Think Spring

How about surprising someone with an Easter card? Or a “Just Because Spring” card? I love sending cards when no one expects them. Who doesn’t love getting happy mail?! The cards today are all about Easter and Spring. For most of them, I used the shimmery Curious Metallic Card Stock and it’s on sale this month.

I started by creating the layered backgrounds using Birch Press Fiori layering dies. The set has three dies that work together. The trick for getting good results with layering dies is finding the right card stock. The colors have to look good together. The Curious Metallic Card Stock looks fabulous with these dies. So many great colors, you can hardly go wrong. Shown below are the card stock colors I used for the different cards. Every layer is a different color. But, it also looks great if you use all the same color card stock on one card.

Card stock used for green and gold card
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Card stock used for purple card

Card stock used for silver and blue card

After die-cutting each layer, you need to remove the little pieces. A couple tools I use to do this are the Spellbinders roller brush and a paper piercing tool. The brush has a built-in piercing tool but I keep a separate one handy. I think it’s best to work from the backside of the card stock. That way any scratches from using these tools doesn’t appear on your card front. I bend the card slightly and roll the brush back and forth over the card. Whatever pieces remain, I poke out.

Cleaning up the die cut panels

Next you need to adhere all the layers together. I’ve tried many different adhesives. I really like the Tombow Mono Liquid Glue for this task. It dries clear. It comes out easily and in tiny drops. It dries quickly but you still have a little wiggle room for lining things up. When gluing, I always dab the glue on the back side of a layer and adhere it to the layer below it. Less chance of extra glue seeping out the edges by doing it this way. When the layers are glued together, I place a large acrylic block and some other heavy item on top of it. Just for a minute or two. This ensure all layers are glued snugly and no corners peel up. 
Gluing the die cut panels together

Now that the layers are glued together, it’s time to decide on sentiments and images. I knew I wanted spring flowers for some of the cards and my ink swatches helped me pick the best colors to stamp with.

Adding other elements to the die-cut panel

I used Classic Crest Bright White 100% Recycled 80# Card Stock for the yellow tulips. For the Happy Easter sentiment, I used a strip of the Poison Ivory Curious Metallic Card Stock. It’s the same card stock as the middle layer (layer B). Happy Easter is heat embossed with gold powder and brings out the back card stock layer of Super Gold.

For the card base, I created a top-folding card using  Classic Crest Bright White 100% Recycled 80# Card Stock. To help the stylus glide over the paper when creasing it, I rub the card stock with wax paper. 
Creating the card base
Below is the final card. I love the look of the shimmery Curious Metallic Card Stock in Lime, Poison Ivory, and Super Gold for this style of card.  To finish it off, I added a little gem to the center flower.
The finished green and gold Happy Easter card

Since, I had everything out I made a few other cards. The next one uses Pop-Tone Card Stock in Grapesicle and Grape Jelly. Both the sentiment and floral image were stamped on  Classic Crest Bright White 100% Recycled 80# Card Stock. I also added a few jewels to the card.

The finished Think Spring purple card

The next one is created with Curious Metallic Card Stock in Galvanised and Blue Print, and Basis Card Stock in Medium Blue for the very last layer. The sentiment is heat embossed with silver powder on the Blue Print also. The cute little bunny I found while checking out at Jo-ann’s. They sold me with 50% off this package of Easter critters.

The finished blue and silver Happy Easter card
And finally I created a one layer die-cut card that uses Curious Metallic Card Stock in Ink for the die-cut piece. The card base is Basis Card Stock in Light Blue. The sentiment tag is Curious Metallic in Blue Print. Even though these last two cards aren’t traditional Easter or Spring colors, I love the look. The shimmery metallic is so awesome. I think they make great masculine cards for the Easter holiday. 
The finished blue one-layer Happy Easter card
So excited to begin this new journey at CutCardStock with my first post today! All month long the beautiful Curious Metallic Card Stock line is on sale. There are so many great ways to use this sparkly, shimmer card stock. This is just one idea. Check back often for more inspiration from the design team
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