Well, how’s that for timing! I just purchased my first Waffleflower stamp and here comes Ellen Hutson with a new Mix-it-up Challenge perfect for the occasion. I don’t know why, but the idea for this card came together very quickly–you know how it sometimes takes forever to come up with a card design that resembles your original idea? Well, not this time 🙃
First, I stamped the Toadstool image from Purple Onion Designs and then stamped it again on masking paper (you can also use a post-it note) and then covered the image. Next, I stamped the large egg from the Simon Says Stamp February 2017 Card Kit (the kit is no longer available, but you can still buy the Some Bunny stamp set) and the big bunny from the Essentials by Ellen Tree Farm set. For the Bear, I just applied the ink and then wiped off (fingers, baby wipe, stamp shammy–your preference 😜) the flowers in the little basket before stamping it on the paper. Then, I just masked off the edge of the basket (quick post-it, no stamped mask necessary) and added the little egg from Lawn Fawn’s Hoppy Easter stamp. Again, a bit of quick masking with a post-it. Mine had rounded edges that fit the eggs perfectly 😉
I colored the critters, toadstool, and eggs first using Copics (colors listed in close-up pictures and below) before tackling the background.
I had just watched Michelle Houghton’s Copic in the Craftroom Youtube video on making a copic background scene using the cutie-pie pigs from the MFT Sow much Cuteness set (I had to get those too, but that’s another story). The hilly background only used three(!) colors–and I had all of them–yay (I usually have to consult my Hexchart to find close colors to substitute. But not this time–boy I was on a roll! 🤗 I also had the right color for the sky (B0000), but only enough for a few strokes–guess I need more refills. I ended up using a little darker color (B00), but I still think it came out nicely. The sentiment is also from the Some Bunny set–I simply stamped it right onto the page and then clear embossed it. I trimmed off a bit on the sides and adhered it to an A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) card base, added some Wink of Stella to the eggs and some white dots with a Uniball Signo White Gel pen to the top of the toadstool and–tadaa! My first Mix-it-up Challenge entry.