Posted in beginner stamper, Easter, Mini Catalog 2020

Hold Onto Hope Easter Blessings

Wow! This Coronavirus Pandemic is so horrible! I imagine many are feeling a real test of their faith. One way for me to remain hopeful is to be creative. The Hold Onto Hope stamp set was very helpful to me for creating an Easter card.

I know some folks are without a postal service right now. One way to share your card is by doing it virtually. Make the card, write the handwritten greeting inside, then photograph it all and send it off via email, Instagram or Facebook.

I will be showing you 3 different versions of this card. The card is very simple but fun to do.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches; Highland Heather 5 1/4 x 3 inches; and Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 3/4 x 3 inches.

In order for the cross to fit on the D block completely, I put it on the diagonal. I did the same for the flowers we will use after the cross.

Stamp the cross in Sahara Sand ink onto the 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp it a little towards the upper edge so you will have room for the sentiment under the cross.

To ink up the flowers I used the Stampin’ Write Markers in Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green. First color the leaves and vine with the Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Write Marker.

Color the little bunches of flowers with the Highland Heather Stampin’ Write Marker. Color the single flowers with the Gorgeous Grape Stampin’ Write Marker.

In order to moisten the ink, use your breath and huff onto the stamp. Then stamp it over the cross.

Stamp the “Easter Blessings” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set just under the cross.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 3 inch Highland Heather CS to the left of the card front.

Adhere the Best Dressed DSP piece to the card front on the right side.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the stamped cross piece.

Adhere the stamped cross piece to the card front.

And Viola! This is the first version of this card which is a very nice Easter card. However, you can “dress it up” a little with some embellishments.

The second version is one with the addition of a yellow bow using the 1/4 inch Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon. Also a very nice card.

And Viola! The final version, the most dressed up version, is with the addition of Gorgeous Grape Rhinestones on the Gorgeous Grape flowers. The rhinestones are in the Noble Peacock Rhinestone pack. Still a very simple card but this makes for a beautiful card to send to someone to wish them some Easter Blessings!

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I hope you are all doing okay and staying safe. This is a very challenging time. Create some positivity in your life by taking the time to be creative with something. It helps pass the time and makes you feel better emotionally.

Stampin’ Up!® Products used include: Stamp Set: Hold Onto Hope #151243 and Itty Bitty Greetings #151331; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Highland Heather CS #146986 and Best Dressed DSP 151319; Ink: Sahara Sand #147117 and Gorgeous Grape #147099; Stampin’ Write Markers: Granny Apple Green in the Subtle Stampin’ Write Marker set #147156, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape in the Brights Stampin’ Write Marker set #147157; Clear Blocks: B #117147 and D #118485; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick Tool #144107; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: 1/4 inch Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon #151311 and Noble Peacock Rhinestones #194494.

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Welcome Easter Cute Bunny

Hello and Good Day! I hope you amazing people are doing well and hanging in there with all the social distancing and self quarantine. It is really different. Easter will be very different as I will be “going” to mass online. Not the usual pretty dress, and new shirt and tie affair I am used too.

This is a cute Easter card with Springtime colors. It is very simple to make using the Welcome Easter stamp set in the Stampin’ UP! Mini Catalog.

Measurements: Card Base is Petal Pink card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score mark at 4 1/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches and 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches; Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/2 x 2 inches; 5/8 inch Organdy Striped Ribbon 7 inches and a bow.

Let’s Get Started:

I wanted the “Happy Easter” sentiment to be able to fit inside the Pretty Label punch. One thing you can do is cut the stamps so you can use a different arrangement for the sentiments. It is a little scary at first! They do fit back together on the block so you can use the original arrangement. Use the Melon Mambo ink to stamp the ‘Happy” onto the 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Stamp the “Easter” sentiment just under the “Happy” and slightly to the right. See how it fits nicely inside the Pretty Label Punch? Go ahead and punch the sentiment out.

Stamp the bunny and the little bee in Memento ink onto the 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. I just love this cute bunny!

Stamp the little patches of grass in Granny Apple Green ink just under the bunny. Tip: It is best to use the size of block that most closely fits the size of the stamp. You have more control and will not rock the stamp as much, thereby avoiding the halos you can get around your stamp. Sometimes you have to place the stamp on the diagonal to achieve this.

Use the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write Marker to color the bee. The Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker is used for the bunny’s ears and feet. Add a little bit of black with the Black Stampin’ Write Marker on the bee and the bunny’s nose.

Now we are going to use the Sponging Technique. To get the sponge ready, cut the Stamping Sponges in quarters, then cut each quarter in half. I attach a square of the coordinating color of cardstock with the name of the color written on it by stapling it to the top.

The Sponging Technique is an easy way to add a slight border to the card piece. Dab the ink with the sponge, then brush the edge of the card piece back and forth as you move along the edge. Tip: Start with light pressure so you only get a little ink on the card piece. You can always add more color but you can’t take it away!

This is the completed bunny piece with just a hint of Melon Mambo ink along the edge.

Use the Sponging Technique on the Pretty Label sentiment and the strip of Best Dressed DSP. On the DSP just sponge the two long sides.

We will adhere the ribbon with Glue Dots. Apply one Glue Dot to each end of the 7 inch piece of Organdy Striped Ribbon. Tip: I find it easiest to put the ribbon on top of the Glue Dot while it is still on the roll.

Adhere the ribbon to the strip of Best Dressed DSP, slightly to the left. Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold on the card base.

Adhere the DSP piece to the front of the card base, slightly to the left. Use a Glue Dot to adhere the bow to the top left of the card.

Now add some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the bunny and the sentiment. Tip: Make your Stampin’ Dimensionals last twice as long by cutting them in half.

Adhere the bunny piece, then the sentiment piece.

Viola! You have a very sweet Easter card! I hope you are able to observe the Easter season in a way that is still meaningful to you. It may take some creativity. Stay open to new ways of doing things. I have really been enjoying meeting with my friends on Zoom. That may be a great way for you and your family to get together.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I really enjoyed making this cute card.

Today is the last day for Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration! This is your last chance to chose free product with a $50 or $100 order. There are new items on the list which include the Dual Butterfly Punch and several DSP’s. Check out my store by clicking here.