Layered Easter Bunny

Bunny_1 Easter comes earlier than usual this year so it is just around the corner, but there is still time to create these easy, free-standing bunnies; or only the front or back, like I did on the card.  Each measures 3″ tall.

Supplies needed are white cardstock for the bunny, quilt weight cotton or a pretty decorative paper for the contrasting ears and foot pads, 2 mini black brads for the eyes, 1 mini heart-shaped brad for the nose, 3/4″ pom pom for the tail, and a small amount of ribbon for the bow.

The bunnies were cut out of white cardstock on my 15″ KNK Max Air with a force of 60, Speed of 200, Blade Offset of .35 and one pass.

I used quilt weight cotton to embellish these bunnies.  I love using fabric and have finally come up with a method that works consistently for me…To begin with, I have dedicated a cutting board just for cutting fabric, which I make very sticky.  I prepare my fabric by ironing “Steam-a-Seam 2” on the back, if I am applying it to fabric or “Heat ‘n Bond” on the back, if I am applying it to paper.  In this case the bits of fabric that I used were left over from a sewing project and already had “Steam-a-Seam 2” on the back that worked great.  The backing of Steam-a-Seam and Heat n’ Bond has a finish that doesn’t readily stick to the mat, so I spray the backing with 505 (a temporary adhesive).  With 505 on the back, the fabric and backing sticks securely to the mat without taping.  On my 15″ KNK Maxx Air my settings were Force 75, Speed 200, Blade Offset .75, and one pass.  The reason for having a dedicated mat is that there is some residue left on the mat from the 505.  I leave it because it just lends to a secure bond the next time.

Since the bunnies are flocked with “Fun Flock”, these were my steps for putting them together:

1) Iron fabric or glue decorative paper to the front ears and the 2 separate feet.
2) Flock the back side of the bunny and the face.
3) When the glue on the face is dry, insert the brads for the eyes and nose.
4) The tail is shown here, but actually, it is best if it is applied last because it makes it easier to flock the front of the bunny.

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5) The picture below on the left is the inside of the back of the bunny.  Do not apply glue below the line, if you want to be able to have him freestanding.  After glue is applied above the line, glue the front in place, matching the edges of the ears and the side attached legs.
6) Glue the face in place.
7) Glue the top half of the bottom paws. If glue is put on the bottom edge of the paws, the front will be attached to the back, eliminating the freestanding aspect.

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8. With the bunny assembled, the next step is to apply glue to the areas on the front that have not had flocking applied to them and complete the flocking process.
9) Lastly glue the pom pom tail in place and finish off with a bow at the neck.

The bunnies on the front of the card are made exactly the same, except the front and back are not glued together.

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Layered Bunny Free Files attached are in KNK, MTC and PDF formats, zipped.

Judy Keating is here visiting this week.  My thanks to her for helping me get this project ready to post on time.  Don’t miss her special post next Wednesday, which we also have been working on.