By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Whether you’re a new crafter or one that has been doing it a while, you are always looking for new ways to use your favorite punches. This card for Mother’s Day shows a different way to use the heart punch to give hugs and flowers to mom on her special day. These are so easy and fun to make that you will want to use them every chance you get.
Begin by creating the card base from cardstock in the size that you want. This is a 5” x 7” card base created from purple cardstock. Next, trim a piece of patterned paper (Serendipity by American Crafts used) that is slightly smaller than your base. This sheet was cutting with a paper trimmer to measure.4 ½” x 6 ½”.
This is a layered card so you will need to die cut (Birthday Theme dies by Little B used) or punch a decorative edge onto a piece of cardstock that will be placed on top of the patterned paper. The piece shown measures 4” x 5 ½” and was cut only to be wide enough to be the width of the die. Attach it to the card base.
Cut another piece of cardstock that will be the next layer for the card and hold your focal point. This one measures 3 5/8” x 4 5/8”. Use an ink applicator to add your favorite colored ink (Dusty Concord Distress Ink shown) to the edges. Start by placing some of the ink on a craft sheet and placing the tool in the ink. Rotate the tool in small circles onto the paper to place the ink. Adhere this to the card.
Now, cut a piece of cardstock to represent the look of a flower box. It should measure 1 ½” x 3”. Also stamp the sentiment (Custom Stamp Setting Kit by Martha Stewart shown) onto a narrower piece. This white one measures 1” x 2 ½”.
Create the stems by cutting two that are ¼” x 2” and one that is ¼” x 1 ½”. Place them behind the sentiment using a tape runner.
Punch several hearts using a heart punch (Martha Stewart Medium Heart used) and fold them in half. Scoring them in half with a scoring board will give you more of a crisp fold at the tip of it. The more hearts you stack the more full the flower will be. These flowers were created using 4 hearts each.
Lay the first flower down placing it so that it is folded in half and add a small bit of tape from the tape runner to the half that is facing up. Place a second folded heart on top of it. Continue the layers until you have used all four hearts or more if you have chosen more for each flower. Complete each flower this way.
Fold the back hearts open and lay them flat and add some adhesive to the back. Attach them at the top of the stem making sure they are secure.
Punch 3 more hearts from green cardstock and cut them in half. Attach them to the flower stems to represent the leaves.
This is one fun way to use your punches for a different look. Have fun being creative and finding even more ways to use them. Share it with mom on her day. She may enjoy getting creative, too!