Happy Mother’s Day + Washi Tape Bow Tutorial

 Today is Mother’s Day here, so Happy Mother’s day to any Mother’s / Grandmothers / Carers out there!
I had pancakes for breakfast in bed this morning (see my Instagram photos in my right sidebar for pictures!), so that was lovely. Unfortunately hubby then had to dash off to work, but my friend Rosie is cooking a roast for me and my kiddies for lunch – isn’t she lovely?!
Here’s the Mother’s Day card I sent to my Mum. I won’t see her today as she lives too far away for a day trip, but I should be seeing her in a week or so. I hope this colourful card made her smile this morning:
I used mainly Glitz Design items, from the ‘Color Me Happy’ and ‘Uncharted Waters’ collections. I love the giant rhinestone with a heart inside, and I’m having so much fun with the roller doodle stamps – I used the chevron doodle, with gold glitter Zing embossing powder, down the right of the card. It adds a lovely sparkle!
Do you want to know how I made the washi tape bow? Here you go:
Step 1: Cut a section off a cardboard tube, to just below the width of your washi tape:
Step 2: Cover it inside and out with washi tape (two different kinds of tape):
Step 3: Poke a hole through the middle of the front and back of the tube, and push a brad through to hold the tube together in a bow shape. The washi will wrinkle around the brad, but that’s okay as you are going to cover up this centre section:
Step 4: Wrap some washi tape around the centre section a couple of times to cover up the brad and the wrinkled tape:
That’s it! If you want the bow to have tails then just cut these from the same washi tape and stick them onto your project before you add the bow. Make sure you use really strong adhesive to attach the bow – I used a hot glue gun, but glossy accents or similar should also work.
This bow does make the card a bit bulky, as it doesn’t squish down like a ribbon bow would. I had to send my card ‘large letter’ size by Royal Mail. I don’t mind this, but if you don’t like paying more for postage then you should save this kind of bow for hand-delivered cards or other projects!
Whether you are a Mother or not, I hope you enjoy your Sunday! x
  • Happy Mother’s day! and what a gorgeous card. It would really be something special to get this through the post – I’m sure your mum was delighted 😉

    March 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm
  • That bow is so clever! I also like the embossed chevron going down the side. So cute:) Happy Mother’s Day!

    March 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  • thanks for the bow tutorial must try this. I also want that stamp and the camera one they do now!!

    March 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm
  • That’s a very lovely bow, on a very lovely card 🙂 Hope you’ve had a great day! x

    March 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm
  • What a lovely card…I’m sure she loved it.

    March 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm
  • A gorgeous card Jennifer and a great idea to get your bow to stand out on the card. Happy Mothers Day to you x

    March 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm
  • A lovely card Jennifer, Happy Mothers day!

    March 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm
  • Lovely card…and love the bow…will be trying this!Alison xx

    March 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm
  • Lovely card…and love the bow…will be trying this!Alison xx

    March 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm
  • I love the embossed roller stamp down the side – great idea for the bow too! Hope you’ve had a lovely day today x

    March 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm
  • That’s gorgeous! Fab idea for the bow and the chevron roller doodle looks fab with the embossing on it.

    March 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm
  • So freaking cute!!!! Love it!!! TFS

    March 11, 2013 at 1:21 am
  • Happy Mother’s day :)I am sure your mom was smiling ear to ear when she received your card.Great tutorial on the bow. I wouldn’t have thought to use the tube, so cool.I have done this with paper, but great tip on using the tube 🙂

    March 11, 2013 at 2:58 am
  • Thanks for sharing the bow it is just too cute.

    March 11, 2013 at 2:58 am
  • BethW

    Your bow is brilliant-can;t wait to give it a try!

    March 11, 2013 at 4:31 am
  • such a lovely card! love love the gold embossed chevron <3 and the bow!

    March 11, 2013 at 9:17 am
  • That is such a neat way to do a bow and to ensure that it sits up from the surface – these would look great on presents too.

    March 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  • That bow is so cute!Rinda

    March 16, 2013 at 7:32 am

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