Today I’m using another really fun Die-Versions die – this time to make Easter Bunny Cards. The bunnies are also perfect for other Spring or Easter decorations. This is a single die that makes either a standing or sitting bunny along with accessories. I love how they put a little scalloped edge around the bunny to make it look more fuzzy and cuddly.
The Die-Versions dies are thin metal dies, so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine. I chose my Sizzix Big Kick because it is well-suited to this type of cutting. Although it could cut at least two layers of the heaviest papers, this time I cut one layer at a time to make sure I retained all of the detail. Since this die focuses on a single animal, you can pretty much cut all of the pieces that you need with just one pass (there are a couple of exceptions – for example, if you want the sitting version you’ll need to cut another foot with foot pads). The animal parts are conveniently grouped together at the bottom of the die, so you can use a scrap that is approximately 4” x 4.25” to cut the body parts. You’ll also need a scrap this size (or a group of smaller scraps) to cut the parts that are pink.
Once the pieces are cut, I find it helpful to lay them out on a sheet of contrasting paper to make sure I have everything I need. Then I used a little Memento ink to “edge” each of the pieces to enhance that cute scalloped cut. I used London Fog ink for the white bunny and Toffee Crunch ink for the tan bunny. I added the ink with a Darice foam marshmallow, sponging ink around the edges of each piece (main color only – I did not sponge the pink pieces). For the main body, I added a little sponged ink to the slit area in the center. For the face, I used a little Angel Pink to enhance the cheeks, and used a Cool Gray Copic Multiliner to enhance the nose/mouth detail. Please see this short video for more detail.
My preference is to assemble the bunny as a stand-alone object – then it can be attached to a card or used elsewhere for a decoration. The adhesive that I find works best for this is the Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue. It bonds paper to paper very quickly, and that keeps parts from slipping out of place, etc. I began by attaching the arms to the main body, and then adding the face. Then I add the feet, the paws, the ears, nose, etc. Note that the ears end up in two pieces, the main color outside and the pink inside. If you’re assembling a stand-alone bunny, you’ll need something to hold the pink piece in the center of the main body color. I just use a small strip of paper – making sure to glue it to the pink center as well as each side of the main color. You can see this in the back view of the bunny below. Also for the eyes, instead of wrangling the tiny little pupils (and cutting them from black, etc.), I find it easier to just cut a small strip of black paper and glue it to the back of the head. Cheating? Maybe. . . but why not? I did the same thing for the feet on the sitting bunny. It just seemed so much easier.
To assemble the card, I first selected a patterned paper to place the bunny on, and a coordinating base layer. I cut the base layer 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 size), and the patterned paper 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”. I used Scor-Tape to attach the patterned layer to the base layer. I also attached the completed bunny with Scor-Tape. I stamped the sentiment on a small piece of white cardstock, and added it to the card with Scor-Tape. The purple bow on the white bunny is one of the accessories on the die. The carrots with the tan bunnies were also cut using the “Easter Bunny” die. The accessory pieces were glued in place.
I thought the sitting bunny would also make a cute table decoration for Easter dinner – perhaps as a place holder or as a napkin ring. It is really easy to add a triangle of paper to make the bunny sit up straight, or a circle to make a napkin ring, etc. There are just so many options – especially when you add in all of the accessories. Too much fun! Here are a couple of pictures of the “support” for the sitting bunny.
Die-Versions die “Easter Bunny”
Die cutting machine – I used my Big Kick by Sizzix
Assorted cardstock for the bunny – scraps will work fine
Assorted cardstock for the card layers
Adhesives – ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Sentiments – I used a set from Impression Obsession called “Easter Seals”
Ink – I used Memento London Fog, Angel Pink, Toffee Crunch, Bahama Blue, and Grape Jelly
Darice craft marshmallow
Copic multiliner pen – Cool Gray
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!