Easter Egg Wishes

Stampin_up_easter Much of the enjoyment of having a stamping blog is getting creative ideas and comments from readers.  My Easter "egg" is entirely Renate's invention.  She emailed me that she believed that the Whimsy balloon resembled a retro egg.  With a teensy bit of snipping, it's eggs-actly that.  The Merci flower emerges from the egg, embossed with Stampin' Up! markers.  Yes, embossing with markers.  In this post, I'll show you how.  Tr?s Cool 🙂

For today's card, I got a chance to use both of my new Cuttlebug embossing folders, Paisley and Swiss Dots.  With just a few cranks of the Cuttlebug, you can produce the most incredible textures.  The So Saffron paisley layer is adhered to Purely Pomegranate textured card stock and a Glorious Green card base.  The Photo Corners Punch took a bit out of Glorious Green.  TIP: Try using a Cuttlebug embossing folder before punching to kick out some sassy textured shapes, like these "dotted" photo corners. 

You can emboss with Stampin' Up! markers.  I didn't want to use the heart of the Merci flower stamp, so I used my VersaMarker to cover all the stamp, except the heart. 

I then used markers to add 3 colors (Glorious Green, So Saffron, Rose Red) on top of the layer of Versamark.  TIP:  If I wasn't eliminating the heart, I could have stamped with a Versamark pad . . . however, it's recommended that you stamp off once if you use the pad so it's not too sticky to add color to.  I haven't personally tried it.

The image was stamped on Whisper White and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. 
TIP:  After applying the markers on top of the Versamark, be sure to wipe them on a piece of scratch paper to remove any residue.

I stamped the Whimsy balloon in Purely Pomegranate, cut it out to look like an egg and mounted it on Stampin' Dimensionals for a little 3-D. The flower was then mounted on a layer of So Saffron followed by Glorious Green.

TIP:  Layering a sentiment over a softer image stamp is an easy way to add some jazz.  "Easter Wishes" is inked in Purely Pomegranate and layered over some saffron flowers from the Merci set.  My final touch was to back it with a pomegranate scallop.

Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary

Don't Forget: Sale-A-Bration Ends March 17!

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Whimsy (Sale-A-Bration, 111401), Merci (Sale-A-Bration, 111407), All Holidays (109397)
Paper:  Glorious Green (101697), Purely Pomegranate Textured (In Color Assorted, 108694), So Saffron (105118), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Glorious Green Marker (100047), So Saffron Ink Pad (105213) and Marker (105114), Purely Pomegranate (109011), Rose Red Marker (100063), VersaMarker (100901)
Cool Tools:  Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Photo Corners Punch (109042), Heat Tool (100005), Cuttlebug (available at Create for Less)
The Perfect Touch: Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Cuttlebug Paisley and Swiss Dots Embossing Folders

Inspiration:  Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge CC156


  1. This is very cute , love it !

  2. Judy Broswick

    I just loved this and hope you do not mind it inspired an idea with a bit of humour – I posted 2 cards on split coast under name judyjrfm (if you care to look)and I credited you for the idea… but I did a bunny coming out of an egg and I wished to thank you for your inspiration.

  3. From Paola (SCS=sama) BC/Canada

    wow! I’m totally IMPRESSED with your talent and creativity! You made that balloon pop more ‘alive’then ever as an egg!
    Quite honestly I didn’t like that set at all
    until I saw what U did with it!
    hats off to U!…I just put your blog in my favorites;)

  4. I just found your blog through SCS, and you are already into my favorites!! Very pretty card! I love the bright colors – I am so ready for spring. TFS the marker embossing tip! Unfortunately, I don’t have any SU markers-yet. I wonder, can this be done with blender pens & chalks? Hmm, I will have to try…it’s a typical snowy/icy/rainy March winter storm day in Western PA – perfect for stamping! Thank you for sharing such amazing creations and tips. 🙂

  5. What a lovely card! I also really enjoyed your tips using the versamarker and the su! markers! I didn’t even know ther was a Versamarker! It’s on my list now! Thanks

  6. well,aren’t you clever! i love that you used the versamark and then markers…hello!! what a fantastic great idea! i have kept away from a lot of embossing since moving to germany, i have to get out my “transformer” to convert the electricity…but now i want to go try that!! keep it up, oh talented one!

  7. This card is very pretty! Move to Miami so we can stamp together 😉

  8. colleen kramer

    Oh…very nice. Love everything about this card! I always think it’s great to use our stamps in new ways. You know, I didn’t know how to do this type of embossing? Thanks for such great instructions.

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