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.

20 thoughts on “SDC9 – Summer

  1. This is such a great card!! I love it to death!!

    I would love to get a card like that. Love your flowers, the 3d and Karin in the garden!

  3. Holy smokes! What a boatload of work!! The result is incredible! Thank you so much for joining us at SDC this week – outstanding!
    Val 🙂

  4. WOWSERS! What an amazing, detailed, piece of work! You definately couldn’t give that away to anyone!

  5. Gorgeous – just absolutely gorgeous 😀

  6. Oh wow. Lovely work.

  7. really lovely, and such an explosion of colour inside, it would be a great card, but yeah you would need a whole lot of bubble wrap and packaging to get it there unsquished.

  8. That aint over the top … it is perfection … I LOVE it!

  9. Fabulous! Love the flower garden! x

  10. What a SUPER artwork, MaryAnne. Absolutely stunning! Thanks for joining us on SDC #9.

  11. *DROOLS* That is fantastic! I may have to have a try.

  12. You did a great job! I love the dimension; the flowers, just everything!! Thank you SO much for joining us!

  13. Wow that is a stunning piece of artwork. Thanks for joining us at SDC x

  14. Oh WOW! I love your garden! The techniques you used are great, i love the effect of the distressinks!
    “Karin” looks just perfectly happy lol!
    Thanks for joining us at SDC!

  15. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your card………and I LOVE Stampotique images…….. Thanks so much for sharing your garden and playing with us this week at Stampotique DC



  16. This is absolutely amazing!!! I love the dimension of it and the door/inside is beautifully done. Phenomenal creation and thank you so much for playing with us at Stampotique Designer’s Challenge!

  17. OMGOSH!! This is amazing!!!! I just love this!! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week!!
    Kim P.

  18. ooh nice job…i love the look of that garden…where did you say its was, again? ;0)

  19. I agree with Glen that the Stampotiques are ugly creatures, however, you did manage to make this one look somewhat “cheerful” with everything else you have done. This really is SPECTACULAR!!! I love it!

  20. I LOVE it Mary Anne. The doors, the flowers and the quote but I still think that the Stampotiques are ugly creatures! *Ü* TFS. ~Glen~

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