Sunday, April 27, 2014

Garden Mother's Day Card - by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a great weekend.  Mother's Day is in a few weeks, and I thought it would be fun to inspire you with a Mixed Media  Mother's Day card tutorial using Marion's new Bloom Impression Dies and her amazing Curiosity, Texture, and Garden Rose Stamp sets.    

I coffee stained some card stock, then folded it in half. I wanted my card to have a shape to it, so I used my Grand Calibur  and placed the fold just inside the edge of the die so that it wouldn't cut along the spine of the card. 

Now the fun can begin.   I folded down the flap because I plan to create a pocket card.  Then using Marion's new Texture fade stamps  I used heat embossed the design with Queen's Gold Embossing Powder by Ranger.    I love the texture that was left behind and the card is starting to look RICH!

Now for a little more texture.  I used Gesso and texture with the lines found on this Crafter's Workshop "Well Rounded" 6x6 Stencil. 

I still felt that the card was a bit naked in the bottom, so I used Marion's Curiosity Stamp and the Queen's Gold embossing powder to add the giant rose at the bottom of the card.  

Now for  a Splash of color.  I used water color paints to paint the rose.  I love how the Gold foiled outline pops against the vibrant watercolor.  Also note that the embossing helped keep the watercolors from fading. 

A little more texture was needed at the top of the card.  So I reached for my Archival Ink and Mairon's newest Stamp "Garden Rose"  to apply the Chicken Wire design on the flap. 

I then stamped the bee from the same stamp set directly onto the card.  He looked a bit flat.  So I stamped him again onto a piece of scrap.  And used a Versa Ink Pen in the negative areas and the Queen's Gold embossing powder to give him a bit of shine.  I also only glued him down int he center so that his wings were elevated.  (He symbolizes - my Mom being the "Queen Bee"  (HAA - SHHHH don't tell her!).   I used the same Versa Pen to trace the edges of the card and gilded them with the Queen's Gold powder as well.  I love the fact that the powder was not uniformly applied. It gives the card a nice grungy feel.  

Now for the top of the card.    I wanted to create a dimensional spray at the top using Marion's Bloom Impression Dies.   Last post I shared with you how to make the flower.    The only thing I did different was spray the flower Tutti Fruity Glimmer Mist so that it matches my water colored flower.   I also used the same Gold powder on Marion's Junque and Gems Filigree flower and added a gold button from my stash for the center. 

With all this gold I wanted the leaves to really pop,  so I used drawing paper to cut them out, and sprayed them with Tattered Angels Grass Plain Jane Baseboard Spray and the Mantis Chalkboard Spray (These are my go to leaf colors LOVE THEM!  The Mantis has a nice Gold shimmer which nicely complimented by Gold Embossing.   All that was left was to use the Versa pen to apply gold embossing powder to the tips of the leaves.   

The tag topper was finished off with a Jute bow. 

The Sentiment was added across the flap, and finished off this card.  I have plenty of room on the tag to write a message.    I love the overall finished look of this card.  

My Mother loves to garden, so I know she is really going to cherish this card.  If you have these dies and stamps, please make sure you share photos of your projects with us on Instagram and Facebook.  Don't forget to use the   #MarionSmithDesigns  so that we can find your creations easily. 

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you have a creative week! 

Tonya Gibbs

Reference:   Here is the link to the Post where I made the flower...


  1. Beautiful, I love it, thanks for all the detailed step by step how you made it!

  2. this is so lovely! really like the texture!

  3. Wow this is an awesome tutorial thanks for all the texture and love the stamping!!!!