Chick Retreat

Chick Haven 04aChick Retreat for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hello, Friends!   You all know how much I love the new Classic Sunflower collection from Heartfelt Creations, and today, I have a stamped and watercolored card I made using the fabulous Chick Retreat and Summer’s Day stamp sets.

Chick Haven 01aThis was a FUN card to make, let me tell you!  I was cleaning up the kitchen and was about to throw away a mesh onion bag when suddenly, that little voice in my head (the one that is control of the Closet of Shame…you know…that one!) said, “Don’t throw that away!  It would make a great screen door on a card.”  Now, sometimes, that little voice gets me into trouble, bu this time, I’m really glad I listened!  Because this fabby card came to life as a result.  You’ll find a complete tutorial below the signature portion of this post so that you can make your own if you’ve a mind to!

Chick Haven 03The onion bag was originally yellow, but after a sponge “bath” with Copper Viva Decor Stamp Paint it was transformed into this wonderfully rustic screen door.  I added celery green plaid ribbon and natural jute ribbon along with lots of fancy stitching to add even more texture to the scene.

Chick Haven 02aI love the button center in the stamped and die cut Classic Sunflower.  I gave my rooster some dimension by pushing the ends of his roost toward the center and then holding it in place until the glue set…which only takes a second.

Chick Haven 04aThe inside of the card is stamped and then watercolored wtih Distress Markers.  I love the flowing script of this sentiment, don’t you?

So, that’s it for me today, folks.  I hope you enjoyed this little guided tour of my Chick Haven card.  Out of curiosity, have you ever saved anything as weird as an onion bag to use in your crafting? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Classic Sunflower Chick Retreat Card

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

Paper: HCDP1 247 Classic Sunflower Collection
Stamps: HCPC 3545 Open Leaf PreCut Set, HCPC 3626 Classic Sunflower PreCut Set, HCPC 3630 Summer’s Day PreCut Set, HCPC 3631 Chick Retreat PreCut Set
Dies: HCD 753 Classic Sunflower Die, HCD 736 Classic Leaf Die
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, 119390436 Copper Viva Decor Stamp Paint

Other Products: Paper: Green Cardstock, Pearlized White Cardstock, White Cardstock; Ink: Ranger Sepia Archival Ink, Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, Ranger Distress Ink Warm Mustard, Peeled Paint; Tools: Spellbinders Labels 18 Cutting Die; Coloring Medium: watercolor pencils and water brush; Ribbon: Burlap Ribbon, Green Plaid Ribbon, button, Stick Pins, Glue Gun, mesh from a garlic bag, sewing machine, cosmetic sponge, Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist, Washi tape, Scor-tape

Create a 5 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ card base from green cardstock. Trim the card front from the paper collection to 5″ x 7″ and stitch to the card base. Use the largest Spellbinder Label 18 cutting die to evacuate the white center from the card front. Back this with the mesh garlic bag. To do this, cut the top and bottom of the bag off, and then cut straight up one of the folded sides. Carefully open the mesh. Run Scor-tape around the inner edges of your card, about 3/4″ from the edge. Lay the open mesh against the Scor-tape border and press down to seal. Use washi tape to cover the raw edges of the mesh. Open the card face up onto a craft sheet and tap the mesh with a cosmetic sponge that you’ve dipped into Viva Decor Copper Stamp paint. You can tap a little over the edge to add extra highlights. Set aside to dry. Use Scor-Tape to attach the burlap ribbon to the base of the card front.

Stamp the Classic Sunflower Precut Set onto pearlized white cardstock using Warm Mustard Ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Die cut, shape and stack. Sponge with Warm Mustard Distress Ink. Tap petals and leaves with Viva Decor Stamp Paint and add the button to the center. Hot glue into the top left hand corner of the card, as shown. Stamp and die cut the 3 petal leaf onto pearlized white cardstock using Peeled Paint DI. Die cut and sponge with Peeled Paint. Tap lightly with Viva Decor paint. Snip and add to the sunflower.

Use Sepia Ranger Archival Ink to stamp the rooster onto white cardstock. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Use watercolor pencils and water brush to color the image. Spritz once with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist. Fussy cut the image. Use your fingers to push the two ends of the rail fence toward the center so that the rooster bows outward, and then glue the ends of the rail fence onto the burlap, holding in place for a few seconds until the glue sets. The rooster should pop out above the mesh window you’ve created. Add the bow and the stick pins, and then finish the inside of the card.

For the inside of the card: Cut the card front from the paper collection. Use Ranger Sepia Archival Ink to stamp the Chick Retreat into the white space of the card front. Color in the background with watercolor pencils and a detail brush. Use Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the sentiment at the base of the image.

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9 thoughts on “Chick Retreat

  1. Pamellia

    Holy cow…or chick lol. This is fantastic! Best use of an onion bag ever! This is such a well put together country scene! It just takes me home to my little farm where I grew up! Love the burlap trim, it looks like an old rickety fence! hugs 🙂

  2. Castlepark Designs

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! That flower is simply stunning. I may just have to case you here…Please share a tutorial! I love how you used a die cut to make a window for that lovely image which just added another dimension! Once again you have knocked it out of the park my friend! xx

  3. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, so glad you didn’t throw the mesh away, makes a good screen door. Makes me think i have some in my cave I need to think about using, different colors as well. Love your idea, keep listening, keeps us inspired with you…..huggs,

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