This was my version of a card design by Tammy Stark from the Lawn Fawn Design Team. She made this awesome card with a barn created with all Lawn Fawn dies. Her card was a bigger custom size so I adjusted the measurements to fit a 5×7 card. Her card is here on the Lawn Fawn blog with all the instructions for constructing the barn. I’m including the changes I made below.
I started by ink blending the background with Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress oxide inks. I cut a Simple Stitched Hillside Border from Cilantro cardstock and added some Mowed Lawn distress oxide ink. I used the normal size dies because I don’t have the slimline size, so the hillside didn’t fit across the whole card, but I knew the barn would be covering the middle anyways. So I attached them to either side of the card and left the empty space between them in the middle, which did get covered up later. Then I cut a Picket Fence Border from white and cut it in half and attached them to either side of the card.
I colored and cut out images from Hay There (the animals), Party Animal (the party hats and balloons), Butterfly Kisses (the clouds), and Ahoy Matey (the mud puddle.) The original card didn’t have the mud puddle but I thought it was so cute to have the pig in his own little puddle. 😊
To make my smaller-sized barn I used the second largest of the Outside In Stitched Square Stackables. I cut one from Chili Pepper cardstock and one from the white Woodgrain Neutrals cardstock. I cut the woodgrain piece into strips (I didn’t measure them but made them as equal as possible) and ink blended them with Barn Door distress oxide ink. (Isn’t it fun when the thing you’re using the ink for is the actual name of the ink?) I followed Tammy’s instructions to cut some of the strips in half. I attached the longer strips to either side of the Chili Pepper square and put the shorter strips in the middle on the top, leaving a smaller square of the red Chili Pepper showing through.
To make the rest of the barn door I cut the stitched strip from the Picket Fence Border a few times and used it to form the X and the perimeter. The original card used a frame die that I don’t have but this worked just fine! I cut more strips and added them to the top of the barn at different angles to make the barn shape and then cut off the excess red parts.
For the window on the barn I cut a small square from Black Licorice cardstock. I cut the grassy piece from the Mushroom House die from Sunflower cardstock. And for my favorite substitution… the original card used the shutters from one of the Scalloped Treat Box add ons that I don’t have, so instead I used… the Magic Iris Camera Add On! The little shutter button for the camera looks just like shutters when you turn it sideways, so I put one on either side of the window.
To finish the card I cut a Grassy Border and extended the length by cutting it once, moving the die over, and then lining it up to continue the cut for a longer piece. I blended Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn onto the piece and then splattered it with Mowed Lawn ink mixed with water. I attached the grass to the card with foam tape and then attached all the animals with foam pieces too. I stamped the sentiment on an Everyday Sentiment Banner that I attached with skinny foam sentiment strips and the card was done!
I was surprised just how much I ended up liking this card. I think it’s because it’s a bigger card and the barn fills up so much of the space that it really sets the scene. And the colors are bright and classic, and it’s just cute!
- Distress oxide inks: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Barn Door
- Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Borders
- Lawn Fawn cardstock: Cilantro, Chili Pepper, Woodgrain Neutrals, Black Licorice, Sunflower
- Lawn Fawn Picket Fence Border
- Lawn Fawn Hay There
- Lawn Fawn Party Animal
- Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses
- Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey
- Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Square Stackables
- Lawn Fawn Mushroom House
- Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Camera Add On
- Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners