Let’s try this again – Easter Blessings

Ever heard this – Please hold why we handle your technical difficulties.  That’s what was happening yesterday.  For reasons beyond my understanding my original post for this card, scheduled for Tues Feb 25 did not process properly and all you who receive an email with new posts were not able to see anything.  Thankfully several of you WONDERFUL folks sent me a message to let me know there was a problem.  I wasn’t going to mention this but I’m actually traveling for my day job this week, I’m in Las Vegas.  I know I know, it’s a shame I have to go someplace warm and sunny after the winter we’ve had in Ohio.  I’m just going to grin and bear it, with my sunglasses on and my flip flops, lol.  Anyway, it is now 6:40pm Ohio time and I’m just now able to get away and fix the problem with the post. Luckily I brought my laptop as I wasn’t able to fix it via my iPad.  Hopefully this post will process properly so you all can ohh and ahh (well I hope you ohh and ahh) over today’s card.  So let’s get to it.  IMG_1804

Is it too early to long for Easter and the sense of renewal it brings?  I don’t think so, not after the winter we have had here in Ohio.  My card today is light and fresh just like a spring day.

 About my card

1. I’ve seen so many examples of cards using the scallop tag topper on the side that I just had to try it for myself.  I love the look but I think next time I’ll make it a bit larger.  The started out as a regular 4.25×5.5 card base but once the tag topper was used it reduced the majority of the card down to 3.25.  I watched a video to learn how to do the tag portion.  Even though the tag topper says it will cut 2 inch wide tags, you can slip a wider piece into the punch to creat the tag portion, then cut the  base of the card back to match.  Pretty cool.

2.  I clear embossed the Easter image using Baked Brown Sugar ink, then clear heat embossing powder.  This is a great technique for lots of looks but it’s especially great if you plan to watercolor the image you’ve stamped.  It contains the watercolor and prevents bleeding where you don’t want bleeding.

3. Faithful followers will know I used my favorite too, the aqua painter. When water coloring, unlike painting, you start with the lightest color first then add your darker and darkest colors on top. The leaves in my image for example stared with pear pizzazz, then wild wasabi, then a bit of Garden green, and final touches of Always Artichoke. The trick to getting your image to pop is shadowing. On this card I used Sahara Sand with my aqua painter around the edges of the image.

4. For the light background I used a sponge dauber with soft sky first the added a little pool party for shading.

Thanks everyone for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the card today.

What at I used
Stamps: blessed Easter, Paper: baked brown sauger, blushing bride, whisper white, Ink: baked brown sauger, blushing bride, strawberry slush, pear pizzazz, wild wasabi, garden green, always artichoke, Accessories: scallop tag topper, pink pirouette ribb

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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. This card is absolutely beautiful – from the color choices to the shape of the card. So many gorgeous details, Lynn!

  2. It’s a beautiful card. I guess the blogging gods wanted to keep this beauty for themselves.

  3. Good morning Lynn, Love the watercolor coloring. I have a question regarding step 2 :
    ”2. I clear embossed the Easter image using Baked Brown Sugar ink, then clear heat embossing powder.”

    Just to make sure I understood… you stamped the image with SU ink, then sprinkled the clear embossing powder over the damp ink, ending with the heat gun??? I have done heat embossing with the white craft ink, and the gold and silver inks, but never tried with regular inks. Always thought they dried too fast.
    I never tried this but it is a great technique for watercolour. Today is a total card making day so I am going to try this. Will let you know how it turns out.

    Sorry to hear about you ”having” to go to Las Vegas. Its a tough job, but darn somebody has to do it. Have a great trip.

    • Hi everyone. You can emboss with the new firm foam ink pads from Stampin Up. You can’t dilly dally around like with versa mar or craft ink but it is certainly possible. Great option with clear embossing powder for ink colors not available in embossing powders.

      Thanks for asking Therese

  4. the difficulties yesterday…were definately worth the wait until today! Lovely card! I love how you used embossing powder then colored in the tulips. Great idea! Love this card for sure! Have a fun trip in Vegas…..bet you’re happy about the warmer weather. Arizona has been lovely…..but soon it will be HOT! I’m not complaining; I’m from Chicago and they are still freezing! brrrrr !

  5. It was worth the wait! Beautiful!!

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