Saturday, May 8, 2010

Our Mothers ROCK! Happy Mother's Day Orchid Card

Happy Mother's Day! :-)

An Orchid digital image is something I've wanted ever since I first knew what digis were. This one by Ruth is perfection. Just like the two outrageously amazing Moms that Charles & I are blessed to have in our life! (I'm not telling which one this card is for though! Nanananabooboo, Moms! We love Youse, madly!) :oP

Mother's Day Orchid Digi from A Passion for Stamps & Vinnie  Pearce Paper

This has all kinds of odds 'n' ends: layers & stitching & lacy bits & even rocks....

CROP Mother's Day Orchid Digi from A Passion for Stamps &  Vinnie Pearce Paper

...but layout-wise, I tried to keep it simple for the SplitCoastStampers'
CAS65 Clean And Simple Mother's Day/May Flowers Challenge here.
(I find simplicity so difficult!)

Here's the inside of the 5 and 1/2 inch card...

1... New & Nifty: Orchid digi image by Ruth
2... how to make this card

This Orchid used to be a sold-out clear stamp & is now a digi!


...make this Orchid card

Some chit chat about Blogger Viewing options:

All the photos below can be enlarged by clicking on them (to view in Blogger)
In Mozilla Firefox you can right click & choose open link in a new tab (to save your place in the tutorial) or click the back button in your browser toolbar...

...and You can hold the Control button while scrolling the wheel on your mouse forward or backward to enlarge or decrease the photo size... :o)

Step 1) Print the Orchid image & pieces to layer:
  • Stamp the Illuminate text stamp in Antique Linen Distress ink.
  • Heat set the ink to dry well before printing.
  • Run it through the printer to print the Orchid, an extra flower, extra leaves, & a second pot--for layering.

Step 2) Colour it, adhere the layers, & add embellishments

This is coloured with there Copic markers: Flower & stem: B00 Frost Blue; BG10 Cool Shadow; YG91 Putty, E44 Clay. Leaves: YG23 New Leaf; YG67 Moss; G85 Verdigris; Pot: Photoshop brush text "Mother" brush (in beige) shaded with YG91 Putty, E44 Clay.

I glued on some bits of rock at the top of the pot, giggle giggle:

(and some distressed hand sewing around the edge of the image)

Step 3) Decorate the bottom of the image. This has dictionary text, paper ruffles, & crochet trim (Using: a French-English dictionary; adhered to 3 layers of cardstock cut in free hand wavy lines & distressed; & a crochet edge cut from a stained doily.)

Step 4) Make a curved mat & stitch it. This mat was made by:
  • Printing the Vinnie Pearce Old Things paper (digital from Two Peas)
  • Cutting it to measure 4.5" wide by 5.25" high
  • Tracing a plastic lid to get a curve at the bottom & cutting it out
  • Trimming off the bottom of the curve to make it flat
  • Piercing holes around the edge & stitching with embroidery thread
  • Adhering it to a piece of white cardstock, trimming around, & distressing

(Sometimes I trace any old round things at hand, because it's faster than getting out the circle cutter. LOL)

Step 5) Add a sentiment. (I'm so excited that there's another reason to obsess over SRM stickers: you can use them to do tape transfer sentiments!

Here's how this "[lots of love]" SRM sticker got its makeover (a collage layer under it & a softer look):
  • Cut the sentiment sticker to the size I wanted & peeled it off the backing
  • Adhered it over a page out of the French-English dictionary (cheap paper works wonders for this)
  • Rubbed to stick it well int he areas where I wanted words & paper to stick
  • Peeled it off of the book page
  • Adhered it to a piece of white cardstock & trimmed it
  • ....and to soften the contrast so that the image would remain the focal point (and to add a little texture) I stuck some self-adhesive vellum over the SRM sticker:

This sticky-backed vellum is called "Generations adhesive vellum" made by Cardinal Brands (I got it at staples office supply a couple of years ago.) If you like this look, but don't have any adhesive vellum, you could adhere any vellum, onion skin paper, tracing, or tissue paper...

Put it all together...

...and you have a card for Mom:

Thank You for visiting & may your Mother's Day be ultra lovely,
whether you are a Mom or were just made by one!
ynuk ynuk

P.S. Oops! Sorry for the weird post that went out to Feedburner subscribers that said "Happy Mother" I started typing this & hit some wonky button & you get the posts the second they go live, so there's no 'undo-the-OOPs' button! ;o) LOL


Dawn said...

Happy Mother to you too!, mine came through with the correct title *wink*

Beautiful card...mum will love it!
hope you have a wonderful day sweetie!!!

Ruth said...

Wow! Mel, this is fantastic!! You've turned a simple image into a masterpiece. I knew it would be so special!! Ruth x

Allison said...

So wonderful. Love this image...

Anesha said...

Wonderful card, love the orchid image. ANesha

scrapcat 1 said...

what a lovely card whoever gets it will be over the moon with it

Alice Wertz said...

really pretty card! i love the orchid image! i adore all the amazing details you put in your projects!!

Maggie said...

gorgeous card. love ya
Auntie-spending the whole day with my #2!!

Maggie said...

guess who I saw on whipup net - only the awesome-est dino from HERE!!!!
psyched for you Auntie

carole~ish said...

so beautiful!!!

Clip Art and Scrap said...

oh Wow this is really beautiful!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Mari said...

It's stunning! Love, love, love the colors,the layers - just everything! Seems like it's not exactly an 'easy' project, but you've taken it down a notch from that flat out crazy post with the billion pictures! :)

Suzana said...

Absolutely stunning, I love the image.

kristen said...

everything about it is fab. :)
your work is SO superb!

Whimsical Wendy said...

Boo-tiful as usual. Probably one of my most favouritest cards of yours in a while, actually. LOVE your usual style, but you do a 'simple/clean' style real good too ;0)

mamabearstamps said...

This is just lovely! I love all the bits and pieces. Simply fabulous!

dining room table said...

This is a beautiful project for Mother's Day! I made something like this inspired by you of course and my mom liked it.

g said...

so stunning- lucky Mom indeed!!

Created By You said...

Love this card and how you put it all together... miss your creative posts, and hope you're doing ok!!!