Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Parade Challenge on the Emerald Creek Dares Blog

It's time for a brand new challenge on the Emerald Creek Dares blog, featuring "Easter". When we received this challenge I was stumped as I don't normally create Easter projects of any kind, so I was definitely up for the challenge.   For my project I decided that I would create a fun Easter card and show you how I created it, so that you can make it at home.  Make sure that you read the entire post as there is a fun surprise at the bottom! So lets get started on how you can create my Easter Card at home. 

To start my card, I first needed to create my cardbase. To create my card base, I trimmed a piece of 100lb White Cardstock  to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/4".   Once the score line was scored, I folded the piece of cardstock in half to create my cardbase. Once the cardbase was scored and folded, I inked  1/4" around the entire front of my card base with Antique Linen Distress Ink. 

The next step was to trim a piece of 100lb White Cardstock to 3 1/4" x 3 1/4". Once the cardstock was cut, I laid my doily stencil over top and applied a thin layer of Texture Paste over top with my palette knife.  You will want to leave the texture paste to dry for  at least 20 minutes. 

Once the texture paste is dry, apply the Seedless Preserves Distress Crayon overtop of the texture paste, blending it in with your fingers. Once the entire image is coloured, spritz it with a bit of water to give parts of the image a lighter shade of the Seedless Preserves. Set coloured image aside to dry.

I wanted to add a bunny to the floral background I had just created, so I used a Large Bunny from Southern Ridge Trading Company and painted it with two layers of Walnut Stain Distress Paint. Once the bunny was dry, I added a pink little bow around it's neck.

Next I stamped the Large Butterfly with Black Archival Ink on to the 100lb White Cardstock. I stamped the butterfly twice and then I coloured them using Wilted Violet, Black Soot and Spun Sugar Distress Markers. Once the butterflies were coloured, I precision cut each one out. After the butterflies were cut out, I inked around the edges of them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

 I applied Black Archival ink to my Happy Easter stamp and stamped onto a scrap piece of 100lb White Cardstock. Once the image was stamped, I blended Antique Linen Distress Ink over top of it. 

I selected a few patterns from Graphic 45's "Sweet Sentiments" collection and cut them down to fit my card and to be able to layer them on top of one another. To give a little extra to my patterned papers and my floral coloured background image, I edged each of the papers with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink and then sprinkled Pastel Lilac Embossing powder. Once all the edges are covered I embossed them with my heat tool and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also wanted to add a highlight to my sentiment so I inked the edges of the Happy Easter sentiment with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink and then sprinkled Pastel Pink Embossing Powder. Once all the edges were covered, I embossed it with my heat tool and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Some finishing touches for my card was adding the 10mm pink roses and white carnations to the corner of the floral background, allowing the butterflies to be the second focal point of the card.

Products used from Emerald Creek:
Large Butterfly Stamp

Other Products Used:
- Southern Ridge Trading Company: Large Bunnies, White Carnations and 10mm pink roses
- Ranger/Tim Holtz: Distress Crayon: Seedless Preserves, Distress Markers: Black Soot, Spun Sugar & Wilted Violet, Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo & Embossing Ink and Distress Paint: Walnut Stain
- Ranger Ink: Black Archival Ink, Texture Paste & Mister
- Ranger/Dina Wakley: Palette Knife
- Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: Doily Stencil
- Graphic 45: Sweet Sentiments
- Hug A Bug Seam Binding Ribbon: Light Pink

For a fun little extra, I created an easter egg for you. I used an Easter Egg chipboard image from Southern Ridge Trading Company and covered it using Pastel Pink, Pastel Mint  and Easter Parade Embossing Powder. To finish my egg, I went over it with a light layer of Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added some white carnations and 15mm pink roses to the top left and bottom right corner. 

Products used from Emerald Creek:

Other Products Used:
- Ranger/Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
- Southern Ridge Trading Company: 15mm Pink Roses & White Carnations

Make sure that you go and check out the rest of the Emerald Creek Dares Design Team as they have all created fantastic pieces for this weeks challenge:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Easter Card. Don't forget to enter your project into our Emerald Creek Dares Challenge for your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate for the Emerald Creek Store!

Until Next Time!


  1. Love your choice of colors...always!! You have such a good eye for that! The Easter egg is so pretty too!

    1. Thanks Cathy! I had lots of fun creating the Easter egg.

  2. Gorgeous card Katelyn, love all the layers !!

  3. Absolutely stunning card, Katelyn! I love all the yummy textures and the colours are gorgeous.

  4. Katelyn, I love your Easter card with that beautiful bold and textured background and yummy chocolate bunny! And those butterflies are brilliant; adding that stamp to my wish list! Great embossed Easter egg, too! Hugs!

  5. This is so terrific and you bunny is absolutely amazing! Well done.

  6. wonderful card Katelyn!!!! i love the texture of your piece!! beautiful!