Monday, April 14, 2014

Floral Cross Easter Cards

 At Easter we think about the cross as it relates to Christ's sacrificial death for us. It symbolizes His tremendous pain and sacrifice that He made for each of us. Thinking about those hours leading up to and including the time He spent on the cross can bring tears to my eyes. And yet, we wear crosses on our jewelry and decorate our homes with them as a symbol of following Him and honoring His sacrifice. I always liked to wear an "empty cross" which also symbolizes His resurrection from the dead. He didn't remain on the cross as so many did that were crucified by the Romans in that day. Oddly, the cross can also be a thing of beauty because of the great gift He made for us, salvation and eternal life - amazingly beautiful gifts. The crosses on my card today are the loveliest I've ever used. To me they emphasize new life in Christ.

Laurie Wilson introduced a number of images at Doodle Pantry recently that are perfect for Easter cards. I used several of her sets to make these cards. All three of my cards feature "Floral Cross." This first one uses the colored cross with the lovely blue flowers. I kept the color scheme simple to let the image stand out. I embossed the edges of the image panel using the Cuttlebug Pinking Stitch folder. I printed two of the same image so that I could cut out the second one and pop dot over the image panel for extra dimension. The organdy ribbon was actually one that matched the flowers, but off of the roll, it looked very pale.

The inside sentiment comes from a combination of the Doodle Pantry "He Is Risen" set.

This next card has a bright spring color scheme. I recolored the flowers with Copic markers and used the same embossing folder again. I lightly sanded the stitches on the embossing so that it stood out white.

I used Lori McCroskey's svg files Card Cut Cross  and a sentiment from Holy Land Flowers 1 inside the svg cut card that I made using the new Cricut Create. I used a beige base, woodgrain patterned paper for top layer and juniper cardstock for the frame. I added a lavender circle with burlap topped by a small floral cross image. The inside uses the sentiment from Holy Land Flowers 1.

 May God bless you this week as you celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!

I'm sharing the second colorful card with the following challenges:

 4 Crafty chicks #189 - Polka dots
Alphabet Challenge - E - Easter
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday #130 - Easter
Dream Valley #79 - Easter
Hobbycutz #43 - Bingo (3rd row down - flowers, ribbon, bling)
Sentimental Sundays #202 - embossing - mine is dry
That Craft Place - Anything goes or Easter
Word Art Wednesday #127 - anything goes with uplifting sentiment/scripture


Marsha said...

All beautiful. I like how you used the digital cross within the SVG file cross.

Basslady said...

love your beautiful creation and the bible Verses on it!

thanks so much for playing along with us at Alphabet-Challenge!


Hugs and kisses from germany,

silvi xoxo

Papercrafting Princess said...

OH Vickie your cards are beautiful and such an inspiration!

Tamie said...

Your coloring on this image is simply stunning! I adore both card and love the color choice for the polka dots paper. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks Polka Dots Challenge.

Tamie DT

Karina Bunkenborg said...

So wonderful cards you have made!!!! Thank you for joining us at MAWTT

Mrs.B said...

Such a wonderful set of cards
Thanks for playing along with us at Alphabet Challenge.
Avril x

Rita Edwards said...

What a lovely Easter project you've created! I really love your choice of papers and composition! Thank you for joining us at Milk N Coffee, hugs, Rita DT

Sammy said...

Oh, these are all just lovely! Thank you for playing along at Milk Coffee this challenge. Sammy-x

Stacey Schofield said...

beautiful card. thanks for sharing with us at That Craft Place xxx Stacey S xxx