Hello, friends! It’s Tania back with you. Today, I have some adorable Easter egg-shaped cards layered with products from the Happy Easter Collection and featuring some of the darling die-cut pieces from the Easter Bunny Designer Die Set. Shaped cards definitely add a fun playful element to your greeting, but when you place a belly band around your egg-shaped card and layer it up with texture and dimension, you instantly take your project from standard to over-the-top and the effort is quite minimal for ten times the wow factor.
When creating a shaped card, you need to keep in mind where your folded edge will land. For the larger yellow egg, I chose to start with a 7” x 10” piece of cardstock, folded in half to form a 5” x 7” card base. By starting with a standard size card base you ensure that you’ll be able to fit your card into the standard sizes of envelopes available on the market.
Once my card base was folded, I simply took a pencil and sketched out the shape of an egg onto the card front before trimming it out, again, keeping in mind that I needed a folded edge along the left-hand side of the card. Then, I hid the fact that one side of my card wasn’t rounded out by placing a belly band around the card. This was done by layering some patterned paper along with a few different border strips cut from the Happy Easter patterned paper, then the band was folded around the card, adhering the overlapping ends in the front while taking care not to adhere the band to the card front so it will still slide on and off for the recipient. Don’t fuss too much over the overlapping ends of the belly band, as the remaining embellishing will cover slight imperfections.
The embellishing is the fun part! I wanted the die-cuts on this card to come to life and become full of texture and dimension. To achieve this, I simply cut two layers of all the die-cut pieces I planned to use. I adhered the two matching layers together using a wet-adhesive that dries clear. As the adhesive was drying, I manipulated the die-cuts by bending and folding them into shape. As the glue dries, the die-cuts will retain the dimension. To allow the bunny’s ears to become even more dimensional, I just cut a slit between the ears, giving me the opportunity to curl one and fold the other down giving my bunny a floppy ear. Then, I layered her up with some stickers from the sticker sheet, a mini brad for the eye and some cotton pulled from the end of a cotton bud for the fluffy cottontail. So cute, right!? These embellishments can be adhered right to the belly band which allows it to slide freely on and off the card base so your recipient can keep the card completely intact.
There are plenty of stickers in the collection to also make some mini Easter cards starting with a smaller A2 sized card base. In fact, for the blue egg, I cut two egg shapes, cutting off the fold entirely, then did a swing card wherein you just hold the front and back layers together with a ribbon strung through them and tied in a bow. So, if the straight folded edge of a shaped card totally drives you batty, this is an alternative option.
Easy, peasy, yes!?
I’m hoping this layered die-cut tip using a wet adhesive helps a light bulb to go off and gives you a whole multitude of ideas for creating dimension with your own library of Designer Dies (INSERT LINK)!
Tell me, which die set will you try it on first!?
HE83002 Happy Easter Patterned Paper
HE83004 Carrots Patterned Paper
HE83006 Easter Words Patterned Paper
HE83007 Chicks Patterned Paper
HE83014 Happy Easter Sticker Sheet
HE83031 Easter Bunny Designer Die
Turquoise Baker’s Twine
Foam Dimensional Adhesive