As a kid, Easter was one of my favorite holidays, not only because we had time off from school (Easter is a long weekend holiday in Australia), but also because it meant chocolate eggs! I’m also a major animal lover, especially of rabbits and hares (hence my Teal Hare Creations studio logo), so the idea of the Easter Bunny (Or Easter Bilby, in Australia) was near and dear to my heart.
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Today’s simple step-by-step process teaches you how to use gel plate printed papers (you can also use any other colored or patterned papers you may have), stencils and matte gel medium to create this simple Easter card.
HOT TIPS: For a cohesive appearance, use analogous colors that are next to one another on the color wheel). Don’t celebrate Easter? No worries, select some different stencils and create a card using these same techniques.
Follow along with these simple steps to create this beautiful card:
Step One: I used a previously gel plate printed piece of paper to stencil my rabbit on to. For this card, I selected TCW2404 Easter Scenery Sign Stencil to do the stenciling (I used mostly the right side of the stencil). I used an ink applicator brush with black Stayz On permanent pigment ink to stencil the rabbit (be sure to use a pigment based ink that is not water soluble; do not use oxide, dye based, or distress inks). Stencil by applying the ink to the brush and move the brush in small circular motions across the image to stencil it. Using scissors, cut out the rabbit or focal image you chose. Set to the side for later use.
Step Two: Using an ink blending or applicator brush, apply a sky color for the background. For this example, I chose to use Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink. Again, use small circular motions to apply the ink to the background of the card as desired.
Step Three: Using the TCW2308 Clouds Slimline Stencil, and a slightly darker blue shade (I used Broken China Distress Oxide Ink), use the edges of the cloud stencil to form clouds randomly, or however you like, across the sky.
Step Four: Using TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium and a silicone scraper tool, apply a thin layer of medium over the background, then apply the rabbit to the background. Apply a thin layer of medium over the rabbit to seal the edges completely.
HOT TIPS: When using a silicone or scraper tool. work your way from the center of the collage piece out to the edges, this helps eliminate air bubbles and ensure excess medium is removed. Work with a light pressure when using thin papers such as deli or tissue paper as they rip or tear easily when wet, and ensure you have medium on the scraper tool when scraping across thin papers.
Step Five: I used an ink applicator brush with black Stayz On permanent pigment ink to stencil the eggs and small butterfly onto different patterned papers. Stencil by applying the ink to the brush and move the brush in small circular motions across the image to stencil it. Using scissors, cut out the eggs and small butterfly. Set to the side for later use.
Step Six: Next, fill in the grass behind and around the eggs at the base of the rabbit. For this card, I used Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink applied with an ink applicator brush directly onto the card. I also applied some black ink to the the base of the rabbit and eggs to help ground them and give them weight and shadow.
Step Seven: Using TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium and the silicone scraper tool, apply the eggs and small butterfly to the card.
Step Eight: I added some shadows around and at the base of the eggs using a black Stabilo All pencil, activated with water.
Want to see a brief step-by-step process video for this project? Hop on over to my YouTube Channel to view the video (30 sec). I really hope you found these step-by-step instructions and photos to be helpful and that you feel confident enough to try this on your own. If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to post them below.
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