Country Road Inspiration Ideas with Rachel Alvarado
Hello crafty friends! It’s Rachel Alvarado from RachelAlvaradoDesigns.com, and I have a few projects to share with you today that feature products from the gorgeous new Country Road Collection by Annie Williams.
Rustic Greeting Card
For my first project, I created an A2-sized card featuring items from the Rustic Garden, Garden Builder, and Seasonal Décor Etched Die Sets. For both my large wagon wheel and barrel, I die-cut my lighter pieces from some Portobello Cardstock and lightly blended them with Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso Distress Inks to add some shading. I then cut the darker pieces from a piece of Timber Cardstock and adhered them all together.
I die-cut the rest of my images from other pieces of colored card stock and added some highlights with a white gel pen. For my background, I trimmed a piece of Pink Sand Cardstock to 4.25” x 11” and scored it at 5.5” along the long side to form a vertical, top-folding A2 card base. I then layered this piece with a 4” x 5.25” piece of Snowdrift Cardstock as well as one more ink-blended layer that measured 3.75” x 5”. For my background sky, I used a blend of Saltwater Taffy and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Inks.
Floral Garden Wheelbarrow Card
For my second card, I created a simple floral garden wagon card featuring both the Country Wheelbarrow and Garden Builder Etched Die Sets. My card is a standard horizontal A2-sized card measuring at 5.5” wide x 4.25” tall. For my base, I used a piece of Raindrop Cardstock. I layered it with a 5.25” x 4” piece of Snowdrift Cardstock that I had lightly blended with some Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks. I used some diluted Copic Opaque White Paint to add some white ink spatters and a blue Copic Marker to add some dotted texture.
I stamped my sentiment from the Welcome Sign & Sentiments Clear Stamp & Die Set prior to adding my images. I die-cut some foliage and flowers from a variety of colored card stock pieces and added them to both the inside and outside of my wheelbarrow.
For my wheelbarrow, I once again used some Portobello and Timber Cardstock pieces that I had lightly ink blended (using the same inks as the card above) in order to add some depth and shading.
3D Garden Box Card
For my last project, I created a 3D garden box card featuring the Rustic Garden and Garden Builder Etched Die Sets as well as the Welcome Sign & Sentiments Clear Stamp & Die Set. I first created my box base by trimming two pieces of white card stock to 6.75” long x 1” tall. I then scored them along the long side at both ½” and 2 ½”. I folded each strip along the score lines and used the ½” tabs to adhere the pieces together to form a box base. Next, I added a 4 ¼” wide x 4 ½” tall piece of Raindrop Cardstock to the back of my card and layered it with a 4” x 4 ¼” piece of Smooth White Cardstock as well as a 3 ¾” x 4” piece of white card stock that I had blended with both Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks (similar to the background of my card above.)
To create the inner shelves of my card, I trimmed 4 pieces of white card stock to 5” wide x ¾” tall and scored each of them at 3/8” from each end to form tabs to glue to the insides of my box card. Next, I added a fence to the sides and front of my card that I had cut from white card stock using the garden fence dies from the Rustic Garden Etched Dies Set.
I then added my décor and garden elements that I had die cut from colored cardstock. I absolutely love the sign and how versatile it is! The Welcome Sign & Sentiments Clear Stamp & Die Set comes with so many different options that make it able to be used for a variety of occasions all year round.
Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by! I hope you enjoyed my cards today! If you liked these cards and want some more inspiration, feel free to check out my INSTAGRAM page.
Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink, Saltwater Taffy Distress Oxide Ink, Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink, Ground Espresso Distress Ink, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Love your cards so much! The color blended backgrounds are perfect!
TAMMY MARIE BLIFFIN
Love the feeling of “home” these cards give me. So beautiful!
These are gorgeous!
Love them!! Especially the box flower garden.
Love this Card Rachel. I love how you made a planter box and put the tulips in it. So beautiful.
I love this collection. I can’t wait I am able to order the whole collection.