Over the fence

This card was inspired by one included in my August class; that one was more of a lakeside silhouette where this one is a little less rustic. I began with a piece of watercolour paper splattered with masking fluid. Once it was dry I taped it down to prevent warping and painted the whole panel with distress stains. I wanted the sky to look star-filled but it could just as easily be snow-filled. I die cut birches and a picket fence and then a sad thing happened. My die cutting machine sits on top of a cube storage cabinet which is quite good because I don’t have to bend to use it and it makes me get up from my work table and move around. The cube storage cabinet houses a lot of my supplies and sits flush against the wall. Apparently not so flush that a die can’t fall down behind it. So let me just say you won’t be seeing those birch trees on a card any time soon. To retrieve the die I will need to empty a lot out of my cabinet and that’s just not going to happen right now!

Glad I got this little card made though.


Dies: picket fence, beneath the birches (PB)
Stamps: just a note (PB)
Inks: scattered straw, chipped sapphire, worn lipstick distress stains (Ranger) versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano), epic black & solar white cardstock (Neenah)


13 Comments on “Over the fence”

  1. Corky King says:

    Hey – magnet on the end of a ruler might do the trick! I’ve lost a few dies myself… Lovely card!

  2. Donna says:

    This is so pretty! Just an idea, use a magnet to retrieve the die. At the dollar store you can buy magnetic sheets to cover your floor vents for about $1.50. They are sticky on on side but I have put them all over one of my cabinets and have all my dies mounted there. Easy access and easy to put back. You might be able to slip one of those sheets between your cabinet and the wall and retrieve it.

    Thanks for your inspiration!


  3. Jan D., Florida says:

    Okay, I’m in Florida right now, in the middle of a hurricane and I needed a laugh… thank you… know the feeling to have something fall behind a heavy cabinet…I was going to also suggest something long with a magnet..kitchen tongs or something like that. Of course, I would probably drop the tongs behind the cabinet, too. LOL
    Pretty card. Thanks for a bright spot in my day.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Jan,
      I hope you have come through the hurricane ok. Thanks for the ideas, mind you there is no room for tongs, really there is just room for a die to fall down!

      • Jan D., FL says:

        Morning, we got hit hard from the storm. At 4 a.m. on the morning of 9/11 our neighbors’ tree came through our house on the master bedroom/bath end of our house, right where we were sleeping. Our home is a mess from that and all the water, etc. We just got our internet and cable back yesterday. Fortunately, we were not crushed by the tree. It was so large, it impacted about 2/3 of our home. We’ve have done about all we can do to mitigate the damage and are in the hands of contractors to get us repaired and whole again and every trade is swamped right now. It’s so good to have a few minutes to check some of my fav blogs to get my mind on something else. We’ll get there, just will take time.

        Hope you are safe. Have a great day.

  4. Jan Castle says:

    Lovely card Heather; sad to hear about the die taking a dive behind your cabinet….maybe the suggested solutions will work to retrieve it! You know it will be the dies you want to use again and soon – it just seems to work that way LOL! Hope ‘someone’ comes to your rescue to help you!
    Paper Hugs,

  5. Pat says:

    I love this card and the silhouettes are such a contrast to the beautiful sky with the light at the horizon just behind the dark fence, and the starry sky/falling snow looks so pretty. I was going to suggest using a magnet in some way to retrieve the die but I’ve been beaten to it. How annoying for you but hope you can find a solution which doesn’t entail hours spent emptying a cupboard. x

  6. Clelie says:

    We will all be waiting to see if the magnet sheet works…:D The card is so charming; what a wonderful design!

  7. Jill LANCETT says:

    Haha, I can laugh, because I have a whole Stampin’ up stamp set, case and all, somewhere in my craft room!!! I think the magnet thing seems like a brilliant idea. Too bad Stampin’ up cases aren’t made of metal!!! From a fellow Aussie.

  8. I’m a sucker for a starry night and it makes this card PERFECT for me. I’m thinking of trying something similar to this and for some reason, I don’t know why I never started. Guess inspiration can come from anywhere!
    Thanks for sharing this lovely card. 🙂

  9. Karen Jackson says:

    Simply wonderful.

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