Saturday, 9 March 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful Moms!! I realize that my US friends celebrate in May. However, here in England, and in many other parts of the world, we are celebrating our extraordinary mothers tomorrow, Sunday, March 10th. I am sending virtual Mother's Day wishes 'across the pond' to my fabulous Mom in Texas!!

This vintage rose card was made using the new Stampin' Up! Secret Garden stamp set and framelits die. It also uses the new Stampin' Up! embossing folder, Honeycomb, which is incredibly versatile. There are some amazing projects out there in web world and on sites such as using the honeycomb embossing folder.  
To begin with, the background of this card was made by running designer cardstock through the honeycomb embossing folder twice. This project works best if you use two-sided cardstock -- in other words, you have a complementary printed design on both sides of the cardstock. For my featured project, one side of the cardstock is a rosy-rusty-vintage color and the other side is vintage pink roses.

For extra dimension, you can use the SU! Soft Suede ink pad and rub it lightly on the plastic honeycomb embossing folder. Then add in your cardstock and run it through. Rinse and dry the embossing folder afterwards.
You will be cutting up one of the honeycomb cards and randomly pasting the pieces onto the second embossed honeycomb card. I used my small SU! scissors, and the process was pretty fast (although my crafty friend Pam suggested that SU now needs to make a matching hexagon punch!). You can further distress your honeycomb background by taking the SU! Soft Suede ink pad and rubbing it across the high points of the background, keeping the ink pad as flat as possible.

I made the honeycomb background in assembly line, cranking out 10 textured pieces, resulting in 5 finished honeycomb backgrounds, which are ready to apply to a standard US-size card (4.25 x 5.5 inches).

However, I decided to make a square card. I did some trimming of the honeycomb background to emphasize its shape and adhered it to a piece of the rose-colored designer cardstock. The rose and honeycomb background was then adhered to Whisper White cardstock, folded to 6 x 6 inches.
The roses were stamped in SU Rose Red ink and made with the new SU! Secret Garden stamp set and Framelits dies, which make cutting out the roses a breeze! To distress the flowers, you can use a craft sheet, drop a bit of distress ink, spritz the ink with water, pick up the diluted mixture with a sponge, and color your roses. Or, you can spread out the diluted distressed solution on your craft sheet and lay the roses onto the craft sheet to color.
Three finished roses were placed into a cut-out circle for one card and a heart shape for another card. There are lots of circle dies out there, but I used the SU! Sizzix 3-inch die for this project. 
'Happy Birthday' and 'Happy Mother's Day' are from the SU! set Something to Celebrate and 'Just Because' is from SU!'s new Vintage Verses. I just *had* to add some bling with pink jewels!