Cardmaking: Quick and Easy Handmade Easter Greeting Card Ideas

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Are you looking for some quick, easy and affordable handmade Easter greeting card ideas? If so, I have two greeting card designs that I would like to share with you today. This project would be great to make with older children, scouting troops, church youth groups, paper craft groups and with school groups.

We made these cards with 10-14 year old girls for them to give to their parents for Easter. Once they were done making them they were very proud of their creations. If you don't own a Cricut Die Cutting Machine (used to cut the ovals and lettering) you can hand draw and cut out various sized oval shapes and you can purchase letter stickers at your local arts and crafts store. We used the Cricut George and Basic Shapes Cartridge for these projects.

Supplies Needed:

4" by 5" blank cardstock note cards with envelopes

various scrapbooking papers (prints and solids)

decorative edge scissors and regular edge scissors

adhesives - glue dots, glue sticks and glue pens

various colored scrapbooking fine tip markers and pens

*optional ink pads and Easter sentiments rubber stamps

For these 2 designs we also used self-stick plastic scrapbooking mesh in mint green and 4 mm round self-stick purple rhinestones.

For Card Number One:

Cover the front of your card with pink scrapbooking paper that was cut to fit. Using the Cricut set on the number one size setting and using the Cricut Georges Basic Shapes Cartridge we cut out eight ovals from different colored papers. Using the same cartridge turn your dial to the shadow option and cut out four more ovals (we used dark blue paper) as these will serve as the base for your eggs. Using your glue stick, glue a smaller oval on top of each larger oval to serve as your Easter egg. Using decorative scissors, cut a part the remaining four smaller ovals into various widths. Using a glue pen, glue the cut up pieces onto the eggs and let dry. (about 5-10 minutes). If desired...use various colored markers to add polka dots and squiggles to your eggs to decorate them even further. Using glue dots, attach each egg to the greeting card near the top and going horizontally across the front. Using the Cricut Georges Basic Shapes Cartridge set your dial to the number two size setting. Cut out the letters E A S T E R from medium blue scrapbooking paper. Cut out a strip from white scrapbooking paper that measures 2" by 5" in size and glue it to a piece of dark blue scrapbooking paper that is cut slightly larger than your white strip. We used decorative edge scissors to add interest to the design. Glue this strip onto the lower half of your card. Using a glue pen glue each letter to the white base strip to spell out the word EASTER. If desired...use a ink pad and rubber stamp to stamp a sentiment inside or write your own message.

For Card Number Two:

Cover the front of your card with pink scrapbooking paper. Using a piece of self-adhesive plastic mesh in a mint green color, attach that to the center front. Use blue self-stick letters (in this case we spelled out the word EASTER) and place those right above the mesh strip. Using the Cricut Die Cutting Machine and the Georges Basic Shapes cartridge, cut out two purple ovals on the 2 1/2 size setting and on the shadow effect, cut out one medium blue oval on the same setting. These three ovals will serve as your base for the eggs. Using the same 2 1/2 size setting cut out six to seven more ovals from various colored scrapbooking papers. Glue one of these ovals onto each of the larger ovals that you first cut out. Using wavy edge decorative scissors, cut a part the remaining smaller ovals. Use a glue pen or a glue stick and use those pieces to decorate your egg bases. Once done, use glue dots to attach your eggs on top of the plastic mesh strip. We decided to decorate the egg in the center with little purple self-stick rhinestones to add decorative interest to it. Using an ink pad and rubber stamp, stamp your sentiment inside or handwrite your own message.

There you have it...two quick and easy handmade Easter theme'd greeting cards that you can make with older children or even make them yourself. Happy Crafting!

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