by Carrie Sunderlin
My inspiration for the cross is that Mercy and Grace meet at the cross. Mercy is not getting what we deserve, whereas grace is the opposite. Grace gives us the things we don’t deserve. So through Jesus sacrifice we obtained mercy in that we deserved punishment for our sin, but Jesus was merciful and took our punishment for us. By doing that he gave us grace in that we don’t deserve salvation, blessings, health, provision, joy, and all the other inheritances of the promises of Abraham. But we receive them all through his atoning sacrifice. His sacrifice brought us so much more than just our entry into heaven, it freed us from the bondage of the law, it made us heirs with Christ so that all his riches become our riches. It was the great exchange: He became poor so that we could become rich, he bore our sickness and infirmities so that we could be healthy view website and strong, he bore our sin so we could shake it off, he knew shame so that we never have to be shameful again, he was a man of sorrows so that we could know his joy, he was despised and rejected by men so that we could be loved and accepted by the Father, he stepped down from his position in heaven so that we could gain entrance. Hallelujah!!! What a savior. I made this cross to be beautiful, because it is a symbol of the beauty of Jesus’ finished work. It’s a symbol of how much he loves us, and that is a beautiful thing.
The cross was a naked wooden piece I found at Michael’s. Before doing anything to it, I sanded down the edges so it would be smooth. Then I used acrylic paint in a plum color to the edges and the sides to give it a nice finished look. After that dried, I traced the cross onto the backside of the paper. Then I cut it out and adhered the paper to the cross using ModPodge. I used a couple of tablespoons of the ModPodge thinned down with a tiny bit of water to make it more workable. I painted it onto the cross using a foam brush and allowed it to dry a tad bit, (just until it became tacky), before setting the paper down. The flourishes came from Michael’s brand of embellishments called Recollections.
I made the flowers from cardstock using the Hydrangea punch from Martha Stewart. I inked the centers and some edges in Orchid with ColorBox’s cat’s eye ink pads. Then I applied Liquid Pearls to the flower centers. After they dried I added some Stickles in Crystal to the edges. I adhered the larger ones using various thicknesses of Pop Dots. For the flowers in the center of the clusters, I used the thickest Pop Dots to give them height. The smaller flowers I used Glue Dots. The letters were cardstock as well I cut with my Silhouette. The font is Papyrus. I finished the whole project off with sequin ribbon which I adhered using my glue gun.
I used a 4×5.5″ piece of white cardstock which a I ran through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then I cut out the scalloped frame with my Silhouette. The Happy Easter oval was cut with the scraps of paper left over from the cross project. I ran that through my printer to apply the sentiment. I glued the two pieces togther, attached some ribbon across the cardstock, and attached the sentiment piece across the face of the embossed cardstock piece. Then I attached that to the card. Voila!! Quick, easy and elegant Easter card.