SDC9 – Summer

The challenge over on the Stampotique Designers blog is to make something that says what Summer means to you. I had this idea for a 3D  piece that could be a card (if you really, REALLY like the person and I mean A LOT) but probably a pain to mail so better as something to display.

One of our favourite haunts in summer is the walled garden at The Vyne, our local stately home and a NT property so free with our membership.  I wanted to re-create the walled garden idea.  Those who know me know how much I loathe those pun-y titles like Snow Much Fun, or overused titles like I Hope You Dance.  I ha a similar reaction to the perfect quote for what I wanted to do.  It took a few hours of struggling, while I considered and discarded SO many other options before I grudgingly gave in and decided to use what I perhaps knew I was going to have to from the start.

It started life as this:

(for those who care, the centre bit is 8″ and the flaps at the side 1.5″. All three pieces are the same size but the door piece is cut in half, the arch has an opening cut in it, and the backdrop is as it is.  The height is about 7.5 ” so you can manage this from A4 card.  I made the bits as above then decorate other card and attached it so it is all very sturdy, I think.)

And eventually, the better part of 24 hours later, became this:

The doors were cardstock sponged with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Brushed Corduroy, then overstamped in Walnut Stain with a stamp I am SURE Shimelle designed, a wood grain.  It matches up beautifully left to right, so I stamped it top and bottom, then masked that and stamped in the middle and attached the bands over it to hid the join.  The grungeboard hinges are done with Tim’s Distress embossing and ink, as in his Compendium.

I cannot seem to stay away from those teeny tiny letters LOL!

The inside surround is inked with Fired Brick and Walnut Stain then stamped with the brickwork stamp from Tim then embossed with Distress Powder for a suitable brick-y, crumbly effect.  It turned out better than I imagined it would.

The backdrop is Stormy Sky and Broken China, with touches of Weathered Wood and an ancient (dated 1992!) stamp From Stamp In The Hand and a little cloud from Stampa Barbara – they were stamped with Versamark and embossed white.  The sun is a bit of an image from, I think, Zettiology, but as it’s unmounted I can’t be sure.  It could be Paper Artsy. And of course a Stampotique stamp.

I wanted a real cacophony of flowers, so you got a massive burst of colour when you open the doors.  They all sit on am accordion folded bit at the bottom so you get layers of flowers and it’s not just flat.