Easter Peekaboo…

Hello and welcome again to my blog, I hope you will find information and inspiration here so please, sit back and enjoy the read! I have used the Welcome Easter stamp set (£19) from Stampin’ Up! this week, as I just really enjoy all these little animals. I couldn’t decide which one to use so I have used them all!

I shared a little technique in my newsletter yesterday, the tone on tone stamping that I have used here, so if you don’t already, please sign up to my newsletters to get even more tutorials, tips and tricks. The sign up form is over to the right. I wanted to use subtle colours for this card, so Soft Sea Foam from the subtles collection was just perfect. It is such a soft and gentle colour, just what is needed at the moment!

I started with a piece of Soft Sea Foam card measuring 21cm x 14.5cm and I scored it in half at 10.5cm, to give me a card blank. I then used a piece of co-ordinating paper from the subtles 6″ x 6″ paper stack, you get 40 sheets of different coloured paper for just £10.75. I cut a piece to 10cm x 14cm and stuck it to the front of my card base. I used a piece of matching card and cut it to 9cm x 13cm before punching three circles in it using the 1 3/4″ circle punch. This was just the perfect size for my little animals to be able to peek through the holes.

I stamped over this with the three flower stamp, again using Soft Sea Foam ink, to give a watermark and soft, gentle effect. Black would have been much to harsh for the look I was trying to achieve. All too often we only stamp on white card, but this effect can give a very different look so why not give it a try on your next project. I did stamp all three of my animals, in Memento, onto Whisper White card because I wanted to colour these in using my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I used Grey Granite for the lamb, Crumb Cake for the rabbit and So Saffron for the chick. I have also used the colour lifter on the rabbit and the lamb, because I only wanted a hint of colour. The lifter really helps to blend into white, just giving colour round the edges and not blocked all over.

I wanted to glue these behind the circles, onto the back of my piece of card that I had stamped on, but found it difficult to know where to put the glue so I just placed them behind and then used a very light pencil to draw round the edge of the circle onto the animal. This was I knew where I needed to glue, and could also trim off any excess that would be poking through another hole or laying outside the width of my card. You only really need a half a centimetre to glue on, so once you have drawn you can cut off the excess.

I glued all three behind my circles and then stuck this down to the front of my card, on top of the gingham patterned paper, so I had a nice border and the paper also peeks through behind the holes. I stamped the Happy Easter greeting in Crumb Cake onto a scrap of Whisper White and the Sweet Friend greeting in Soft Sea Foam onto another scrap. I attached these together and then popped them on some dimensionals to help them pop. I must admit I struggled with deciding where these should go because it didn’t feel right to cover any of the critters up, but I think I found a good spot. I tied a bow with the braided linen trim (£6.50) and used a glue dot to secure this in place.

I hope you like my take on a Peekaboo card and have a go at one yourself. I would love to see what you make! Please do feel free to get in touch via email or find me on Facebook as The Songbird Stamper, it would be lovely to hear from you. For now, keep well, keep safe and have some fun during these strange times.

Happy Crafting xx

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