Inked Easter card

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 07 Apr, 2017

Craft this sunny, bright Easter card that can be whipped up in a hop, skip and a jump. The card combines an airy, fun sentiment and a clever and inking and masking technique... easy, breezy!

1. Trim a white A5 card blank to measure a 15cm square. Position the largest circle nesting die into the centre of the card front and secure in place with a little craft tape. Run through your Xpress machine (with the card open, to ensure you only cut through the front) to make a circular aperture. Round all four corners with an Xcut corner punch. 

2. Die cut ‘Happy Easter’ from Xcut Xtras A5 Adhesive Wood Effect Sheets, using both the upper and lower case script dies. De-tack the adhesive slightly by rubbing against a cloth or your clothing. Draw two faint pencil lines on the inside of the card, marking through the aperture as a guide. Starting with the ‘T’ from ‘Easter’, place the word on the lower line, centrally inside the aperture. Work outwards with the other letters.

3. Repeat the process with the word ‘Happy’. Erase your two pencil lines once the letters are all in place. Don’t press too hard – you want to be able to remove the letters afterwards! Select yellow, blue and green ink pads (or any colour combination that you like) and start to ink over and around the lettering with the lightest shade. Make sure that none of the letters move when you do so.

4. Work around in a circle, blending the ink colours as you go to create an ombré effect. Once you’re happy with the coverage, remove the letters very carefully. If you want to be sure that nothing smudges, wait until the ink has dried before moving anything.

5. Die cut some teeny tiny fl owers from white cardstock and shade with the same blue and yellow ink pads. Shape each bloom, curving the petals upwards to make a rounded, cupped shape. Once each one is fully dry, position around the aperture on the card front using mini 3D foam pads. Group in threes, randomly dispersed around the white space. Place a small silver adhesive gem in the centre of each flower; using slightly bigger ones for the blue blooms and tiny gems for the yellow. 

Project and how-to instructions by Julie Hole. Project originally published in the March issue (80) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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