One of my absolute favorite images for Easter projects is this fabulous big chocolate bunny from the Tim Holtz Easter Elements Bigz die, so of course that is the first die I turned to when making my Easter cards for the year. I really love the large size of this bunny, and have used it for so many different kinds of projects.
Today I've framed the rabbit in a little garden scene, complete with lots of green grass and spring flowers. And I've used a couple of different techniques for adding extra interest to my die cuts with stamps, embossing, and watercolor ink that I'd like to share with you. Let's take a closer look.
Begin by die cutting the bunny from watercolor paper using this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side up), paper or material to be cut, Standard Cutting Pad.
Stamp floral images onto the smooth side of the bunny die cut using embossing ink, then heat set with white embossing powder.
Paint water onto the bunny so that the watercolor paper is nicely saturated, then add Distress Ink mixed with water to the image. I used three colors of Pink Distress for my rabbit, starting with the lightest color first, which in my case is Worn Lipstick.
Dab the medium tone of ink color onto a craft sheet and spritz with water. I used Picked Raspberry. Pick up the ink mixture with your wet paintbrush, and apply the color to the edges of the bunny die cut. Add more clear water as needed to get the inks to mix and flow.
Repeat this procedure for the darkest ink color. I used Festive Berries. Blot the excess ink and water off with a clean cloth, then dry the rabbit cut with a heat tool.
Using an ink blending tool, apply brown Distress ink to the edges of the bunny.
Cover the front of a card base with Distress cardstock and patterned paper. Machine stitch around the edge of the patterned paper, if desired.
Die cut the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Big Ticket Movers & Shapers Die from manila cardstock using the same standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich as mentioned above.
Using a craft knife, cut out the middle portion of the Big Ticket die cut along the score lines. Wet the outside edge of the frame with a wet paintbrush. Dab pink ink onto a craft sheet and spritz with water. Pick up the color with the wet paintbrush and apply the color to the wet edge of the frame. The ink will bleed and flow from the water you put down, but if it doesn't flow enough for your liking, you can spritz it with a bit more water to help blend. Dry the frame die cut with a heat tool. Add brown ink to the frame using an ink blending tool. Drag the edge of a pink marker around the inside opening of the frame.
Die cut the Sizzix Tapered Fringe Decorative Strip Die from manila cardstock. For die cutting with decorative strip dies, use this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Extended Spacer Platform, 13" Decorative Strip Cutting Pad, decorative strip die (cutting side up), paper, 13" Decorative Strip Cutting Pad.
Trim off about half an inch from the top of the fringe. Using an ink blending tool, apply green ink to the die cut fringe. Cut the fringe into two 2-inch pieces, and adhere one behind the other, slightly staggered and off-set.
Adhere the grass border to the inside of the frame on the right hand side. Adhere the frame to the center of the card base. Add two patterned paper banner strips to the top right corner of the frame. Add crochet flowers to the banners and grass.
Tie twine around the bunny's neck. Apply foam adhesive to the back of the bunny.
Add the bunny to the left side of the frame. Adhere a third crochet flower to the twine bow. Die cut the smallest jewelry tag from the Sizzix Tags Framelits Die Set with Stamps by Stephanie Barnard from manila cardstock. For die cutting with Framelits, we recommend using the Magnetic Platform and this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Framelits die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.
Stamp hello greeting from the Hello Clear Stamp Set onto the tag using black ink. Tuck the tag up under the bow and adhere in place.
Other Supplies Used:
- Cardstock: Core'dinations (Distress Cardstock), Ranger Ink (Watercolor Cardstock, Manila Cardstock)
- Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Vivienne Collection
- Floral Stamps: Stampin'Up
- Ink, Marker, Embossing Powder, Ink Blending Tool, Heat Tool, Craft Sheet: Ranger Ink
- Twine: May Arts
- Crochet Flowers
- Adhesive: Therm O Web