He is risen


He is risen indeed. Jesus came to earth; he gave his life and he rose from the dead. It was because of his great love for us.

Although much snow has disappeared this week there are not many signs of life in my garden, definitely no tulips yet. I will look forward to the real ones while I create gardens with the stamped ones! Here in Ottawa we enjoy the Tulip Festival each May and in Canberra where I lived for many years, Floriade is held each September. Both festivals feature massed flowers some in blocks of colour, others mixed like confetti. It was the blocks of coloured tulips that inspired this card. I’ve added a photo from each festival below.

I began by taping hot pressed watercolour paper to my glass mat and spritzing water over the whole panel. First I stamped the yellow tulips from MFT’s ‘painted prints’ set in Catherine Pooler’s shea butter ink. Because the paper was wet the ink bled into the surrounding area but still hinted at tulips shapes especially when I stamped the second layer of the tulip in the same colour. I chose a different tulip and stamped a row in CP bellini ink underneath and finally CP ‘rockin robin’ ink for the foreground row. The paper was slowly drying as I did this so the foreground tulips, stems and leaves were more distinct than the background (first) ones.

I die cut my words from the painted panel and popped them up on three layers of die-cut white cardstock letters. I put stick-it adhesive on the back of the cardstock before I cut all my little letters but forgot to put it on the back of the painted panel so I used a Lawn Fawn glue pen. The marvy jewel picker also came in handy as did some teeny tweezers; fiddly jobs like small stacked die cut letters tend to take me a while but I am finding it easier using tools rather than fumbling with my fingers. Jennifer McGuire did a fabulous video with stacked letters a couple of weeks ago and referred to this technique as the ‘eclipse’ technique. I think that sounds rather classy and clever so I will now use that terminology too.

Here is the real thing, above in Canberra, below in Ottawa.

Hope you have a blessed Easter.


10 Comments on “He is risen”

  1. KK says:

    Amen to that!

  2. creatingincolors says:

    What a beautiful post!

  3. Beverly Railey Robinson says:

    Exquisite card, and comments were beautiful. Many thanks. Happy Easter to you and yours.

  4. bonklassgmailcom says:

    He is risen indeed! A beautiful card, Heather, and beautiful gardens. This is such an uplifting post!

  5. Verna Angerhofer says:

    So very beautiful! Gorgeous tulips.

  6. This is gorgeous. Thanks for the tips … love how the first stamped ones flow into the distance.

  7. tish rowe says:

    He is risen indeed! Such a lovely card with subtle water blending.
    I wrote to you in the “contact me” section of your blog. Reason is I was not sure how to contact you to thank you for the wonderful feather card. the coincidence is that I ordered the geli print kit with feathers so that I could use those colors!! I especially liked the white that stands out in the blue.
    You are such an inspiration to us and a huge blessing with your heartfelt work.
    and I will say, a very generous nature.
    thank you for my card. It is my pride and joy.
    Tish Rowe in South Carolina

  8. Pat says:

    What fantastic tulips blending and merging into the distance and the heartfelt sentiment you have die cut from the piece and inset is just perfect Heather. A beautiful Easter card. Thank you for the great photos of the two different festivals in Ottawa and Canberra. x

  9. Karen Jackson says:

    What a beautiful and clever card Heather.The eclipse technique is very impressive. I hope that you and yours have a lovely Easter. Spring is just around the corner.

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