We have a new Inspiration Board for you over at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Don’t you love it? I had lots of ideas but decided to use the upper right photo for my card. First, I noticed the brightly colored door. Barn Door is a wonderful stamp set and I hadn’t really used it before. Then, to add more details from the photo, I used Sitting Pretty and its coordinating Pretty Park Framelits. The kitty (from Sitting Here) wasn’t in the photo but the bench needed one, don’t you think? 😉
My Secrets to Making This Barn Door Project
- This card is 6″ square. I really love this size because you can add more details and layers. The more, the merrier, right?!
- I stamped the door with Crumb Cake ink onto Pool Party cardstock, then colored those triangular areas with my Pool Party Stampin’ Blends. Once it was done, I used the coordinating framelit from Sliding Door Framelits to crop it out. (It could easily be cut out with your trimmer though.)
- Next on the list was the bench. I could have used the cute Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Framelits but it was facing the wrong way, in my opinion. Who turns a chair towards a wall?? So, I went looking and found the bench in Sitting Pretty was facing forward. I cut it out in Mint Macaron to match the photo after adhering it to black craft foam so that it popped up and looked like a sturdy bench.
- The plant from Sitting Pretty was stamped in black ink, then colored with Lovely Lipstick and Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends. It has a coordinating framelit so it was very quick and easy to crop.
- The wreath (from Barn Door) also has a coordinating framelit for both the wreath and the bow. I stamped the wreath twice in Crumb Cake and Lovely Lipstick so I could crop out just the bow and pop it up onto the wreath.
- The background layer is 5 5/8″ square of Very Vanilla cardstock. After stamping the sentiment and I dry embossed the cardstock in the Pinewood Plank Dynamic TIEF. To make the card front more realistic, it needed a floor, so I cut a piece of Crumb Cake, embossed it with the “stone” framelit from Pretty Park Framelits. This helped the door not look like it was floating on the wall.
- The bench just needed a sign of some life. I considered and could have used any of the little creatures in these stamp sets. They are all so cute and could have worked. In the end, I went to the kitty in Sitting Here because I will be sending this card to my kids and we all love kitties. The kitty was stamped in Crumb Cake to coordinate with the card and colored ever so slightly in Ivory.
This bundle is so versatile! Watch the video by Stampin’ Up! to get some really great tips:
I am submitting this card to the following challenges and hope you will look at their wonderful designs then play along as well:
- 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge: Anything Goes with a Critter
- My Time to Craft Challenge: It’s Raining Cat & Dogs
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