I don't know why but I just wasn't enthused about Easter this year - possibly the very chilly weather hasn't helped. I mean, here we are the 4th April and I'm watching snow flakes swirling around outside! I usually make around half a dozen Easter cards but this year it just didn't happen. I was thinking I might send out springtime wishes cards after Easter but folks I usually get Easter cards from didn't send them out either. So now I don't feel quite so bad! I must admit my Easter was pretty miserable 'cos I was battling a throat infection and felt awful. I'm not feeling all that much better yet and I think a second trip to the doctor's may be in order. I didn't even eat any chocolate - although ice cream has been a soothing treat now and again!
I did manage to make a card and a gift box for Jan and Alan though. I pinned this card by Dawn Olchefske to Pinterest ages ago. It features the faux mother of pearl technique and I thought I'd like to give it a go. I bought the Frost White shimmer paint in preparation months ago but it's only just recently that I got around to trying it out. I cut a piece of Whisper White CS, scrunched up some cling film and dabbed on the shimmer paint. Once that was dry, I sponged Baja Breeze over the panel and stamped the cherry blossom image using black StazOn ink. I used inks and a blender pen to colour the image. I stamped the sentiment, cut the panel to the size I wanted and layered it onto a narrow black mat. I then layered onto Lucky Limeade and Pretty in Pink mats and added the pink pearls. I made a 5 3/4" square Z fold card using Baja Breeze CS and I adhered the image panel.
Here's a close up of the faux mother of pearl panel.
I glued white CS to the inside, stamped the cherry blossom a few times and sponged the edges with Baja Breeze ink. I know Jan loves the little girl silhouette image so I had to include her too! Then I stamped and punched the sentiment oval element.
For the envelope flap I stamped and fussy cut eggs and layered onto circles.
I really like the Natural Composition DSP to make these gable boxes so I used that - even though it doesn't match the card I made, I'm sure Jan and Alan will let me off! You can find instructions on how to make these gable boxes using the SU! Scallop Envelope die on Jenni's blog here. I die cut a rosette flower and some leaves and added a Designer Builder Brad in the centre of the rosette. I stamped the cherry blossom image using Daffodil Delight ink onto the Apothecary Accents label, stamped the sentiment and tied it to the Daffodil Delight ribbon bow.
A side view of the box. Hmmm, so what was nestled inside the tissue paper inside the box? There were lots of Lindor mini eggs, two mini Lindt Easter bunnies and two Lindt carrots.
A close up of the rosette and leaves.
Finally, here's a close up of the tag.
Supplies for card:
Stamps: SU! 'Easter Blossoms' set
CS: SU! Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red & Lucky Limeade, blender pen
Tools: SU! scalloped & plain oval punches, Perfect Layers, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Frost White Shimmer Paint, cling film, pink pearls
Supplies for gable box:
Stamps: SU! 'Easter Blossoms' set
CS: SU! Lucky Limeade & Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! Natural Composition Specialty, Polka Dot Parade & In Color DSP packs
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight & Lucky Limeade
Tools: SU! Scallop Envelope die, Apothecary Accents Framelits die, plain oval punch, tiny circle punch, Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Decorative Strip die, Memory Box Fresh Leaves dies
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Daffodil Delight stitched ribbon, Designer Builder Brad, Whisper White baker's twine