Today I want to share some Easter Cards featuring Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments papers and several Spellbinders die sets. I love the beautiful Graphic 45 papers — there are so many different ways that they can be used. The same is true of Spellbinders die sets — particularly the “card creator” sets. Together these products make beautiful cards.
I also made some Easter wreath cards using the Graphic 45 papers and a Spring wreath die.
The key to the cards is to first identify an element on the Graphic 45 papers that will serve as a focal point. I looked to two papers in the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection for my card inspiration — “All My Love” and ”Easter Greetings”. Each paper has a lot of choices to offer, but you first have to “unlock” it from the paper. This is portion of the “Easter Greetings” paper.
You can see the elements here are separated into “boxes”, so it is possible to use your paper trimmer to separate the boxes. Sometimes you can use the item as is, and other times it will be desirable to cut away the “box” and just use the remaining image. You’ll decide that when you decide how you want the card to look. For example, I wanted some small images to use with my Easter wreaths, and so the smaller pictures along the side of the paper were perfect. I just trimmed the extra borders off and they were ready to go. Other images I wanted to use with the Spellbinders Card Creator dies, and so it was necessary to fussy cut them, at least a little, to fit into the space available.
This is a picture of a portion of the “All My Love” paper.
Here the images and elements are intertwined, and you need to first figure out how to separate and isolate the image that you want to use for your card. I began by hand cutting this paper into about thirds. I started by cutting just underneath the roses (I’m left-handed so I started cutting from the left side of the paper), and between the butterflies, up above the umbrella, and then dipping back down to miss the egg, etc. Once the paper was in a more manageable size, then I looked at the strip of paper I had cut and determined which images were intact and which I would feature on a card. I ”freed” those first from the paper strip to avoid any inadvertent damage while cutting other images. Usually when I’m making cards, I only cut the images I really need at the time, and I set aside the remaining parts for another time when I will cut out the other useable images to add to my stash. Please see the short video for a more detailed description of how I “free” images from patterned paper, and also some tips on fussy cutting.
Assembly of the cards is quite easy. I cut A2-sized background layers (4.25″ x 5.5″) from various solid cardstock. I like to use metallic cardstock for this since it adds a bit of shimmer and interest. Then I cut a variety of layers from ivory paper using several of the Spellbinders card creator sets including Tranquil Memories, Filigree Delight, Diamond Effects and Floral Ribbon Threader. I love the detail that each of these sets adds to a card. From there it was a matter of determining which element(s) I would select from the “cut” pile, and what layers were appropriate for them. I added ribbons and other embellishments, as appropriate to finish the cards. The four cards I made this way are –
For the “wreath” cards, I did not use one of the Spellbinders die cut layers because I wanted the emphasis to be on the wreath. Sometimes I just stick with plain edges, etc. to avoid losing my focal point. For the two wreath cards I cut a colored background layer that was A2-sized (4.25″ x 5.5″), and an ivory layer that was 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. I attached the ivory layer to the background layer using Scor-Tape. I cut two wreaths — one from green cardstock and one from vellum. The vellum wreath was placed over the top of the green wreath (you can secure these with adhesive if you like — I did not feel it was necessary). I wrapped the wreath with ivory/gold baker’s twine, and then adhered it to the card layers using a low dimensional adhesive. I added the ribbon at the bottom of the card. Next I added the cut element from the Graphic 45 papers to the bottom corner using regular dimensional adhesive. Then I decorated the remainder of the wreath using die cut flowers and sequins, and added the ribbon “tie” at the bottom. The two wreath cards are below –
All of these are very easy, simple cards to make. Of course you can add more to them if you prefer. Some people cut the image (or parts of the image) two or three times, and pop them on top of one another to create a dimensional image. You could also separate the images into even smaller parts and change the placement, etc. or pop smaller parts of the design. Of course glitter always enhances a card and adds to its style. There are just so many options. It is all up to individual taste and style.
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments “Easter Greetings” and “All My Love” papers
Spellbinders die sets – Tranquil Memories, Filigree Delight, Diamond Effects and Floral Ribbon Threader
Spring Wreath die by W Plus 9
Assorted plain cardstock
Assorted ribbon, bakers twine and embellishments
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — 1/4″ and 1/8″
Dimensional adhesive; low dimensional adhesive
Scotch Quick-Drying glue
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!