borders #2, Lamp Post with Accessories, Tall Terracotta Pots,  Flower Buds, Flower Stems, Leaf Stems, Small Ivy, Small Flowers #1, Tiny Flower Buds and Best Friends clear set.

Decorative die cut borders look so beautiful on handmade cards.

The Die Cut Border and Card Base

  • Use red cardstock for the A2 sized card base.
  • Cut the die cut border using white cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment using black ink and heat set.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the die cut layer and attach to the red card base.

The Lamp Post and Flowers

  • Cut the lamp post, basket and flower pots using black cardstock.
  • Apply a thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the lamp post and attach it to the card front.
  • Cut foliage using green cardstock and small and tiny flowers using red and white cardstock.
  • Attach the foliage sections to the back of the basket and flower pots using glossy accents.
  • Form the small and tiny flowers using a small tipped stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach the flowers to the basket and flower pots of foliage using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the basket and flower pots and attach them to the card front.

 

Handmade cards look so pretty with decorative die cuts borders.

Using decorative die cut borders can make a simple card layout like this one a lot more interesting.  Check out my Lamp Post and Fence card to see another version using the lamp post and flowers with a different die cut layer with decorative borders. How about you?  Do you like using die cut borders on your handmade cards? 

 
5163D Lamp Post w/ accessories
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5160-02D Boarders #2
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Tall Terracotta Pot Die Cut 5147-16D
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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5210-04D Small Flowers #1
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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Flower Stems Die 5147-05D
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5210-03D Leaf Stems Die Cut
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5162-03D Small Ivy
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3334 Best Friend Set
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Clear Acrylic Block, 2.5 Round w/…
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
 

Handmade cards with decorative die cut borders are fun to make.

How To Shape Paper Flowers

Today I want to share with you a quick lesson on how to shape paper flowers. Flower dies are fantastic for adding either focal elements or little details to your cards and giving them some shape is not only pretty easy to do, it adds a TON of detail with not a lot of work.

To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Organic Shapable Posy, Nested Rectangle Scallop with Holes, Rectangle Combo OPC #3 and Kittie Says Phrases #1.

A multi-layered handmade greeting card featuring elements to show how to shape paper flowers

The Card Base and Frames

  • Cut an A2 card base and Scallop Rectangle layer using white cardstock.
  • Use white cardstock to cut two sets of the Rectangle Combo frames.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scalloped rectangle layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Turn each of the two sets of inner frame sections from the Rectangle Combo die face down and attach them together using double stick tape.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of one frame section and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the second set of frames and attach it over the first frame set.  Note:  Layering the frames with mounting tape adds dimension and interest to the this clean and simple card.

This handmade greeting card features an example of how to shape paper flowers using cardmaking die cuts

The Flower and Sentiment

  • Use pink cardstock to cut four sections of the flower layers and green cardstock to cut one stem layer.
  • Place the flower sections face down on the molding pad and form the petals by pushing down and rolling the large round stylus over the petals.  Check out my Paper Flower Shaping videos on my tutorial page to see how I use a stylus and molding pad to shape my flowers.
  • Attach the flower layers together using glossy accents and then attach them to the stem.
  • Gently form the small flower buds using the stylus and molding pad and attach them to the stem using glossy accents.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the flower stem and a large piece to the back of the flower and attach it to the card base.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the oval section from the Rectangle Combo using black ink and attach it to the card base using mounting tape.

A white on white with pink bouquet handmande greeting card that shows how to shape paper flowers

Here are the products used to make this card.

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes 5141D
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5218D Rectangle Combo OPC #3 Die Cut
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5301-02D Organic Shapable Posy Die
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Amazon.com: McGill Paper Blossoms…
[ AMZUS ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
Clear Acrylic Block, 2.5 Round w/…
[ ELH ]
 

Now that you know how to shape paper flowers, I encourage you to give it a try. Even adding just a little curl or a little curve to a die cut flower can make it really pop and I am betting you are going to get addicted to this fun technique!

Sentiment With Flowers

Today I’m sharing a fairly clean and simple card with a framed sentiment with flowers and foliage. The brightly colored flowers and foliage pops against the black and white and draws the eye in to the sentiment.  I used the Crinkle Oval Frame to create a frame for the Thinking of You sentiment and cut out out the oval frame using the Nested Oval set.  The Mixable Flower Stack 5109D and Large Ivy were created to embellish the frame and sentiment.  I used the Vertical Stripe stamp to create the bold background.

Create a classic card by framing the sentiment with flowers and foliage and layering it on a card base with a bold background.

The Striped Card Base

  • Cut a white A2 sized card base.
  • Secure a piece of white cardstock and the striped stamp in the MISTI.
  • Apply Nocturne ink to the stamp and stamp on the cardstock. Note:  I love using my MISTI to stamp.  It allows me to stamp more than once to make sure I get good coverage.
  • Apply clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Cut the striped piece to 5.25″ x 4.00″, apply strips of mounting tape and attach to the card base.

The Crinkle Frame and Sentiment

  • Secure a piece of white cardstock and the Crinkle Oval Frame in the MISTI.
  • Apply Nocturne ink and stamp.
  • Repeat the step with the sentiment stamp.
  • Apply clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Place the sentiment layer on the cutting platform and cover with a piece of waxed paper.
  • Line up the oval die over the Crinkle Oval Frame and run through the machine.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the oval layer and attach to the card base.

Frame a sentiment with flowers and highlight the layer by placing it on a card base with a bold background.

The Flowers and Ivy

  • Cut the flowers using bright pink cardstock and the ivy using bright green cardstock.
  • Place the flowers face down on the molding pad and form the petals using the round stylus.
  • Place the flowers face up and push down in the center of each layer using a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach the flower sections together using glossy accents.
  • Attach the ivy sections to the oval sentiment layer using glossy accents.
  • Finish the card by attaching the flowers to the sentiment layer using glossy accents.

 

Create a lovely card by framing the sentiment with flowers and placing it on a bold background.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my sentiment with flowers card. Check out a similar Black and White Background card that I posted a few weeks ago.  You can see lots of sentiment with flowers inspiration over on Pinterest. Thank you for coming by today and I hope you will be sure and hop over to Rubbernecker and check out the Summer Sale. 

Here is a list of the Rubbernecker Products used for this card.

 
Vertical Stripe – 686
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Crinkle Oval Frame 1057-02
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1319-05 Thinking of you…
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Nested Oval Die Cut Set 5004D
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Mixable Flower Stack Die 5109D
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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Here are the tools and supplies used.

 
MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
[ ELH ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
[ ELH ]
Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
[ ELH ]
Susan’s Garden Tool Kit, Elizabeth…
[ ELH ]
McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat-8.3…
[ AMZUS ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Black Ebony…
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

Brayering Ink on Embossing Folders

I like to use the technique of brayering ink on embossing folders.  The result is a two toned embossed pattern that adds interest and dimension to the background layer of the card.  I love using pale colored ink for this technique and pairing it with flowers but it can work with any color and for any kind of project you want. For my card today I chose an elegant pattern to use with my framed floral arrangement. I used the Rubbernecker Mixed Flower Stack, Nested Scallop with Holes, Nested Rectangle, Leaf Group and Flower Buds. The embossing folder is a retired Lattice folder by Sizzix.

I love the technique of brayering ink on embossing folders, especially when using a folder with an elegant design pattern.

Brayering Ink on the Embossing Folder

  • Open the embossing folder and place it face down on your work table.
  • Apply ink to the brayer.
  • Brayer ink on the inside front of the folder.  Note:  I’ve included a couple pictures from my Belleek Inspired step by step tutorial.

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  • Insert white cardstock in the folder, close and run it through your die cutting machine.
  • Note:  If you apply ink to the inside back of the folder your raised pattern will be colored and the background will be white.  Either way is very pretty.

I love the technique of brayering ink on embossing folders, especially when using a folder with an elegant design.

The Frame and Card Base

  • Cut the Nested Scallop with Holes die using white cardstock.
  • Place the inner rectangle scalloped layer on the cutting platform.
  • Line up the the Nested Rectangle die in the center of the scalloped layer and run through the machine to create the frame opening.
  • Place the out frame section face down on your work table.
  • Insert the inner scalloped frame layer back inside the outer frame and attach the two sections together using double stick tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame.
  • Trim the embossed layer and attach it to the back of the frame.
  • Apply double stick tape to the back of the frame and embossed layer and attach it to the A2 sized card base.

Color and Shape the Flowers

  • Cut both the large flower and flower buds using white cardstock.
  • Apply the soft pink ink to the flowers using a mini applicator.
  • Form the large flower sections using a large round stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach the flower sections together using mounting tape and glossy accents.  Note:  The two largest flower sections were attached with glossy accents.  The two smaller flower sections were attached using small pieces of mounting tape to create a bit of space between the sections.
  • The flower buds were formed using a small tipped stylus and molding pad.

I love the technique of brayering ink on embossing folders, especially when using a folder with an elegant pattern.

Arrange the Foliage and Flowers

  • Cut four sections of the leaf group using green cardstock.
  • Trim the ends off of three of the branches and attach them to the embossed layer using glossy accents.
  • Apply a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the large flower and attach it to the embossed layer.
  • Cu the fourth leaf section apart and tuck the smaller branch sections under the flower and attach using glossy accents.
  • Finish the arrangement by attaching flower buds to the foliage using glossy accents.

I love the technique of brayering ink on embossing folders, especially when using a folder with an intricate design pattern.

Have you tried the brayering ink on embossing folders technique?  You can brayer ink on any embossing folder.  You can see lots of examples in my Belleek Inspired category (a name we gave this technique for a Splitcoaststampers challenge several years ago). Thank you for coming by and I hope you have an enjoyable Saturday. 

Here are the Rubbernecker products used for this card.

 
5300D Nested Scallop with Holes
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Nested Rectangle Die Cut Set 5003D
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5309-10D Mixed Flower stack Die
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Leaf Group die 5118D
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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Here are the tools and supplies.

 
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Easter…
[ ELH ]
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
[ ELH ]
Spun Sugar, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Speedball Art Products – Pop-In Soft…
[ SBC ]
Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
Susan’s Garden Tool Kit, Elizabeth…
[ ELH ]
McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat-8.3…
[ AMZUS ]
Snow, KaiserCraft Pearls
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
 

Card with Soft Colors

Today I’m sharing a pretty vases and flowers card with soft colors framed on an all white background for contrast. The decorative white frame layers add dimension and interest but still allow the colorful images to be the main focus of the card.  For my project I used the Rectangle Combo #2, Window With Pierce, Arch Trellis, Vases and Shelves, Leaves and Greenery, Small Flowers # 1, Flower Buds and Tiny Flower Buds.

A card with soft colors is so beautiful layered on an all white background. All the dies on this card were made by Rubbernecker.

The Window Frame

  • Use white cardstock to cut the rectangle frame, window frame and two trellises.
  • Fit the window frame inside the rectangle frame and attach them together using double stick tape. 
  • Note:  The window frame fits perfectly inside the rectangle frame but is just a tad too long on one end.  I secured it in place with tape and allowed the one end to fit in behind the frame. You can see that section on the top of the frame but I doubt you would have noticed it if I hadn’t mentioned it. 
  • Trim the arch top and bottom sections off of both of the arch trellises.
  • Apply glossy accents to the back of one of the trellis sections, line it up to the second section and attach to create a continuous piece that will fit behind the tall window section on the frame.  I like to modify die cuts to create different things and stretch how I can use my dies.
  • Use double stick tape around the back of the large window to attach the trellis section to fill in the window.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the window frame sections.
  • Attach the window frame to the A2 sized white card base.

A card with soft colors looks so pretty framed on an all white background.

The Flower Vases

  • Use pink, yellow, aqua and purple cardstock to cut out all the vases and flowers.  
  • Cut the foliage using green cardstock.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the foliage sections to the back of each frame.  I have lots of fun picking and choosing the different foliage pieces to work with the different shaped vases.
  • Form the flowers using a small tipped stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach all the flowers to the foliage using glossy accents.
  • Use mounting tape to attach all the vases to the card base.  Note:  I played with the vases and laid them out on the window frame to get the best design before attaching. 

A card with soft colors looks so pretty with an all white background.

Did you enjoy seeing my card with soft colors and the modified die cut white layered framing.? I have made a few versions of this card using the vases and flowers and I love how pretty they look layered with the frames. The Window Frame and Flower Vases was made back in March with the same soft colors and images but used a different window frame.  Pinterest has lots of inspiration for cards with soft color combination .  I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Here are the Rubbernecker dies used for my project.

 
Rectangle Combo #2 OPC Die 5132D
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Window w/ Pierce 5148-02D
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5307-01D Arch Trellis Die
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5309-05D Vases and Shelves Die
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5309-04D Leaves and Greenery Die
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5210-04D Small Flowers #1
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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Here are the tools and supplies.

 
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock,…
[ ELH ]
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Sour…
[ ELH ]
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Sour…
[ ELH ]
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Easter…
[ ELH ]
Bazzill COTTON CANDY Card Shoppe…
[ SSS ]
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
[ ELH ]
Susan’s Garden Tool Kit, Elizabeth…
[ ELH ]
McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat-8.3…
[ AMZUS ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
 

Making a card with soft colors is fun.

Happy Mother’s Day Card

My project today is a Happy Mother’s Day card with a beautiful flower and brightly colored foliage on a soft blue scalloped layer.  I used the Organic Shapable Poppy, Flower #5 (large leaves), Large Ivy, Small Flowers #3, Nested Rectangle Scallop and the sentiment from the Happy Mother’s Day set. 

Bright, colorful flowers and foliage are the perfect embellishment on a happy Mother's Day card.  Come see how I made this using dies by Rubbernecker Stamps.

The Card Base and Sentiment Layer

  • Cut the A2 sized card base using white cardstock.
  • Cut the sentiment layer using a large rectangle scalloped die. and white cardstock.
  • Apply masking tape around the border of the scalloped layer.
  • Apply a blue layer to the scalloped rectangle using a large blender brush and Tumbled Glass ink.
  • Stamp the Happy Mother’s Day sentiment on the scalloped layer using Nocturne ink.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scalloped layer and attach it to the card base.

The Flowers

  • Cut three sets of the Organic Shapable Poppy and one set of the Small Flowers #3 using Raspberry Fizz cardstock.
  • Place the poppy sections face down on the molding pad and form the petals using the large round stylus.
  • Turn the sections face up, push down in the center with a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach the three poppy layers together using glossy accents.
  • Cut the small flower sections using green cardstock.
  • Form the small sections using a small round stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach the sections to the center of the poppy using glossy accents.
  • Form the tiny pink flowers using a small tipped stylus and molding pad.
  • Note:  Check out my paper shaping video tutorials if you would like to see how form my flowers.

Bright, colorful flowers and foliage are the perfect embellishment on a happy Mother's Day card.  Click on the picture to see how I made this using dies by Rubbernecker Stamps.

The Large Leaves and Ivy

This is the first time I have used my new Color Fuse inks to watercolor since I got them.  I have been so inspired by Allison Arbour’s beautiful cards using the inks to watercolor die cut images.  I decided to see what I could do with them to create pretty foliage for my arrangement and I love how bright and vivid it turned out using three different greens from the Color Fuse Set #11.  Allison is one of the very talented members of the Rubbernecker design team.

  • Cut the large leaves and ivy using hot press watercolor paper.
  • Spritz a layer of water over the leaves.
  • Squish the lightest color green ink pad onto a palette, pick up the ink with a water brush and apply the ink to the leaves. Note:  I use one of my large acrylic blocks as a palette
  • Repeat the steps using the two darker green inks to create variegated, natural looking foliage.
  • Heat dry the leaves with your heat gun.
  • Place the leaves face up on the molding pad and form them using the leaf tool.

Arrange the Leaves and Flowers

  • Attach the large leaf section to the card base using glossy accents.
  • Apply a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the poppy and attach it to the card base.
  • Tuck the ivy sections under the poppy and attach using glossy accents.
  • Finish by attaching a few small flowers to the ivy using glossy accents.

Bright, colorful flowers and foliage are the perfect embellishment on a happy Mother's Day card.  Click on the card to see how I made this using dies by Rubbernecker Stamps.

Making this Happy Mother’s Day card and using the Color Fuse inks to watercolor. was lots of fun  I have to admit it’s been quite a while since I have water colored and I am a bit rusty. This color combination is one of my favorites and  I have used it quite a bit recently.  Check out my Missing You Card and Butterfly Greeting Card to see other examples.  I sure do appreciate you coming by today and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day. 

Here are the dies and stamps used for this project.

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop Die Cut 5028D
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5301-04D Organic Shapable Poppy Die
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5175-05D Flower #5 Die Cut
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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5309-09D Small Flowers #3
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3311 Happy Mothers Day
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Here are the tools and supplies used.

 
Perfect Match Raspberry Fizz…
[ PPR ]
Hot Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12,…
[ ELH ]
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
[ ELH ]
Tumbled Glass, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
[ ELH ]
Color Fuse Set #11
[ RBB ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
[ ELH ]
Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
[ ELH ]
Large Fine Point (23637), Pentel Arts…
[ ELH ]
Twins, Judikins Eclipse
[ ELH ]
Sizzix Making Tool – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SZZ ]
Amazon.com: McGill Paper Blossoms…
[ AMZUS ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
[ AMZUS ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

Making this Happy Mother’s Day card was so much fun.