Mon Ami Cards in Portfolio


  • Cardstock: rust; black; cream
  • Antique copper metal: mini brads, 12; loopy brads, eight; mini safety pin; mini heart charm
  • Ribbon, 1/4": black; ivory


  • Rubber stamps: Mon Ami - My Friend; Artful Mosaic; Patisserie; Harlequin; Postes Francaise; Carte Postale; Sometimes; Ordinary Life; Crackled Background
  • Ink pads: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress, Black Archival; ColorBox Black Pigment
  • Rust Embossing Antiquities Powder
  • Squeeze Personal Die-Cutting System and Mini Tags Die
  • Inking supplies: non-stick craft sheet; Cut 'n Dry Foam; water spray bottle
  • Heat tool
  • Sanding block
  • Distressing tool
  • Tape: foam; red-lined double-sided, 1/2"



  • Cut pieces from cardstock as indicated; lightly label with pencil.


  • Distress rust and cream cardstock edges Vintage Photo; see Techniques.


  • Stamp cream panels per instructions. Adhere cream panels to slightly larger black panels.


  • Assemble and finish pieces.

Portfolio Construction

  • 1. Cut following from cardstock: black, 10"x10-1/2" (A) and 5"x7" (B); rust, 3-1/2"x10-1/2" (C).
  • 2. Turn A to smooth side, 10" edges to left and right; score and fold bottom edge up 3".
  • 3. Score A and C at 5" and 5-1/2" from one side to create spine; tear top edges of C and black flap. Ink torn edges Vintage Photo and hand-curl torn peaks slightly outward.
  • 4. Use double-sided tape to adhere C to A along spine just above horizontal fold. Repeat to adhere flap to C spine; C should peak out behind flap.
  • 5. Pierce four equally-spaced holes through all layers at flap edges; insert brads. Adhere B to back cover.

Portfolio Cover

  • 1. Cut following from cardstock: rust, 4-3/4"x6-3/4" (A); black, 2"x4-1/2" (B) and 4"x4-1/2" (C); cream, 1-3/4"x4-1/4" (D) and 3-3/4"x4-1/4" (E).
  • 2. Stamp D black pigment "Mon Ami"; emboss. Stamp E black pigment "Artful Mosaic"; emboss.
  • 3. Adhere layered blocks to A; wrap with ribbon. Tie and adhere bow to ribbon. Adhere A to cover.

Patisserie Card

  • 1. Cut following from cardstock: black, 4"x4-3/4" (A); cream, 3-3/4"x4-1/2" (B) and 4"x5-1/4" (C); rust, 4-1/4"x11" (D). Score and fold D card in half.
  • 2. Stamp B black pigment "Patisserie"; emboss. Pierce four equally-spaced holes along sides of layered block. Touch loopy brad heads to pigment ink; emboss. Insert brads into holes.
  • 3. Apply Vintage Photo to craft sheet, spritz, and drag ivory ribbon through; let dry. For each brad pair, center ribbon in right brad, pass behind A, and tie at left. Trim ribbon ends; distress with sanding block.
  • 4. Adhere layered block to card front. Adhere C inside card.

Love Poste Card

  • 1. Cut following from cardstock: black, 2"x3-1/2" (A), 3-1/4" square (B), and 4"x5-1/4" (C); cream, 1-1/4"x3-3/4" (A), 3" square (B), and 3-3/4"x5" (C); rust, 5-1/2"x8-1/2" (D). Score and fold D card in half.
  • 2. Use distressing tool on cream B edges. Stamp black pigment "Postes Francaise"; emboss. Mask stamp image; see Techniques. Overstamp black Archival "Carte Postale"; remove mask and heat set.
  • 3. Stamp cream C Vintage Photo "Crackled Background"; heat set. Overstamp black pigment "Harlequin"; emboss.
  • 4. Pierce four holes through cream B corners; insert mini brads. Adhere layered blocks together as shown. Wrap and knot ribbon around left side.
  • 5. Punch small cream oval tag; ink edges Vintage Photo. Ink "Love" on "Ordinary Life" stamp black Archival; stamp tag. Safety pin tag and charm to ribbon knot. Float tag above surface; see Techniques.
  • 6. For inside of card, layer A pieces and stamp black Archival "Sometimes"; heat set. Adhere to card.
by Robin Arroyave
Mon Ami Cards in Portfolio
Mon Ami Cards in Portfolio Love Poste Card
Love Poste Card Patisserie Card
Patisserie Card Inside View
Inside View