A Mother's Day card should be hand made. After all those years
of working her fingers to the bone, knee-deep in lasagna, doesn't Mom
deserve a card that at least looks like it took a little effort?
Well, don't tell her, but this lacy, spice-scented card takes a lot
less effort that it looks. This is our "Sugar and Spice" technique,
which came to us while we were thinking about our friend the "Glitter
and her "glitter lace" projects. Very simply, Barbara uses double-stick
adhesive paper as the surface, presses a scrap of lace onto it,
sprinkles it with glitter, removes the lace, and sprinkles again with a
contrasting color glitter. Glitter impersonating lace!
And we thought, if glitter works, why not any powder? For example,
powdered spices like cinnamon or ginger? Bon appetit! A Card is Born.
And it smells so nice...
Find a scrap of lace or embroidery with a relatively large-scale
pattern with open spaces. Get some double-stick adhesive film. Finally,
get out those spice bottles and maybe some powdered sugar. And for the
secret ingredient... spray glitter as a shimmery fixative for the
For our FREE
vintage image artwork, we chose a lovely illustration by
Jesse Wilcox Smith (1863-1935) of a little girl baking cookies. We
think it makes a perfect Mother's Day card, birthday card, or Best
at Cooking School!
Soft-bristle brush, pounce brush, or makeup brush.
Scissors or paper cutter.
Ruler or straight-edge.
Fold a 10" x 7" piece of white cardstock to make a 5" x 7" card,
and burnish the crease with a bone folder.
Cut a piece
of double-sided adhesive film, using the template on
our Vintage Image sheet above. You’ll need a craft knife and ruler to cut out the
interior square (see Tips).
Peel off the
protective paper on one side of the double-sided
adhesive film. Center and affix it to the front of your card, leaving a
1/8" margin on all sides.
Peel off the remaining protective paper.
Place your lace to cover the exposed adhesive film and press it down
cinnamon over the lace on the surface of the
card. Use the soft brush to push and pounce and evenly distribute the cinnamon over all
the double-sided adhesive paper. Briskly tap and brush off
all the excess cinnamon. Yes, you may even want to vacuum it off
because you don't want any loose cinnamon when you peel off the lace.
Peel the lace
off of the adhesive film. Sprinkle ginger or
powdered sugar over all the exposed adhesive area and evenly distribute
it and pounce with a brush. Brush and tap off excess, getting the card as
clean as possible. Now you should
have a lovely two-toned, cinnamon and ginger pattern.
Lightly spray the front of your card with spray glitter or other
clear fixative, and let dry.
Trim the vintage image of the girl to a 3 1/4" square. Center it in the empty square
middle of the card, leaving 1/8"
white border around the image. Attach it with glue, double-sided tape, or a trimmed piece of the
double-sided adhesive film.
Write your own Mother’s Day note inside. Something about
‘Sugar and Spice’ might be nice!
Choose your spices for scent and color. You'll only need a couple
of tablespoons. We started with cinnamon and ginger, and the effect was
an earthy combination of rust and ocher. Then we tried cinnamon and
powdered sugar. The white sugar brightened up the combination, but had
no scent. Ground cloves would have a bold color and scent. Tumeric or paprika would be striking but smelly. Cayenne
would make Mom sneeze.
We used gold spray glitter, which provides just a little sparkle and holds the spices in place. You'll have to wait several
hours for the lacquer smell to go away so the spice scents can come
through. Any fixative will work, like spray lacquer, varnish, or even
If you don't use the template we provide, trim your adhesive film
to 4.75" x 6.75". Cut a 3.5" x 3.5" square hole in the center.