As you probably know, I have a customer who regularly buys cards from me; not special orders but cards I have made for my blog and my videos. I received an email from her last week asking if I had any Easter cards and shock horror, No! This year I haven’t made any at all. I thought, not to worry I can use the gorgeous Easter Friends Stamp Set that has a chick, a duckling and a baby bunny and shock horror, No! I haven’t bought this stamp set! Really! Why on earth not; it’s gorgeous! Not to worry, I do have the Daffodil Daydream Stamp Set, I decided I could use that but I need ten cards and my customer always has different designs.
That’s where Pinterest comes in and I searched Stampin’ Up! Easter Cards 2022. Needless to say lots of fabulous cards came up featuring the Easter Friends Stamp Set but there was also Timeless Tulips cards. This is how I found today’s card which was designed by Heather Forgan AKA Stamp with Nellie. I haven’t made any major changes apart from the colour of the tulips; Heather’s were Magenta Madness and Highland Heather and mine are Bumblebee and Pumpkin Pie. I don’t know why but I feel Easter flowers should be yellow. This idea comes from that daffodils and tulips are both spring flowers. I’m not really a yellow or orange person but Bumblebee is one of the InColours that will be retiring on 2nd May 2022; therefore I want to use up the cardstock I have for this and the other four retiring InColours!
I made my card base with Basic White Cardstock (CS) 5¾” x 5¾” (14.6cm x 14.6cm) US 5½” x 5½” with middle layers in Bumblebee CS 5½” x 5½” (14cm x 14cm) US 5¼” x 5¼” and Basic White CS top layers of 5⅜” x 5⅜” (13.7cm x 13.7cm) US 5⅛” x 5⅛”. I found the centre point of one of the top layers by placing my ruler corner to diagonally opposite corner and made a pencil line in the centre, I did the same in the opposite direction and where the lines crossed marked the centre. I took a piece of computer paper and punched a 1½” circle. After I had folded it in half one way, I folded it in half the other way. Where the folds crossed was the centre and I put a pencil line on the spot and folded the circle in half again with the dot exposed. I put some removable tape on my cardstock, lined the two dots up and adhered the circle down.
I started with the largest tulip and Bumblebee Ink and stamped one in each direction i.e. north, south, east and west – making sure the base of the tulip sat just above the edge of the circle. Next I reached for my Pumpkin Pie Ink and the middle sized tulip and stamped one in each of the four spaces between the large tulips. To stamp the Granny Apple Green leaves so they appeared behind the tulips I made some masks – you need one for each of the tulips. I made four of each so I could cover all my tulips all at the same time!
To create a mask I took a Post It Note and stamped the image up to the top edge i.e. so the reverse of the image would be sticky. Next I cut the images out making sure I also cut away the outside edge of the image. There is always a ridge when you stamp over paper and without doing this you will get a white edge to your images. By making four masks for both tulips I was able to cover all of my stamped images and then go round stamping all my leaves without keep stopping to move the masks! Carefully remove the masks when you have finished and also the circle in the centre. I was going to use the EASTER BLESSINGS sentiment from the Daffodil Daydream Stamp Set but it was too big for my circle. Fortunately, I found HE IS NOT HERE, FOR HE HAS RISEN. Matthew 28:6 from retired stamp set called Gift of Hope.
Using the Layering Circle Dies I die-cut the sentiment with straight cut die no 2, then a Bumblebee CS scalloped circle with die no 2, layered on a Basic White circle die-cut with scalloped die no 3. I adhered the sentiment onto the Bumblebee circle, and popped it up on Dimensionals on the Basic White circle which I adhered onto the card front. I finished the card front with a Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon bow, plus three large and one small brushed Brass Butterflies. Before I adhered the layers inside my card, I stamped a large Bumblebee tulip in the bottom. right-hand corner, put the mask over it and stamped the leaf. Once this was done, I adhered the top layer onto the Bumblebee layer and then into my card.
Please note that the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set is retiring and is only available now while stocks last. If you want this stamp set, please order it sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. This is a stamp set that I will be keeping in my personal stash! That’s it from me today. Many thanks for the inspiration Heather – your design is gorgeous! I look forward to being back with you soon. In the meantime Please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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