Easter is only a week and a half away, so it is a great time to finish up those Easter cards to give family and friends, create a few adorable Easter goodies, and make some decorations for your home. Below is a round-up of some of the cute Easter and Spring themed projects that have caught my eye recently.
Put a bird on it!
You could make the paper version to use as place cards for Easter dinner or as a tag on an Easter gift/basket. The felt version could be worn as a spring brooch or add a few to a spring wreath for your front door. The possibilities are nearly endless with these adorable birds. For a template, click here.
Get crafty with the kids and create Easter décor in the meantime!
Look how cute this egg wreath is! The patterned paper paired with the solid makes for an adorable layout, or have your kids decorate solid colored eggs and make a wreath with those. Great variations of this would be to use solid color paper/cardstock and “mix media” it up with distress inks, acrylic paint, Nuvo Crystal dots and more or create one from gelli prints that you make on a gelli plate.
Grab your gesso, distress paints, gel medium and stamps to create artistic eggs for décor.
For a tutorial on how to make these awesome eggs, click here.
Stripes for Spring.
Make a cute front for a card or piece of artwork to hang by using strips of paper or washi tape. You can easily create striped backgrounds that can be turned into eggs, bunnies and more.
Make a garland to hang.
Create an adorable bunny garland to hang and don’t forget the cute fluffy bunny tails!
Send some Easter love.
We have a great selection of stamps and dies for you to use in your creations.
Here is some inspiration using the stamps and dies shown above.
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day next week, I thought I would share a round-up of some of my favorite “green” products that Palette & Paper carries (to be honest, I love these products in all of the colors they come in!).
Product 1: Ink Pads
Palette & Paper carries a variety of ink pads and first it can be a little overwhelming as to why someone would need so many different kinds. Here is a quick rundown of some of the properties of the inks and projects they are suitable for.
Momento Ink Pads are fast-drying, fade resistant dye ink and is a great ink to use in paper arts. It is a water-based acid free ink that dries on all paper surfaces, including coated papers and vellum. Once it is dry it won’t smear, even when using alcohol markers (i.e. Copics) to color in stamped images.
Archival Ink Pads provide lasting stamping results that are permanent on many surfaces. With them you can get a crisp image that doesn’t bleed over water-based inks and markers, acrylic paint and water colors. Archival Ink dries on matte surfaces and can be heat set on glossy surfaces. It is acid free and non toxic.
StazOn Ink Pads are solvent based and designed for decorating on-porous surfaces such as glass, metal, shrink plastic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and acrylic. It can also be used on paper.
Taylored Expression Ink Pads are dye-based, fade-resistant ink that can be used in paper crafting. It is custom formulated to match Taylored Expressions cardstock (also available at Palette & Paper). The mini pads are only $3 making it cost-effective to expand your color inventory of stamp pads and the small size is convenient for packing for crops or creative weekends (have you registered for the next creative weekend at P&P yet? It’s this weekend!).
Product 2: Baker’s Twine
I absolutely love the extra pop that baker’s twine adds to paper crafts and gift wrapping! Below are just a couple of great examples using this product.
Product 3: Ken Oliver’s Color Burst
These concentrated micro fine watercolor powders let you create beautiful watercolor techniques like never before!
You can use them “free-hand”.
Mix them with water and paint with them as you would other watercolors.
Make unique flower bouquets with Color Bursts by dyeing white/light colored flowers. Ken shared a lot about this in a recent Facebook video.
Use them to paint through a stencil.
Product 4: Taylored Expressions Felt
Again, I love projects with texture and dimension, so adding felt to a project makes me happy!
You can die cut flowers and other shapes to use as embellishment on cards.
Use the felt in collage name tags and other fabric art.
Die cut an adorable cupcake topper.
Product 5: Washi Tape
Washi tape, washi tape, my life wasn’t complete until I discovered washi tape! Seriously though, washi tape can be used for SO MANY THINGS!
You can use it in card making and decorating envelopes.
You can decorate cute goody bags for a party or gift giving.
Rip it, layer it and make an awesome tag to use on a gift or as a base which you can stamp, add hand letting to, etc.
Embellish a scrapbook layout.
Pop into Palette & Paper and pick up some green items this week! Or any color of the rainbow . . . or maybe something gold for a little luck of the Irish!
We’ve all seen the cute little packages of enamel dots at the Shoppe, but how do you use them?
Enamel dots can add a lot of visual interest to a scrapbook layout, bible journaling, cards, tags and more. Just look at some of the “awesomeness” that was created with the help of enamel dots.
They can help join elements together into a cohesive design. See how this adorable tag becomes part of the card front with the addition of a couple of enamel dots.
They can be used as bullet points in memory keeping.
They add the perfect finishing touch to the center of flowers in designs.
They had fun pops of colors to designs!
So, you’ve pretty much decided that you need ALL OF THE ENAMEL DOTS now, right? Well, don’t forget that you can make your own enamel dots also! We carry these great Nuvo Crystals Drops in an array of colors, and you can make enamel dots directly on your project in all sorts of sizes or pre-make them to have on hand.
If you are making them ahead of time use a craft sheet so they don’t stick and adhere them with glue dots once fully dried.
Another great thing about the Nuvo Crystal Drops is you can also make shapes and squiggles to use in your creations.
We would love to see your creations made with enamel dots so be sure to tag us in photos on Instagram and Facebook or share your craft blog links in the comments!
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