Today I want to share a card using the Darice Easter Bunny embossing folder. I also want to give you some tips on using things that you already have in your stash in different ways so you can “stretch” both your supplies and your craft budget.
A successful card always has a good focal point — here I’ve used the bunny face from the Easter Bunny embossing folder. (The entire embossing folder is darling too, but it doesn’t leave much room for embellishment. Click here to see the full embossing folder design.) To isolate the part of the design that I wanted to use, I first cut an oval using my Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals (the largest die), and then carefully placed the oval in my embossing folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot. I added light (or subtle) color to the embossed image using various colors of Memento ink, applied with small Darice craft marshmallows. Very quick and easy! Note that you could also emboss the entire image and then place the oval die on it and cut the appropriate section. Here you risk losing some of the raised image because it may flatten somewhat as it goes back through the die cutting machine. It can also be wasteful if you aren’t using other parts of the full embossed image. I generally only use that method when I’ve embossed something that turns out not suitable for the card in its entirety (it is crooked or off-center, etc.).
Sometimes the hardest part of putting together a card is choosing the right cardstock for the accents and layers. I try to pick the patterned paper first, and then find a coordinating solid. Sometimes I have a solid color that I want to use, and then have to work backwards to find a coordinating patterned paper. That was the case with the bunny card pictured above. This season I just love the soft peach color, but it can be sooooo hard to find. I had this A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) piece of cardstock left from another project, and so just needed to locate a coordinating patterned paper. Done. Yay! The patterned paper was cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.
The scalloped oval behind the embossed bunny is also cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, “Big Scalloped Ovals” (small). The largest size die fit nicely with the embossed bunny oval. Rather than reaching for another sheet of my “precious” stash of soft peach paper, I cut the scalloped oval from the bottom card layer. Yes, it is okay to do this — just stay in the center of the card so that your patterned paper will completely cover the hole. No one will know that you did this — and it is a great way to “stretch” each sheet of paper for maximum use. I also conserve colored papers and patterned papers by making card fronts, and then mounting them on plain white cardstock. White cardstock is almost always sold at a lower price.
Now it is time to embellish. Soft peach coordinating embellishments are almost impossible to find. This is one of the many reasons why I am so grateful for my stash of Copic markers. With so many colors to choose from, there is always something that will work. Copics (or another alcohol ink marker) can be used to color lots of different kinds of embellishments — ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, ribbon roses, etc. Try this with any white or clear embellishment. Note that other alcohol ink markers will also work (Copic is my preference because of the beautiful, vibrant ink colors). Some other examples are Spectrum Noir markers, Shin Han art markers, and Sharpie markers. Yes, you read that right — Sharpie markers! Sharpies will work, although I don’t like the result as well since the ink and the colors can be a little intense. Please see the short video for information on how I added color to the various embellishments that I used on the card.
I repeated the bunny card in a number of different color combinations to show you just how easy it is to change the look and match the embellishments. The embellishments all began as white or clear, and were colored with various Copic markers.
It is very difficult to have a ready supply of all of the “right” colors of ribbons and other embellishments. I always keep plenty of “colorable” supplies on hand, and then purchase additional colors that I use frequently or are difficult to reproduce, etc. You can also use your Copics to “tone down” a color of ribbon that is too bright, etc. or to change the shade to just the right color. Just experiment on a small-scale first to find the look that you like. (Toning down the ribbon often involves using one of the gray markers rather than a color coordinating one.)
Assembling the card is also very easy. Attach the patterned cardstock to the background layer (the one with the hole in the middle) using Scor-Tape. Attach the embossed bunny oval to the scalloped oval using low dimensional adhesive. Be sure to use some of the dimensional adhesive in the center too — sometimes an object this large will sag over time if there isn’t a little dimensional adhesive to support it. Use Scor-Tape to attach the ovals to the patterned paper. Attach the ribbon, bow and ribbon rose with Scor-Tape. Add the pearls or rhinestones to the ribbon (if you use the “cheap” ones like me, you may need to glue them in place). Mount the card front to an A2-sized card, and stamp a sentiment inside. Done. Easy peasey.
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Oval dies — I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals and Small Big Scalloped Ovals
Darice “Easter Bunny” embossing folder
white ribbon – I used May Arts 1/4″ sheer ribbon (white)
White ribbon roses
pearls – white or natural
rhinestones – clear (not the ones that are iridescent and shine in various colors — these don’t take the ink very well)
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used both 1/4″ and 1/8″
low dimensional adhesive
Assorted Memento ink — I used Toffee Crunch, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout, Cantaloupe
Darice craft marshmallows – small
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!