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Easter Blessings | DancesWithHooves Paper Design


I received two Easter cards in the mail over the weekend, and when I thanked the senders I realized I had never really been in the habit of sending cards at Easter, and wondered why not?  Easter is perhaps THE most beautiful, hopeful, and grace-filled holiday we are blessed to celebrate as believers in Jesus Christ, and with present circumstances preventing us from spending the holiday with our loved ones this year, I decided to give it an honest effort.


I searched through my stamp collection, thinking I’d perhaps find a not-too-cute image of a sheep (if I had one… most of my sheep are super cute and cartoon-y!) to keep the theme on track.  Bunnies are great and all, but to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lamb of God, I wanted a sheep. 😉

“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” –Matthew 28:6

My eyes landed on this oldie but goodie Stampin’ Up set, which was meant to be Christmas, but the Lion and the Lamb theme couldn’t have been more perfect to combine with some bright and peaceful pretty spring colors!


I tried my hand at “alcohol ink” blending on some Yupo (I tried a month or two ago – it was a disaster), and after messing with it and I thought ruining it, I busted out watercolor paper and designer paper for the three cards I wanted to make.  By the time I finished getting those ready, though, I loved how the yupo background had turned out after all, so bam – one alcohol ink, one watercolor, and one DSP card.  Works for me!

Entering these in two challenges, for separate cards in the series.

  • CC785 – Flirty Flamingo / Pineapple Punch / Bermuda Bay + “dessert” with the Easter theme – loosely, I’ll admit (I added the purple… sorry!!!)
  • WT786 – It’s Knotty Problem – twine bow on the yellow card


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  I hope I could bring a little sunshine into your soul.



This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title: CC785 WT786 Easter Blessings
SCS Keywords:  CC785, WT786, stampinup, su, heroarts, stampabilities, easter, alcohol ink
Stamps: Peace to the World (SU!), Blessings Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts – inside), Have Faith (Stampabilities – envelope) 
Ink: Amaglam Black (Gina K Designs), Green Galore, Baja Breeze, Gorgeous Grape, Powder Pink, Yoyo Yellow, Crushed Curry, Gray Granite
Paper: 140# cold-press watercolor,  Neenah Solar White 80#, Certainly Celery, misc gray, Yupo, ms. sparkle marble dsp
Paper Size:   5 3/4 x 5 3/4″ Square
Technique: Watercoloring, Die Cutting 
Accessories: Twine, Alcohol Blending Solution, foam board
Christmas · Seasonal · Stamp Companies · Stampin Up

“Christmas in July” 2009

  • Stamps: Peace to the World, Crosshatch
  • Paper: White, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Real Red, cardJuly31of20092aGarden Green, Basic Black/Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, More Mustard, Garden Green, Bliss Blue, Going Gray, Stazon Black, Versamark
  • Accessories: brads, ribbon, edge distressor, small scallop scissors, aqua painter
  • Technique: watercoloring, distressing

What would July be without my very own bit of “Christmas in July?”  I waited until the last possible day of the month, but I finally created a pair of Christmas cards!  (I had a goal to do 10 Christmas cards a month beginning back in January, but I cardJuly31of20092bnever was in the mood to make any, so I guess I’m a bit behind on that one!)  Bear with me here – this card actually WAS created on July 31st, but I didn’t have time to photograph it or post it until now.  Please forgive me! :0)

Anyway, I decided to make a pair of cards as when you already have all the supplies out to do one card, it really only takes an extra few minutes to complete another of the same.  In this case, I used a few scraps of cardstock for matting things so I ended up using Basic Black on one card and Chocolate Chip in its place on the other.  I think I like the effect of the Chocolate Chip better with the rest ofcardJuly31of20091a the color scheme!  Also, the Real Red that was used was scraps from previous projects (we’re down to one full sheet in our stock supply – yikes!), so that’s why I placed that differently for each card.  The result is two similar cards that will both be a welcome addition to my nearly non-existant stockpile of Christmas cards for this year!

I began by first stamping the image of the lion in lamb in Stazon ink on white cardstock.  I then used my AquaPainter dipped in pools of ink (made by pressing the lids of my stamp pads down into the ink) to color the image.

cardJuly31of20091bFor additional interest, the Garden Green panels on both cards were edge distressed using my distressing tool, as well as the Real Red panel on the card with the black bar.  I added small red bows to each card to bring as much of a Christmas theme into the card as possible, and also added red brads to the first card.  The background on both the Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue panels was stamped in Versamark so it would not be overbearing.

Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!