Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From Dollar Store Plastic Bargain to Pastel Decal Easter Eggs

The directions are for a hanging Easter ornament. Just leave the hanger off if you'd like to display your eggs in another way.

Pastel Decaled Easter EggsThis egg featuring a bird perched atop a musical staff on one side and the same bird perched on a word art strip saying "Spring is in the air." on the other is called Bird on a Wire Egg.

Basic Supplies

• 1 prepped egg - follow directions in From Dollar Store Plastic Bargain to Elegant Easter Eggs
• Acrylic paint in white
• Paint brush
• Easter decals of your choice
• Tacky gel glue
• Glue stick
• Toothpick
• Small fine point scissors
• Clear acrylic spray

Pastel Decaled Easter EggsOther Supplies: Bird on a Wire Egg

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Embossed Easter Card Designs: Variation 2

See yesterday's post for Embossed Easter Card Design Variation 1.

Embossed Easter Card

Variation 2: "Happy Easter" Vertical Fold Card


Embossed Easter CardSupplies

I've included the infographic above to help you sort out sizes of all the components and what goes where.

• 10 x 7-inch lavender cardstock, scored and folded to a 5 x 7 portrait orientation card
• 4 3/4 x 6 3/4-inch white cardstock for the embossed card front panel
• 2 x 3 1/2-inch lavender cardstock base with floral embossed edge to ground the word art
• 2 3/4-inch square white cardstock for the word art
• 3-inch square yellow cardstock mat for the word art
• 2 1/2 x 2 1/4-inch lavender cardstock die cut and embossed butterfly
• Cuttlebug Embossing Borders horizontal flower strip to edge the word art mat
• Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Birds and Swirls for the front panel
• Word art stamp and ink pad or design your own digitally and print - I used fonts Peach Sundress script and Scrap Casual print
• Cuttlebug Cut & Emboss butterflies set - comes with four embossing design folders and one butterfly die cut, lovely and very versatile
• Glue runner, glue stick - whatever your preference
• 10 2mm rhinestones - I used nail art embellishments - sometimes the best value craft supplies aren't in the crafting aisle
• Scissors, paper cutter
• Scoring tool

Directions

Cut cardstock elements. Score, fold and burnish fold for the card base.

Follow your embossing tool's directions to emboss the white front panel and the floral border of the word art base.

Die cut the butterfly; then position it inside your choice of embossing folder and run through the machine.

Apply glue liberally to the back of the embossed front panel. Center it on the card front and smooth down.

Arrange the remaining elements to your liking and decide how you want your word art to direct the eye to the butterfly taking flight. Create word art.

Glue down the rest of the flat elements.

Score the butterfly along both sides of the body and lift the wings up to look like she is just lifting off. Run glue along the body and press butterfly into place.

Glue on rhinestone accents: 5 in center of flowers of the floral border; 1 in the curlicue of the "r" in "easter" and 2 inside the bowls of the "p's" in "happy"; and 2 for the butterfly's eyes.

Optional:To provide contrast for text against the darker color cardstock, cut a 4 3/4 x 6 3/4-inch piece of white paper to write or print the inside message. Run glue along the left edge, center on the card and press down.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Embossed Easter Card Designs

Embossed Easter CardScrapbookers are encouraged to do scraplifts for inspiration and to help develop their design aesthetic. The only rule is to give credit to the artist who inspired you.

Scraplifting helps to jump start layout ideas, color combinations, embellishment clustering, design flow and more. Unless you're really trying, your result will only vaguely resemble the original.

I borrowed the scraplift concept to design two embossed Easter cards based on one that I found on Pinterest by Stampin' Up's Dawn Griffith. If you want to check out the original, I pinned it to The Artful Crafter Easter & Spring Crafts Board.

You'll see that I used the same color palette, butterfly theme, embossed panels and blocky design; but otherwise my designs are quite different. One advantage to this approach is that none of us can possibly have all the exact supplies and tools the designer lists; and most of us can't afford to go out and buy them all either!

So you learn to improvise, working with what you have on hand.

Unfortunately, the link to Dawn's source page is dead, so the tutorial, component dimensions, supply list, etc. aren't available. However, I did locate Dawn's Stamping Thoughts Blog and have bookmarked it. I love her designs and she has great how-to videos on the site.

The butterfly is a symbol of new life and renewal, so it's just as appropriate for a religious Easter card as for a spring card rejoicing in Nature's annual awakening after the long hard winter.

Variation 1: "He is Risen!" Top Fold Square Card


Embossed Easter CardSupplies

I've included the infographic above to help you sort out sizes of all the components and what goes where.

• 11 x 5 1/2-inch purple cardstock, scored and folded to a 5 1/2-inch square card
• 5 1/4-inch square white cardstock for the embossed card front panel
• 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 purple cardstock base to ground the word art
• 4 1/4 x 2-inch white cardstock for the word art
• 2-inch square yellow cardstock base for the butterfly
• 2 1/2 x 2 1/4-inch purple cardstock die cut and embossed butterfly
• Cuttlebug Embossing Borders Polka Dot strip to edge the word art mat
• Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Script for the front panel
• Word art stamp and ink pad or design your own digitally and print - I used fonts Harabara Hand script and Arabic Typesetting print
• Cuttlebug Cut & Emboss butterflies set - comes with four embossing design folders and one butterfly die cut, lovely and very versatile
• Glue runner, glue stick - whatever your preference
• 6 4mm gold brads - I used nail art embellishments - sometimes the best value craft supplies aren't in the crafting aisle
• Scissors or paper cutter
• Scoring tool

Directions

Cut cardstock elements. Score, fold and burnish fold for the card base.

Follow your embossing tool's directions to emboss the white front panel and the polka dot border of the word art mat.

Die cut the butterfly; then position it inside your choice of embossing folder and run through the machine.

Apply glue liberally to the back of the embossed front panel. Center it on the card front and smooth down.

Arrange the remaining elements to your liking and decide how you want your word art to lead the eye from the butterfly to the text. Create word art.

Glue down the rest of the flat elements.

Score the butterfly along both sides of the body and lift the wings up to look like she is just setting down. Run glue along the body and press butterfly into place.

Glue on brad accents.

Because of the dark color cardstock, cut a 5 1/4-inch square of white paper to write or print the inside message. Run glue along the top edge, center on the bottom inside of the card and press down.

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