Since it’s Easter, I thought I’d share a little 5×5 card I made for a neighbour.
Not many people I know send Easter cards anymore – which is a shame as it’s such a lovely custom and a wonderful opportunity to share a loving ‘wish’, caring thought or just to say I love you. Something to show you care. My neighbour is such a lovely lady, and a true blessing to have in our lives so I wanted to make her a card for Easter. I decided on a clean, simple design, but with enough of a difference to make it handmade, rather than shop bought.
I die cut two crosses. One in a filigree lace type of cut, and the other a solid cross, in plain, pale lilac. I chose a gentle yellow colour which kind of had a hint of mustard, for the background.
Next, I typed out the words Easter Blessings on the computer using Photoshop, and found a font I liked, then I duplicated the typed layer, making the front layered words to be a darker lilac sort of purple, and the duplicate layer of words, behind, in a paler lilac. I printed it out on white card, then die cut it, then used the same shape of die only in a larger size, and die cut a lilac mat for the sentiment.
I went back to work on the lacey cross, and popped it into a spray box (old cardboard box) and sprayed it with some spray adhesive, leaving it to dry a little – so that I could cover the cross in silver leaf.
TIP … If you dust your hands with a little baby talc before you use silver any colour of leaf, it will help to stop it from sticking to your hands.
I glued the silver leafed cross to the plain lilac cross so that you could see the lilac through the cut out parts. And while it dried, I added the sentiment to the front of the card.
I wanted to make the cross stand a little proud of the card – as if it was puffed up, somehow raised in the centre. So I added foam dots to the central area of the back, but used permanent glue dots to the very edges – so that it gave that padded out look which I was trying to achieve.
I left the inside totally plain so that I could write the ‘To’ / ‘From’ and also had enough room to add a hand written message.
On the back …
Stamped using two stamps, both of which came free with a magazine a handful of weeks ago. They work really well and I’m thrilled to bits with them!
Finally, on the flap of the envelope ….
It was really difficult to try and show the shimmery effect of the silver leaf on the cross and found that none of the photos I’d taken really did it justice, but I’ve lightened this next photo to try and show how it lights up in parts and kind of shimmers.
Happy Easter everyone. I wish you a peace filled, care free, very blessed day.
Heaps of love …