A while back I made my soon-to-be mother-in-law a Mother's Day Card and a Birthday Card. Here they are with some info about how I made them and what I used!
Card One Happy Bird-Day
For the primary image and idea for my card, I started with the birthday cake stamp (lower). I used Mr Sketch Markers and coloured the cake purple and the tray brown and stamped it on a piece of beige card stock. Next I inked the bird (orange) also with Mr Sketch markers (orange-duh). That bird stamp is only half of the actually design. It actually has a quote under the birds legs...something like "You're tweet/sweet" (I'll look at it when I get home) I then stamped the bird on top of the cake. Once the image was dry I free hand wrote the phrase "Happy Bird-day" in purple inky pen. It seemed un-finished, even though I had accomplished what I wanted. So I mounted the beige card stock on brown card stock and place an orange gem stone brad at each corner. For the card itself I used floral motif stamp in Versa Ink on lilac card stock to create a subtle pattern for the mounted stamped image. Since the brads only pierce the beige and/or brown card stock, the inside of the card remains flat and smooth for your personal message.
Happy Mother's Day
For this card I started with the mounting paper that would make the actual/physical card-the dragonfly paper-which is printed on one side and white on the inside making it perfect for cards! Then I inked an ivy-esque stamp with dark green Mr Sketch marker and stamped it onto white card stock. I then used a tri-flower stamp (pink/red) inked it in a metallic red ink and stamped it once on the left hand side of the hanging branch, re-inked the stamp and applied it to the right/underside of the hanging branch. In the white negative space in the lower right corner I free hand wrote "happy mother's day" in black ink. To balance out the composition I mounted the white yardstick onto pale green and put a brushed silver brad on the upper right corner and lower left corner. I then attached the stamped image to the card. This way of attaching the brads leaves the inside of the card smooth and flat, all ready for your personal message.