Happy Monday, or maybe not so happy. How're ya all doin' with the time change? I can certainly see why they start it on a Sunday, but if you were out late on Saturday night, like we were, EIYIYI! Well, March is flying by and our gorgeous and multi talented BBTB2 sister Julia's thoughts have turned to Easter, with a challenge involving bunnies or chicks (or both! you choose). There are so many adorable cuts on a bazillion different carts but I finally settled upon these cuties from Simply Charmed. Couldn't decide which I liked best so I used BOTH! Welded the shadows together in DS and then started layering.
Because I wanted them to look like they were really peeking out from bunny suits, I clicked weld on each individual cut to hide the placement "tick marks" and then placed the solid face shape in the appropriate spot so it would cut out, instead of having to layer the face on top. I also thought the bunnies should be fuzzy. My flocking colors were a bit brighter than I wanted, so I chose a slightly brighter pastel for each bunny and flocked them in white to soften the colors...perfect! The bunnies were flocked using my Xyron (BTW, they're cut at 5 1/2") run face down. The secret to getting good coverage with no "strings" is to first really rub the back of your cut to get good adhesion, then use a stylus around EVERY cut edge before peeling off the backing. Since things don't stick to flocking all that well I adhered the inside of the ears and paw pads before flocking. Then, I really rubbed the cuts into the flock and brushed off the excess several times to get good coverage.
When I cut the solid faces again, I enlarged them slightly so you wouldn't see the edges if you looked from the side after popping and layering. I have a few Peachy Keen face sets, but none were big enough, (nor were they animals) so I ended up drawing my own using PK for inspiration. They don't exactly look like bunnies. Maybe bears?..in bunny suits?
It is a shaped card, of sorts, but doesn't open conventionally. The bunnies were angled somewhat in DS and it's really difficult to line up the cuts for a full shaped card when you do that and I wasn't feeling a shaped front. Instead, I used the Tim Holtz easel die and ran it though my Big Shot and trimmed it to fit so it would stand up. I'd planned to use my Fancy Frames but I couldn't find it on DS (am I missing an update?) so I just went with that.
So where does it open? The carrot, of course! Even though I'd layered the feet and paws on that sucker, it wouldn't really stay closed so I tied a ribbon around it. The sentiment is computer generated and that's why this post is late. I was too tired to do the inside last night. I hope you didn't fall asleep at the keyboard with this long post, but surely you'll want to stop by BBTB2 and see all the cute critters hooping around. Can't wait to see your too, but remember the rules, please.