Friday, March 30, 2012

JAI 111 - Just add Easter

Hello there,
well this week we have a fun and possibly quite tasty challenge for you at Just Add Ink because we want you to Just Add Easter. Can you think of a better excuse to go out and buy some of the Easter goodies that are threatening to trip you over as you wheel your trolley through the supermarket aisles ;) You need them for your art - not to eat!! Of course I had to make something for my two little munchkins and what better then a bunny box each.

I started by guesstimating how big I wanted the box to be. A bit of eyeballing decided me on 2 1/2" square and 3" high. Having made that decision I drew myself up a rough template on some scratch paper. Hopefully the template picture below will make the following steps clear.

In total you need a piece of cardstock 10 1/2"(26.2 cm) by 6" (15.2 cm).
1) Score along the long side at 0.5", 3", 5 1/2" and 8"
2) Score along the short side at 1 1/2" and 4 1/2"
3) Cut out and remove the two marked little flaps
4) Cut apart the flaps for the bottom and top of the box. See heavily marked lines in picture above. Do not assemble box yet!
5) Having cut and scored my boxes, I stamped them both with a gingham pattern
6) Now cut out a window in what will be your front panel. I used a rectangle die. (If you eliminate the closing flap directly above the front you could probably do this with a punch).
7) Then I cut an oval window, sized smaller than the rectangle, into a piece of cardstock matching the ear colours
8) After adhering the oval panel to the inside of the front I backed that with a piece of acetate
9) Now assemble the box (Sticky strip is a good idea for this) and add bunny face, paws and tail.
10) Fill with Easter eggs

In preparation for this I had Googled easter bunny punch art - and somewhere saw someone use the heart as the nose. Loved this idea but unfortunately can't tell you where I saw it.  The rest I worked out by myself. Briefly face base - 2 1/2" circle; Ear bases and paws -  extra large oval. For the feet trim about 1/3 off and then reinsert one end back into extra large oval punch. For the ear tips insert one end into bottom of Ornament punch; Ear colour - Large oval and small oval (retired); Cheeks - 1" circle; Mouth - cupcake builder punch top; Nose - small heart punch; Eyes - 3/4", 1/2" and 1/4" (retired).

I sponged all the edges of the Crumb Cake pieces with Crumb Cake ink, and then used a Chocolate Chip marker to add paw and cheek details. Then using linen thread and a needle stitched on three whiskers to each cheek. It was a bit fiddly but the end effect was worth it.

The kids were delighted and are looking forward to opening the boxes at Easter :)

Do check out the rest of the DT for some wonderful fun Easter ideas and have a go yourself at Just adding Easter!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Background Basics Gingham (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Old Olive, Marina Mist,Regal Rose,  Basic Black
Ink: Crumb Cake, Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Punches - 2 1/2", 1", 3/4" 1/2" and 1/4"(R) circles, Extra large oval, Large oval, small oval (R), Cupcake builder, Small heart, Ornament; Rectangle and classic oval nestabilites (Spellbinder), Linen thread, Acetate, Tombow multi, Sticky strip, Dimensionals 


  1. Hello to you lovely Kim!!
    These bunnies are amazing!! WOW i love the detail, even down to the whiskers!!! SO clever of you!! I hope that your Easter is meaningful and restful and full of fun with your precious family!!
    Great to pop in and say HI!!!
    Sending hugs and smiles Sharnee :)

  2. Well, how clever are you??!! Can't believe you can just wing it with your own sketch, working out how to make something like this. I am completely 3D-challenged, so can't comprehend it! Brilliant little boxes for your kiddos, Kim. I love how you've decorated them.

  3. Fabulous Easter boxes Kim - the two little munchkins are going to LOVE these. You did a terrific job and I love the hand stitched whiskers.


  4. Fabtastic bunnies Kim - they have lots of character. Bet you've had to hide them from the kids...or refill them.

  5. I'm in love!!! These little cuties have really appealed to me Kim, they really are just sweetest easter idea with thier whiskers and big droopy eyes.
    Thanks for sharing the measurements, think l will be making one of these for one of my little men too!

  6. Love your beautiful Easter bunnies Kim. The whiskers are gorgeous and I agree with you, the heart nose is a lovely idea!

  7. These are fabulous Kim! I love that you have created a little window to see inside their tummies. I love the way you've done their eyes and their colourful ears too. Very, very cute!

  8. These little bunny boxes are incredibly cute. How clever to draw up your own template. Love the back view too.

  9. These are the cutest Easter Bunnies! I love their cotton tails. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  10. These are fantastic Kim. You're a clever one, aren't you - thanks for providing the template you used. I bet the kidlets will love opening these on Sunday morning.


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