Hoppy Easter featuring Target Dollar Spot Stamps

If you’re like me you love the Dollar Spot at Target.  It’s a treasure trove of finds priced between $1 and $3.   I’ve found some great home décor items, little gifts for my granddaughter that she loves and yes, craft supplies.  Washi tape, decorative straws, bakers twine and stickers are among the craft finds I’ve picked up for $1.  I was super excited a few weeks ago to see that there were the cutest Easter themed rubber stamps in one of the bins.  I absolutely fell in love with the bunny and chick faces and tossed them into my shopping cart immediately.

Although I had pictured stamping them onto little bags of goodies initially (which I still plan to do!) a recent YouTube video inspired me to create cute little circle creatures for a fun and easy Easter card.  I’ve listed the materials and step by step below.  I simply used materials I had on hand, and since it’s highly unlikely you’ll have the same exact materials, I’d encourage you to do the same.

Materials

Target Dollar Spot stamps; bunny and chick faces

VersaMagic ink in Pink Petunia and Pink Grapefruit

Jet Black Archival Ink

Circle Die from the We R Memory Keepers Nested Circle Dies set

Distress Crayon in Picked Raspberry

Glass Bead Gel by Liquitex

Small pieces of yellow and white cardstock

Bunny ears stamp from the Julie Nutting Paper Doll Hats I stamp set

Green watercolor paint

Watercolor paper

Manila Cardstock for the card base

Hoppy Easter sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp My Kind of Peep stamp set

Carta Bella 6 x6 paper “Spring”

Sequins from the yellow mix by Simon Says Stamp

Orange bakers twine

¼” and ½” Scor-Tape

Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Fine Pitt Black India Ink Pen

 

Step by Step:

Target Dollar Spot Stamps

I started out by determining which of my nesting circle dies my little face stamps would fit inside of, then cut two circles of that size on my Big Shot, one in white & one in yellow.

In retrospect, I should have stamped the faces on the cardstock first and then cut out my circles.  I however did it backwards, as I often do before I learn better, and carefully stamped the bunny face on the white circle and the chick face on the yellow.  For the bunny face I masked off the two cheek circles. Using my Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon, I colored a bit on a piece of non-stick craft mat and added a bit of water, picking it up with a brush and adding it to the cheeks of the bunny so they would be pink not black. The chick stamp actually allowed me to ink the cheek sections in VersaMagic Pink Petunia and the beak in Pink Grapefruit while inking the eyes and feathers in Jet Black Archival.

I also stamped the bunny ears on to white cardstock, cut them out and adhered them to the top of my bunny circle.  Using glass bead texture gel, I covered both my bunny and my chick and set them aside to dry. (I let them dry overnight so I’m not sure how long it took. The gel will be completely transparent when dry.  The glass beads give a sparkle without being overly glittery, I love that.)

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Cutting my Carta Bella Spring paper to 4” x 5.25 and my watercolor paper to 3.75 x 5” prepared them to go on an A2 sized top folding card base I had prepared earlier from heavyweight manila cardstock.watercolor paper taped

I taped the watercolor panel to a clipboard to keep it from warping then using a brush and clean water I wet the entire panel.  Once it was completely covered with a layer of water I began adding color by dipping my brush in my green watercolor pan and touching it to the already wet watercolor paper to create a wash.

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I allowed both my watercolor and my glass bead gel to dry overnight and picked up on the project the next day.  I started day two by adhering the water colored panel on top of the pretty stitched Spring paper panel with ½” Scor-tape.  I used the ½” because I could use less of it but still get a good solid coverage that would adhere the heavy watercolor paper to the lighter decorative panel.

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I then added my bunny and chick to the front with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.  I put mine in a Fine-line fine tipped bottle for precise glue placement.  For the chick, I marked where I wanted it to be and then using the fine-line glue applicator, adhered small pieces of orange baker’s twine for feet before gluing the chick itself down on the panels.

Pulling out a small piece of leftover manila cardstock and the My Kind of Peep stamp set from Simon Say Stamp, I chose the “Hoppy Easter” sentiment for my card.  I (gasp!) cut it apart because it comes with the words stacked one on top of the other and I wanted to create a straight banner.  Lining the words up on my paper, I then picked them up with my acrylic block.  Using Archival Jet Black ink I stamped the sentiment and then cut it out, trimming the end with a simple ‘V’ to create a banner shape. Using my VersaMagic Pink Petunia ink I inked the edges to add a bit of color.

I then glued it to the panel, tucking it under the bunny just slightly.

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I scattered a few sequins around the page for a little fun and sparkle before using my ¼” Scor-Tape to adhere the panels to the card base. (I used ¼” simply because I have more of it than my ½”)

I also outlined my sentiment banner, bunny and chick with my super-fine Pitt pen just to give them a bit of definition.

I think the card came out super cute and some little person will just love getting it on Easter morning.

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As I said, if you wanted to create a similar card I’d encourage you to use supplies you have on hand.  For example, if you don’t have glass bead gel, you could substitute a clear or iridescent glitter as long as the faces could be seen through it.  You could also use clear microbeads if you had those or simply not cover them with anything.   Instead of the Distress Crayon you could simply use pink watercolor or Picked Raspberry Distress ink or marker.   Don’t have watercolors?  Distress inks are great to use as watercolors, just stamp the ink pad on a non-stick craft sheet and add a bit of water. It works great as watercolor.  Any printed paper with spring-like colors and/or designs could be used as the matting panel too.  No need to run out and get new supplies…unless of course you want to!

Did you like this post?  Would you like to see more card-making step by steps?  What would you like to see more of?  Let me know in the comments below!

About The Artful Geek Girl

Mixed Media Artist, Geek Girl and Proud Granmama.