Monday, March 3, 2014
Easter Bunnies Card
To begin with the background on the front of this card is the Acrylic Distressed Technique that I saw on frenchiestamps.com. Here is the first card I had made using this background technique:
For the technique you cut your card stock for your card base and score that. Then you cut your piece that you will be using for your background a bit bigger than what you will need for your card front. For my Easter Bunnies card I used white/GP card stock. Using a foam paint brush I brushed on pink acrylic paint from the craft store to cover the front of my white/GP piece. Set this aside to dry. While that was drying I used StazOn black ink and stamped the bunnies stamp from Whipper Snapper onto white/GP. Set that aside. Decided to use a coral card stock for my card base and that is from Close To My Heart. Cut and scored that. Once that was done I set it aside.
Using coloured pencils I coloured in the bunnies image. Used the Spellbinders rectangle dies to cut that out. Cut a piece of coral card stock to go behind the bunnies piece. Put that on the bunnies piece using the ATG. For the greeting "Easter Greetings" I used a stamp from Hero Arts. Stamped that onto scrap white/GP card stock using coral ink. Cut that out using the Spellbinders Tags, Double Ended die set in the Cuttlebug. Set it aside.
The painted card stock was now dry so I put it in the Darice Easter Eggs Background embossing folder and ran it through the Cuttlebug --- whenever I emboss card stock I always use two sheets of card stock in the folder. For the extra embossed piece I just used white/GP and put it under the painted piece. I put that plain white/GP embossed piece back in the file drawer with the folder for later use on another project. By embossing two sheets of card stock at the same time you get a softer embossed image and you will not get any rips or tears to your design on your card stock.
Once this painted piece was embossed I used a sanding block and sanded the front of the painted embossed sheet. This will show your design off as well as accent it with the white/GP card stock showing through the embossed design. Once it was sanded I cut it to the size I would want for the card front. Here is a closer photo of the sanded design:
Using orange/white twine from M Stewart I tied the greeting tag onto the embossed piece. First I put pop dots behind the greeting tag to raise it up and keep it in place. Then used the ATG to put the painted embossed piece with the greeting tag on it on the card stock base front. Put the bunnies image also on pop dots and put that on the card front. Here is a closer photo of the stamped image:
I have searched for an embossing folder with Easter Eggs on it for sometime and finally found this folder by Darice @ AC Moore. Two problems with it --- wished the eggs were smaller on the embossing folder and also this folder is directional --- the eggs do not go in every direction so you have to pay attention when you are putting this embossed design on your card front. Here is a photo of the empty folder for you to see this better:
When doing this Acrylic Distressed technique be sure to do the painting first and allow time to dry. Also when you are sanding it can be messy so put down scrap copy papers on your work table to keep your mess to a minimum. I have learned to use a makeup brush to go over the sanded surface to pick up the paint/sanded paper residue -- do NOT blow onto your sanded project piece as the sanded residue will go all over the place. TFL and YOLO and again here is the card: