Nothing is more special than Homemade Mother’s Day Cards. I’ll always cherished the cards my children made me when they were you. Now the grandkids give me homemade Mother’s Day cards and I cherish those just as much.
Homemade Mother’s Day cards don’t have to be fancy nor do they have to be perfect. All that really matters is that they comes from the heart. They can be anything from a pre-schooler’s crayon sketches, to your baby’s foot and hand prints, to elaborate watercolor painting. In short they can be anything you want them to be.
The best things about homemade Mother’s Day cards is that you can say everything you want to say to Mom. Somehow store bought cards can never truly convey how you feel, not to mention they’ve gotten very pricey! I recently browsed thru Walmart’s greeting card section and was shocked to see just how pricey cards have gotten. Some were almost $10! Sure some record your voice, others pop-up into 3D scenes, and still others are embellished with all kinds of ribbons and jewels; but do you really need spend $10 on something that may end up at the bottom of Mom’s nightstand drawer? Personally I’d rather add the ten bucks towards Mom’s gift instead of spending it on a generic card.
For the last few weeks I’ve been working on some Mother’s Day cards to send to my Mom, daughters, daughter-in-law, and other Moms in my life. I really wanted to use the new Big Shot embossing machine my daughter gave me for Christmas and the cool embossing folders I picked up on clearance. I also wanted to try my had at gilting and other techniques. In short I got a bit carried away with all my new toys!
But here are some of my cards, I hope they will inspire you to create Mom a Homemade Mother’s Day Card this year! No worries if you don’t have the machines and other supplies. You can use what ever you have on hand, just raid the kids school supplies, I’m sure they have crayons, markers, and even water colors. You don’t have to buy blank card bases, you can cut out your cards using any color card stock or construction paper. Get creative and glue on glitter, ribbons, gems, or whatever you want. The main thing is that you have fun and Mom gets a special card this year!
I’m also sharing a Mother’s Day Subway art print I created. You can download it, print it, cut it out, and paste it onto your card. If you want to make a 5×7 card all you have to do is cut out a piece of card stock or construction paper that’s 10″ across and 7″ long, fold it and half and you’ve got your blank card base. Have fun!
I made a few cards by pasting on 4×6 panels which I’d embossed and painted with water colors to the 5×7 card base. I also applied gold metallic accents to them and using metallic transfer paper.
For this peacock card I embossed a 4×6 panel I cut from water color paper. I embossed it on my Big Shot then applied water color on the raised parts. I also applied Therm O Web deco foil with Therm O Web transfer adhesive. Then I framed it with blue cardstock which I cut using my Cricut Explore die cut machine. The Happy Mother’s Day is stamped on cardstock pieces also cut on the Cricut.
The inside of the card is just something I typed on my computer and printed out. I cut it to fit the card base.
This card was made using the same techniques I used on the peacock card. I just taped on some butterflies which I punched out with my Martha Stewart Stamp and Punch set. I wanted to add some dimension to the card and these butterflies were perfect.
I used foam mounting tape to lift the butterflies off the card. Foam tape is one of my favorite adhesives, I love the 3D effect they give with so little effort!
Then for a simpler card I designed this typographic card. I’m really in love with Subway Art at the moment and Mother’s Day lends itself perfectly for this technique. Really Subway Art is just a bunch of words typed out using different fonts then arranged in a way that looks good. The words can relate to a theme, convey a message, or be the words of a poem or lyrics of a song. Pretty much whatever you want to type. In this case I typed “Mother” in different languages. Easy!
I printed it out, then applied gold embossing powder with my heat gun to the words Happy Mother’s Day to make it pop. Mounted it on the card base and framed it with pink card stock.
This card took about 15 minutes to make and really doesn’t require anything more than a printer and scissors. You don’t have to heat emboss it at all. I did because I wanted to use the heat gun, I told you I got carried away!
I’m sharing this design with you! If you click here you’ll find the files for 2 different versions of this card in pdf format as well as a template for the frame. Download the design or designs you like, pop it into a photo editor app if you need to adjust the size, print it, cut it, and glue on to your card base. Too easy! Again click here for the free printable!
If you liked this Mother’s Day Subway Art card you might want to make the matching Mother’s Day Subway Art tray that’s pictured just behind it! Click here for instructions and the free stencil template! Told you I was really into Subway Art right now!
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