yes, they’re real eggshells!

Happy Easter! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter day! We had ham with family on Friday so I cooked a different family favorite for lunch and then we had lots of leftovers (including the ham) for supper. It was a nice, relaxing day! I think our colored eggs are all gone by now. I never tire of that tradition! painteggsmile.gif It must be the crafter in me. 😉
This afternoon I sat down to make a few cards with the set A Good Egg. I have been wanting to make these cards for weeks! I originally wanted to make Easter cards but since I ran out of time, I just made them into a friendly spring card instead. I love how the set is versatile and doesn’t haven’t to be used just for Easter!
When I first saw the set in the new catalog, I knew I wanted to try a technique that I did years ago. The shell that the chick is in was made with real eggshells! They have been sitting in a dish on my counter for a few weeks waiting for this project. LOL. I don’t quite remember the proper technique and I was a little too lazy to look it up, so I just did what I remembered or thought would turn out ok.
To make the eggshell piece:
I started by running a piece of white cardstock through my Xyron machine so one side was covered with adhesive. Then I covered the adhesive with bits of broken eggshells (removed from hard boiled eggs). This takes a little time and patience to get it covered. Turn it over and gently press on the back so that the shells stick well. Next I used my waterbrush and various reinkers to watercolor the shells. Let it dry completely. Then I pressed the eggshell side onto my Versamark pad and heat embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder so it would have some sparkle. I stamped my images on top with SU! Black ink and *carefully* cut them out. Then I applied Crystal Effects to help keep the shells from cracking off and give it a nice smooth finish. You may be able to apply the Crystal Effects before cutting the images out- try experimenting. It may be easier to cut that way.
This is a very simple layout but I wanted the technique to be the focus. I added a black dotted border around the designer paper to match the dotted chick. And I pierced some holes at each corner to help draw the attention to the main image.
Here’s a pic of the finished card….

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….and a close-up so you can see the eggshells better.

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stamps- A Good Egg
paper- Shimmery White, Saffron, Black, retired Tickles dp
ink- Black, Summer Sun, Pumpkin, various re-inkers
accessories- egg shells, Versamark, Iridescent Ice ep, Xyron, waterbrush, Crystal Effects, Black Diamond Stickles, Primas, paper piercing tools

13 responses to “yes, they’re real eggshells!

  1. Wow, Diane! Another brilliant idea! And so beautiful too!

  2. ADORABLE!! I need this set. it s not in our UK catalogue :(

    Great technique, I must try it

    Caz

  3. I knew I should have purchased this set!! What a fantastic idea and abeautiful card!!

  4. Oh my goodness! That sounds like a LOT of work!
    Your egg shells look fantastic though!

  5. wow! you go to a lot of trouble to make it authentic my friend! now that’s “love on a card” right there! very impressive!!

  6. Wow, this is so neat! I love the dimension of the shell! I’ve always been a fan of your creativity and this is another great example! Thanks for what you share!

  7. Pure genius !!!! This is so adorable !!! Love it :)

    Have a great day…

  8. That looks awesome!!! I *love* the eggshells!!!!

  9. OMG! That is the CUTEST thing! What a fun idea and a cool project for get-togethers. This is darling!

  10. Wow…that turned out fantastic!! I love the pretty colors you made it as well!! Adorable!

  11. Wow!! Those are great. What a wonderful idea.

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