Hi guys! With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I thought I’d share a pretty, spring-themed Mother’s Day cut file. It’s sized to go on a standard A2 card front, but of course you could easily resize it in your cutting program for a tag, a larger card, or even a piece of framed décor.
Here is the file: Best Mom card
A few notes on color + pattern: Normally with these kind of sentiment cards I cut the negative words from a neutral paper (either a very subdued pattern or totally blank cardstock) and let the letters be the source of color. This time I really wanted to use this medium/large scale floral paper from Pebbles (Lakeside collection, “Wildflowers” sheet) but I knew readability would be an issue with such a pattern. However, I learned a couple tricks along the way to make it work.
1) Go with a single dark-ish solid for your background. I auditioned maaaaany papers for the letters and it was actually pretty tough to find something just right. Anything light-colored just did not work; you couldn’t read the words. Green and dark blue/violet gave the right amount of contrast to the floral paper, they just didn’t look very Mother’s Day to me. I thought about making each word it’s own color, but with such a busy pattern in front, it worked best to stick with the same background for each word. In the end, I actually ended up using the back of the floral pattern! The shade of orange-red was perfect, and the polka dots were small enough to leave the text readable.
2) Pop up your card front. Using foam pop dots between the negative cut outs and the background paper creates a bigger shadow that helps the letters be more readable here.
3) Use embellishments to clarify letter shapes. The “B” on this font happened to hit the paper at a spot where the pattern kind of blended into the background paper. Adding enamel dots where the holes would be helped define the “B” so it didn’t look like a “D”. And of course, “O”s are always a great place to add a fun embellishment like a button, badge, heart, gem, flower, etc.
For the bows, I folded 5/8″ pink grosgrain ribbon over on itself, hiding the ends at the back, and glued a skinnier orange ribbon around the middle. The “leaves” are strips of green paper. You need kind of a long skinny embellishment to go in here; something round like a flower pulls the focus too strongly down the middle. Bows work great, or you could do a trio of something small in those spaces. It just has to stand out against the pattern.