So it’s less than a week before Mother’s Day and you haven’t bought a card for your mother. You could rush out to the mall tomorrow on your lunch hour and fight your way through all the other people who weren’t checking their calendars either. The card selection will be pretty picked over, but doesn’t every mom love SpongeBob SquarePants?
Or you could eat your lunch at a leisurely pace and make a card in 30 minutes. Your mother (grandmother, aunt, etc) will be so impressed that you made the card yourself. Anybody can buy a card, but making one with your own two hands…let’s just say that Mom really will love you best (never mind what your younger brother tells you). And if you haven’t made anything for her since you were 8 years old, she really will be touched.
Here’s what I used to make my card:
1 piece of card stock
1 piece of double-sided patterned paper
1 12 inch pre-made border (cut in half)
letter stamps/stamp pad
small piece of ribbon
The centrepiece of this card is the rosette. Never having made one before, it did take me a couple of tries to get it right. But once you get the hang of it, it is pretty simple. Using a scoring board will make it even easier, but you could fold it by hand.
Some useful tips for making a successful rosette:
- start with a piece of card stock or paper about 12 inches long and 1-1/2 inches wide.
- score or fold the paper every 1/4 inch
- if you want a smaller rosette, smooth out the folded strip, hold it down carefully and slice it down the centre with your paper cutter – re-fold
- cut off 1/4 inch at one end of the folded paper before you adhere the edges together – this will ensure your edges meet on a fold
- punch or cut out a 1 inch circle – it needs to be at least 1 inch wide; smaller won’t work when you try to glue it to the rosette (you may doubt me, but believe me, I tried several times to no avail)
- be generous with the glue when you attach the circle to the rosette
- if you are having trouble getting the folds of the rosette to stay in the centre as opposed to popping out like a cupcake liner), glue another 1 inch circle on the back
- place something heavy over your rosette (the circle punch worked for me) and let it sit for a few minutes while you work on the rest of the card
- use the circle you glued on the back of the rosette to adhere it to the card – I tried double-sided tape but gluing the circle worked best
Once the rosette was completed, the rest of the card came together very quickly. Since the patterned paper had a coordinating design on either side, I only used about half a 12×12 sheet or paper. I used a strip of another contrasting paper for the rosette. I didn’t use any tools, other than my trusty paper cutter and 1 inch my circle punch (it has a slightly scalloped edge, just to make it even fancier).
This card is so quick and easy to make that you will have lots of time to make a couple more for a favourite aunt or your mother-in-law. Or even better, do something for yourself. But don’t tell your mother (or your siblings). Let them think it took you hours. Your mom is worth it.
I have linked up to the following: Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes ; Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T. ; Made by You Mondays at Skip to My Lou ; Get Your Craft on Tuesday at Today’s Creative Blog; Take-a-Look Tuesdays at Sugar Bee Crafts; Wednesday Wowzers at oopsy daisy; Flaunt It Fridays at Dotted Line Crafts; The Cure for the Common Monday at Lines Across My Face