Thursday, April 29, 2021

Learn How To Make Elegant Flowers For A Spectacular Mother's Day Card

In today's crafting tutoring I will share how to make absolutely gorgeous flowers from foam paper and StazOn inks that hold their shape beautifully.  Create a very special card to give to a Mother for Mother's Day. 


Skill:  Advanced

Time:  3 hours plus time to dry ink on art foam paper



Step 1

Stamp Calla Lily image in StazOn Bordeaux.  Stamp Calla Lily Leaves image in StazOn Forest Green.  Set aside while working on the rest of the card.  The ink will take time to dry, otherwise it will smear or come off on your fingers.

Step 2

Trim a sheet of Strathmore Bristol Vellum Finish 100 lb paper to 7" x 15".  My pad comes in 14" x 17" so it will make two cards of this style from one sheet.  Score at 5" from each end and accordion fold sheet using bone folder to crease folds.  

Step 3

Place folded cardstock into Largest die from the Teardrop Lattice Gateway die by Heartfelt Creations.  Run through die cut machine.  Remove curved corners once they are cut, to allow all layers to cut through.

Step 4 

Die cut decorative card front from white cardstock.  It is from the Heartfelt Creations Lattice Swirl Gateway die.  Die cut lower portion of Heartfelt Creations Lattice Flourish Gateway die (shown below).

Step 5

Use an ink blusher and Delicata Rose Gold to color die cuts.

Step 6

Use Versa Magic Aqua Splash Dew Drop to ink all outside edges of the tri-fold card.  Front is shown.

Step 7 

Using direct to paper method ink the front panel and back panel of the tri-fold card.  Shown is the back panel.   

Step 8

Die cut scalloped edge die from the Hearfelt Creations Scalloped Flourish Gateway die.  Ink the edge with Versa Magic Perfect Plumeria.  Using direct to paper method ink the center of the panel.


Step 9

Stamp the sentiment from Heartfelt Creations Fancy Special Day Stamp in StazOn Bordeaux at the top of the panel from step 8.

Step 10

Center Lattice Flourish Gateway die below the sentiment and trim to fit.  Adhere with On Point glue. 

Step 11

Die cut the third from the largest Hearfelt Creations Eyelet Frame Gateway from white cardstock.  Ink the edges and the center of the panel with Versa Magic Aqua Spalsh.  Die cut center panel form Heartfelt Creations Regal Lattice Gateway die from white cardstock.  Use an ink blusher to color the die cut.

Step 12

Die cut two smallest Eyelet Frame Gateway dies from white cardstock.  Ink smallest with Versa Magic Aqua Splash around the edges and lightly in the center.  Stamp with Inspire Me Sentiment Stamp in Caribbean Green StazOn ink.  Ink the larger die with Perfect Plumeria around the edges and lightly in the center.  Stamp "Happy Mother's Day" from the Hearfelt Thank You Sentiments in StazOn Caribbean Green. 

Step 13

Apply Tear It tape to the back of prepared panels from Steps 9, 10, and 11.  (Notice that I decided to change color used for the sentiments  for step 12 and simply used the opposite side of the die cut.)

Step 14

Use and ink dauber to color the leaves and Calla Lily images with StazOn ink in Caribbean Green and Bordeaux.  Set aside for the ink to dry, I let mine dry over-night to keep from staining my fingers in the next step and smudging the ink.

Step 15

Die cut the Calla Lily and leaves.  Prep space to create flowers.  Heat glue, glue gun, die cuts and Heartfelt Creations Pastel Pollen Stamens.  (Note I colored the back of the die cuts as well, but turns out it is not necessary because the back of the images do not show on the finished card.)

Step 16

Holding the Cally Lily die cut with a pair of tweezers and heat the back of foam paper until it just begins to curl.  The foam paper will curve towards the heat.  While the foam paper is still warm gently add a small dab of hot glue at the very base of the Cally Lily.  Place stamen and pinch closed, hold for a moment until hot glue cools and flower will hold it's shape.  Repeat with remaining five flowers.

Step 17

Heat the back of the leaf image until it curls.  While it is still warm pinch into shape until the foam paper has cooled and it will hold its shape. 

Step 18

Using small dots of On Point glue adhere the Lattice Swirl Gateway die cut from Steps 4 and 5 to the front panel of the card.  


Step 19

Apply Scalloped panel to middle of section of the tri-fold card. 

Step 20

Use hot glue to adhere foam flowers to the front of the card as shown above

Step 21

Continue to adhere flowers and leaves to the card front as shown.  Adhere the sentiment over the trimmed wires from the stamens.

Step 22

Adhere die cuts from Step 11 to the back panel of the card.  Adhere flower and leaf and the sentiment panel in place as shown.  

Art Supplies


  • StazOn Ink Pad-Bordeaux, Caribbean Green, Forest Green
  • Versa Magic Ink Pad-Perfect Plumeria, Aqua Splash
  • Delicata Ink Pad-Rose Gold
  • Ink Blushers
  • Ink Daubers
  • On Point Glue
  • Tear It Tape!


  • Strathmore Bristol Vellum Finish 100 lb cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Heartfelt Creations Art Foam Paper
  • Heartfelt Creations Calla Lily stamp and die
  • Heartfelt Creations Inspire Me Sentiment stamp
  • Heartfelt Creations Fancy Special Day stamp
  • Heartfelt Creations Thank You Sentiments stamp
  • Heartfelt Creations Scalloped Flourish Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Lattice Swirl Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Lattice Flourish Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Regal Lattice Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Frame Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Pastel Pollen Stamens
  • Tweezers
  • Heat Gun
  • Hot Glue Gun and hot glue sticks

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Retro Rubber Sketch Chanllenge Congrats Grad Card

 Our new challenge over at Retro Rubber is a sketch, very fun and easy to modify for many types of cards.  Go check out what the design team has done with this sketch, it is amazing!


It is that time of year that graduations are happening, so I pulled out my tried and true Technique Tuesday Grad set from 2012 to create this card.



  • The image is stamped in Encore Silver and heat embossed with Stampendous Sterling Silver embossing powder.  I used my Scan-n-Cut to die cut the image.
  • A sheet of blue ombre paper was pressure embossed with Darice Grad Hats.
  • Congrats Grad is stamped in Memento Paris Dusk.
  • The circle is Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Circles.
  • The diploma is a die from Quickutz that is die cut from blue and silver cardstock.
  • The card is assembled with a scrap of blue cardstock under the layers to finish off the sketch.
  • The out edge is inked with Memento Paris Dusk.

I hop you have fun with this sketch.  It helped me put together a unique graduation card in a short amount of time.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, I enjoy reading your comments!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Retro Rubber Pastel Birthday Card

 Even though I am late with my post . . . it is time for another Retro Rubber challenge!  

I have newish Kaleidacolor ink pad in Baby Powder that was perfect mix of pastels.


  • A brayer was used to ink glossy card stock with the Kaleidacolor ink pad in Baby Powder.  It was then pressure embossed with Cuttle Bug Devine Swirls embossing folder.
  • The image is from Unity Stamp Company's July 2013 . . . birthday jubilee.  It is stamped in Orchid Versa Color and heat embossed in Iridescent Embossing powder. and fussy cut.
  • The yellow ink is from the Kaleidacolor ink pad in Baby Powder and is applied with an ink dauber.
  • The card front is adhered to the card base, and the sentiment is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.
  • The finishing touches are sequins from different sets from Spiegelmom Scraps:  50's Sock Hop, Marmalade Tarte, Grape Juice, and Southern Blue Bells.  The sequins are adhered with On Point glue.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do play along with us at Retro Rubber.   We have a few simple rules:  1) Use a stamp older than one year and tell us how old the stamp is  2)  Enter up to ten challenges including ours 3) Enter our challenge up to three times to be considered for top pick.

Do stop by the blog and check out the Design Team's creations!