Sun’s Out Kate Greenaway Spring ATC Card

Finished Sun's Out Kate Greenaway ATC card 1

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:

Kate Greenaway inspiration illustration

Kate Greenaway inspiration illustration

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.

Mottled cardstock

Mottled cardstock

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.

Brown paper bag

To get a darker color more like stone, I painted the bag with a mixture of white, black, and brown paints.

Paper bag painted a muddy color

Paper bag painted a muddy color

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.

Building up the stone facade of house

Building up the stone facade of house

Stone facade front of ATC

Completed stone facade front of ATC

 

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.

Floral back of ATC card

Floral back of ATC card

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.

Fussy-cut Kate Greenaway illustration

Fussy-cut Kate Greenaway illustration

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.

Balsa wood pieces for window frame

Balsa wood pieces for 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.

Painted balsa wood pieces for window

Painted balsa wood pieces for window

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.

Yellow fine crepe paper

Yellow fine crepe paper

Trimming the crepe paper curtain

Trimming the crepe paper curtain

Crepe paper curtain attached to balsa wood

Crepe paper curtain all trimmed and attached to balsa wood

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)!

Completed window

Completed window

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:

Card with winter illustration

Card with winter illustration

I cut out two of the tiny little blue and orange birds

Birds cut out from card

Birds cut out from card

and added a tiny piece of foam mounting tape on the back of each and stuck them onto the ledges of the window.

Bird on window ledge

Bird on window ledge

Children and bird looking at each other

Children and bird looking at each other.  (Whoops, you can still see the bit of green grass beneath the bird’s feet)!

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:

Sun's Out Kate Greenaway spring ATC card

Sun’s Out Kate Greenaway spring 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.

 

 

 

 

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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2 Responses to Sun’s Out Kate Greenaway Spring ATC Card

  1. Nancy Sherman August 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    Great tutorial!

    • Serena Y Lee August 27, 2016 at 2:18 am #

      Thank you, Nancy! Glad you found it helpful :0)

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