For the background scene, a white panel was cut to measure 4” x 5.25” and then it was softly ink blended with random splotches of blue Distress ink to resemble a sky. Green cardstock was pulled from our stash to cut two hills using oval dies and a strip of grass using a grass die. Shading was added to these elements with green Distress ink.
We wanted to step up the party atmosphere of this barnyard scene so we decided to add some balloons. This is easy to do with small circle and oval dies, so we cut three balloons from scraps of red, yellow and blue cardstock. Distress ink was blended onto each balloon to add some dimension and a thin outline was drawn around each balloon with a fine-tipped black marker. Shine was added using Glossy Accents and the balloons were set aside to dry.
Next it was time to stamp and color the images for this card and we took the time to create a stamping “jig” so that our stamped images would be perfectly centered within the diecuts. Step A) Using 80 lb white cardstock and the coordinating dies for the images we planned to use, we cut out a few “blanks” of each image. Step B) Using the same dies, cut them out from light weight paper (we used printer paper). It is the negative spaces left by the dies that is needed, so it is important not to arrange the dies too close together on the paper before running them through the diecutting machine. Step C) Load a scrap piece of paper into the Misti and stamp the images keeping them spaced somewhat apart. Step D) The last step to creating the jig is to cut around the negative spaces of each image created in Step B and adhere them around each stamped image with liquid glue so that the stamped image is perfectly centered inside the negative opening.
Once the glue has dried, it is time to stamp the images. Load the blank diecuts that were created in Step A into the negative spaces on the jig and stamp them. We used a Copic safe ink since that is what we planned to use for coloring.
As long as there is no shifting in the Misti, these will stamp perfectly every time! When we take the time to create a jig, we usually stamp several diecuts of each image so that we have extras and we store them together with the stamp set so they are ready to color for the next project.
The images were colored with Copic markers (specific colors are in the supply list below) and the sentiment was stamped onto the grass using a fine detail black ink.
The balloons and stamped images were adhered to the card panel using a combination of liquid adhesive and small foam squares. To complete the scene, balloon strings were drawn using a fine-tipped black marker. The finished card panel was glued to a top-folding card base measuring 4.25” x 5.5” made with 120 lb. white cardstock with liquid adhesive.
We hope you enjoyed our project and it inspires you to give it a try.
Michele and Maureen
Stamps and Coordinating Dies: My Favorite Things – Barnyard Birthday
Oval Dies: Hero Arts Infinity Ovals (Yellow balloon and background hills)
Circle Dies: Hero Arts Infinity Circles (Blue and Red balloons)
Grass Die: Lawn Fawn – Platform Pop-up Die set
Stamping Tool: My Sweet Petunia - Misti
Black Ink: Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair Nocturne (sentiment)
Memento – Tuxedo Black (stamped images)
Distress Ink: Ranger – Lucky Clover (grass and hills)
Wild Honey (yellow balloon)
Blueprint Sketch (blue balloon)
Fired Brick (red balloon)
Brown Marker: Tombow Twintone – Chocolate
Liquid Adhesive: Bearly Art - Precision Craft Glue
Foam Adhesive Squares: 3L – 3D Foam Squares (White Variety Pack)
Copic Sketch Markers: Cow – N0, N1, N2, N4, N6, E000, E01, R01, R32, E35; R29, Y19, B26 (hat)
Rooster – W00, W1, W2, YR27, E37, E39, BG34, BG49, R29, R17, Y19
Chick – Y02, Y08, Y18, YR04, R17
Pig – E01, R01, E95, RV42; Y02, R29, B26 (hat)
White (stamped images and panel): Accent Opaque 80 lb
White Card base: Accent Opaque 120 lb
Green, Blue, Yellow, Red: From scrap bin