Easter has always been special to me. When I was a child it meant that my mother would begin planning and sewing my Easter Dress soon after Valentines day. My mom was a seamstress and for many years had a custom made Bridal Gown Shop in Fort Myers. My dresses were always elegant and beautiful. When I had my own children I learned to smock so that I could make those beautiful dresses for my little girl as well. Then came grandchildren, yes, I make all of them smoked dresses and the boys had little smocked shirts and shortalls. My pleating machine is put away, I use all my creative ‘juices’ for card making. Now that I have great grands I might just have to pull it out again.
When I saw this stamp set I knew I had to have it, but what kind of background should it have. This background is from the Serene Scenery Designers Series Paper Stack. I think it is supposed to be water, stormy sea but I felt it also depicted stormy sky. The colors in this are easily translated to the card, Island Indigo and Pool Party. I stamped the Palm branch using Soft Suede and smudged it using a 1/4 of a sponge in Wild Wasabi and Old Olive. It was fussy cut and trimmed to fit under the cross. The cross and drape was stamped in Soft Suede and heat embossed using Clear Embossing powder. Then colored in using the Blender Pen and Soft Suede and Tip Top Taupe Ink Pads. The drape was also colored in using the Blender Pen and Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder Ink Pads.
The sentiment is from the Easter Message Stamp Set and stamped in Soft Suede on Whisper White Card Stock. Cut out with an oval from Layering Ovals Framelits and adhered to an oval just one size up. The two layers are adhered to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The inside of the card was completed by making a masking layer using Pool Party and Island Indigo. The Sentiment and the Lily are stamps from the Easter Message Stamp Set and stamped in Soft Suede. The lily was colored in using blender pen and Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi.
Here are the products I used in creating this card.