Friday 30 March 2018

'Bunny Friends'

I bought a really sweet Penny Black stamp ages ago and it just had its first outing. To be honest, the colouring scared me - a lot! So, although I'd always loved the stamp, once it was in my hot sticky paws it was quietly put away for a rainy day when I had time to spare! The snowy weather we had earlier this month was an ideal opportunity to have a play - especially with Easter on the horizon.

I'm adding this to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge - where the theme is 'Anything Goes ... Optional Easter or Chocolate Brown'.

This is being posted on Good Friday, a day I was brought up to consider as a day of rest and reflection - certainly no work, and the shops were all closed as well. We usually went out for a hike in the hills when I lived in Northumberland from leaving school, right up until I moved down to the South of the UK, 20 plus years ago. We used to take boiled eggs, little buttered rolls and (cold) hot cross buns - with a flask of coffee or perhaps some cold drinks as a little picnic, whilst looking to see where there were newly born lambs out in the fields. If we had sticky fingers after our picnic, there would always be a fresh mountain stream available to wash our hands in ( before the days of Wet Wipes!). Happy memories! 

I kept the card very plain and let those little bunnies do most of the work:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- a piece of the same white card stock, cut to exactly the same size as the card front and then the stitching lines added by using the largest die from the Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set - which is purely the stitched lines (it doesn't actually cut - if that makes sense!)

- then set the white panel to one side for later

- stamped the Penny Black 'Bunny Friends' onto white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- coloured the image using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils - with some Sansodor blending fluid just on the little plant pots as larger areas generally show up pencil strokes otherwise, and the blending fluid just smooths any lines away

- then did a fair bit of measuring before trimming the image panel to suit and backing it with a piece of yellow card stock

- used the Misti to stamp the sentiment onto the white stitched panel, using a Pink Gem Designs 'Easter Wishes' sentiment and Brilliance 'Pearlescent Thyme' ink pad

- then just glued the image and backing 'frame' plus the white stitched panel to the card front

Happy Easter! 


  1. awesome pencil colouring Di, love the effect of the blending solution on this adorable row of bunnies:)

  2. What sweet bunnies and the coloring is terrific! I am in the mood for some hot crossed buns now!

    1. Just about to have a couple for breakfast here! X

  3. This CAS is just adorable!!! How cute are those bunnies!! Your coloring is delicious, so soft and delicate!

  4. So cute Di! Happy Easter.

  5. Gorgeous card Di, love this beautiful image and soft colours.
    Valerija xx

  6. I love your beautifully coloured bunnies cute! and the simple matting and layering with that pretty yellow is all they need. Hubby and I have been singing at a service this morning and we had our hot cross buns and coffee when we got back, have thawed out, it was jolly cold first thing. Enjoy the rest of your Easter. x

  7. Beautiful card Diane,love the soft colors and the adorable image.
    Blessing Easter.

  8. Your bunnies are adorable, especially the two popping out and looking at each other! That is a sweet memory you have of a picnic and looking for newborn lambs. Have a very special Easter.

  9. I love your row of cute Easter bunnies DI, and your coloring id fabulous.
    Jean x

  10. Hi Di this is a gorgeous card that is an adorable stamp those bunnies are so cute. Yes Good Friday has changed a lot over the years. Have a great Easter. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  11. WOW - your colouring is just amazing Di . . . looks perfect to me. Such a sweet bunny Easter card.

    Hoppy Easter to you! xxxx

  12. Lovely card Di...brilliant colouring and such a cutie image...I love your card. Happy Easter to you and hubby.

  13. Totally stunning colouring, fabulous cute image, super CAS card and a brilliant Easter image.
    You and me both, a while ago I bought a PB image (not this one) I'd looked at it loads of times and thought 'no' I will never be able to colour those plant pots, finally gave in and bought it but left it alone for ages, then had a go, no where near as good as yours but was better than I expected.
    Happy Easter.

    Kath x

  14. Di you card is adorable - those bunnies are so sweet! WE also were brought up to consider Good Friday as a day of solemn rest... no particular traditions, but so different from today's attitudes.

  15. This is so sweet, Di. The stamp and your card are adorable and the colouring is perfect!

  16. Oooh, so adorable!!! I LOVE this stamp and the card you made with it.
    Lia xx

  17. Beautifully coloured bunnies Di and I love the little one with his bottom sticking out! No hot cross buns for me today as my in house baker (Hubby) hasn't made any this year. Happy easter to you and Len and I hope Parsnip hasn't scoffed all your choccie eggs xx

  18. How cute is this card!! The image is fabulous, just like your finished card. xx

  19. Gorgeous image Di and your colouring is great!

  20. I feel very special, indeed, to be the recipient of this beautifully colored bunny Easter card, Di! Thank you, again! You needn't worry about your coloring skills!! And I enjoyed sharing your walk down Memory Lane!! ❤️Hugs, Darnell

  21. Ooh this is an absolutely gorgeously cute card - I love those bunnies! Your colouring is awesome!. Belated happy Easter. Your Good Fridays of yesteryear sound wonderful! Hugs xxxxxxxxx

  22. A really cute card and your colouring looks lovely Di. I also have this stamp unused for several years. I enjoyed hearing your childhood memories of Easter me. Barbxx


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