Friday, June 26, 2015

Thinking outside the box for an UNUSUAL Wedding Card using Barnyard Babies!

As most of my regular blog readers know, I like the unusual.  I had to do a wedding card for a couple getting married......tomorrow.  Nothing like waiting till the last minute right??!!  This is not your typical wedding.  It is VERY southern.  Cookout, people getting together to celebrate the Bride and Groom but nothing fancy, nothing over the top, just good food and good times.  A fancy wedding card seemed.......well, it just doesn't fit the couple!  The Bride is into horses, and the Groom is a dairy farmer.  I couldn't think of a better opportunity to use my new Barnyard Babies stamp set!!!  I love all these little farm animals.  I wasn't sure if I could make it work though, yes, the set has a cow and a horse but, I still needed to tie it into a wedding somehow.  I was going through the new Stampin' Up catalog and saw the Barnyard Babies stamp set....and looked more closely at the example.  I knew it could work for a wedding!  I needed to CASE this card for my wedding card!
This card is from the catalog and my inspiration for the wedding card:
While the card is a CASE from the catalog, I think the idea for using the Barnyard Babies for a wedding card is crazy unusual!!

I liked the sentiment straight from the same stamp set because everyone hopes for an award winning wedding day!  Perfect!!!

I also used the challenge from
The challenge this week was to use the new in colors.  
That was the easy part, these are wonderful colors!  The hard part was trying to decide which ones to use!  I thought maybe the cucumber crush for the base of the card, since I used it to color the grass, but it was to matchy matchy to me, yes, I'm pretty sure that's a thing.  ;)  While I love cucumber crush as a color, I thought it might make my card to bright.......for my wedding card.  I wanted unusual but I didn't want it to be over the top SCREAM at you loud!!  LOL!!  I settled on Mint Macaron, which to me reminds me a Bridal party color.  I paired it with Tip Top Taupe which is such a nice color, it has quickly become a favorite that I grab often!

The original card just used the horse, but I wanted the horse and the cow.  I thought about using the goat as well, but I liked how the cow and the horse looked together so I stopped there.  And you might be thinking I have lost my mind here, and now I am thinking about a goat too!!!  Here's the back story:
When my husband and I got married some odd 18 years ago.....18 right??  I'm so bad at that....ssssshhhh don't tell my hubby, I'm pretty sure I never had the Bride gene and still don't!!!  Anyways, some odd 18 years ago, Clint and I got married.  The boy that is getting married tomorrow was a lot younger than us, his dad worked for us.  He worked for us then and works for us now.  We got married, this young man's dad came to our wedding.  He didn't get us a typical gift.  A couple of weeks later, he showed up at our house with a 11:30 at night.  Yes, he got us, well me, a baby goat for our wedding!  I'll pause and let you giggle.......

He got us a goat because when Clint and I were dating, Clint had goats.  One of his goats had twins, and I used to sit in the barn and play with the baby goats.  If you haven't seen baby goat videos...after you finish reading this blog today, go to youtube and search baby goats in Pjs!!!!  CUTE!!!  Back to my very LONG story.....he got us, well me really, a baby goat because by the time we got married, our baby goats had grown up and I had been saying I missed the baby he got me a baby goat.  His son, the boy getting married ,went to the animal auction with him to get the goat.  He named him Marshmallow.  The next day when Bruce came into work, he asked me what I thought about my wedding gift.  Big laughs all around. He asked me what I was going to name him, and I told him his son already named him Marshmallow, so it stayed Marshmallow!  There's my goat wedding gift story!!
So that's why I am pretty sure, this Bride and Groom will love this card!! ;)

I used Stazon ink and Watercolor paper to stamp the animals.  Then with my aqua painter, I used my regular stamp pads to watercolor the image.  Finding the right color was a little trial and error.  I practice on my scraps what colors I wanted to use.  Watercoloring is very forgiving, if you mess up or make the color to dark, you can keep applying more water with your aqua painter to dilute the color and spread the ink around.  That's why watercolor paper is so important.  It can take this kind of water without warping!

I used the Congrats! stamp from the Playful Pennants set.  I always save sets like this, it feels good to grab out a retired set and give it another inking!!!

I added some sequins that I had for some bling, after all, it is a wedding card!

I used a stamp for the inside from a really old set: Congratulations. What a great font on this set!  I also used my custom family stamp to sign the card!

I used Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to add a little splash to the background.  

I love how the card turned out. I used my MISTI to get perfect placement of my animals and grass and blue ribbons.  I got to watercolor.  I had fun watercoloring.  I do admit, this was my first attempt at watercoloring!  Do you enjoy watercoloring?  I can see myself doing it more in the future!!
Thanks for stopping by today and thanks even more for making it through this LONG blog post about ONE card!!!  

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  1. Love this unusual wedding card! And your story of why you had to put a cow and horse on a wedding card is so fun! I love how you personalized it and it's a great CASE from the catalog! Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

  2. What a fun card - it will be remembered. And what a great way to incorporate these wonderful colors! Thanks so much for playing along with this FabFriday color challenge.


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