I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Barns! Barns! Barns! and you're going to be amazed at the incredible ideas.
For my project I wanted to show off my latest release, which debuted at the Collins Rep Group Retailer Training Event in Boston this last month. There are five new dies and a set of clear stamps in the Farm collection.
A popular technique I've taught with other dies is the Floating Floor, so I wanted to show how easy it is to incorporate a Floating Floor below a Pop Stand die. Watch this video to learn how. You would use the exact same measurements and technique to add a Floating Floor below the other Pop Stand dies - the Eiffel Tower and the Bathtub.
A Floating Floor allows items to pop up anywhere on the floor through the use of slots and L supports behind each item. This allows for really fun dynamic pop-up cards. I made a barnyard scene with a generic "Just sayin' Hay!" theme, but you could use any of the Farm Greetings chalkboard-style stamps and this same design to turn it into birthday, thank-you or congrats.
For the card's front I turned to the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps and realized that with selective inking I could take portions of the Cow chalkboard greeting stamp and mix in one of the phrases from the Chicken chalkboard greeting stamp and make my own custom phrase. Brownie the Cow is holding the greeting.
Floating Floors are the same thing as a "stage" or "table" pop-up. Three supports hold up the floor and by cutting slits and adding L supports, any item anywhere on the floor can be popped up as well. Notice the L support attached to the back of Brownie.
One of my favorite tricks for making sure an L support stays put is by sliding in a Tiny Attacher stapler and stapling the L support's foot to the base card. The front decoration will cover the staple. You can just make out the staple on the Cheepers L-support foot in the photo below.
One last view of the card, this time from straight on, where you can just spy Brownie peering over the barn. I love that the Country Fence die from Susan Tierney-Cockburn's collection works so nicely with the Farm Collection.
Here is a cheat sheet (with metric measurements, too) for the folds and cuts to make the Floating Floor:
The Farm Collection is shipping this week and should be available soon at your local independent craft store. Here are some shopping links to the items used on the card. The patterned paper for the Barn is October Afternoon "Seaside; Seashells" paper. The cardstock is Bazzill's Card Shoppe. I also used various inks and an old grass stamp from my stash.