Easter Elegance-Crosses of Hope

For my handmade Easter projects this year, I wanted to utilize the Crosses of Hope rubberstamp set as my main theme–my creative springboard.  Although I love the bunnies and eggs, the cross is central to the entire Easter message and purpose.  We are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ which occurred after he was brutally executed on a Roman cross.  As we celebrate Easter in the spring, we typically think of spring colors.  But in addition to echoing the physical season of the year, the light and bright colors we associate with Easter also convey the message of hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Crosses of Hope
I plan to send out about a dozen handmade Easter cards this year, and this is my card for Easter 2013. (Come back next Sunday for more handmade Easter projects with the same theme and color scheme!)  As I have mentioned before, Summer Starfruit is my absolute favorite In Color (2012-2014).  I adore it!  To me, it almost works like a neutral.  I am also in love with all the designs in the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (free during Sale-a-Bration , Jan. 22-Mar. 22), but I particularly love the one in my handmade Easter card here.  It's the one that is all Summer Starfruit and white.  Talk about elegance!  So I had my color palette and main focal point for my handmade Easter card.  All I needed was a few more design elements and my card would be ready.  

The other design inspiration I was working with is the mantilla.  I spent some of my youth in Central America and South America where women wore mantillas to church.  I remember them as being very pretty little lace head coverings, and as a young girl, I thought they were beautiful.  Although my family was not Catholic, even non-Catholics wore these pretty head coverings, more as a statement of fashion than a religious tradition.  So stay with me here.  What does all this have to do with a handmade Easter card?  Well, the frilly, lacy character of our wonderful new Tea Lace Paper Doilies reminds me of those mantillas I saw as a young girl with their pretty, lacy look.  For mine, I added just a hint of Dazzling Details for a bit of sparkle (which doesn't show up well in my photo…sigh).  Anyway, I'm pleased with the result of my decidedly inspirational Easter card.  Here's the supply list for you.

Stampin' Up! supplies:

  • Stamps:  Crosses of Hope rubberstamp set, Delightful Dozen rubberstamp set
  • Ink:  Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, Versa Mark Pad
  • Paper:  Naturals White and Summer Starfruit cardstocks; Sycamore Street DSP
  • Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Modern Label Punch, Paper Daisies, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Stamping Sponges, Pearls Basic Jewels

I hope you make some handmade Easter cards this year and spread the hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ with your handmade, heartfelt creations.  You can make a difference in someone's life with your handmade expression of hope and love and the hearfelt words you tuck inside.  Do it! 

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