Sunday, February 26, 2012

Easter Cards II

Calypso Coral ® is a cheerful colour to use on Easter cards. With the Sale-a-bration ® Everyday Elegance Paper, as shown on several of these cards, and the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brads, which coordinate with the 2011-2013 In Colors ®, creating cards is a joy!  

The first card, using the retired (2007) Glorious Gift © stamp set, and the Framed Tulips  ® embossing folder and Beautiful Wings  ® Embosslit die, this card uses Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz and Baja Breeze cardstock and inks.  The Calypso Coral flowers are stamped off, to reduce their intensity. 

The current He is Risen © stamp set with Pearlex ® lilies and Pear Pizzaz marker allow the image to coordinate with the DSP in the background.  

The Hostess Set, Up in the Air ©, along with the Beautiful Wings embosslit die and greeting from the 2010 retired Abundant Hope stamp set allow for another flower to be featured on the Easter Card. The card uses Very Vanilla © , Wild Wasabi ©, Baja Breeze © and Pumpkin Pie © , with markers adding the colour to the flower (Daffodil Delight © , Poppy Parade © , Pear Pizzaz © ).  The banner was cut out from the Occasions Mini Catalogue ®, Take It to Heart © after stamping with Baja Breeze and colouring the edges. 

Finally, the cross from the retired set Easter Morn (1998) was stamped with Stazon ® ink onto Watercolor cardstock and coloured with watercolor pencils, blending with Blender Pens ®, and mounted on So Saffron cardstock. The ribbon is from Sellabration of a few years ago. Antique brads provide embellishments for the four corners, grounding the centred cross a bit more. The dove on the cross was highlighted with Pearlex ®.  

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Easter Card Preparations

 I've started preparing Easter Cards from existing, retired stamp sets and some new and retired supplies, in my attempt to "downsize" my accumulated supplies. Many of the images and text are much loved, so I've held onto them for years (and years).

This first one is from the Abundant Hope © stamp set which I think is from 2010, with the "Christ is Risen" from the 2000 Miracle of Easter© set. It is stamped on watercolor cardstock, then coloured with watercolor pencils, blended with Blender Pens ® , highlighted with Pearlex ® and archival brown ink. The doily die cut is new from the Occasions Mini Catalogue ®.

The Pumpkin Pie©, Certainly Celery© and So Saffron© color scheme for the next square card were taken from the retired designer series paper diecut doily.  The punched flowers are from the new Mixed Bunch© stamp set and coordinating Blossom punch.  I used a glitter brad for the flower centre. The "Easter Blessings" is from the retired Abundant Hope© set. The no-name brand ribbon is woven through openings in the Paper Doily© and tied in a bow. The square-cut designer series paper in pumpkin pie is from a Sellabration ® (now Saleabration ®) package from a number of years ago.  

The last card that I made today used the Labels Collection Framelits® from the Occasions Mini Catalogue®. The stamp set is Glorious Gift©, from 2007.  The lilies are from the Fifth Avenue set and are stamped with white craft ink on basic black cardstock, embossed with clear EP, then coloured with pastel shades of watercolor pencils. The shades of golds, mustard and yellows were then blended using Blender Pens©, then highlighted with Antique Gold Pearlex®, applied with blender pens.  I then used a white gel pen to outline the flowers again, as the edges were too faint.  I layered the black on River Rock©, then punched holes all around the edge, to emphasize the framelit shape. I used retired Hodgepodge Hardware© and River Rock© grossgrain stitched ribbon as embellishments.  I used the Scallop Trim Corner© punch for the corners of the card and layered River Rock© underneath.

I have a lot of other ideas for Easter cards and hope to have time to work them all out!  Let me know if there's a technique you'd like to see...I'm always open to new directions!

PS: I don't know when to use copyright © and registered® trademark symbols, so they're all over the place!  If you know, let me know!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Back to Business

It's taken some time, but I'm back!  I've reorganized my stamping studio and am busy creating invitations to my parents 60th wedding anniversary.  In fact, they are all done. I used Baroque Motifs and Baroque Border (P146 SU Idea Book and Catalogue), and Thoughts and Prayers (P160). Cardstock: Vellum,  Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla and DSP (retired). Punches: Lace Ribbon Border (P.211) and retired corner photo punch.  The DSP was run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder (P.218).

The flower spray was stamped using markers (P202) - Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, then highlighted the flower centre with More Mustard and the outside of the flower with Not Quite Navy.  The ribbon is retired Vanilla Organza.  

I'm moving this summer and planning a sale of organizational, stampable and retired items, so I'll post the event, once the details are clearer. 

Let me know if you're interested!