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This Mother's Day Card
Really is Made of Sugar and Spice!

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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 Queen," Barbara Trombley, 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, colored 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 spices!

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 Wishes at Cooking School!

Materials for our Mother's Day Card

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  • Vintage images and templates (FREE PDF download), printed on glossy photo paper.
  • Double-sided adhesive film, like Double Tack by Grafix┬«.
  • White cardstock, 10" x 7".
  • Scrap of lace or embroidery, larger than 5" x 7".
  • Powdered cinnamon, ginger, or powdered sugar (see Tips).
  • Spray glitter or clear fixative spray (see Tips).
  • Soft-bristle brush, pounce brush, or makeup brush.
  • Scissors or paper cutter.
  • Craft knife.
  • Bone folder.
  • Ruler or straight-edge.


  1. Fold a 10" x 7" piece of white cardstock to make a 5" x 7" card, and burnish the crease with a bone folder.
  2. Mother's Day card, step 1Cut 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).
  3. Mother's Day card, step 2Peel 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.
  4. Place your lace to cover the exposed adhesive film and press it down firmly.
  5. Mother's Day card, step 3Sprinkle 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.
  6. Mother's Day card, step 4Peel 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.
  7. Lightly spray the front of your card with spray glitter or other clear fixative, and let dry.
  8. Trim the vintage image of the girl to a 3 1/4" square. Center it in the empty square in the 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.
  9. 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 hair spray.
  • 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.

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