The Barnyard Babies stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a great stamp set to use when making handmade cards for kids. I love this set, it is a personal favorite of mine…perfect for baby cards as well as handmade birthday cards for kids. The animal images are fun and easy to color. Who doesn’t love cute farm animals??
Sadly, the stamp set I’m featuring today, Barnyard Babies (Wood 138664, Clear 139328), is one of the stamp sets that’s on the Stampin’ Up! retiring products list. It’s that time of the Stampin’ Up! year where we begin to say “good bye” to some retiring stamp sets, papers and accessories. It’s a sad time of year because some old friends and favorites are going away. But, it’s also exciting because we know they are going away to make room for the new!!
So, let’s take some time to say “good-bye” to this fantastically fun stamp set.
My first Barnyard Babies card features four of the animals found in the stamp set.
- I chose the red (Cherry Cobbler) and black colors for this card because they reminded me of a farm and barn.
- Each animal is stamped on a 1 3/8″ square of Whisper White cardstock. I colored the animals with Watercolor Pencils (141709).
- The Basic Black cardstock square measures 3 3/4″.
- Sentiment is found in the Birthday Banners stamp set (141506).
- Notice how I created the focal point by grouping the four animal image squares.
My second card showcases the lamb.
- I had fun creating this “scene”. The sheep image is colored with watercolor pencils. Sentiment is the same one used in the first card.
- I had difficulty deciding how to use the stamped/colored image and banner once they were created. My “trick” when this happens is to let the project sit a day or so, then come back and re-visit, hoping for inspiration. The inspiration on this card took MANY days!!
- I finally decided on a textured background piece (Smoky Slate cardstock textured with Seaside Embossing folder, 141481). It didn’t look right when I centered the image on the textured piece. That’s why I decided to place it “off center”.
- Once that decision was made, I found the upper left corner to be a bit bare. After experimenting with many different ideas, I settled on a punched “sun” using the Blossom Punch (140612). NOTE: This punch is retiring and is discounted.
- One note about the “design layout” of this card. The “sun”, the sheep and the ribbon tied around the banner create a “triangle” that helps to balance the card layout.
Here’s another Barnyard Babies card that combines the old with the “new”.
- I used the cow image from the Barnyard Babies for this card. I combined it with a sentiment from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736). The two stamped borders on the sides were created with the Sunburst Sayings stamp set (Wood 140722, Clear 140725).
- The “new” on this card is the scrap piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper that I used to matte the cow image. This awesome paper stack will be available in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog.
My last card was one that I created right out of the retiring 2016-2017 catalog. You can find it on the bottom of page 62. I copied the card exactly.
Here are the colors I used to make this card:
- Top Row – Chicks: Delightful Dijon ink on Crushed Curry card stock.
- Second Row – Pigs: Flirty Flamingo ink on Blushing Bride card stock.
- Third Row – Sheep: Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake card stock.
- Fourth Row – Horse: Early Espresso ink on Soft Suede card stock.
Here are some other Barnyard Babies cards I have featured here on my blog:
- Barnyard Babies Birthday Card for a Child
- Barnyard Babies Handmade Baby Card
- Barnyard Babies Watercolor Card
- How to Take Care of Your Embossing Folders
Check out my online store if you’d like to get the Barnyard Babies stamp set before it’s gone forever!! (Here’s a link to the list of ALL retiring Stampin’ Up! products. Stamp sets are guaranteed available until May 22. All other retiring products are while supplies last. If the store won’t take the product number, it’s already sold out.) Barnyard Babies is a great stamp set to use when you need to make those handmade cards for kids!!