Sunday, 10 February 2013

Easter Cards (2): Nordic Spring

We all know very well those Norwegian winter jumpers famous for their characteristic geometric patterns and coziness. I had a very Nordic Winter last Christmas full of these Scandinavian patterns and loved it a lot! Why not  prolong the feeling and have a Nordic Spring then? 
Since I've been in love with the Scandi culture for some time now, this year I decided that my Easter cards will have the folky Nordic accent too. Christmas greens and reds will be replaced by the cheerful Eastery pastels - whites, yellows, oranges, blues, fresh greens and pinks. As far as the colours and patterns are concerned, the main source of inspiration for me has been the "Easter Knits" book by Arne and Carlos where you can find a bunch of projects bursting with springy colours, yet maintaining their Scandinavian feel.
These are my first "Nordic Spring" cards I've made. They will participate in The Nordic Spring Card Swap on facebook :) These are mostly stamped cards with various coloured inks and decorated with some simple punched shapes. The stamps I used to make them is a mixture of The Waltzing Mouse stamps, Noolibird stamps, Craft Fun stamps and W Plus9 Design stamps. 


The hopping bunny stamp from Noolibird has been my favourite this season! In the card above, I tried to stamp with one stamp but with 3 different inks at the same time. It worked quite well, I think.



The well-known Norwegian stars featured in so many knitted jumpers, hats and scarves, here embellish my cards in forms of decorative bands. Can't imagine Nordic Spring cards without them! They are undoubtedly my favourite motif.


All 4 together :)



More Nordic cards on their way! Keep on checking! :-*
Joining Hand-made Monday tonight at a lovely blog Handmade Harbour and off to do some blog hopping.

15 comments:

  1. I'm SO into Scandinavian design at the moment and your cards are absolutely brilliant. I love them all! So pretty - what about Mother's Day - I'll send my kids over to shop!!!

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  2. I love anything Scandi so these cards are really made for me. Love the colours and the stamping.

    Have a great week,
    Alison x

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  3. Hi Martha, here's the link to the cookie cutter you asked about...http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-RED-Plastic-Cookie-Cutter-Valentines-Day-Heart-Hallmark-/251226203188?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7e3fa434

    Pat

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  4. Loving the nordic spring idea :) Your cards are beautiful, great colours and that little hare stamp is just perfect! x

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  5. They are lovely. The egg stamps with the birds are hares are beatiful. Such lovely vibrant and fresh colours too.

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  6. Your cards are wonderful - a little bit of spring good cheer!

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  7. Nice to see something just that little bit different for Easter. Great mix of colours :)

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  8. Wow the scandinavian design has transferred really well to another season. I love the colours you've used for the Easter designs. Ali x

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  9. Your cards are really sweet. They would look great framed as a set.

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  10. It's nice to see scandi style used for something other than Christmas, and you've really carried it off.

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  11. I love all your Scandinavian stuff and these cards are fabulous!

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  12. I love the fresh colours you've used in conjunction with the scandi style... they work really well :-) Simmi x

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  13. What a fantastic inspiration for Nordic and Spring Easter cards! These are so beautiful and fun! I have been on a Scandi adventure since the St. Lucia Blog procession and it is fun to visit with you and see how you are continuing the exploration!

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  14. These are delightfully spring like. My favourite would have top be the ones with the bunny stamp on them. looking forward to seeing more designs :)

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