by Beck Beattie
Easter is such a fun time of year and especially so when you have little ones so very excited by all the chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and also a holiday break around the corner. Today I thought I would have a little fun creating two projects from one. The first project meant a little surprise for my boys when they got home from Kindergarten. The second a card made with the left over die cuts!
S4-110 – Classic Ovals Large
S6-002 5 x 7 Matting Basics B
GC-001 Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Machine
Tsukineko® StazOn Black
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Bazzill Basics Paper® Card Shoppe “Marshmallow” & Circus Peanuts
Simple Stories™ DIY enamel dots “teal, red, yellow”
Kaisercraft Grosgrain ribbon – Pink
The Stamp Doctor – Cherry Blossom Oval
‘Best Wishes’ sentiment stamp
Pink Paislee Hey Kid Collection papers
Bunny Prints Stencil Each year we do a bit of an egg hunt for them on Easter Sunday. Last year, when we were camping I whipped up a stencil for those all-important bunny prints the Easter Bunny leaves behind. This year I am getting organised early and making the stencil before I go to save me stressing at 6am – hopefully before they get up.
To make your stencil begin by placing the Classic Ovals Large #2 (#1 being the smallest) die in the centre of your 8.5 x 11" cardstock and the #1 die directly above. Tape in place and then and cut/emboss the shape with the Grand Calibur Machine. The benefit of having a machine that takes the larger size cardstock through it.
Repeat placing and taping the #1 die until you have three above the large oval as pictured
Now take your finished stencil outside on Easter Sunday morning and dust with some flower if you are in a snow prone area. Or, as it is Autumn/ fall here, I used some chocolate dust and wet it with a mini mister to help it stand out a little more. When my boys came home from Kinder, they thought it was the funniest thing that the Easter Bunny left muddy foot prints when he came and visited while they were out! I promptly let them know I asked the Easter bunny to wipe his feet on the mat and not bring his dirty footprints inside.
With the leftover ovals cut out to make the foot prints I decided to make a cute little Easter Card.
I started by taking the ovals and adding a pretty pattern with the Stamp Doctor Cherry Blossom Oval stamp and some Tsukineko Opaque ‘Cotton white’ ink. To highlight the design I used my white Uni Posca pen to outline the stamped image. These looked so pretty already.
To make the card cut a card base 8 x 6.25" and then fold to make a card base that is 4 x 6.25" Next Cut emboss the #5 5 x 7 Matting Basics B die from orange cardstock Cut another two rectangles sizes 0.5" smaller each time for a coloured layered effect. Keep these separate as pictured at this stage
Take the white cardstock rectangle layered on the coloured strip rectangle and apply a line of glue before adhering some ribbon, tucking behind and adhering on the back.
Add a piece of cardboard or foam for dimension to the back before layering on top of the orange cardstock. Now, on the card base.
Now we are going to add the decorated ovals cut and embellished with the stamped design created earlier. Add a little dimension behind the smaller oval.
To finish add your stamped sentiment (I used ‘Best Wishes’ as I didn’t have a Happy Easter stamp), a bow from the same ribbon used earlier and some yellow enamel dots.
I always save any die cuts I might have left over for use on future projects. I hope you enjoyed my share today and I have inspired you to create a little extra fun for the kids this Easter, while also using left over die cuts for another project. My additional left over ovals will not go to waste either and I’d some ideas on what you think I could create with them! Leave comments below or on our Facebook page and I’ll be sure to check them out!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Beck Beattie blogs at www.beckbt.blogspot.com