Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Card Concept - Garden Pleasures

Welcome to a brand new challenge on The Card Concept blog!
 The theme this week is: Garden Pleasures
Everyone is welcome to play along using the colors, the theme, 
textures, items, or just anything from the picture as your starting point.

I was inspired by several elements in the photo (the window, the weathered wood birdhouses, the beehive, and the Black-eyed Susans) when I created this summery mixed media card. 

I love up-cycling cereal or cracker boxes into weathered wood backgrounds and windows. 

Here's how I make the backgrounds:

  1. Trim a thin piece of cardboard to size (use the reverse side if you're up-cycling a cereal box)
  2. Score some lines (you choose how wide - mine were 1 inch on this card)
  3. Paint your cardboard with white school glue
  4. While still tacky, paint a thin layer of your main color over top the glue
  5. Heat set or allow to air dry (if you did it right,cracks will appear)
  6. Add an accent color or two and heat set again
  7. Re-score your lines
  8. Sand portions of your finished piece to give it a weathered look

For the windows:

  1. Die cut the window from cardboard
  2. Using a dry brush, swipe some white paint and heat set
  3. Using the same dry brush, swipe some brown paint and heat set
  4. Repeat till your satisfied with the look
  5. Sand in spots to create a more weathered look

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Linby said...

oh wow this is an amazing scene, so beautiful too. You've obviously put a lot of care and attention to detail into this design. Thanks so much for sharing with us for my challenge theme at Allsorts. Lynn x

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love those flowers! And the window background! So beautiful!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow that is just stunning, I so love the way you did the weathered background and the window. The cheesecloth behind is a great touch, wonderful coloring of the flowers and bees!

brenda said...

I absolutely love this Esther, the colours, composition and interest elements all drawn together beautifully. Many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

B x

Mervi said...

Stunning window scene, gorgeous textures and dimensions.
Fabulous card Esther!
Thank you so much for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

Cardsbykatefletcher said...

I love this! Those bees are so cute. Such a great card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Paper Fundays Challenge. Kate dt