These cowboy cards are classic and modern at the same time!

So I am sure cowboy cards – and cowgirl cards – aren’t ones you think you will make a lot of. BUT when you think about all the people who live in or love the Southwest, all of a sudden you will see how useful and fun the new collection of western themed dies are from my  Kittie Kraft by Rubbernecker line. These design elements were some of the most asked about and we decided that we just had to put our heads together and make some that would mix with our other products and be a collection on their own. 

one of my cowboy cards with iconic desert landscape elements and a silhouetted cowboy all made using new dies from KittieKraft by Rubbernecker

Card Base and Background

  • Cut an A2 sized card base using white cardstock. and an orange 5.50″ x 4.25″ cover layer.
  • Attach the orange layer to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock to cut a 3.75″ x 5.00″ layer to use for the scene background.
  • Punch a circle out of a section of mint tape to use as a mask for the sun.  Pro Tip:  Since the mint tape is so flimsy I attach it to a piece of scrap cardstock to punch out the circle.  
  • Place the punched circle in the sky area of the scene layer and then apply light blue ink to the whole sky area using a large blender brush.
  • Remove the punched circle and place the piece of mint tape with the negative circle opening over the white sun spot.
  • Apply yellow and orange ink to the open circle to fill in the sun and remove the tape.
  • Attach the blue scene layer to the card base using ATG adhesive.

Frame and Mountains

  • Use orange cardstock to cut the frame and emboss it using a retired embossing folder to create the appearance of snakeskin.  Pro Tip:  You can always add more interest and dimension to a card using embossing folders on a part of your project.
  • Gently rub the brown ink pad directly over the embossed frame to add shading to the pattern.
  • Cut the hills using orange cardstock and apply orange and brown inks using blender brushes to add depth of color.
  • Attach the two back hill sections directly to the blue scene layer using ATG adhesive along the back bottom and a few pop dots along the back top.  Pro Tip:  Attaching the bottom sections of the hills flat decreases the bulk for attaching the frame.  Adding a couple pop dots behind the upper sections of the hills holds them away from the scene base for added dimension.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the lower portion of the frame and attach the front hill section.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the scene base.

Iconic cowboy cards are now easy to make using dies from KittieKraft by Rubbernecker to make these desert hills, cacti and a classic horseback cowboy silhouette

Horse and Rider Silhouette and Cactus

  • Cut the cactus using bright green cardstock.
  • Emboss the cactus sections using a retired embossing folder to add dimension.
  • Tuck the cactus sections behind the hills and attach them in place using pieces of mounting tape.
  • Cut the horse and rider using black cardstock and attach it to the scene using a large piece of mounting tape.

an up close look at one of my cowboy cards showing off the details created with the new die cuts from my new Kittiekraft by Rubbernecker collection celebrating the Southwest

I haven’t made a western themed project for a long time and these cowboy cards were fun to make and are so iconic.  Take a look at my 2009 Faux Leather, Faux Snakeskin and Faux Gold step by step tutorial to see steps for creating magic with cardstock and ink. 

5424-03D Cowgirl and Cowboys Die
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5424-01D Southwest Hills Dies
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5424-02D Cactus Die
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5176-01D Deckle Frame Die
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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The Color Catalog by Sarah Renae Clark
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Picket Fence Studios – Tools – 4-Pack…
[ SBC ] – Mint Tape – Low Tack…
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Dress My Craft – Circle Punch – 1.25…
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH | ACH ] Scotch CAT 085 Advanced…
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ] Mini Foam Dots…
[ AMZUS ] Scotch 1/2-Inch by…
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
[ ELH ] : Accent Opaque White 8.5”…

Now you will notice that I said “cowboy cards – and cowgirl cards” at the top of this post. I made sure we included a cowgirl in our set of silhouetted riders and the feedback we’ve had so far on these flying-off-the-shelves dies is that people are SO happy to see a cowgirl! You’re welcome – we women DO do it all and it’s fun to have us represented in this new design collection.