CASE-ing the Catty #266 Week II – Easter Sketch

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Happy Sunday, CTC fans. I hope you are all well and keeping those hands nice and clean. Except for when they get covered in ink, of course. Inky fingers are perfectly safe and an excellent indication of one’s mental wellness in these strange times #stamptherapy.

This week we are in for round two of CTC266. This week I’ve even been a good girl and made something that fits the brief, since it is both an Easter project and following the sketch. I must be trying to be good so that the Easter Bunny rewards me.

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My cards this week were two for the kids’ teachers. The last couple of weeks have been trying, to say the least, for teachers, parents, and kids. I have nothing but admiration for how well our school has handled this whole situation, changing every few days as it has been. I thought the least they deserved is some chocolate and some handmade card love.

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The two cards I’ve made have the same basic design and features, although I’ve stepped one up a little bit and used a few different techniques for creating them.

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To make the cloud backgrounds for these two cards I made my own cloud stencil out of Thick Whisper White cardstock. I used a cloud die from an old SU! die set (the Rainbow Builder dies), but you could easily draw and cut out a wavy cloud pattern. I simply flipped the card stencil from one side to another and worked my way down a sheet of cardstock, blending some Seaside Spray ink over the top.

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I had two ideas for how to make the oval of clouds and couldn’t decide which to use, so I ended up doing one of each. For one I cut an oval window out of the front of the base card and blended onto a slightly smaller rectangle panel that went behind the window. For the other, I die cut the oval from some post-it notes and then stuck this down on the front of a base card, blended over the top, and removed the mask.

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For the one with the die-cut window I also put a window sheet between the front of the card and the cloud panel, so it looks even more like you are looking out of a window towards the clouds. I stamped the sentiment (from Timeless Tulips) onto some vellum and wrapped that around the front. I spent a lot of time with these cards trying to add another vertical element, like in the sketch, and to add more colour, but I just couldn’t find anything I liked. I ended up tucking this little poppy in with the cross but anything more than that seemed to distract from the clouds and the cross, which were the elements I really wanted to stand out.

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The second version is even more simple, then, with just the cross and the sentiment stamped directly onto the blending on the card front. I have to say I think I even prefer this simple version – it seems to suit the mood of this Easter.

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The cards were packaged up with some chocolates and other treats and we were able to drop them off to the school this week (it was the first time Heather had left the house in a week and a half and she said it was so weird!). I think that’s pretty much it for Easter gifting this year, since we won’t be seeing any friends and much of our family is in different regions of WA, and no one can travel between regions at the moment. It will be nice having a quiet Easter at home, though, and the Easter Bunny has thankfully been given special dispensation to be able to travel and make his regular deliveries.

We’d love to see how this sketch has inspired you to make something with an Easter theme. Take a picture and share it with us over on the CTC Facebook wall – we do so love to see your creations as well.

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And hop on over next to see what Judy has to share with us. Keep on hopping along until you arrive back at your starting place, there’s so much inspiration to be had from the crew!

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

Keep calm and craft on,

 

and WASH YOUR HANDS.

 

Siobhan.