Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter made HAPPIER with Lisa Spangler!

Hi Bloggers! Happy Sunday + Happy Easter! I hope you're having a great day! I'm totally thrilled to have not one but 2 gorgeous & festive projects from our dear friend, Lisa Spangler! Without further ado, I will let Lisa explain how you can make your own versions of these beauties!

Hi! It's Lisa Spangler, and I'm so happy to be here! Today I have two projects to share with you that both feature the Tim Holtz Easter Elements die set. I love this die set, and even though it has “Easter” in the name I think it's so versatile that you can use it all year long!



First up, I'm going to share a quick and easy place card setting for your Easter table.
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Just cut two bunnies out of Hero Arts mocha paper for each place card that you need. One will become the front of the bunny and one will be the back. This die works so well that you can cut two bunnies out in one shot – real time saver! Here's another tip: Hero Arts papers are colored on one side and white on the other, so place your papers so that the white sides are touching when you run it through the machine.



Clear emboss the bunnies, then rub on tea dye and vintage photo distress inks. Next, use a bone folder and a ruler to score the bunny for the back as shown.

Next, put adhesive above the score line and press the two bunnies together. I like to use a glue stick for this as I find that it holds better.



For the nose, put a glue dot where the nose goes, trim off any that hangs over the edge, and adhere pink flocking. So cute!

To finish up, adhere a pom-pom tail to each bunny, then cut out a banner and stamp each person's name with gold ink. Adhere with foam tape and you are done!

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Next I wanted to share an idea using the butterfly die that comes in the set. This may look complicated, but it's actually pretty easy thanks to the magic of distress markers. I like to grab my trusty butterfly field guide when I'm coloring butterflies so I get some ideas for their markings. I don't worry about making them too realistic, though! 

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Start out by cutting a butterfly out of watercolor paper. Then color the body and the wing tips. Go over them with a detail water brush and tah dah! You are on your way.

Now add color to the wings and go over your markings with the detailed water brush again like so:


Let this dry (you can help it along with a heat gun if you like.) Then add some gray and black dots, and some lines using the fine point end of the black and gray markers, then go over with water again and let it dry. Here's how it looked before going over it with water:

To finish up the butterfly, give it a good mist with perfect pearls and water and let dry. Just be sure your butterfly is dry before you mist it so the colors don't run too much! Here's a closeup of the finished butterfly:

To make the card base, first stamp Hero Arts' Life Can Be with Charcoal mid-tone ink on a white notecard. Then squish a tea dye ink pad on an acrylic block to make a palette. Grab a broad tip water brush and pick up some tea dye ink, and paint the upper left and lower right corners. While it's still wet, brush on some vintage photo distress ink, picking the ink up directly from the ink pad. Let dry.


Mist the card with gold, buttercup, and boss lady Mister Huey's and let dry. Then add washi tape, gold glitter tape, sew on some sequins, adhere the butterfly with foam dots. All done!

Thanks so much for joining me today! Happy spring! xo

Thanks for reading, and thanks again to Lisa!!








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120 comments:

  1. Love that watercolor look on the background of the card, and the bunnies are cute too :)

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  2. Wow, these are fabulous! I love the bunny place settings, and the butterfly card is sooooo pretty. TFS :)

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  3. Great technique with the watercolor on the edges of the butterfly!

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  4. Fabulous projects, love the colouring on the butterfly!! xx

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  5. Wow! Love both the bunnies and butterfly. Great ideas! Thanks.

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  6. Thanks for the coloring tutorial--beautiful butterfly!

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  7. Wonderful. I really liked the small details on both the projects. They make them special.

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  8. Gorgeous projects both of them Lisa, you really made some lovely projects here. I just love them both and totally agree, they can be used any time in different ways. Sooo veratile.

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  9. What cute and funny bunny place cards :D
    And your colored butterfly-card is wonderful too <3

    Wish you nice easter-holidays,
    scrapkat

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  12. Lisa hit it out of the park with that butterfly card. Can't wait to make more realistic ones in the future! :-)

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  13. Now I definitely want those dies!!! Love that butterfly card, Lisa!

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  14. I like everything about these. The dies, the paper, and especially the Distress markers on the butterfly!

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  15. Love both projects Lisa!!! Gorgeous cards as always!

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  16. These are beautiful! Love that butterfly!

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  17. Great projects! Love the little bunnies and that butterfly is gorgeous.

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  18. Lovely! I love that card and the butterfly is wonderful.

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  19. Super projects! Happy Easter!

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  20. Absolutely love the Easter place cards!

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  21. Oh I love the bunny place cards. Such a quick and pretty idea. Your butterfly is gorgeous. I haven't tried the distress markers yet. Thanks for the tips

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  22. Such great projects, thanks for sharing your ideas too, Love the coloring on the butterfly!!!

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  23. The bunny idea is just great. Love how you embossed them for texture. Colors on your butterfly are gorgeous.

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  24. great projects lisa! happy easter!

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  25. Happy Easter everyone! And thanks so much for having me today! xx

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  26. The bunny placecards are cute, and that butterfly card is AMAZING!

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  27. I'm so lovin' Lisa's venture into "collage" cards lately. Beautiful work. Happy Easter to all.

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  28. Thanks for these great ideas and techniques! Happy Easter! ;-)

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  29. Your butterfly on the notebook paper is SO PRETTY!
    Happy Easter:)

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  30. Thanks for the inspirations. Love the butterfly.
    Happy Easter

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  31. Everything looks amazing! I'm coming to your house for dinner! Happy Easter!

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  32. Awwww! What adorable place cards!
    But I have to say.. I LOVE the butterfly cut from watercolor paper and colored... Gorgeous, Lisa!

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  33. Love the butterfly card
    Happy Easter!

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  34. LOVE those adorable bunnies, Lisa! Their pink flocked noses are really fun! Your butterfly card is fabulous - gorgeous water coloring! :)

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  35. Love the cute bunny place cards and that lovely butterfly card!

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  36. I just love the colorful butterflies and the awesome background. It looks like it was so much fun to make. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity to win something!

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  37. ADORABLE placecards! Happy Easter to all you guys!

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  38. Great projects. Love the butterfly card.

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  39. Lisa's Bunny Place Name holders are just adorable!

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  40. Very nice Lisa. I love the place card, very unique.

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  41. That butterfly card is amazing. Lots of detail, but it seems doable.

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  42. Happy Easter. I love those bunnies.

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  43. The bunnies are adorable and I love the watercolor butterfly, thanks for the coloring tips! Hugs, Hanneke

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  44. so lovely! the bunnies will bring plenty of smiles to the Easter table! :)

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  45. Love the place setting tags, so cute, and the butterfly is so pretty with that water coloring! Have a wonderful Easter. :) hugs, Kimberly

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  46. Adorable bunnies, and I love that butterfly!
    Alison x

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  47. Those bunnies are adorable! And thanks for the inspiration for the butterflies, I'll definetelly do this. TFS

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  48. Such beautiful creations! Happy Easter, everyone!!

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  49. great works!!!!!!
    bye bye and Happy Easter!

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  50. Lovely work on the butterfly.
    Carla from Utah

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  51. So cute! Thanks for showing us how easy that butterfly is with the distress markers.

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  52. Wonderful creations today...lovely! :)

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  53. cute and beautiful. love the color and pattern on the butterfly card.

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  54. Great projects. Love the coloring.

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  55. Those bunnies make the cutest place settings! They undoubtedly made one fun Easter dinner table! The butterfly looks stunning the way you colored it! WOW!

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  56. Wonderful projects and coloring! What a good idea to use a guide for the butterfly coloring - excellent suggestion! Thanks so much for all you share!!!

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  57. The bunnies are really cute, and love your gorgeous butterflies!!

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  58. CUTE CUTE bunnies Lisa! And the card is gorgeous, love the strips of washi and that glitter tape!

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  59. Love those bunny name plates!!

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  60. Happy Easter and thanks for the cute bunny idea and the beautiful butterfly card.

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  61. Lovely card, beautiful coloring

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  62. Love the beautiful butterfly!!

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  63. Lisa has done it again. These are fabulous! The bunnies are so adorable and so cute as placecards but would be wonderful used in other ways! And the butterfly...oh my! I love the look of watercolor and this is stunning!

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  64. Love the watercolor butterfly. It's beautiful!

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  65. Thanks for the technique on coloring the butterfly! I'll try it!!

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  66. Thank you for the fun tutorials Lisa.

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  67. Cute bunnies Lisa...Thanks for sharing them with us today !! Happy Easter to all the Paper crafter's out in blog world.

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  68. Absolutely gorgeous projects! I love Lisa! She's AMAZING!

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  69. Happy Easter! Love those bunnies and that butterfly is amazing!

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  70. Love the butterfly, great tutorial.

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  71. Wonderful ideas !!

    Hugs from France ^^
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  73. what cute bunnies, great butterfly tut!!!

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  74. i love the butterfly colouring... really nice...
    Thanks for sharing

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  75. Beautiful projects, thanks for the tutorial,xxxSara

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  76. Awesome Projects Lisa and so appreciate all the details so that I could make as well! ~God bless~

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  77. the bunnies and the butterfly are two great projects with doable deets to get the look. thanks for sharing

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  78. love these cute bunnies :) and loving the notebook paper card with water coloured butterfly, TFS ♥

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  79. Love that butterfly card ;))

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  80. Such sweet bunnies. They look good enough to eat! Almost. :) The butterfly card is awesome. I never know how to color a butterfly. A guide is a great idea! Fabulous colors.

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  81. Awesome!Love your project,Thank you for the tutorial...

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  82. Thank you for sharing. Cute bunnies.

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  83. WOW! Super cute projects. Thanks for sharing!

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  85. Thanks for sharing!, so cute!! Happy Easter!!

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  86. Wow wonderful projects...love the watercolours.

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  87. I love sequins!
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  88. very creative lovely proyects congrats

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  90. It's times like this I wish I had a machine that would accept BigZ dies, but, alas, I do not. At least this one I could probably free-hand with a little tracing. Lovely work, Lisa, but we expect nothing less and you always deliver.

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  91. The butterfly is so pretty. Love the card.
    The bunny place cards are a good idea. Have to remember that one for next year.

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  92. Those bunnies are so cute.
    I can't believe Easter Sunday already. Isnt even out if march yet. Gee whiz.
    Love the coloring on your butterfly.
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  93. Cute bunnies and butterflies. Love the colorful butterfly!

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  94. Awesome technique...off to give it a try. Thank you!

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  95. Awesome technique...off to give it a try. Thank you!

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  96. These are gorgeous - love the butterfly technique

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  97. These bunnies almost look like chocolate, how fun is that !

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  98. Thank you for the tip on using a butterfly manual for color and marking inspiration. Why did I never think of that? huh? I will now officially move my butterfly book to the craft room.

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  99. Big WOW on the butterfly card and I just love those bunnies!

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