One of the traditions around here on Easter weekend (and for lots of you out there too, I'm sure) is to decorate eggs for Easter. I'm not sure who looks forward to it more, me or the kids. It's just a fun thing to do together...messy, colorful, creative, and...together.
My DT tips post for today centers around doing the eggs up a little differently...Papertrey style!
I used Papertrey Ink dies to cut tissue paper, which I stamped using the coordinating stamps, then decoupaged onto eggs. When you put the decopage glue over the tissue paper, it almost disappears, leaving only the stamped image visible and the eggs almost look as if they are hand-painted.
First step is to prepare your eggs. You can either hard boil them, or blow them. I usually blow them out because no one around here like hard-boiled eggs and they usually go to waste. To blow them out instead, just use a sharp object (I used a paper piercer which I washed thoroughly before use) and pierce a hole at both the top and bottom of the egg, making one hole slightly larger. Use a long sharp object (I used a skewer) to poke into the hole and break the yolk, and stir the egg up a bit. Then blow air into the smaller hole to expell the contents of the egg. You can then rinse it and set it aside to dry.
Now comes the fun part. You can first dye the egg. I actually spritzed mine with different colors of Glimmer Mist...a little quicker and easier than mixing up dye if you're just going to do a few eggs.
Now choose a die and stamp set to use. I'm using Embellishments for this egg. I used Butterfly Dreams and Turning a New Leaf on some of the others. Diecut some white tissue paper...this step goes quickly because you can cut several layers at one time.
Now use a foam brush to brush on some decoupage glue.
Now lay the stamped tissue paper over the glue and use your brush to gently smooth it down. The tissue paper gets kind of fragile when it's wet with the glue, so use more of a blotting motion rather than brushing it.
When you have it looking the way you want it, you can brush on a finishing coat of decoupage. Now just set aside and allow to dry!
They look so pretty all piled into a bowl, but if you'd rather give them as favors or even use them at each place setting for Easter dinner, I found that the Favor It #1 die is just the right size to hold one egg. It has just enough space for the egg and a bit of grass or shredded paper to nestle it in. I trimmed the handles off, just because I wanted my egg to show a little more, but you could just as easily leave them on if you wanted.
Stamps: Embellishments, Butterfly Dreams, Turning a New Leaf, Tag-its #1
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Lemon Tart, Hawaiian Shores, Ripe Avocado
Cardstock: Vintage Cream
Dies: Embellishments, Butterfly Dreams, Turning a New Leaf, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle collection, Favor It #1
Other: tissue paper, Glimmer Mist, decoupage glue, patterned paper from the Sweet Threads collection by Basic Grey