Yesterday I shared a card made with the Stamp Set, Easter Blossoms. It was a square card with square punched elements in each of the four corners of the card. Today's card uses the same stamp set, designer series paper set (Springtime Vintage), and basic layout. But it's a standard sized card that fits into an A2 size envelope.
While yesterday's card featured the Stampin' Up! Color Rose Red, today's card features another color in the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper Set – Baja Breeze. It's also convenient (and undoubtedly planned as they're all in the same mini catalog) that there is also a Baja Breeze Rose in the Vintage Flower Adornments.
I also introduced another stamp set into the mix today – the grass from the Stamp Set, Inspired by Nature. I could have used a bit more grass to hide these Easter Eggs, and you'll see in the second card below that I did just that the second time around. To stamp the grass (which is a very large stamp!), you might want to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the blades where you want them over your eggs. After I stamped all the images on the front, I texturized that layer using the Sizzix Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.
There is a technique in this card that I've not shown off in a long while – Masking. Of the three Easter Eggs shown, one is in the front and there is no ink from the two other eggs showing on it. Here are the steps for doing that:
- Stamp the image you want to be in the front on your card.
- Stamp the image on a separate sheet of paper, cut it out, and place it over the stamped image on your card.
- Stamp the other images overlapping the cut piece of paper.
- Remove the piece of paper!
I like to use the top part of a sticky note (such as a 3M Post-It Note) as my "separate sheet of paper" as it stays in place while I'm doing the overstamping.
Here is the second card I made using the same layout. To begin, it should be obvious that I used the wrong measurements for my central motif (the one with the stamped images and its mat). But this still is a very nice card. I mention this only to show that you don't have to be incredibly particular about your measurements – don't throw away a piece of card stock just because it's off 1/8" of an inch! If it's really important for the current project to have an exact measurement (for example with a 3-D project that won't stay together if there's a wrong measurement) put it away for use in another project!
The second card has a bit more of the grass covering the eggs than the first, and I've used the Vanilla Rosettes from the Stampin' Up! 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog instead of the Vintage Flower Adornments. It's definitely mailable using a standard A2 envelope, though you might still consider adding the extra 20¢ postage because of the thickness the flowers create.
Here is today's sketch. I hope you're starting your own Easter or Springtime cards and projects by now. Hopefully it won't be too long and snow will give way to some simple April Showers for those May Flowers! Have fun whatever you're doing this week!