Last week I received an e-mail from a boy named Kieran. He is eleven years old and loves Pop it Ups dies. He lives with his Nana (Debi, my other new friend!) and uses his two Pop it Ups dies (Happy Birthday and Honey the Bear) to make cards for teachers, therapists, friends, family, etc. (whether or not it's their birthday, Debi reports!) His cardmaking counts as an art credit for school, as various weekly appointments prevent him from attending his art class.
Kieran mentioned in his e-mail that he really loves the barn and the farm animals so of course I had to make him a barnyard card. The card arrived a few days ago (along with some other goodies) and Debi said it was fun to hear him planning his next cards.
Some days, folks, I get a big huge reminder about why I love what I do.
To make Kieran's barnyard card I basically followed the video instructions for the Floating Floor card from the Barns! Barns! Barns! Challenge last May. I added in the dies and stamps from the Farm 2 collection as well. (They weren't available yet when I made the floating floor video)
I wanted to use all six farm Characters on the card, so the front of the card features Snowball the Sheep, Brownie the Cow and Virgil the Pig hanging out behind the Fence Pop Stand die. By using a craft knife along the chin line it's easy to lift their heads to slide them in front of the fence. The "Baa" is a stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp set. The grass is from the Western Edges set.
Since I was including this card in a larger package of goodies, I had the luxury of adding a knob to the front to make a closure so the card wouldn't spring open from all the layers. It's just a simple rubber band attached to the back of the card as a loop that can come up and over the Kaisercraft knob attached to the front. When the closure is released you can see the card spring partially open from all the layers inside:
When the card opens all sorts of things pop-up. That's the beauty of the Floating Floor (or stage) technique, where items can be attached onto L-supports anywhere within the floor. The front of the floor is also a platform, so I added several grass clumps from the Western Edges and a fence made by mixing elongated posts from the Fence Pop Stand die with the Chicken Wire die. The Chicken Wire was cut from a dark gray cardstock, pounced with watermark ink and then embossed with silver powder, purposely leaving some areas uninked for a mottled look.
The other three farm Characters are all on L-supports throughout the floor. Cheepers the Chicken, William the Goat and Cocoa the Horse.
The Barn Pop Stand features doors that slide open. Inside the barn I added the Hay There Pop Stand haystack plus the grazing horse from the Western Edges.
At the base of the card I added another strip of green to cover the backs of the staples used to attach the rubber band. I added Kieran's name spelled out with the Alphabet Caps die. The "Howdy" is another one of the stamps on the Homegrown Greetings set.
If you're already the owner of the Farm 1 and Farm 2 Pop it Ups collections then you have what you need to make this card. If not, I'm going to warn you that I didn't spare any die expense to make this card! I used it all! You could simplify, though, by using fewer animals and accessories.
Debi said that Kieran said "Nana, I need a blog!" He also told me he wants to be on my Design Team when he's older. The next generation is the future of crafting, and I, for one, can't wait!
Here are links to the dies and stamps used on this card.