Hello stampers! I have had quite the roller coaster ride with the Barn Door bundle, but I believe that I have now come up with the best barn door ever. I did a coffee and a card class last week featuring this beautiful bundle and it was an eye-opening experience. Let me explain. The most annoying thing was all the time it took going to different stores to find just the right washer for the right price. I had already used dimes and pennies but wanted to do it the “right” way. I found that smaller washers were very expensive, it would be cheaper to use 8 dimes on a card rather than washers!
The barn door card is not a difficult one to make, nor is it tedious. The trick is in finding just the right sliding mechanism. There are several great ideas circulating on the world wide web, but in my card making I have found the heavier 1/4 inch washers to be the best. In order to make them work however, you need to make the barn door a little bigger to hide the washers. I mounted the barn door on a piece of cardstock that was 1/4 inch higher and 1/8 inch wider. It is 3 3/4″ by 2 3/8″. Here is my finished card:
I used the framelit in the barn door bundle to cut the sliding tracks in a 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece of heavy white cardstock. I inked up the Pinewood Planks embossing folder with smoky slate and ran it through the Big Shot. I love the distressed look of this. Be sure to watch the video at the end of this post showing how to make a similar card. Here is the card with the door slid over to the other side.
I got my washers at TSC Stores in Ontario, they had them available in bulk making them very cheap, about 1/4 of the price of any home building supply store. They were not a #6 or #8, it just said 1/4 inch on the drawer, which refers to the size of the opening in the washer. They are heavier than a penny and this makes the door slide beautifully. Here is a graphic of the steps I used to make the card, I hope it is clear enough. Between this collage and the video at the end you should be good!
Some demonstrator have used a slider mechanism made of our window sheets and foam adhesive strips. This does work quite well, but I still prefer the weight of the washers. When I had my customers compare the different cards I had made using different mechanisms, this one with the heavier washers won the day! If you prefer to use the window sheet sliders, I show how to use those in the video. I tried sharing a pdf here but it isn’t working unfortunately. Here is another card that I made and you can see with the clever placement of the bow that I was hiding the larger washer sticking out over the top of the door. That is how I came up with the idea to make the barn door just a little bigger. Necessity is the mother of invention.
The saying on this card is from the beautiful stamp set called Ribbon of Courage. This also comes as a bundle with framelits so that you can make cards for anyone dealing with cancer. We have so many beautiful bundles to choose from and it can be difficult to narrow it down. If you want to get a bunch of bundles and not break the bank, definitely consider getting the starter kit which is a fabulous deal until the end of this month, March 31, 2018. You only pay $135, but you get to pick out any product you like worth $165. Then you also get two free stamp sets out of either the annual catalog or the Occasions catalog, a free Paper Pumpkin and 8 catalogs to give to your friends as well as 50 order forms in case they want to buy from you. You are not required to become an “official” demonstrator, you can just get it for your own discount as well. Go for it, you have nothing to lose!! You also get to come to my Diva Day on Saturday April 14 or if you live far away you will get a lovely pampering surprise in the mail.
Here is the video, if you have any questions about anything I wrote today or other feedback, please leave a comment, I always love hearing from you.