Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I'm thrilled to have Brooke Reynolds as a special guest today. Brooke is the former senior art director for Martha Stewart Kids and Martha Stewart Living, a book designer, and mother of two. Her blog, Inchmark, is always a source of pleasure and inspiration for me. She generously came up with this Easter craft for me to share with you; I can't wait to make these with Abbott and Cal!
RIBBON EGG CARDS
I'm always happy to come up with something I can make from the things I already have around the house. I'm sure I'm not the first person who has thought of using ribbons and ric rac to make Easter egg cards, but if you want to try and make some of your own, here's how to do it. For these cards you need: an assortment of ribbons and ric rac, white paper and envelopes, construction paper, scissors, and some tape.
Cut your construction paper so it fits nicely inside your envelope when folded in half. This will be the outside of your card. Cut the white paper so it is 1/8" or so smaller than the construction paper on all sides, this will be the inside of your card.
Depending on the size of your card, cut out an easter egg shape out of cardstock or any heavy weight paper.
Trace your egg template on the front of your card (see how-to below). Cut the egg shape out of the card while leaving the edges intact (you can do this with an exacto knife or by poking a pair of scissors inside the egg and cutting around the shape).
You'll now have an egg shaped window on the front of your card. Choose a few different ribbons or ric rac that look nice together. Cut the ribbon so it's just long enough to extend a bit past both sides of the egg (see how-to below).
Play around with the placement of the ribbons on the egg before taping them down. Move your ribbons to the side and flip your card over, so you can tape the ribbons to the backside of your egg window (see how-to below).
Now you'll need to attach the white inside card to the construction paper (which will also cover up your tape and the messy ribbon ends). Using a glue stick, glue the white paper to the construction paper.. making sure to get all the edges and leaving the "egg" area as glue free as possible. Center the white paper on the construction paper, and press firmly together.
Refold your card and write an Easter message..and mail or hand deliver to loved ones!