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 Tami B April 4, 2020 at 6:11 am

    Your cards are so pretty. I especially like the pink & black.

  • Reply Meghan Kennihan April 4, 2020 at 6:43 am

    These are BEAUTIFUL! I love how striking the black and white is with the floral colors!

    • Reply Kelli S. April 4, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Very pretty. The black makes your florals really pop. Inspired here in Kentucky!

  • Reply Marilyn Bronson April 4, 2020 at 6:58 am

    I love the black and white stripe behind the flowers, the contrast is striking. Thank you.

  • Reply Chandhini April 4, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Hello from India, love the tips to build a collection. LOVE that trinket box.

    • Reply June Bovenzi April 4, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Hello from the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California! My mother passed away 7 years ago, so I usually shy away from Mother’s Day cards and tutorials. These cards are lovely, I particularly like the black and white backgrounds.

  • Reply Subhashini S April 4, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Hello from India. You did a great job inspiring us, Love the tips.

  • Reply momentsofcrafting April 4, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Your cards are so pretty! I love your choice of colours for your projects! Black always makes a great addition! The yellow so bright and happy and pink so soft and delicate! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe!

  • Reply Jody V April 4, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Hello from Canada. Love your cards. You can’t beat a flower card. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Reply Kris Engler April 4, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Hi from Iowa! I really love the bright and sunny yellow cards for mom! So cheerful and happy!

  • Reply Chris Dulian April 4, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Hello from Minnesota! Your cards are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your technique!

  • Reply mj April 4, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Hi from Iowa! Absolutely beautiful! The soft colors featured with black and white – gorgeous – thank you!

  • Reply Karen M April 4, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Hi from Texas! What gorgeous sets you have crafted. The black/white really makes the florals pop!

  • Reply barbara lassiter April 4, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Hello from Delaware! I love black and white with pops of color and your cards are all gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply michiganderintexas April 4, 2020 at 8:09 am

    hi from texas – love the black pops as accent

  • Reply DebSelby April 4, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Love that Rosy wave stamp and die. I am not usually drawn to yellow but your card is so appealing.

  • Reply Tanya C April 4, 2020 at 8:24 am

    I like how you used the black stripes with the flowers. My favorite is the one with the yellow flowers.

  • Reply Lauryne Cunningham April 4, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Hi from Texas! Gorgeous cards! I love the black accents and stripes- the pastel flowers really pop!

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson April 4, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Hi from Calif. The watercoloring looks just wonderful. I am trying to learn…

  • Reply swanlady21 April 4, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Hello from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
    So many beautiful cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Jan Lorman April 4, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Really pretty use of the roses. I wouldn’t have thought to use a black and white background.

  • Reply Laurie Schlichter April 4, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Your use of black and white accents really make your cards pop!

  • Reply Kailash April 4, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Hi from Illinois. Such a gorgeous set of cards, love the inspiration!

  • Reply Debra K Vidal April 4, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Hi from Arizona! Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Debra K Vidal April 4, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Hi from Arizona! Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Helen S April 4, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Hi from San Diego CA – congrats to Altenew and here’s to many more years !

  • Reply Carol Wortman April 4, 2020 at 9:25 am

    “Hi from New Baltimore, Mi” Happy 6th Anniversary! Absolutely stunning! Each card more beautiful than the last! Thanks for the inspiration and please stay safe and healthy!

  • Reply Liz O. April 4, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Hi from TX! Gorgeous card arrangement by Emily! Thank you for the inspiration! Happiest birthday to Altenew!

  • Reply Brenda Kuder April 4, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Hi from NH. Very pretty cards!

  • Reply Gail Daughtry April 4, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Hi from North Carolina….
    Yellow, black and white….AHHHH I love it. I love simple and to the point cards. Just BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply artemistoo April 4, 2020 at 9:58 am

    You may just inspire me to get the Zigs out!

  • Reply Elaine Lewis April 4, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Hi from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada! I love the yellow-flowered cards!

  • Reply Page April 4, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Hi from San Antonio! I’m a medical worker and this cheerful card really brightened an otherwise dreary day. Thank you 🙂

  • Reply sandy M April 4, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Beautifully done cards. My favorite is the one with the floral background done with the stencil. All are gorgeous.

  • Reply Adrianne Fane-Hervey April 4, 2020 at 10:56 am

    hello from Plymouth MA, loved all of these beautiful strong coloured cards.

  • Reply Jade April 4, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Hello from Seattle, Washington. What cheerful and delightful cards. Nice flower colors and the black stripe background really compliment the flowers.

  • Reply vtanzar April 4, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Hi from Port Orange, Florida… Loved your cards and Tag… Awsome design and great uses for a variety of Altenew products, Thanks for the Inspiration…

  • Reply Diane J April 4, 2020 at 11:15 am

    I like yellow. So I love the yellow cards but also like the pink. The stripes add the cards. Very pretty.

  • Reply Patty A Eifert April 4, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Hi from Kentucky! I LOVE the look of black & white with pops of color! These are all amazing cards and the process is an excellent one to follow!

  • Reply Rachael Shedeed April 4, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Hi from Texas! I love all of these!

  • Reply Barbara Martin April 4, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Hi from Vermont! Your cards are so beautiful! But, then again, everything from Altenew is amazing!

  • Reply Carolyn R April 4, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Hi from Sacramento, CA. Oh boy this is inspiring me to start my Mother’s day cards. I love your examples.

  • Reply Nancy Roth April 4, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Hi from Dover, DE. Thanks for supporting Altenew. The cards are beautiful and cheery. Love the spring colors against the black. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Nandini Karmarkar April 4, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Hi from Panjim, Goa! These are really beautiful. I love the striped backgrounds.

  • Reply Kim Ostern April 4, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful cards. They are so striking with the black and white. Happy birthday Altenew.

  • Reply Jane Daniels April 4, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Hi from West Sussex, UK! Congratulations Altenew! Love these cards, love the delicate flowers against the sharp black and white stripes. Very cool.

  • Reply Janelle S April 4, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Hi from Australia! Just gorgeous cards. Your inspiration continues to amaze me.

  • Reply Heike Carlson April 4, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Hello from Pennsylvania! These are very pretty cards, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Teresa Ervin April 4, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Hi from Michigan Striped backs are one of my favorites to do . Black and white strips are just so pretty

  • Reply acraftyperson411 April 4, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Hello from sunny Southern California! Happy 6th Anniversary. Altenew continues to be my favorite go-to crafting site for supplies, education and most importantly inspiration. Beautiful cards!!

  • Reply Kathy Eddy April 4, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Hi from Black River Falls, WI. So pretty! I wish I was good at water-coloring!

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