Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mother's Day - 2016

This card was selected as a favorite for the Featured Stamper of the Week.

Although my own mother has passed away, I enjoy sending Mother's
Day cards to my Aunt Millie, my sister, my sister-in-law, my niece and my daughter-in-law, because they all have children. I usually make them different cards but they all live far apart from one another so this year the cards will be similar. This is my "prototype" card - it's a card within a card.

Lessons learned: I should have used an acrylic (photopolymer) stamp set so I could more closely align the embossed card front with the inner card. I used the MISTI but still did not have it perfectly aligned. In the end, I still like the card and will make the others using a different stamp set. Next, I was so glad that my folder of vellum paper included 43-lb. vellum cardstock. Anything less than 40-lb. is too flimsy and your card will not stand up. Third, exercise caution when heat embossing on vellum to avoid scorching and warping.

A small piece of white cardstock was stamped, then masked to stamp a
second flower behind the first. The images were colored with markers and ink dusted. The card was then adhered to the inside of the vellum card base. This can be placed anywhere on the inside that one chooses. I set it slightly higher than center to ensure there was space on the vellum card to add a sentiment. Once the floral card had been adhered on the inside and using the mask again, two flowers were stamped as precisely as possible on the vellum with Versamark ink but aligned with the images on the inside. The card was heat embossed with white powder. A sentiment was added by heat embossing.

Typically, when using vellum, it's a good idea to cover the back outer surface with a another panel of cardstock to cover the adhesive used when the small card was adhered. Because this cardstock was of a heavier weight, it was totally unnecessary to do that. I did it anyway so that I had a place to add my personal stamp.

To view a video of this technique that I found while I was composing this post, click HERE.

The colors were selected by the Color My Heart: Color Dare Challenge #190. Be sure to visit their blog to see fabulous cards!

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, ink dusting, heat embossing, masking, vellum
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stamps: Best Thoughts (flowers) & Made for You (sentiment)
Inks: Stazon Jet Black, Versamark, Hello Honey, Markers (non-alcohol) in Hello Honey, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder and Real Red
Cardstock: Whisper White, Vellum
Misc.: White & purple embossing powders, Judikins Ink Duster


  1. I think that it turned out beautifully Melanie! With the flowers under slightly off-set from vellum panel, it looks great. :) Another beautiful design!

  2. Striking card Mel...I had just seen a tutorial on YouTube and want to try that technique as well. Beautiful floral stamp and coloring, and a great way to use vellum.

  3. Beautiful card, Melanie! Have you ever tried heating your EP from the back on vellum? Have you ever just colored the vellum from the back? Now I need to go find me some vellum!!! :)

    1. Yes, Tracy, I have done the techniques you mentioned - all lovely. Vellum always provides a pretty effect.

  4. What a pretty card! Love the colouring job on the flower images. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  5. What a beautiful card! The ladies will be so excited to receive something so pretty!

  6. Such a lovely card, Melanie! I'm so glad that you are sharing it with us at the Color Dare challenge blog this week. Thanks for inspiring me today!
    :) Marie