After I created an anniversary card for my parents (see immediately prior post), my hubby pointed out to me that his parents’ anniversary was coming up soon too! I remembered this adorable Mama Elephant “Honey Bunny” stamp set that I bought over a year ago and never had a chance to make a card with it for two Easters. Don’t you hate it when you are dying to use a seasonal stamp set and then the season comes and goes with the stamp set never touching ink?

20160408_151817For the inside of the card, I printed the quote that inspired this whole card (we also used it in our wedding program) by Antoine de Saint  Exupery, “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outwards in the same direction.” Doesn’t that quote go perfectly with these two bunnies who are holding each other, enjoying a lazy spring day under the shade of a cherry tree laden with new blooms?

I used MFT black licorice hybrid dye ink to stamp out the image on 140 lb Strathmore watercolor paper and used a Pentel waterbrush and Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain to watercolor the bunnies.  I fussy cut them out even though I have the coordinating dies, because the watercoloring feathered out beyond the image and looked messy. I inked the edges to cover the white edge of the paper and added DecoArt Snow Writer to add some fun fluffy looking dimension to the tails.

For the card front, I used the third largest of the Diemond Dies Cross Stitched Circle Die Set and cut out a partial circle from more watercolor paper. Then to create a background, I used a blender tool to color the circle with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Mowed Lawn.  I added a bit of grassy detail with the fine tip side of a Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Mowed Lawn. I wanted this circle inset so I cut a piece of white card stock to fit the kraft card stock base with a little of the card base showing on one side for some balance against all scene I was creating on the other side of the card.  I used the same Diemond Dies Cross Stitched Circle to cut out the area of the card front for the inset. Then I connected and popped up the whole card front with double sided foam adhesive.

I used the Diemond Dies Cherry Blossom Branch and Flowers Die Set to create the feeling of a springtime tree in full bloom under which the bunnies could be gazing out together. I die cut the branch twice, once with craft card stock that I inked up with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain and a second time with black card stock that I offset just a tad to create a sense of a shadow on the under side of the branch. Then I die cut a bunch of the little flowers on white card stock that I inked up with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. I used the medium sized embossing Stylus Tool Tip and my Spellbinders Tool ‘n One to add some dimension to the flowers and then dotted the centers with tiny, sparkly iridescent adhesive rhinestone gems from Recollections.  I glued loads of these flowers onto the branch and also added five (I generally try to use things in odd numbers because it seems more pleasing to my eye) extra blossoms to the inside of the card for extra interest.

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The following is a process video (not including the coloring–it was getting way too long) of creating this card:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
MarkerPOP Spring Challenge
Raisin Boat Spring Break Challenge
Addicted to CAS Inlaid Die(s) Challenge
CASology Sprout Challenge – WINNER
Card Mania Spring Challenge – WINNER
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Pastel Challenge
MFT Card Sketch #275 Challenge

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