Every time Stampin’ Up! reveals a list of products being retired there’s always a good number of ribbons and embellishments. This year is no different. However while I’m sad to see so many retiring I know there’s lots of pretty new things coming to replace them. So as my latest series of ‘last chance’ projects draws to a close I wanted to highlight one of my favourite ribbons. This Gray Granite 1/4” Shimmer Ribbon was the perfect finishing touch for today’s cute bunny project and it’s one I’ll definitely miss.
Over the years I’ve come to realise that I am often late to the party when it comes to my crafting. Why else would I wait until after Easter to buy the Easter Bunny Stamp Set? Although there’s a couple of Easter sentiments and an Easter egg image in the set, it has a lot more potential. In fact I bought it because the three bunny images were perfect for new baby and young children’s birthday projects.
When I get my hands on a new stamp set I like to get my creative juices flowing with a relatively quick project like a bookmark. So I began by cutting a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Basic White Card. Then along the bottom edge I used Granny Apple Green ink to stamp the grass image a couple of times.
Next I stamped the grass a several times onto some Stampin’ Up! Masking Paper. Using Paper Snips I carefully cut out the Masking Paper and placed the pieces over the grass already stamped on the card.
Now I chose the forward facing bunny image and stamped him onto the card with Smoky Slate ink overlapping the masked grass. Still leaving the Masking Paper grass in place I stamped the bunny onto some more masking paper. After cutting him out I used the mask to cover the bunny on the card strip. With that done I used a Blending Brush to add a very light layer of Starry Sky ink over the visible white card.
Once that was done I removed the masks from the bookmark to reveal the magic. There in front of me was a white rabbit with the blades of grass in the foreground. All I had to do now was the colour images using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. For the grass I used Granny Apple Green, before changing to Smoky Slate for my bunny.
I could have left it there, but instead I decided to include a sentiment from the Easter Bunny Stamp Set. So using Smoky Slate ink I stamped “enjoy all the little moments” about 1-1/2″ from the top. What I’d created so far would have been perfect as a card layer, but instead I wanted to turn it into a bookmark.
So I used the slot option on the Very Best Trio Punch to punch a hole at the top of the card strip. Then I cut two 6″ pieces of the retiring Gray Granite 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon and threaded them through the slot. To secure the ribbon in place I simply tied a small bow around the ribbon close to the card using white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. With that my first bunny project was complete.
As expected, just playing with the stamp set has given me lots more project ideas and I’m excited to get started. I wonder what strategies you use to inspire your creativity? Please leave a comment below to share your tips.
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