Sunday, 23 March 2014

Easter Card with a Country Feel

Good Morning to you all and I hope everyone has had a calm and creative week. Todays entry is a fairly quick Easter card with a rural, country feel. The main set of stamps are a fairly new set from InkyDoodles and then I have used odd individual stamps from other sets which are all listed.

Stamps Sets by InkyDoodles; You are My Sunshine,  Primitive Blessings,  Just For You mini set and Happiness is.
A Post-it note mask of the scarecrow
15cm x 15cm blank card
White smooth card for stamping on
Scraps of craft card and patterned papers in colours of choice
Pencils for colouring
Clarity Cloud Mask
Black Archival Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
Adirondack ink in Juniper
Distress Inks in Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage
Small flower punch
Tim Holtz Bigz Tag and Book Plates Die
Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme ink pad
Pinflair Glue
Small length of ribbon and a few gems

To begin with stamp the scarecrow in the black archival onto the blank card and the white smooth card and then emboss with clear embossing powder. Whilst the stamp is inky stamp the scarecrow's hat, dungarees and patches onto your chosen patterned paper.

Cut out the clothing and stick the patches onto the dungarees. Colour the inside of the sleeves, the scarecrow's hands and the supporting stick on the card with pencils as these parts will not be covered up with the paper layering. I use pencil for this as I find Pro-markers bleed through the card and then spoil the inside. The shirt, face and underside of the hat were then coloured in on the stamped card. You could use pens for this as the underside will be glued down.
The scarecrow stamped onto the smooth card was then cut out, but don't worry about the hair, straw at the bottom of the trousers or the stick hands and inside of the sleeves as that part will show on the card. ( it makes life a bit easier!)

Next its onto the background.

The scarecrow was covered up with the ready made Post-it mask and the bottom half of the card was brushed with the juniper ink to give a slightly different tone to the sky. Then the clouds were inked using the Clarity Mask, Weathered Wood and Antique Linen inks. You really don't need much ink on the sponges to get a really good impression of the clouds. 

Once you are happy with your sky it's then onto the ground. I tore a piece of copier paper into a curved hill shape and starting at the bottom and working up the card apply less ink to each hill as you are getting further away. Make sure the base of the scarecrows stand is anchored with a small hill so that he doesn't look like he's floating!

Now the background is complete it's down to adding all the little extras and embellishments.

Stamp the eggs where you feel happy with them and whilst inked up stamp them onto some craft card and cut out. The chickens were then stamped onto the card and the feathers and beaks were coloured in with pencil. Stamp the same number of chickens onto your chosen papers and emboss with clear powder which helps to define the edges once cut out. 

Happy Easter was stamped onto white card and also embossed with the clear powder. The frame was cut using the Tags and Book Plates die and the greeting was attached to the centre. Ribbon was then threaded through the 2 holes each side. 

The heart and bird on the greeting were stamped from the Primitive Blessings set and the flowers punched out in co-ordinating colours. The bird on the scarecrows sleeve was stamped from the mini set, cut out and the claws were draw onto the sleeve with a black micron pen.
The dungarees were dabbed with a little brushed corduroy ink to dirty them up a bit before being stuck in place. Now its time to stick all the bits together, I used the pin flair glue as I wanted each of the images to have a raised effect and this holds up well if applied in a good mound.

The bottom edge of the card was stamped with the leaf from the Happiness is stamp set using the pearlescent thyme ink.

One Easter card with a jolly theme without a bunny in sight! Mind you, it would be easy enough to add one to this scene as it would fit in quite nicely! I really like the country check feel of this card but you could also go soft and flowery which would also look lovely. A great set of stamps and very versatile, which is what crafters are always looking for.

Well I hope you enjoyed todays entry and please feel free to leave any comments or queries at the bottom of the page and I will endeavour to reply asap. Thank-you as always for stopping by today and hopefully we can get together again soon for another crafty few minutes. Take Care and have a good week, Jane x 

Wow, Hubby has just bought me in a coffee, no biscuit though!

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