Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, and I am so excited to be back on the Ranger blog today to share a spring or Easter themed card project made with fun new Tim Holtz dies and lots of fabulous Distress Inks and Crayons.
This card features Tim’s adorable Cottontail Rabbit die from Sizzix. I absolutely love this die used in just a simple silhouette shape, but today I’m going to show you how easy it is to embellish this bunny with Distress Inks and add accent details using Distress Crayons. And since the Cottontail is a Bigz die, you can dress up your project with the texture of fabric or even burlap, like I’ve done on the bow here.
I’ve got all the details in a step out tutorial to share, so let’s take a closer look.
Step 1: Trim a 4.25” x 5.5” panel of Mixed Media Heavystock paper. Dab Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet, and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks onto a Craft Sheet, and spray the inks with water using the Distress Sprayer. Press the Heavystock paper into the ink mixture, and twist it slightly to move the ink mixture around. Dry the paper with a Heat Tool. Repeat the process as many times as you wish to achieve the level of color you want.
Step 2: Place the Woven Layering Stencil over the inked paper. Ink over random areas using a Mini Ink Blending Tool and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. Apply Brushed Corduroy ink around the edges of the panel.
Step 3: Adhere the panel to a Perfect White Card base. Machine stitch around the edge of the card. Lightly sand a 3.75” x 4.75” piece of brown Distress cardstock. Die cut the largest Stacked Postage die from the center of the paper. Adhere the frame to the center of the card with Multi Medium Matte adhesive.
Step 4: Die cut the Cottontail rabbit from another A2 sized piece of Mixed Media Heavystock. Dab Brushed Corduroy and Ground Espresso Distress Ink onto a Craft Sheet, and spray the inks with water from the Distress Sprayer. Press and twist the rabbit into the ink mixture, and then dry the paper with a Heat Tool. You can repeat this process as many times as you wish. Color the rabbit’s ears, tip of his nose, and tail with Picket Fence Distress Crayon. Blend the crayon a bit with the tip of your finger. Add Victorian Velvet Distress Crayon to the very tip of the nose, and the right edge of the ears. Add a dot of Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon for the eye. Die cut just the bow a second time from burlap fabric. Adhere the burlap layer to the cardstock layer using Multi Medium Matte. Color the burlap with Spun Sugar Distress Crayon. Wrap twine around the bow and tie the ends into a knot at the center of the bow. Adhere the bow to the rabbit with Multi Medium Matte. Cut two 2” lengths of thread, fold them in half, and tie a knot into the bent end. Adhere the thread to the rabbit’s nose using Multi Medium Matte.
Step 5: Die cut several partial sprigs of greenery from the heavystock paper. I just used the leftovers from die cutting the rabbit. Dab Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink onto the Craft Sheet, and spray the inks with water. Press and twist the greens into the ink mixture, and then dry. Pick up some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink with a wet paintbrush, and add detail to the center of the leaves.
Step 6: Apply small drops of Multi Medium Matte to the back of the leaves, and then adhere them in a cluster on the bottom left corner of the card.
Step 7: Dab Fossilized Amber and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink onto the Craft Sheet, and spray the inks with water. Press several Bouquet flowers into the Brushed Corduroy ink, and then set them aside to dry. Roll the flower stamens into the Fossilized Amber ink. Adhere the stamens to the flowers with the Multi Medium Matte. Trim off the stems close to the flower heads, and then adhere the flowers to the card. Add foam adhesive to the back of the rabbit, and adhere it to the bottom left corner of the frame.
Step 8: Apply Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to a scrap of Heavystock paper using an Ink Blending Tool. Spray the paper lightly with water, and then dab dry with a paper towel. Die cut the sentiment from the inked cardstock using the Label Alphanumeric dies. And finally, adhere the letters down the right side of the card with Multi Medium Matte.