I need to start making Easter cards, and the Hold on to Hope stamp set is perfect for just that! I shall start with an old, wooden cross.

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God is Love

I used a die from the Cross of Hope die set to cut the cross from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I cut several more crosses from cardstock, gluing them together for thickness, so it would look like a real piece of wood. Don’t you think it does? This still gives me a thrill!

Deciding on the layout was easy, because I looked at this week’s Paper Player’s challenge, and my wooden cross would fit perfectly on the top layer of the sketch.

There’s a pretty, floral branch in the Hold on to Hope stamp set that I thought would look good behind the cross. I wanted the branch to be multi-colored, so I tried a technique that I hadn’t used for a while. I chose some Stampin’ Write colors and painted the red rubber stamp before stamping. I really like the way it turned out, and I’ll have to remember to do this more often.

Before gluing down the cross, I stamped “God is Love.” This sentiment is from a retired set, Trust God. It was among the first things I ordered when I became a demonstrator 2 1/2 years ago. You could use other words, but I liked the way this curved like the branch. I know some of you hold on to everything, and you will have it.

My top layer was complete, and I layered it on Crumb Cake cardstock to match the card base. I topped the card base with a layer of Whisper White cardstock, embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder. For the center band in the sketch, I embossed Whisper White cardstock with a Petal Pair embossing folder. I just thought it would look pretty, and add texture, but it turned into more than that. Doesn’t it look like a crown of thorns?

I decorated the envelope flap with Sweet Sugarplum DSP, matching some of the flowers.

I wanted to complete the inside of this Easter card, and chose “May peace be your gift this Easter.” It’s also from a retired, but more recent stamp set, Suite Sentiments. And, a Sweet Sugarplum butterfly from Hold on to Hope came fluttering by.

Thanks for visiting my blog. May your day be filled with hope and love.

Beneath my “shop” button you will see three projects. If you click on the one with the cross, it will take you to the description of the first Easter card I made with Hold on to Hope a couple months ago.