Hello and welcome! Glad you could stop by today. 🙂 I have a fun card that I made for my brother-in-law and (soon-to-be) sister-in-law’s first home! This card stands upright using the base (which is the panel the house is on) and the hinged gate. There was a fair amount of time and labour involved (read: ❤ ) but the end result was well worth it to create and give a truly unique card for a house they put a lot of time and labour into.
To start, I chose images from Avery Elle’s New Home Stamp, stamped them in Versafine Onyx Black, and heat set with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder. I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brushes and a waterbrush to watercolour my image and background. This stamp set is so much fun, you can design your own house…there are even some cute plants and decorations I didn’t use! While the panel was drying, I worked on the rest of the card, which included quite a bit of die cutting.
First, I wanted to cut the gate. I used a sturdy piece of Kraft cardstock and a Fancy Gate die that came from a now sold out (sorry!) Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March Kit. I ), so I used a partial die cutting technique to make the gate longer than the die would cut (so I could wrap it behind the card to help create a solid card base.) I set up my machine the same as I would any other time I cut a die, but when I put the cover plate on top (I’m using a Cricut Cuttlebug which is the C Plate) I make sure that cover plate doesn’t cover the very last fence post so that the end cut won’t separate it from the paper.
Once I had that cut, I placed my die back onto my cut gate but about halfway or so down the gate. When I put the cover plate on, this time I made sure that the end part of the die that was about halfway down the gate, wasn’t covered because if it was, then the gate would cut off the other side of the gate! I hope this is making sense! I have a few photos of my set-up for this process above and below.
Next, I used Neat & Tangled’s New Home Die to cut the sign out of Kraft cardstock. I used a pair of detail scissors to trim the sign and post so that it was a bit smaller in scale but would still fit the stamped sentiment from the coordinating stamp set. Then I used an Ink Duster and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to blend a bit of colour around the edges for a bit of shading. I tried using a woodgrain embossing folder on the kraft before I die cut the gate and fence and it was actually a bit overwhelming with this being a shaped card and a brightly coloured watercolour painting, so I just added a touch of ink to the edges of smooth kraft and felt it gave enough of the weathered look to not take away from the rest of the card. I stamped a sentiment from the coordinating stamp set onto the sign. I used the Grassy Border Die from Lawn Fawn to cut out a nice ground for my newly painted home. I used my Ink Dusters and a bit of Mowed Lawn to add a touch of softness and depth to the edges of the grass. I adhered my grass to the bottom of the panel using a tape runner. Next, I added my gate and used a bone folder to get a really good crease. Then I folded the excess, longer gate behind my panel and used a strong double sided tape to adhere the gate on the
Next, I took my gate and measured where it would sit across the front of the house panel, then used a bone folder to get a really good crease. I folded the excess gate behind my panel and used a strong double sided tape to adhere the gate on the back. I cut another piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock to 4.25″ x 5.5 and adhered that to the backside of the whole panel sandwiching the gate, hiding the bleed-through from the watercoloring, and giving me a place to write a sentiment to the lucky couple! Last, I attached my sign to the gate using a strong liquid adhesive, being extra careful not to get stray glue everywhere this late in the game! 🙂
Yes, this card took longer than usual with all of the watercoloring and the technical die cutting/construction, but I am proud of this card and it was a labour of love. I’d make it again in a heartbeat!
Well, that’s all I have for you today! Thanks for stopping by and…
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FULL SUPPLY LIST
Avery Elle: Welcome Home Stamp
Neat & Tangled: Welcome Home Stamp and Die
Hero Arts: March 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit (sold out) Fancy Gate Die
Lawn Fawn: Grassy Border Die
Simon Says Stamp: Green Leaf Cardstock
Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn
Zig: 036 Light Blue, 091 Light Gray, 095 Dark Gray, 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 061 Light Brown, 020 Red, 302 Haze Blue
Prima Mktg. Waterbrush, Tonic 8.5″ Guillotine, Tonic Precision Scissors, Pilot Precise V5 Black Pen, Docrafts Kraft Cardstock, Inkylicious Ink Dusters, Kokuyo Dot Liner, Versafine Onyx Black, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder, Wagner Heat Tool, EK Success Powder Tool, Bristol Smooth Cardstock, Misti, Cricut Cuttlebug Machine, Cricut C Plate Adaptor