I know I’ve been slow about getting my ATCs completed and posted lately, but I’m back with another one. This time the inspiration was this illustration from an old Kate Greenaway book, Under the Window, that another crafter had given me:
I immediately thought of spring. I decided to recreate the facade of an old house to pair with the window. I decided on a stone front because I thought it would add more interest than, say, white clapboard, which probably would have been the more obvious choice.
To start, I chose a mottled, light colored cardstock to line the front of my card.
For the stones, I decided to use a brown paper bag. I had originally wanted to use a shopping bag for the darker brown color, but didn’t want to cut apart a large bag, so settled on a lunch bag that was light brown in color.
To get a darker color more like stone, I painted the bag with a mixture of white, black, and brown paints.
After the paint had dried, I cut out small, randomly sized pieces to mimic the stones. I glued them on, one by one, spacing them close together, while still exposing the mottled background of the cardstock.
A tweezer really helped make this job less tedious :0) I added two coats of the Perfect Paper Adhesive gel medium to seal the front of my ATC.
For the back, I glued a piece of floral decorative paper that reminded me of spring and sealed it with more gel medium.
Next, I tackled the window. I decided to use just the window portion of the picture with the three children and not the shutters, so I cut out the window and trimmed off the shutters.
I decided to remake the window and curtains to make the picture more three-dimensional, so I started out by cutting out four pieces of balsa wood for the window frame.
I mixed a tiny bit of black paint with some white paint to create a grayish white color to paint over the pieces of wood. I didn’t want a bright white because I figured the house is an old house, but wanted to move away from the green color in the picture to brighten up the color scheme of my ATC, given how dark the stone facade was.
After the paint had thoroughly dried, I made curtains by gluing strips of yellow fine crepe paper along the top piece of the window frame and trimming them down to the right height. Again, I chose yellow for its brightness against the muddy color of the stones.
I next glued on more yellow crepe on either side of the window to frame it out. Then I glued the entire piece to the picture, trimmed off the excess crepe, and finished out the window by gluing down the remaining pieces of balsa. (Sorry, I forgot to take photos)!
I glued the window to the front of my ATC and decided to “dress up” the window by adding a few birds to it. I found my little birds on this holiday card:
I cut out two of the tiny little blue and orange birds
and added a tiny piece of foam mounting tape on the back of each and stuck them onto the ledges of the window.
I made a caption using my Dymo label maker, glued it onto the card and added two flowers from my stash of fabric trim. My finished ATC:
I love how the small pops of color stand out against the dark stone background.
Do you like the stone facade, or would you have preferred a white clapboard for the face of the house? Please share in the comments.