Easter made HAPPIER with Lisa Spangler!

Hi Bloggers! Happy Sunday + Happy Easter! I hope you’re having a great day! I’m totally thrilled to have not one but 2 gorgeous & festive projects from our dear friend, Lisa Spangler! Without further ado, I will let Lisa explain how you can make your own versions of these beauties!

Hi! It’s Lisa Spangler, and I’m so happy to be here! Today I have two projects to share with you that both feature the Tim Holtz Easter Elements die set. I love this die set, and even though it has “Easter” in the name I think it’s so versatile that you can use it all year long!

First up, I’m going to share a quick and easy place card setting for your Easter table.
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Just cut two bunnies out of Hero Arts mocha paper for each place card that you need. One will become the front of the bunny and one will be the back. This die works so well that you can cut two bunnies out in one shot – real time saver! Here’s another tip: Hero Arts papers are colored on one side and white on the other, so place your papers so that the white sides are touching when you run it through the machine.

Clear emboss the bunnies, then rub on tea dye and vintage photo distress inks. Next, use a bone folder and a ruler to score the bunny for the back as shown.
Next, put adhesive above the score line and press the two bunnies together. I like to use a glue stick for this as I find that it holds better.

For the nose, put a glue dot where the nose goes, trim off any that hangs over the edge, and adhere pink flocking. So cute!
To finish up, adhere a pom-pom tail to each bunny, then cut out a banner and stamp each person’s name with gold ink. Adhere with foam tape and you are done!
Next I wanted to share an idea using the butterfly die that comes in the set. This may look complicated, but it’s actually pretty easy thanks to the magic of distress markers. I like to grab my trusty butterfly field guide when I’m coloring butterflies so I get some ideas for their markings. I don’t worry about making them too realistic, though! 

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Start out by cutting a butterfly out of watercolor paper. Then color the body and the wing tips. Go over them with a detail water brush and tah dah! You are on your way.
Now add color to the wings and go over your markings with the detailed water brush again like so:

Let this dry (you can help it along with a heat gun if you like.) Then add some gray and black dots, and some lines using the fine point end of the black and gray markers, then go over with water again and let it dry. Here’s how it looked before going over it with water:
To finish up the butterfly, give it a good mist with perfect pearls and water and let dry. Just be sure your butterfly is dry before you mist it so the colors don’t run too much! Here’s a closeup of the finished butterfly:
To make the card base, first stamp Hero Arts’ Life Can Be with Charcoal mid-tone ink on a white notecard. Then squish a tea dye ink pad on an acrylic block to make a palette. Grab a broad tip water brush and pick up some tea dye ink, and paint the upper left and lower right corners. While it’s still wet, brush on some vintage photo distress ink, picking the ink up directly from the ink pad. Let dry.

Mist the card with gold, buttercup, and boss lady Mister Huey’s and let dry. Then add washi tape, gold glitter tape, sew on some sequins, adhere the butterfly with foam dots. All done!
Thanks so much for joining me today! Happy spring! xo
Thanks for reading, and thanks again to Lisa!!

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