Easter was on my brain and I wanted to make a card for my parents (hopefully they won’t see this post til after Easter ). I was a bit dry for Easter Card ideas, so I spent a bit of time working on another project that I had already started. I had stamped Easy Scraps Flourish Borders onto an oval shape and thought- hmmmm that looks like an Easter Egg. So I pulled some Basic Grey paper that was mostly plain, but had some shading and scratches.
This is a tip I tell my classes- you don’t always need to use plain cardstock to stamp on. Many paper companies have designs that look like they have been inked or painted- they are basically plain colors with the distressing done for you. So by all means go ahead and use this type of paper to stamp on- it will save you some steps!!
I cut ovals out a few times using different colors in the Basic Grey. Then I stamped our Border Flourish pieces from Easy Scraps Flourish and Flowers Rubber Stamp sheet ( http://www.easyscraps.com/Rubber-Stamps/Rubber-Stamps-for-Scrapbooks.html ) in rows on the ovals. I cut one of them in half using a jagged cut motion to emulate a broken egg.
I still needed a background though and while looking through my stash of pieces from previous craft sessions, I came across a piece of cardstock embossed using the netting background from Easy Scraps Mixed Seasons Rubber Stamp Sheet. At that moment it looked to me like basket weave, so I decided to use that stamp for the background of my card.
Here is the finished card:
and here are some tips you can take away from this post:
- You can use printed paper to stamp on rather than always starting with plain old cardstock
- Sometimes working on a different project can help you break through a “block” you are experiencing on a current project
- Always have a stash of half-done projects- even if you don’t use them in your current project, they can be an inspiration
- Sometimes looking at a piece at a later time can enable you to view the piece differently. For instance, I never thought of using the netting stamp as basket weave until I had Easter on my mind