Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I should have made a St. Patrick’s Day project!!! Oh well, missed the boat there. I have to admit that I don’t do that much celebrating for St. Patty’s Day. I mostly just dress up in green and hide a few chocolate shamrocks and gold coins for the kids. Now that one kid is away at college and the other one is so busy I hardly see her, there isn’t much point.
So I’m on to Easter, which is a holiday we do celebrate. I totally forgot that I had this adorable Berry Basket die cut that’s perfect for Easter! Good thing I remembered before it was too late. Easter is early this year … March 27th (my sister’s birthday!!!) so don’t put off making cards and / or gifts.
The basket is super easy to make with the Berry Basket Bigz L Die. The die cuts one basket piece and two strips (one straight and one scallop) in one pass through the Big Shot. You can use the strips to make a handle or a top border. One basket requires two basket pieces and two top border strips (either straight or scallops.) I cut my basket pieces out of Kraft Paper and the top border pieces out of Corrugated Paper. All the pieces are pre-scored making it simple to fold and assemble.
To assemble the basket, I used SNAIL to adhere the bottom sections of the basket together, and glue dots to adhere the two top border strips together. Then, my trick is to turn the basket upside down, place the top border over it, and then adhere each side to the top border while centering the section. I used glue dots for this basket, but staples work (and look great) too.
For the handle, I punched a small hole in the sides and handle strip with a Paper Piercing Tool and then fastened them together with mini brads.
Now, on to the fun stuff … decorating!!!
I used the Botanical Builders Framelits Dies to cut flower pieces out of Watercolor Paper and Cucumber Crush cardstock. These dies make beautiful flowers that look great watercolored. I used my Aqua Painter to color them with Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Cucumber Crush ink. (Those colors just happened to go with the crinkled paper filler I had purchased at World Market the other day while shopping with my mom.)
For the front of the basket, I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set to make a Happy Easter sign and surround it with a few more flowers. I also added a Linen Thread bow to go with the Kraft colored neutrals of the basket.
Watercoloring is definitely my favorite technique for coloring the flower die cuts from Botanical Builders. It looks so soft and pretty, perfect for Spring.
Supplies used on my basket:
The Berry Basket Bigz Die allows you to make a basket out of any color cardstock or designer series paper. It’s great for any occasion. All you have to do is change the colors and decorations.