Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Mother's Love

As Mother's Day approaches, I plan on doing several Mother's Day cards. This is one I made for a challenge contest for a cardseller's group I am part of. The level of work in this comptition is very high so I was trying to come up with something really special. After a couple of false starts, this is what developed. I was happy with the result. The idea that popped into my head when I first read the contest guidelines is not what you see here. I had something extremely simple in mind, but my love of embellishments wouldn't let me leave it quite that simple. I wanted a lot of white with a pretty contrast. As I leafed through my paper stash, I found one sheet of this Basic Grey paper which matched very nicely to last year's SU In Color Purely Pomegranate. It made a nice contrast with the crisp white paper I used. The frame is cut with a new Nesties set Labels 4. I double layered it for strength. The second layer is very thin white cardboard (came in an SU paper pack). The saying is stamped on acetate, mounted on the back of the frame which is popped up on craft foam. Then I struggled over whether to add the flowers. The contest guidelines said no bling, keep it simple. In the end, I gave in and added the flowers. I think they were the finishing touch - we'll see what the judge thinks!
The heart on the inside was cut with my Creative Memories cutting system. The frame inside was made the same as the outer one. I like the popped up window-type look, but the card does not close flat, which might bother some of you. I'm not crazy about cards that don't fold flat, but went with it for this time.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Morning Soft
Paper: Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Grey DSP
Ink: Stewart Superior India Ink
Accessories: Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots embossing folder, Nestabilities Labels 4, Creative Memories cutting system, Martha Stewart border punch, SU Pretties Kit (large half pearls), Michael's generic small half pearls, silk flowers from Jo-Ann's, sewing machine.


Anonymous said...

Hi Linda, this is just beautiful! Love the colores:)

Michelle's Daydreams said...

Beautiful Linda. :)

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