I must be on a roll. This is my fifth Easter card using a vintage image. There are so many cute ones to choose from. Again, this little hen image was too narrow in height; and therefore, it needed a lot of work in PaintShop Pro to add size above and below the hen image in order to fit it into a rectangular frame. I added size to the sky and the path at the bottom, making sure to get the shading just right. I learned a lot, and I am happy with the finished product.
My first step in all my Easter card has been to decide on the image I was going to use and the type of frame or background mat best suited to the size and dimension of the image. My second step was to choose papers that would enhance the image without taking away from it. In this case, my image was pretty colorful and bold, so I was able to pick up those vibrant colors from the cart and the Easter eggs to use in the papers. Again, I used the frosted glitter adhesive technique over the image, but because it was such a colorful image, it really didn't tone down much as this technique often does to softer color shades.
I've decided that even though it is a female hen, this card is bold enough that it takes on a masculine feel; therefore, I will reserve it for one of the fellows on my Easter list. This was definitely a delightfully fun card to make.
The last step to complete the card and be able to say it is definitely finished is the inside coordinating design with a little verse. I usually look at the picture or image and imagine a story based around the image. Then, I try to choose just the right message to bring home the picture's story. Indeed, those Easter bunnies need lots of eggs to color. I see Mrs. Hen as part of the egg coloring production cres. She is very busy, just as those bunnies are, making sure Easter is a joyful occasion for every little boy and girl!
Recipe: Papers: Stampin' Up-Early Espresso cs (card base), Tangerine Tango cs; My Minds' Eye-Stella Rose: Hattie/ Happy, Gertie/ Friends & Delightful, Forever/ Dots. Vintage online image. Elmer's Craft Adhesive Spray. JoAnn's Iridescent Fine Glitter. Spellbinders die: Lattice Rectangles; Rectangles SM. MFT dies: Accent It Labels & Tags. PTI stamps: Scrambled Eggs-sentiment. Michael's: Song of Springtime Trims. Favorite Finding Buttons (mini). May Arts: Jute Twine. (Size: 6" x 5-1/8").