Happy Easter

Last Fall, I bought the stamp set Crosses of Hope, a beautiful set with three very distinct crosses.  I couldn’t help but to think this would be a very purposeful set when Easter rolls around.  Guess what!  Easter is here, so I pulled out the set and played around with it.  Here’s what I made:stampwithbrian.com - Happy Easter

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • The cross.  The entire card starts with the cross.  I embossed it on Whisper White with Early Espresso embossing powder.  Since the stamp is designed with a negative image, it’s a perfect image to heat emboss.  After the powder was heated and set on the paper, I added colors inside the flowers and leaves.  With my Stampin’ Write Markers, I just brushed and tapped in the open spaces to add beautiful pops of color.
  • Color scheme.  The Early Espresso cross is dark and solid, but I really wanted the colors of the little flowers and the green of the leaves to pop, so I designed the rest of the card to be packed with neutrals.  No matter where the image is placed, your eye goes right to pops of color.  Mission accomplished.
  • The borders.  Since I received my Pop-up Posies Kit, I have been looking for ways to use the embossed paper tags.  I love these things, so I have to find the right place to use them.  A celebration of Easter is a perfect occasion, don’t you think?  The oval fits perfectly inside the tag, and the cross pops right out of the oval.  The combination really works.  

Stamp sets:  Crosses of Hope, Delightful Dozen  Inks:  Early Espresso  Papers:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, So Saffron  Accessories:  VersaMark, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Write Markers (Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. An absolute work of art Brian! Happy Easter.

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Worth picking up this stamp set for this lovely cross alone. Love your Framelit and Tag layering! And you chose to set it askew to the top left, handsome with the balance of white and crumb cake matted card stock. I’m off to check out Delightful Dozen, I love that font on Happy Easter…Have a great day!

  3. This is stunning!

  4. WOW Brian!! this is lovely. It doens’t need any embellishments other than your fantastic coloring. I love the Happy Easter stamp, the font fits perfectly this design, it’s simple but elegant.

  5. So pretty … the cross is definitely a stand alone beauty . I must say I am impressed with the layering adding the supporting colors . Well done …. you grabbed my attention with your statement about negative images and embossing … that`s something I never thought about . Thank you for bringing that to my attention . I also like the greeting font ….guess I will go look at that set again .

    • Carol in Minnesota

      I saw your card on Stampin’ Pretty Pals Easter “Parade”, instantly knew that was Crosses of Hope set (which I have) — but could not imagine how you got it to look like that. Never heard or reverse embossing but sure glad you gave tips on how you did it. Absolutely love the card. Fantastic card Brian. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful card, such a calming color combination! You’re a very talented Demonstrator.

  7. This is really beautiful Brian. As much as I love bunnies and chicks it is so nice to see a card with the true meaning of Easter. Hope you have a happy one!

  8. Beautiful. With Easter being all about the cross and Jesus you have totally showed what a beautiful season this is. It looks porcelain! That would be a keeper worth framing! Happy Easter Brian!

  9. Gorgeous! The first thing I noticed was the coloring of the flowers which is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas with everyone.

  10. I absolutely LOVE this card! It’s perfect!!! 🙂

  11. Happy Easter, Brian. This is a stunningly beautiful card. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive it.

  12. Totally perfect card to honor our perfect savior!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous card, Brian.

  14. Stunning, Brian!

  15. That card absolutely blew me away Brian. My first thought was that the inside of the cross was a DSP. You did a fantastic job on this one for sure. It is a prize winner if ever there was one.

  16. Wow! Why can’t I think of these layouts myself? Absolutely beautiful card and message. Happy Easter to you.

  17. You have topped yourself Brian, this is stunning!

  18. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! I thought it was paper pieced

  19. Beautiful! It must be even more beautiful IRL with the Early Espresso embossing powder effect!

  20. absolutely beautiful. happy easter!

  21. Love this card! and I have this stamp, that makes me happy. Happy Easter everyone!

  22. Brian, that is gorgeous! I love the pops of color and the subtle neutral backdrop! Very well done!

  23. Wow!! Love your card!
    It is just beautiful! I love that it shows the true meaning of Easter!
    Have a blessed Easter!

  24. This is beautiful. A wonderful reminder of Jesus sacrifice for us.

  25. So thankful that someone making cards for SU celebrates the true meaning of Easter (Resurrection Day). Love, love, love your card! May the Lord Bless You!

  26. This is exquisite Brian. It carries an elegance and reverence to it. Just beautiful! Happy Easter to you from your PAL.

  27. So beautiful!

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