I don’t often craft in the Prim or Primitive Style, but the country theme and vintage feel of the Technique Junkies “Faith, Family Farming” stamp and burlap ribbon from the Scrapping For Less May “In the Countryside” Banana Split Full Kit seemed to call out for it, so I decided to try to stretch myself to craft this card.
I started with the Kraft cardstock from the kit to make the card base as well as the card front piece onto which I stamped out the beautiful sentiment and barn. The stamp is so beautiful, that I almost could have stopped there, but of course, I didn’t. 🙂
I hand cut the stamped piece into a dove-tail banner shape and wrapped the top of the banner with a scrap of lace and a bit of twine. I added a twine bow to the twine wrappings and then to compensate for the bulk added by the twine, I backed the lower part of the banner with two layers of fun foam sheets.
Then to add more texture, before adhering the banner to the card base, I cut off a segment of the burlap ribbon from the kit. I took the time to cut off the finished edges of the burlap ribbon and fray all the edges in order to unleash the full power of and celebrate the rough form of burlap before I secured it to the card front. Like the twine bow, I adhered this off-center to the card front so reveal more of the ribbon and add interest.
Then I decided to soften the look of the card a bit more by adding three peachy tan paper flowers and two brown flowers. I created small clusters with these at the ends of both ribbon bow tails. I intentionally selected these flower colors because I wanted to keep the whole card monochromatic to up the sophistication level.
Then for a bit of whimsy, I poured through my button stash and grabbed a pearl on, two putty colored linen covered ones, and a handful of mixed faux tortoiseshell, pearly white and tan buttons in different sizes. For those buttons with button holes, I also took the time to put thread through each one in a cross pattern. I didn’t want the buttons to look like they were just buttons from a button jar. Rather, I wanted them to look like they were re-used and upcycled from old clothes, and I think the threading helps give that impression.
True to the Primitive Style, I like the collected-over-time look of these various buttons. I think they add a sense of love and a thoughtfulness to the card. After futzing with each button’s positioning for a ridiculous amount of time, I finally decided to tuck some into the flower clusters, some behind the banner, and some on top of the banner.
For the inside of the card, I shifted the color scheme a bit and went with a country golden yellow gingham from the My Favorite Things “Tiny Checks” collection for the mat. I also added a country farmhouse and beetle sticker and a “you are my sunshine!” banner to decorate the liner; all of these pieces are from the Doodlebug “Down on the Farm” part of the Scrapping For Less May “In the Countryside” Double Dip Kit.
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The following is a process video of crafting this card:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes Challenge with Optional Flowers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Fab ‘n’ Funky Monochrome Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Buttons and Bows Challenge – WINNER
Penny Black and More In the Garden Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Anything Goes Challenge
Stamping Sensations Anything Goes Challenge
The Corrosive Anything Goes Challenge