It’s that time of year again, but in all honesty, it feels like it’s arrived so quickly. Is 2021 flying by for you? I can’t believe Spring is right around the corner. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited as it symbolizes everything will be renewed. Something I think we all look forward to. It also brings new hope for the end of the pandemic. At least it does for me. I can’t speak for everyone, but I personally feel like the end is in sight and we can start to feel more at ease. So let’s celebrate the season with some Stampin Up Easter & Spring Cards!!
Stampin Up Easter & Spring Cards
The Springtime Joy stamp set is so cute for my cards this year! I was truly hoping that Stampin’ Up! would launch a ‘cutesie’ set for Spring/Easter and they did just that. I love the little critters in this set and when I saw the card in the Stampin’ Up! January – June 2021 Mini Catalog (page 22), I knew it was the card to make to get the Master Your Card Making Series going again. It’s been a long minute since the last card was posted back in December. You can see it here. It too was an assembly line, mass-produce card but I love it. I’m seeing a trend with my cards and I’ve really been drawn towards wreaths. I love them and the way they look on my cards. What do you think? Do you like wreaths?
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Stampin Up Easter & Spring Cards Instrcutions
Cutting your carstock:
- I will assume you are making one of these cards and not 20 like I did and tell you how to make one. Please adjust the directions accordingly to suit your needs.
- Cut a landscape folding A2 size card from Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock
- You will need 2 pieces of Very Vanilla Cardstock (5-3/8 X 4-1/8). One for the card front and one for the card insert.
- One, two, or more extra 8-1/2 X 11 pieces of Very Vanilla Cardstock to make your backgrounds for the wreaths. you will need to die cut 2 wreaths for every card you wish to make. But it’s always nice to have extra sheets of the background you are about to create for future projects.
- Enough white cardstock to stamp your critters, flowers, and butterfly on.
Creating the watercolor background:
- In two small dappen glasses or shot glasses mix about a tablespoon of water with 5-6 drops of ink. One will contain Pear Pizzazz and the other will have Old Olive.
- Starting with the Pear Pizzazz mixture and a #10 Paintbrush (or an empty aqua painter/waterbrush) apply the ink mixture all over the Very Vanilla Cardstock in a pouncing motion. Be sure to leave some vanilla exposed.
- Set this aside until the cardstock starts to stiffen up a little. It does not have to be completely dry.
- For the next step, you will apply the Old Olive ink mixture the same way you did for the Pear Pizzazz mixture. Again, be sure to leave some vanilla exposed. You should now see vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, and Old Olive.
- Set these aside to dry completely.
Stampin, Coloring & Cutting Images:
- Stamp the desired images on Basic White or Accent Cardstock with Memento Ink (I cannot link the accent cardstock, but as shown in this video it works well for coloring with Alcohol Ink Markers) See why I prefer to use Accent Cardstock here. Don’t forget to stamp a sentiment of choice and trim so it’s a thin long rectangle. You can flag the end of the strip for added visual interest. Additional stamp sets I used for sentiments are listed below in the Supply List.
- I chose to stamp the butterfly in Mango Melody Classic Ink.
- Once you have stamped your images color the critter in with the Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends marker. Use the Color Lifter to blend the Light Crumb Cake and soften it. The color lifter is not actually a ‘color lifter’ but more of a blender. I explain this in the video linked above.
- Color the flowers with Light Old Olive and the Roccoco Rose Combo. Then use the Light Daffodil Delight to color the butterfly.
- Optional: Add a little Wink of Stella to the dots on the butterfly and the Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends to the body.
- Then comes the fun part of “Fussy Cutting’ all the images. Meaning cut them out leaving an equal amount of white space around the edges. Up to a 1/4” inch should do the trick.
Embossing, Splattering & Die-Cutting:
- Emboss the Very Vanilla card front with the Tasteful Textiles Embossing Folder. Then splatter with very diluted Sahara Sand Reinker. I would add about 1 or 2 drops to a tablespoon. Use a #2 Paint Brush to splatter the ink onto the cardstock. Then splatter with my Champagne Mist & Gray Acrylic Paint Mixture. Set aside to dry.
- Splatter the Very Vanilla sheets you set aside earlier to dry with 3 splatter mixtures. First, use my Champagne Mist & Gray Acrylic Paint Mixture, then splatter with any of my Gold Mixtures, and finally splatter with my White Gouache Mixture. I linked each mixture to the blog post so you can see the recipes. However, you can see the video tutorial here.
- Once your Very Vanilla cardstock has again dried you can proceed to die-cutting 2 wreaths using the Wreath Builder Dies. I opted to spray these with Aleene’s Tacky Spray (sorry I can’t link this product for you) then place them in the center of my card front.
Assembly & Final Touches:
- Adhere the flowers and sentiment strip with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
- Using mini dimensionals on the butterfly, regular dimensional on the critter place them on top of the wreath.
- I opted to put a flower on the card insert with my sentiment as I only put 2 flowers on the card front.
- Use any sentiments you wish that go with the theme of your card.
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