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?
For 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
Your card is so adorable. Love the background, bunnies and flowers..
Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
Good luck, Michelle (DT)
Thank you so much Michelle! I really had fun designing and crafting this scene. 🙂
Awesome ..luv the tiny flowers and ur coloring on the bunnies!! 🙂 I have a blog now too..although I can’t say I really know what I’m doing yet!?? LOL! hugs~Dani
Awww thanks so much Dani! Oh I’ll have to check out your blog too! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know! Big hugs, Kristina
What a darling card. Your parents should love it. Those bunnies are adorable!
Beautifully constructed CAS card, adorable bunnies and fabulous sentiment. Thank you for sharing with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. Good luck in the draw. Jennifer DT member x
Very beautiful card. I am sure the will love it. I love the design and the flowers at the top. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion. Hope to see you again on the next challenge! Good luck!!! Patricia
Wow! So adorable! You are like me with the foam tape. I gotta make sure all my parts are stuck up real good.
Awww! beautiful card in every way!! and I love the image of your kissing dogs too : )
Awww thanks so much! It was a card made from the heart. My little Havanese is super loving, but my older mini poodle is more discerning (that’s the nice way to put it) so I was really happy I was able to catch them kissing like this. 🙂 TF your super sweet comment, Patti! You’ve put a huge smile on my face! Big hugs, Kristina
This is lovely! 🙂
Thank you so much Melissa! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a sweet comment! Big hugs, Kristina
OK, so…I’m in LOVE with this card! It is adorable and beautiful at the same time! How did you DO that?! The sentiment you added on the inside IS perfect for this image…what a beautiful anniversary card! I just bought this stamp set after a long time stalking it…now I am so glad I did, this card is the reason why! Thanks for joining in the fun at CASology!
Awww you have totally made my day with your incredibly kind and thoughtful comment! Thank you so very much, Judy! I just hope that it warms my in-laws hearts the way it did for me as I crafted it for them. 🙂 Hugs and blessings to you and yours, Kristina
Gorgeous card! Such a sweet scene highlighted by the spring blossoms. Thanks for joining the CASology challenge this week!
Thanks so much Jacquie! I had so much fun designing and making this card. 🙂 TF stopping by! Hugs, Kristina
What a beautiful card,love the blossom tree, and the perfect sentiment Debbs xx
Thanks so much Debbs! It’s one of my favorite quotes. 🙂
Oh, I love this card – perfectly supports that very apt quote within. I am looking forward to watching your video, because I absolutely adore everything about this sweet anniversary card. Gorgeous take on the cue. So glad you could join us at CASology this week!
Thank you so much Hazel! I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by, leave such an encouraging comment, and for taking a peek at my video too! Big hugs, Kristina
Your card is adorable!! Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday!
Thank you so much Natalie! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a sweet, encouraging comment! Hugs, Kristina
This is so adorable 🙂 such a cute scene, thank you for sharing with ATCAS
Thanks so much Deepti! I appreciate you taking the time to take a look and leave a sweet comment! Hugs, Kristina
I am in love with your creation. It’s just soooo stunning. Thanks for playing along with us at Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends. Sorry I’m late visiting, but better late than never, right!!
Lynn aka Lynnpenguin, LPoCF DT
Awww thanks so much Lynn! Definitely sweet of you to stop by and take the time to leave encouraging words! Big hugs, Kristina