Mother’s Day Card Ideas + Altenew 6th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3

Happy Anniversary, Altenew! We’re so excited to be joining your 6 year anniversary celebration! Emily is here with some FABULOUS Mother’s Day projects using Altenew & Essentials by Ellen!

I’m sharing a Wave Roses Themed Collection of cards, tags and a trinket-teasure box in celebration of all the amazing women in our lives. Mixing and Matching supplies and creating multiple projects is a fun way to stretch your stamps, dies and stencils. I’ve included a few collection building tips and tricks in my post today.

My Prep Steps for Creating Collections:

  1. Pick a Color Scheme or two (Pink and Yellow). Select your inks and coloring materials to work with (Zig Clean Color Brush Markers & Distress Oxide Inks).
  2. Die Cut elements from Black and White Card Stock for mix and matching (Two-In-One Box, Skinny Stripes and Wavy Outlines)
  3. With a Stamp Press, stamp several floral images at once to Bristol Smooth Cardstock (this is what I used for all my Zig Coloring).
  4. Heat Emboss images all at once. This way your heat gun is nice and hot so you can create crisp embossed images.
  5. Paint/Color and fussy cut or die cut your stamped images and leave in a dish to pull together on your cards, tags and boxes.

Painting the Roses

The Wavy Rose images are all painted with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. For a soft watercolor effect, I applied pigment from several Zig colors to my media mat, added water to the color and then “washed” the color to the paper. To keep the color wash in “place”, I stamped and heat embossed all the images with Altenew Translucent Pearl or Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder.

Greens: Light Green-041, Turquoise Green-042, Emerald Green-048

Pinks: Deep Red-260, Pale Pink-028, Pale Rose-230, Blush-069, Peach Pink-202, Pink Haze-201

Yellows: Yellow-050, Light Yellow-051, Bright Yellow-052, Pale Yellow-055

Pretty in Pink

I thought it would be fun to have a matching card, tag and treasure box for my Mom to open that I could easily send in the mail. I created the treasure box using the Essentials by Ellen Two-in-One Box, Black Card Stock and Be Creative Tape. I used the Floral Garden stencil with Spun Sugar and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Inks to decorate the stitched rectangle side panels. For the box top, I heat embossed the “a little something for you” sentiment from the Wavy Roses Stamp Set to a long/skinning stitched rectangle. Then I adhered the rectangle inside the box for a little extra surprise. For the box top, I applied spun sugar distress oxide ink to a long/skinny stitched rectangle and adhered a small wavy rose with foam tape. The Two-In-One Box die includes a gift tag, that I heat embossed Mom from the Amazing Women stamp set and added a painted rose and its petals.

For the pretty pink Mother’s Day Card, I die-cut the Skinny Stripes at an angle to a white card front and then adhered it to a black card stock panel for a modern black and white striped background. I stamped the sentiment on an angle with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink and adhered the Wavy Rose images with foam tape. A very simple assembly with lots of pop.

Sunshine Yellow

For my first card, I added a Wavy Rose Outline die cut to my watercolor rose image. I die-cut the Skinny Stripes to a white card panel and also die cut on a black card stock panel. I saved the black panel for another day but I used the little stripes and added them to the white Skinny Stripes panel. Then I adhered the yellow wavy roses to the skinny stripe background and stamped the sentiment with Obsidian Pigment Ink.

*The Obsidian Pigment Ink is extremely crisp for small details and sentiments. A new favorite!

My second card came together in minutes using the Floral Garden Stencil. This stencil is a dream because no masking is required to add both the floral petals and greenery. First I positioned the stencil with the greenery side to my card panel and I applied Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks. Using the stencil as a guide, I positioned the florals over the greenery and added the petals with Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Ink. I had a stitched rectangle left over from the Two-in-One box, I stamped and heat embossed Mom and sentiment using white embossing powder. For a little extra pop, I added a white rectangle frame and adhered it to the top-center of the stenciled card panel.

So there we are friends, a Wavy Rose Inspired Mother’s Day collection of cards, tags and trinket-treasure box. I hope you enjoyed my projects today and it inspires you to mix, match and stretch your stamps, stencils and metal dies in fun new ways.

Have fun on the blog hop! Your next stop is Nathalie DeSousa’s beautiful blog and find the whole hop list on the Altenew Blog!


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  • Reply Angie D Cammack April 6, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Hi from Clinton, Utah! These cards are just stunning, and thanks for the great tips for getting started! Hope you are all staying safe and well! 🙂

  • Reply Kelly W. April 7, 2020 at 6:58 am

    Hi from Dayton, Ohio! These cards are like a ray of sunshine, so light and airy! I love the soft pink and yellow flowers! Time to start thinking about Mother’s Day cards and this was spot on!

  • Reply Anneleise Hampson April 7, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Hi from Canada! I always love the yellow and black color combo!

  • Reply Ericka Strange April 7, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Hi from Cypress, Texas. Beautiful cards and I love the spring colors! So pretty and the black really makes the images pop. Gorgeous job!

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  • Reply Kristina Gentle April 7, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Hi, I’m from Bend Oregon. That yellow is amazingly fun.

  • Reply Sidelle April 7, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Hi from Mumbai, India! Beautiful projects xxx

  • Reply Sidelle April 7, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Hi from Mumbai, India!ove the projects xx

  • Reply Loraine April 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Hi from Ohio. I love your clean and simple, elegant cards.

  • Reply Carol B April 7, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I love seeing all the fun project ideas, thanks for sharing your talent.

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    Carol B

  • Reply Aimee Phillips April 7, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Hello from Cleveland Ohio. Thank you for sharing some phenomenally beautiful Mother’s Day cards. All of your cards are beautiful and cheery which is definitely needed with all going on. Such great use of Altenew products. Happy Anniversary Altenew!!.

  • Reply mjmarmo April 7, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Hi from Michigan currently in Arizona. Simply stunning! Love the cards and colors and flowers!

  • Reply Karen L K April 7, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Hi from Dublin, CA! Very nice flowers and I especially like the black and white with the soft pretty flowers!

  • Reply Heather DePasquale April 7, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Hi from Lake Villa, IL. I love these bright cards. My favorite is the yellow background with Mom sentiment. TFS and Happy 6th Anniversary Altenew.

  • Reply Jacqie Malzahn April 8, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Hi from Janesville MN! Love the classic black and white with those gorgeous pops of color! And great tips on creating some cards – pick an idea, a color scheme and limit yourself so you don’t get overwhelmed and do different steps in batches! love it!

  • Reply karen514 April 8, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Hello from Rochester, NY! Love the black and white accents with the pretty spring flowers!

  • Reply deckle57 April 8, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Hi from Tin Can Bay, Australia! Beautiful cards! I especially like the black striped card. Thanks so much for sharing. 🥰

  • Reply Teri Spracklin April 8, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Hi from northern Alberta, Canada! 🙂 I love your soft watercolouring!

  • Reply deckle57 April 8, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Hi from Tin Can Bay, Australia! Beautiful cards! I especially like the black striped backgrounds. Thanks so much for sharing. 🥰

  • Reply Jenny N April 8, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Hello from Australia. Beautiful set of cards. Wonderful hop and congratulations Altenew.

  • Reply Michele W April 8, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Hello from Maryland! Love this beautiful set of cards, as well as the cute box and tag. your use of pinks and yellow against black and white is just stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Cora April 8, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Hello from Alberta, Canada! Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Heather DePasquale April 8, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Hi from Lake County, IL. Just love the yellow floral background card with the bold Mom sentiment. TFS and Happy 6th Anniversary Altenew!

  • Reply Cindy C. April 8, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Hello from Montreal, Canada. These cards are really soft and lovely!

  • Reply Pai April 8, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    great ideas!

  • Reply Annette Reed April 8, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    These are all lovely! Such great sets. I’m sure your mom will love getting her’s in the mail.

  • Reply Kelsey Thomas April 8, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Hi from Wisconsin! 🙂 Such pretty cards! I love the soft colors.

  • Reply Amber P April 8, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Hi from Washington, Illinois! Beautiful cards!

    • Reply Mary-Anne V April 9, 2020 at 6:51 am

      Hi I’m from Maryland, USA. Wow what beautiful cards…love the clean modern looks.

  • Reply Holly Jackson April 8, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Hi from Ojai, CA! These cards are so happy and gorgeous! Anyone would be lucky to receive on of these!

  • Reply Kristina Gentle April 9, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Hi, from Bend Oregon. Wowza, those color combinations are stunning.

  • Reply Rosali April 9, 2020 at 4:42 am

    Hi from Germany! 🙂 Beauuutiful cards! I love the black and white stripes together with a pop of color!

  • Reply Barbara Kohn April 9, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Hello from Riverside, Connecticut! Love your pretty cards, and can’t smile enough with the sunny yellow colored roses!

  • Reply Mary-Anne V April 9, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Hi I’m from Maryland, USA. Wow what beautiful cards…love the clean modern looks.

  • Reply Julie Wexler April 9, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Hello from Minnesota! Thanks for the collection inspiration and the thought process of picking shapes and colors in advance that both complement each other and really make for a cohesive look. What a treat for any mother!

  • Reply Laraine April 10, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Hello from Minnesota. Pretty cards!

  • Reply June Swart April 10, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Hello from Minneapolis! Gorgeous cards and so much talent!

  • Reply Connie Johnson April 10, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Ya’ll from central Oklahoma, USA 🙂 I just love the way the black makes those colors pop!!! Stunning cards! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  • Reply Kristie Goulet April 11, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Hi from Connecticut! I just LOVE all of these cards. The yellow & black is stunning! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Suzanne Vaughan April 11, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Howdy from Fort Worth, Texas USA. Wonderful cards.

  • Reply Deb M. April 11, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Hi from Port Huron, Michigan. Gorgeous cards. The soft colors of pink and yellow combined with the black is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Reply Teresa Godines April 11, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Love the black and yellow combinations. Stunning cards. Thanks for sharing. I’m stopping by from Northern California.

  • Reply Sherry April 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Ellen I’m from Hannibal NY. I love the wavy Rose cards. The splash of black you used on your cards was just enough to really make the pink pop. Very nice!

  • Reply Sindhu April 12, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Hi from India…Beautiful creations…loved it…

  • Reply Liz B Ford April 12, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Hi from Fairfax, VA, USA! I like seeing such bright and cheerful rose colors!

  • Reply Kathy Dippner April 12, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Hi from Illinois! Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing your technique on how to make a set of cards.

  • Reply Valerija April 12, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Hi from Slovenia. Wonderful cards. Love the colours and the design.

  • Reply Sue D April 12, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Hi from NE Ohio. I like this pretty set of cards.

  • Reply Olive M April 12, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    These are gorgeous. Love the pop of color against the black and white. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply lisascreativeniche April 12, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Hi from Dayton Ohio! Love the classic look of yellow and black

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