Colour Me Challenge #65 – You’re Earresistible with Lawn Fawn

Cards, Challenges, Easter

Have you been fooled yet today? Someone always seems to get me each year when April 1st rolls around. Well good news, no tricks on the z² blog today!

This week the Colour Me Challenge is to create a project using sky blue, and neutrals.

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I created a silly Easter card for my project using some supplies and techniques that I’ve been experimenting with recently–mixing stamps to create a single image, and using speciality media, in this case, faux suede. To be honest, this is one of those projects that I like the idea, but I don’t love the final project. Time wasn’t on my side this week, so I decided just to run with it and share the card anyway.

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The You’re Earresistible sentiment from the Eggstra Special Easter set inspired this card. I thought it would be funny to create a little bunny parade with a dog trying to join the fun and sneak in “undercover” with big bunny ears. I combined stamps from Lawn Fawn (Critters at the Dog Park, and Eggstra Special Easter) to create my undercover pup. If you’re curious about this technique, I recently posted another video where I go in to more detail about how I do it. You can see the blog post and video here.

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Make sure to visit the other designers for more blue inspiration. I got a sneak peek at this week’s creations and they are just oozing with inspiration–

Until next time,

julia

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Easter Egg Treat Bags with Lawn Fawn and Faux Suede

Cards, Easter

Welcome and happy Saturday! A few weeks ago I created some dog treat bags for the Scrapbooks by Design blog. If you missed that post, you can see it here. My new Lawn Fawn supplies recently arrived, so I decided to circle back and craft the bags again, this time for Easter with chocolate treats for humans.

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One thing that I knew I wanted to incorporate on the labels, were fuzzy Easter bunnies. I even ordered some faux suede with this idea in mind! The Lawn Fawn, Eggstra Special Easter, stamp set comes with two adorable bunny images so I was all set. If you want to skip ahead, there is a video tutorial, below, showing how I made the treat bag tags.

Before I started my project, I played around with my faux suede and discovered that I could stamp, colour, and die cut it as if it were cardstock. WOOT! The faux suede that I used is from EK Tools. It came in a pack with 18 sheets in a variety of neutral colours. It’s not a perfect match for the texture of suede, but it’s pretty close. One note to also keep in mind, is that the white sheets are more of a cream colour. I think that the faux suede is probably easier to use than felt, as the fibres are shorter. The shorter fibres is likely why I was able to stamp, cut, and colour it so easily. Another neat feature of these sheets is that they have a paper backing on them so you can easily use your standard adhesives and tapes.

I found that the best ink for stamping onto this material was a dye ink. Pigment inks tended not to dry (even with a blast from my heat tool) so they smudged quite easily. I stamped my images onto the suede using the new Lawn Fawn inks and then gave them a good zap with the heat tool. This heat step seemed important since when I just let it dry without the heat, the ink still smudged a little. I tested all the colours and none of them were affected by the heat.

I also experimented with colouring on the faux suede material. While alcohol markers did work, I was a little worried about damaging the marker nibs on the fabric. More importantly, I found the marker’s ink really seeped into the suede and had a saturated (dark) look. I found the best way to get vivid colours was with my Prismacolor Pencils. I used a light hand when applying the colour to make sure that I didn’t change the texture of the suede.

Ok, so now on to the tutorial–

That’s it for today! I hope you found this info helpful and that it’s inspired you to play around with unusual mediums and speciality media.

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Until next time,

julia

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Colour Me Challenge #64 – Easter Shaker Card with Lawn Fawn

Cards, Challenges, Easter

Welcome! This week the Colour Me challenge incorporates four(!) colours: two shades of red, a teal, and a turqoise.

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When my card has to be extra (eggstra…) colourful, I tend to use each colour quite sparingly. This card is no exception. I combined several patterned papers to paper piece and create an Easter themed shaker. Since the four colours are similar in tone, I was able to find plenty of paper in my stash that fit the bill. Almost all of the supplies I used were from Lawn Fawn. Make sure to check out my video tutorial to see how I made this week’s card.

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Thanks so much for dropping by this week! Hope to see you back here again soon!

julia

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