Putting the Boot in! (That’s the Wellington Boot Card of course!) 

I love shaped cards, but rarely make them and I don’t know why!  They’re such fun and can bring a different sort of look to the line up on the mantel shelf or windowsill.  So when I saw some card blanks shaped as Wellington boots (and flower pots – but those are still to come) I couldn’t help but make the instant decision of buying them and a pad of fabulous garden potting shed papers.

However – I’ve never been comfortable in making  ‘quick’ cards  (as I call them).  You know what I mean?  – cut and stick, and finished!  I need to make cards which have stretched my creativity in some way.  I need to put my own unique bit of art on a card in order to make it ‘Hand made by Cobwebs’.  So on this card I decided I’d like to put some hand painted plant pots.

All the plant pots you see in the above photograph of the Wellington Boot Card, were stamped out using stamps I’ve had for donkey’s years, and after stamping, they are all hand painted by me, onto some cream cardstock, then each one was cut out, manipulated so that each one curved like a real plant pot would,  and then added to the card individually – using Pinflair glue gel – to help the pots keep their dimension,  and Anita’s Tacky glue.

I know that I could talk you through the steps for making a card like this, but I thought it might be more entertaining to simply show you how to make a card like this by taking photographs.  So I took a gazillion and have chosen the best.

I haven’t taken a photograph of the blank card (you’ll see the back of the card in a photograph so that you can see what they look like without anything on – so it seemed a waste of space to put a ‘blank card’ photograph!),  so I’m going to explain the first step:

The cards start out life as a blank, ready-made and scored card made from Kraft Card.  I chose a paper which I liked, then drew around the boot shape directly onto the paper, and carefully cut it out then fixed it to the front of the boot.  It was at this point that I added the garden string – and this was so I could gauge where to place the plant pots.  From here I then went on to stamp the plant pots onto a scrap of cream, high gsm cardstock from my scrap draw,  . . . .   and from here, dear reader, I’ll let the photographs take over the story of how I made this card  . . . . .

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It was at this point that I then ‘assembled’ the front of the card.  I used the one large pot with the lavender/lilac (Memento  Grape Jelly)  coloured flowers for the front of the card – which you see stamped above.  I’d already added stalks to the flowers using a rich, green, fine tipped pen, and I then carefully cut around the pot and the flowers as one, and shaped them then fixed them to the card.  The other pots were also fixed to the card at this point.   I then hand painted the shadows of the pots which you can see on the card below (but I also added a little shadow to some of the pots on the cream card so that you could see this shadow clearly – see above photo, number 7)

I wanted to do something with the envelope as it looked so boring in comparison to the card – so I thought some more pots might look cute  . . . .

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Of course … me being me,  I couldn’t just leave it to look plain inside the card.  You know me – I have to give a little something more for the inside a card so . . .

12 and finally ... Wellington Boot

And that’s all there was to it!

Oh … I nearly forgot …   I added a sentiment to the front, curved over the string, and made it look like it was riveted in place,  (so that it looked like it had some sort of garden potting shed function), and used a little bit of brown grosgrain ribbon for a bow.  Finally – I added a little, metal,  vintage bird house which I tied with a bow of bakers twine and fixed it beneath the brown ribbon.

Ta dah!  One Wellington boot card, which would be suitable for either a lady or gentleman who likes to garden, grow, or maybe even has an allotment!

Thank you so much for coming and visiting the potting shed today, I’ve really enjoyed your company.  I have a couple of other potting shed cards to share with you, but we’ll leave that for another day, because I’ve no doubt that you’ve got plenty to do and I really shouldn’t keep you.  (Although I’d love to, you understand!)

If you’ve already clicked to ‘Follow Me’,then you’ll get an email from the website here to let you know when I published the next visit to the potting shed, and if you’ve like this one then I think you might like what’s coming next time.  {winks a cheeky wink}.   But for nowtake very good care of yourself and I’ll see you next visit!

Have a blessed rest of your day.   Sending love ~

Cobs siggy sml

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13 thoughts on “Putting the Boot in! (That’s the Wellington Boot Card of course!) 

    • Hello Salpal (aka: WhatImUpto :D)! Painting is the easy part! Honestly, truthfully.

      Draw a plant pot (I only stamped mine because I found the stamps in a pot and got them out, so they were on my desk). Anyone can draw a plant pot. Straight line on the bottom, two sides sloping outwards and then a line to join the tops together. It’s just a wonky box really.

      Get just two stamp pads, one in a sort of orangey colour; one in a deep brown. (Let’s start with just two to make it easy). With a short, flat brush, drag it over the dark brown stamp pad (don’t jab or push the brush, just drag) then paint around the very edgest of the plant pot. Paint over your pencil lines so that you get the edges of the plant pot painted in dark brown.

      Wash your brush and dry off on some kitchen paper towel. Then drag your brush over the orangey colour paint pat and starting at the sides, swipe your brush from the side towards the centre of your pot. Keep dragging your brush over your ink pad when you need to, and keep swiping the inky brush over your plant pot. Always starting at the side and heading towards the middle – but don’t paint the middle. (Look at my plant pots and you’ll see that the middle is un-coloured.

      You will see very soon, how the brush does all the work for you and you really don’t have to do that much.

      Painting a picture is just a matter of light and shade. Decide where the sun is and then you’ll see where you need to add the shadows and where the ‘highlights’ should be.

      Don’t expect to get it perfect first time you give this type of painting a try. You’ll get better the more you get the hang of it.

      (I won’t say I invented this type of painting straight from ink pads – but I don’t know anyone else who does it. 🙂 )

      Have a go! You won’t know unless you try, and you won’t get it right unless you keep trying.
      Love ~ Cobs.x

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        • Ohhh that would be lovely! I’d love to hear how you got on… maybe you could even do a post on your blog about it and post some photographs! (but if you don’t want to that’s ok too! lol)

          I’m more than happy to share ‘how I did it’s‘ – so anytime you want to know anything that I’ve forgotten to tell you about, just ask away. (I’m not one of those crafters who keeps methods a secret. My view is that the more people we can get crafting, the better the supplies will be and the happier we’ll all become!)
          Lots of love ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Sherry!
      I love seeing your name pop up here! 😀
      I had a funny, tickly feeling that you’d like this one. It’s a bit quirky and different, isn’t it. I really loved making it, it was just so much fun.
      Have a fabulous day! Drive safely! 😉

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