What is it about cows and other animal images that makes me want to smile? Over the past couple of years Stampin’ Up! artists have designed the cutest stamp sets that I simply can’t resist. Right now I may be a little obsessed with Peekaboo Farm. The set contains 15 photopolymer (see-through) stamps; eleven images and four sentiments. The wall image has been designed so that you can stamp one of the five farm animals and make it look like they’re peeking over the top. I also love that the images are clean and simple and work well as outline images. Today however I decided to add some simple colour to my project.
This project really is all about the Peekaboo Farm Stamp Set and I started there by choosing the cow and wall images. Then I cut two pieces of Basic White Card, one 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ and one 4″ x 5-1/4″.
On the larger piece I used Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the cow in the bottom right corner. I also stamped the cow in the bottom right corner on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope.
Next, on the smaller piece of Basic White Card, I stamped the wall using Soft Suede ink. Then I stamped the cow image one final time so his hooves sat in the spaces at the top of the wall. It was only as I went looking for the sentiment that I noticed the smaller stamps in the set. There were two tail images! I chose the smaller of the tails and using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped it beside my cow.
Finally I chose the “sending hugs” sentiment and stamped that in the top right-hand corner in Soft Suede ink.
With the stamping complete I then decided to use painted ink to colour in the images. Staying with Soft Suede and Tuxedo Black, I squeezed the closed pads to transfer some ink to the inside of the lids. Then I used a Water Painter to pick up the ink and paint parts of the images.
TIP – Basic White Card is not designed for ‘watercolouring’, and the ink used to stamp the images can also run when wet. So I worked really quickly with the Water Painter, avoiding the stamped lines and using very little water.
Once I’d finished painting I set everything aside to dry while I prepared the card base.
Using my Paper Trimmer I began by cutting and scoring a piece of Basic Gray Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I took the larger of the two pieces of Basic White Card and fixed it inside the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). That just left the front of the card for me to do.
I considered leaving the card base plain, but in the end decided to add a background layer. So I chose a gingham pattern in Soft Succulent from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. After cutting the DSP to 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ I attached it to the left side of the card base using liquid glue.
Finally I mounted the “sending hugs” layer onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and my project was complete.
What a cute card! Now I want to make a whole set of these, each with a different animal. I’m also going to use the Peekaboo Farm Stamp Set for an online class. If you’re in Canada and interested in this class, let me know and I’ll email you once I’ve finalised the details.
Today Stampin’ Up! revealed the list of products retiring from the January to June Mini Catalogue. I’m sorry to say my earlier prediction came true and the list can be summed up in one sentence… If it’s not in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalogue it’s retiring.
For a full list of retiring products and discounted prices (if applicable) see the Last Chance PDF. Please note that discounted prices will only come into effect on June 1st, and all retiring products are now only available while stocks last.