Cardmaking, Catherine Pooler, Featured

Celebrate Spring Card

Hello, crafty friend! Today I am sharing a project created with the new “Celebrate Spring” collection from Catherine Pooler Designs which just released today!

Here’s how I created this card…

Step 1: Base Layers

For this card, I’ll be making a mini slimline, so I trimmed a piece of plaid paper from the Mr Rabbit’s Garden paper pack to 3.5″x6″ and a piece of white cardstock to 3″x5.5″.

Step 2: Die Cut & Stamp

To save myself from fussing with lining up lots of smaller dies I decided to leave the Hops & Peeps die set intact. Two smaller dies used to cut grass blades were nested inside others, so snipped those free and set them aside leaving me one connected piece to work with. I then ran it through my die cut machine to create a template.

I placed the template in my stamping platform and lined up the images I wanted to use from the Hops & Peeps stamp set. I then closed the platform door to “lock” them in place.

To ensure I had the stamps exactly where I wanted, I did a test stamp onto a piece of scratch paper.

Once I was happy with the alignment, I popped the precut pieces into their slots and stamped out loads of images over and over until I was content I had enough to play with.

Step 3: Focal Image

I colored one of the bunny images with markers and used the smallest shape in Egg Hunt die set to give Mr Rabbit something to hide behind. I traced along the edge of the egg under the bunny’s nose with a pencil and then shaded that area a bit darker to create a shadow effect.

Step 4: Alignment Planning

Next, I laid out all of the pieces (without adhesive) to see where the image would fit best.

Step 5: Ink Blending

At this point I decided I wanted ink blending behind the egg, so I traced around the pieces lightly with a pencil, so I would know where to keep the ink.

To figure out which color I wanted, I pulled out my mini ink collection and tested a few color options. Ultimately I settled on Shea Butter.

Step 6: Putting it Together

After ink blending, I splattered several shades of paint and ink onto the card front and let it dry before stamping the sentiment and adding stitching around the border.

For a bit of playfulness, whiskers and eyebrows were added to Mr Rabbit with gel pens.

Foam adhesive and a nest of green thread was placed behind the egg. To ensure I had a little bit of wiggle time when placing the egg, I also added a bit of liquid glue.

Step 7: Final Assembly

I added the bunny behind the egg and secured it to the card front as well as the little paws. Then I attached it to the card front with foam adhesive and a card base. For the final touch I added a few sequins from the Salt Lake City mix in the nest.

Okay, there it is! I hope this card puts you in a wonderful spring mood. I’ll be back again soon to share a few more projects I’ve created with this release.

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Until next time… stay crafty!

– Laura Evangeline


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