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Easter Cards With Doilies

If you are looking for further inspiration or just starting, there is still time to create some beautiful Easter cards. The cards in this issue focus on creating Easter cards using paper doilies and doily shapes. Paper doilies can be purchased from a variety of stores, such as dollar and party stores. In the big-box craft stores you will find them not only in the baking section but also in the paper-crafting section. If you are looking to buy them in large quantities look for a restaurant-supply store in your area. Usually only available in white at restaurant-supply stores, you should be able to find paper doilies in a rainbow of colors, including metallic ones, at craft and party stores. Size, shape and the intricate cut-out design of the doilies also varies greatly and adds to the beauty of working with them in our card making.

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Project designs by Sharon M. Reinhart

In Project 1, a white doily purchased from a restaurant-supply store was used as a delicate bottom layer. I chose to leave the edges of the doily plain to retain a delicate effect. However, sponging ink on the edges is an option for creating further dimension and visual interest. Another option is to sponge embossing ink on the edges and then apply embossing powder and heat, resulting in a slightly raised edge. A circle of bright gold cardstock was die-cut using a stitched circle Framelits die from Stampin' Up to create a decorative circle border effect. The delicate vine is intertwined around the cross and takes center stage on this card. Both elements were created using die templates. Die-cut flowers with pearl accents and a die-cut sentiment add the finishing touches to this card.

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Project 1

Project 2 shows how to use a portion of a doily to create a stunning effect. In this card the doily was cut in half and layered onto the card front. This created a nice resting place for a collage of mini banners. A strip of cardstock has been adhered along the top of the banners to mask the cut edge of the doily and to serve as a finishing touch for the banner collage. Add a stamped sentiment, a few tiny flowers and some adhesive pearls, and this card is almost ready to give away. Of course, you must remember to add your special touches to the inside!

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Project 2

A gatefold card is the perfect base to layer portions of a paper doily. Cut the doily in half and then align the cut edge with the folded edge on the card front at each side. This creates a wonderful background! Another great way to use portions of a doily is to add pieces to tags to create texture and visual interest. Or cut the doily into quarters and use them to accent the corners of your cards. Don't forget that paper doilies are also great to use as stencils to create beautiful backgrounds. Many different mediums may be used such as ink pads and color sprays, which are also great for achieving custom colors of doilies. Recently, I have even heard of Easter egg dye being used to color doilies. How fitting for this article!

Our last project increases the possibilities for using doilies on cards exponentially. The doily in Project 3 has been made using a mini doily die template. There are many sizes and designs available with this type of template. The one used in this card is the tiny French Pastry Doily die from Cheery Lynn Designs. It is probably one of the most recognizable doilies and gets its name from being used under decadent pastries. I encourage you to complete a Google search of doily dies to see the variety of beautiful designs available. Again, the complete element may be used or just a portion, as is the case with this card.

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Project 3

This style of die template is quite detailed and some manufacturers recommend using a metal adaptor plate to aid in the cutting of a detailed die. With detailed die templates, paper will often remain in the die, and there are a variety of tools that can be used to release these leftover pieces. One is to brush a stiff nail brush on the non-cutting side. Another method is to use a small pick-type tool or paper piercer. There are also tools that have been designed specifically for this which are roller-style brushes. On some die templates all it takes is a few strong taps of the die onto a hard surface. Each template has its own personality, and you will get to know your tools through use.

Although I prefer to use purchased or die-cut doilies there is also another method where punches may be used. Create a guide by drawing lines on a circle, dividing the circle into equal segments. Then take your punch and punch the design onto the edge of the circle, centering the punch on the line. Not every punch out there will work for this method. Simply experiment with the punches you have on hand to find out which punch "personality" works the best.

The types of doilies are endless, and so are the possibilities of adding them to your cards. I hope you have been inspired to create and possibly put a doily or doily shape to use on your next card creation!