Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dublin Door

Oooh, I just love the Playdate Cafe's color challenge this week!  
Neutrals like these really do appeal to me.  

I've had an idea for a card swirling in my head for a couple of months now, and finally it has come to life.  You know the famous Dublin Doors of Ireland?  Here's a poster to remind you:

The idea in my head was to create either a door on an elegant street, or a window on a sophisticated storefront.  The door won out, because of the Dublin theme.

The awning was easy, using a scalloped border punch.  I scored it near the top and attached Sticky Strip.  This gives it a good strong bond.  The awning just pops out on its own.  Even after being in an envelope, it should still pop back up.

The plants are DIY Topiaries by Flourishes.  Love that set.  I've had these colored and in a baggie for a while now, just waiting to be used.

The building facade is kraft paper with a stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU!) covering it to give it a 'stucco' appearance.  Same with the sidewalk, only on Going Gray cardstock.  I drew in the sidewalk lines with a Copic marker.

The door took a little longer.  I had to measure once, then twice, to get all the panels approximately even.  It seemed to be missing something, so again I pulled out some cool gray Copic markers to give added dimension and shadow lines.

Close-up of door front.

This card meets requirements for these challenges:
I hope you enjoy my creation as much as I enjoyed finally getting to make it.  Thanks SO much for looking, and reading through this lengthy post!

Happy Stamping,

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU), DIY Topiaries (Flourishes)
Paper:  Going Gray, Basic Gray, Whisper White, kraft, Basic Black
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Memento Tuxedo Black
Punches:  Martha Stewart Double Scallop border
Other:  dimensionals, Copic markers, Sticky Strip, gold brad 


Julie Ranae said...

what a wonderfully unique entry for this week's challenge in The Cafe, Colleen. I love that you used the concept of the Dublin Doors. So fun to have you play and see what you create each week : )

Lisa Somerville said...

How cute is that! Wonderful dimension on your door, thanks for playing at the PDCC.

Marisa said...

Aren't you clever! Darling card!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This is so unique Colleen, very clever idea, I like it. Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello! : ) Hey, we have a weekly challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog (, come over and play along with us!

Emily Keaton said...

Colleen, this is so beautiful! I love your idea of making a door like that wonderful Doors of Dublin poster, and so apropos for this Dublin-style challenge! Those topiaries dress up your lovely door ever so nicely. And that awning is wonderful!! Keeping my fingers crossed for you--this beauty deserves honors!! [and hopefully a prize, too :) ]

Benzi said...

Wow, Colleen! You are making some awesome cards. Love how you made the 'stucco' walls and the wonderful awning and door knob. Great details. Glad you joined the Stampin B this week.

Suzanne C said...

Very fun! Love your inspiration from the Dublin Doors. Thanks for playing along in the PDCC this week.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

This is sooooo unique! Great detail--and that door knob is so fun! Great job all around:) Thanks for joining in the fun at the PDCC:)

Lindsey said...

This is gorgeous! See the brad came to good use! Thanks for joining us at Fab and funky this week xx

Deb Neerman said...

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Thanks so much for joining us in this week's Stamp Simply "2 of Something" challenge!

Ruby said...

I've seen that picture so many times. What a great idea to use it as inspiration for such a lovely card! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

~Tammy~ said...

What a great take! Love your card!

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