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Mini Series – Easter, Day 3

March 20, 2017

Hey, glad you stopped by.  I’m excited to share my final post with you in my Easter Mini Series, and this time it’s not a card!  I made an Easter basket for my son, and I hope you enjoy it.

I found this on Pinterest, and couldn’t find the source.  If you know it, please let me know.

My sons are getting a little old for bunnies, but I thought the sunglasses made this one cool enough for my manly little men.  And we always need beach towels and sunglasses once the temperature starts to climb.

Are you going to make baskets this year?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for joining me today!

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Mini Series – Easter, Day 2

March 17, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of my Easter Mini Series.  This card is easy to create, and doesn’t take lots of expensive supplies.  I used 2 Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp, but any layered dies you have would work for this.  We just need to create a frame.

When you get your dies, they’re usually wired together, and you can clip them apart with wire cutters.  But generally, there’s a small piece of the wire that is hard to clip off completely.  And that works perfectly for this technique.  On these dies, the wires are in the center of each side, and when you line them up with a piece of graph paper, getting the smaller die centered in the larger one is easy.

I used a piece of masking tape to hold the dies together, and used my Big Shot to die cut a frame from black cardstock.

On a second piece of cardstock, I used a T-ruler to draw 2 straight lines 1/2″ apart lightly with a pencil.  I trimmed it out with scissors, and erased my lines.  Next I found a scrap of black cardstock and sketched a hill.  I always have to draw things out to get an idea of the size before I start cutting.

Once I had everything cut out, I laid my frame over it, and adhered it together with tape runner.

I laid my frame over a piece of watercolor paper, and marked the top and bottom of the frame, so I knew how much space I had to fill.  The pencil marks are on the left side of the paper.  Then I reached for my Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I started with Mustard Seed, which you can see at the top.  I went on to add Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, and Blueprint Sketch at the bottom.

Here all the ink blending is complete, and I’ve trimmed down my piece to fit behind my frame.  To find out more about ink blending, and to see a great tutorial, I suggest you visit Jennifer McGuire.  She’s very talented, and knows lots of techniques, including ink blending.

I put foam tape all over the back of my frame and the cross so it’s supported evenly when I send it through the mail.

I decided to skip a sentiment this time, but I did add Clear Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen over the cross and hill to make it stand out.  And that’s it for my card today.  I’ll be back soon with one more installment in my Easter series.  Hope to see you then!

 

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Mini Series – Easter, Day 1

March 15, 2017

This is the first day of my Easter Mini Series.  The technique I used today is called iris folding, and it’s so beautiful.  There are lots of videos with great tutorials on Youtube, but I’ll try to explain it with pictures today.

You need a template, which you can find online.  Any circle template would work for this design today, but  I downloaded the one I used from here.

I trimmed a piece of light blue cardstock down to 5″ x 5″ and sketched out my cave in pencil before cutting it out.  I left the sides uncut so I could see how big my final image would be.

I cut a scrap of light green paper to 5″ x 3″ and drew a hill lightly with a pencil before cutting it out.  Don’t forget to erase the pencil marks.  I taped the grass to the bottom of the blue piece, and laid it over my iris fold template.

I slip my templates into page protectors, so I can use them over again.   And you can see in the photo that my template is colored in.  That’s not really necessary, but it does keep me from getting lost in the design (which is pretty important when you’re using 5 different papers in the same color!).

I taped my card panel over the template on just one side, so it works like a hinge.  You can also see that my cave is a little larger than the template, but we’ll cover that up.

I cut 1″ off from 5 different patterns of 12 x 12 lightweight scrapbook paper, and scored them at 3/4″.  Here are all of my papers before I began filling in my template.

I assigned each of my papers to a color in the template, and got started.  I found number 1 on my template and the paper I chose to go in that spot.  I’ve seen professionals measure and trim each piece, but I’m more of a “grab and tear” kind of girl.  I laid the folded edge of the paper on the line of the template, and taped it at either end.  Then I moved on to piece 2, and lay the folded edge on the line of the template.  I hope this is making sense!

 

  

If you feel lost, you can turn over the panel (this is why we only taped it on one side), and see how it looks from the front.  Keep adding pieces, working your way around the circle, and skipping numbers if they’re covered by the hill.

Here I’m almost done filling in the design.

The design is finished, except for the center.  Traditionally, iris folding has a bright metallic or shiny piece in the center, or eye, but I used a black scrap of paper instead.

I didn’t have the right sentiment, so I created one on my computer.  I trimmed it down with my paper trimmer, and cut a small triangle from the end before popping it up on my card with foam tape.  I added foam tape to the back of my card panel, and adhered it to a 5 1/2″ square white card base.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  I’ll be back soon with another card in the series.  Thanks for looking!

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