Last-Minute Mother's Day Ideas with Botanical Tea
Mother's Day is Sunday here in the US, so we've filled the blog with tutorials and beautiful last-minute ideas that will provide all the gift ideas you need! Clare Charvill shows how to create a popular card design using Botanical Tea. Then, Nichola Battilana shows us how to make beautiful tags that would be perfect to give to your mother or grandmother. It's going to be a glorious day on the blog!
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"I love all the folding cards that are available in card shops so thought I’d have a go at making one myself. I used images from the 8 x 8 paper sized pad and blue Core’Dinations (lights) for the card base. The fussy cutting took a while to do butwas well worth every minute. It folds flat and can be sent through the post in a custom made envelope." ~Clare
When the card is all folded up, it fits perfectly in a standard envelope!
Botanical Tea Folding Card Tutorial
Trim your chosen Cor’dinations cardstock to 11 ½” x 8 ½”. With the long edge at the top of your score board score at 2 ¾”, 5 ½” 8 ¼” and 11”. Turn 90 degrees to the left and score at 4”. Fold all score lines.
Cut along each of the 4” score lines to the centre fold. Trim off the 4” x ½” tab.
If you want to add texture to the lower section of your card, chose a mask, place it under your card stock and sand lightly over the top with a sanding block. Place double-sided tape on the ½” tab.
To cover the lower flaps of your card cut three 3 7/8” x 2 5/8” mats from cream patterns and solids paper. Ink the edges. Punch ribbon slots along the bottom edge of each. Cut three 3” lengths of the fine pink border from 8 x 8 Couture paper and thread through the slots. Fold edges under cream mats and stick. Put double-sided tape around the edges of each mat and stick down to three of thefour lower flaps on your card. cut a piece of 12 x 12 Herbal Infusion paper 8 3/8” x 2 5/8”. Fold the fourth of the lower flaps upwards and stick this larger mat in place. This is the back of your card.
From left over cardstock cut three strips ¾” wide x 3 ¼”. Score each one ¼” in from each end. Crease the score lines and stick these strips inside your card about 1/8” from top edge.
Cut out your chosen flowers, leaves, birds, tea pot and tea cup from the papers. Punch out three cardstock circles.
Chose a cut part for the back of your card, trim to fit and stick into place on the back section of your card. Cut out a sentiment and mount. I used a 1 ½” round punch and slightly larger scalloped die for mine. To give the sentiment some height cut a ½” x 4” strip of cardstock as a mount. Assemble the sentiment as shown and add flower spray to the stem.
Attach the tea pot to the back section of your card and then working from back to front and using the cardstock circles as mounts, and sticking them to the slats in your card build up your arrangement with the pieces you’ve cut out.
Continue to build up the layers of your card until you’re happy with how it looks. Add some detail to the two side flaps of your card to finish.
8 x 8 Botanical Tea papers
12 x 12 Herbal Infusion
6 x 6 patterns and Solids
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Die
Scorpal & sanding block
1 1/2” round punch
Double sided tape/Tacky Glue
Brick Wall Mask
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
"A simple but pretty little tag made with the Botanical Tea collection. This collection is so very pretty, how could I not pair it with this pair of old photographs of sisters? These will be perfect little ‘thank you’ tags for gifts and packages :)" ~Nichola
Botanical Tea Tags Tutorial
Starting off with a Regular Tag from the G45 Staple Album-Ivory I splatter a little tea on the surface. I run a hot iron over it to facilitate drying and to keep the tag flat. I also add some strips of tea stained cotton and cheesecloth through the grommet hole.
Apply a strip of Field of Flowers with inked edges to the front of the tag (3.8” x 3.25”)
On top of this affix a piece of distressed cheescloth (3” x 4”)
On the back of the tag adhere three sides of a tag from Hello Friend to form a pocket. Wrap a length of jute twine around the card and tie in place with a small bow.
I cut a square from Fauna (2.6” x 4”) and tear the top and bottom edges. Rip towards you to reveal the white paper beneath.
Ink the edges and affix to the tag using foam spacers to create depth.
I gather a small vintage image and cut a small rectangle of Herbal Infusion, just large enough to frame it and ink all of the edges.
Apply the pieces in layers to the front of the tag. You can add pearl embellishments and little snipets from an old book as sentiments.
Continue to add and layer elements until you are pleased with your composition.
Finally, add a bit of ink to the exterior edges, a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key to the tie, and fill the back pocket with a love note.
Self adhesive pearls
It's going to be a creative weekend with these great tutorials. Which one do you think you will try? We wish our G45er mothers a wonderful Mother's Day! Hope you are celebrated and spoiled this Sunday!
Happy Mother's Day,