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!