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 Robi Wax April 4, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Hi from Los Angeles! These cards are stunning!

  • Reply Alaine Grieser April 4, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Hi from Logan Utah. Love your clean and simple designs.

  • Reply Andrea Ahlin April 4, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Hello from Northern California! I love those pinks and the contrast of black and white

  • Reply Joe H April 4, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Hi from Los Angeles. I love the way you popped up the outline on the flowers. It really made that card. Great job?

  • Reply Eileen April 4, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Hello from Worcester Massachusetts. Love the stripes on these cards. Very pretty.

  • Reply Kelley D April 4, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Hi from Frisco, TX! I really like these all; each with softness yet striking.

  • Reply Lynne G April 4, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Hello from California! I love how fresh and bright the yellow looks contrasted with the black and white. Beautiful!

  • Reply beccab33324 April 4, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Hello from South Florida, USA! Gorgeous
    cards! I love the yellow flowers with the black
    stripes; love the contrast.

  • Reply Andre M. April 4, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Hi from San Fernando! The black and white accents really make the colours shine.

  • Reply Jean Marmo April 4, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Hi from Michigan But currently in Arizona. Such gorgeous cards.

  • Reply Linda April 4, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    I adore crisp black and white card elements with soft pastel soft images. So modern and elegant. Beautiful projects!!!

  • Reply mschowteacher April 4, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Hi from Los Angeles! So many great ideas. I’ve been making cards to send to my students during our shelter in place. Everyone needs a bit of cheer during this time.

  • Reply Barb H. April 4, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Beautiful cards!

  • Reply Gail Spresser April 4, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Hello from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Very nice cards, colors and backgrounds. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Geri S April 4, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Hi from WA! Wonderful cards and great coloring tip – thnks. Happy 6th!

  • Reply Cathy B April 4, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    A happy hello from Colorado. These cards are exquisite and I love the gift box and tag. Blessings to you for sharing those wonderful tips for making a themed collection.

  • Reply Carol L Eshleman April 4, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Hi I am from Yakima WA, USA–Yellow is the perfect Spring color. Just love the black and yellow together. Inspiration to get everyone and me into the Spring mode. Nice, Nice cards and trinkets to go with them. I bet your mom loved them.

  • Reply Germaine April 4, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Your cards are simply stunning!

  • Reply Dee Earnshaw April 4, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Hi From Wisconsin – your cards are love -I am excited about your designs which I will be casing:)

    • Reply Patsann April 4, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      Hi from Erie PA. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing!

  • Reply MaryH April 4, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Hi from Myrtle Beach SC!
    Love the friendly manner in which you deliver the instructions and tips. Some of my very favorite colors, flowers and patterns made their way into these lovely designed cards & box.

  • Reply Teri S. April 4, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Hi from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. I really like all of your cards & the small box you made. I love the look of the black & white stripes in the background & appreciate the tips you gave as well. Happy 6th Anniversary Altenew!

  • Reply Kari VanNoy April 4, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Hello from Arizona! Gosh, these are all beautiful…I am so inspired. I’m loving the yellow and pink with pops of black (and those skinny stripes)!! So So pretty!

  • Reply Maureen Reiss April 4, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Hi from Illinois!!! These are really Beautiful cards!!!

  • Reply ck d April 4, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Hello from Florida, all of the cards are beautiful. thank you

  • Reply Sue McRae April 4, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Hi from Ottawa, Canada. Great assortment of card designs!

  • Reply Penny L Avenengo April 4, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Hi from Dexter NY. 👋👋 love your watercolor designs. You make it look so easy. I’ve been giving it a try but think I may have to try those zig pens. Love the colors. Keep the inspiration coming!

  • Reply Judi Dempton April 4, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Hi from Florida! I loved your colors and the tip on the water coloring!
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply mdmouse1 April 4, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Hi from Edgewater, Maryland!! I LOVE these!!! The black makes everything pop!! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

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  • Reply Mendy Crumpton April 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Hi from Texarkana, Texas. Kept staring at them because I couldn’t decide which on I liked more, still can’t decide but that black on each card just looks great.

  • Reply Lori Beck April 4, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Hi from Idaho! Love all the creative sharing!

  • Reply Liz O. April 4, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Hi from TX! Gorgeous cards by Emily, the color combo is very pretty too! Thank you for the inspiration! Happiest of birthdays to Altenew!

  • Reply Jeanne Beam April 4, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Hello from Florida. Such gorgeous cards! Love the colors…
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Reply Eva N April 4, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Hi from Illinois. What a great variety of ideas for Mothers Day. Love your black accents.

  • Reply Jennifer April 4, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Hi from Minnesota! Congratulations to Altenew on their 6 year anniversary. And thank you for sharing your work, Emily!

  • Reply PENNY F April 4, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Hi from Oregon! Such pretty layouts! Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Reply Carla G Hundley April 4, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Hi from Utah!
    These cards are
    beautiful and love
    the colors.
    Carla from Utah

  • Reply Beverly Jordan April 4, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Hi from Orlando, Florida! Beautiful assortment of Mother’s Day gift giving! Happy 6th birthday Altenew!

  • Reply Claire Reed Warren April 4, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Amazing talent, love these cards

  • Reply Cindy Vernon April 4, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Hi from CA. Beautiful happy cards.

  • Reply amelialesley April 4, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Hi. I’m from Brisbane. Beautiful!

  • Reply Dana M April 4, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Hi from Minnesota. What lovely cards! Beautiful and fresh designs.

  • Reply Viera April 4, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Hello fro Vancouver, Canada. Beautiful cards!

  • Reply gabriele April 4, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Greetings from Michigan. Great cards but my favorite is the yellow flowers happy mother’s day. Thanks!

  • Reply keelalagirl April 4, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Hi from Uniontown, Ohio! LOVE these gorgeous cards. So soft and elegant. Perfect for Mother’s Day ♥

  • Reply dorothyayotte April 4, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Hello from Seattle, Washington! Lovely cards! Thank you for sharing how you organize your creating when making many cards. Very Smart! And I am thinking I need that stencil. So unique with the flowers on one end and the leaves on the other. The background looked like it was stamped.

  • Reply Mary Holshouser April 4, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Hi, from Millstadt, IL
    Love the die cut flower – gives
    depth to it. The pink colored
    flower is gorgeous. thanks for

  • Reply Janet Sisk April 4, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Hey y’all! I am checking in from Tennessee. Love the cards shared today. Thanks for the inspiration. 😀

  • Reply Valerie Hayden April 4, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Hello from Ohio. I love the watercolor markers so by extension, I love your cards and the inspiration. Thanks!

  • Reply Rose April 4, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Hi from Australia. Such a lovely collection! The black makes for a stunning accent.

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