For my Easter cards this year, I used the Anita Jeram Happy Easter stamp set, by Colorado Craft Company and Bunny Friends by Penny Black. Those bunnies are so cute!
First, after stamping with waterproof ink, I completed the pictures with some watercolour painting.
The card bases are from a pad of pre-scored patterned card. The polka dots make a fun background for the images.
The watercolour finish was quite muted and I wanted to see how differently they’d look coloured with more intense colours. I stamped with MFT hybrid ink and also stamped the same image onto some masking paper. After applying the masking paper, I blended some green ink onto the ground area and used a cloud stencil and blue ink for the sky. I then removed the masking paper and coloured with my Copic markers.
To extend the scene, I sketched in some silver birch trees on the sides. You can see the difference in the intensity of colours between the watercolour and the Copic markers.
I did the same masking for these cards and decided on some multi-coloured plant pots for the bunnies.
Lastly, I made some milk carton style boxes to house the Easter goodies. The panels were decorated with gingham patterned paper and the recipient’s initial, some bunny ears, made with oval die cuts, and a bow, made using Avery Elle Wonky Bow die.
We don’t usually send many Easter cards but with the mad year we’ve had and not being able to see people in person for so long, it seemed a good way to let people know we’re thinking of them. Since I don’t have a lot of use for Easter cards, I only have one stamp set and that has been sent to everyone already so I needed some fresh material! Hello Cricut! I found a free SVG file from Craft House, cut out some bunnies and tails and created this card.
Whilst weeding the vinyl and seeing the outline of the bunnies, it occurred to me that I could make a stencil of the bunnies. So, I created multiple bunnies in Design Space, arranged and sized them for my card and cut out two stencils from acetate – one for the bunnies and one for the tails!
Using my new blending brushes, I added pastel colours to the bunnies through the stencil.
Once the bunnies were complete, I added the tails using white pigment ink. Unfortunately, this didn’t show up as much as I thought it would so I went over the tails again and added white embossing powder which, when heat set, showed up much better. Embossing paste would probably work well too.
One of my cards was an ombre and on the other, I tried to colour each bunny separately. Some of the ink did get onto the adjacent bunnies but they still look OK.
Inspired by the bunny stencil, I then made another stencil, this time of Easter eggs and blended the same colours into the gaps.
For added decoration, I used my white gel pen to make simple patterns on the eggs.
This stencil had a nice gap in which to stamp the greeting.
I’m so happy with how these cards turned out and I love the blended pastel colours too!