Saturday, 28 March 2009

Floppy Easter Bunny

Whipper Snapper Designs has some truly adorable stamps, and I just couldn’t resist this one of the Easter Bunny flopped out in a basket! I decided to use this one as my primary Easter card that I was sending some of my stamping friends.

One of the reasons I purchased the Whipper Snapper stamps was to use the Copic Ciao markers. The WSD stamps are very open, leaving plenty of room for colouring.

I began by shading the edges of the bunny. I wanted him to stay a white bunny, but the shading gives him a dimension and depth. I experimented a little with the colours, using a flesh coloured beige on some of the rabbit images and using a fleshy pink on others. I think I like the fleshy pink the best. I used a light peachy marker to colour the ears, nose and pads of the paws.

The Easter baskets were coloured in Pale Yellow Y11. Then, to make them appear as a wicker basket, YR23 (a orangey gold) and Y28 (a tan) markers were used selectively. Use short strokes to pull the two colours through the basket.

The bow and eggs were coloured in with a variety of spring colours.

At this point, you could leave the background of the image white. However, I decided to add background colours by masking, brayering and sponging on stamp ink.

To mask the image, use as scrap piece of cardstock and stamp your image. Cut it out, including those pesky open spaces inside the stamped image.

I used pigment inks for the background because they are more forgiving and can be ‘moved’ a bit after they are applied to the cardstock. A light blue was used on the sky and a bright but light green was applied to the grass. Torn paper was used as a mask to create a more natural skyline.

A make-up sponge was used to apply the blue in-between the basket handle and the bunny ears. The sponges were also used to add in a medium blue ink into the sky and a medium green into the grass to provide more dimension.

The finished image was adhered to a pink card and flowers were added to embellish the piece. I only own two “Happy Easter” stamps, which I stamped and added to the bottom right corner of the card. I think I like the Stampin’ Up script one better.

All in all, a very fun card to make!