Hello. Jennifer Snyder here today presenting a Wild West Saloon vignette.
Last year my husband and I took our first trip out west to visit our children living in Colorado. My son took us to the historic gold mining and gambling town of Cripple Creek, Colorado – population 1,287.
Sadly, we had to miss our trip out west this summer – like so many other people locked down at home.
Since I couldn’t go out west, I thought I’d create my own version of a Wild West Saloon using Cripple Creek as my inspiration and an assortment of Creative Embellishments chipboard designs as the framework.
Imagine my saloon here… (cue the Twilight Zone theme song please)
I’m totally in love with the Creative Embellishments – chipboard House Vignette
for it’s versatility. It can be turned into almost anything you can image. Creative Embellishments has accompanying chipboard pieces to help make your vision “come to life”.
In addition to the House Vignette, I used a variety of wonderful Creative Embellishments chipboard to enhance my saloon and add those special little details.
I kept all the finishes simple. The worn, dusty rugged look on the Saloon Doors, rope, wanted sign and animal skull was created using an acrylic wash (white acrylic paint thinned with water ) and dabbed onto the chipboard with a sea sponge.
The other chipboard pieces were either enhanced using inks or were heat embossed such as the rings on the Barrels and the Lacy Border used as the backsplash of the bar.
The Creative Embellishments – Dollhouse Slate Shingles complete the weathered rustic look. They have been finished with a combo of ink and super light dabs of acrylic white wash (white acrylic paint thinned with water).
The shingles originally were just inked brown. I photographed the saloon for the blog post and realized the shingles looked flat and uninteresting. That’s when I decided to add some black ink here and there along with light dabs of the white acrylic.
Below is a look at the saloon in progress before the finishing details were added.
Another primary inspiration for this project was the paper choice – Authentique’s Manly collection. It has rugged images, strong patterned papers, rich brick and wood patterned papers just perfect for a gritty western saloon. I used the papers as the background wall paper and the brickwork on the sides and back of the building as you’ll see if you scroll down.
It’s a great time to introduce the Saloon owner, Becky and her best friend. These are both classic doll stamps from Prima and Julie Nutting (Becky and Dog Treats) – you’ll need to scour the internet for these gems if not in your stash.
Becky’s layered skirt was made by stamping several layers of patterned paper from Authentique – Manly – 6 x 6 Paper Pad, to give her dimension. I have given her and her dog a base to be free-standing as well.
Below are tips on making a standing base for the doll stamp figures.
Becky has some jewel accents on her hat and vest from Buttons Galore’s Buttons Galore Doo Dadz – Caribbean Sea . The dog has a jewel in his collar. This is also from Merry Mimosa Doo Dadz collection from Buttons Galore.
The bottles on the bar are filled with shaker mix from Buttons Galore and More. The red mix is their new Buttons Galore – Merry Mimosa. The poker chips on the bar are Buttons Galore Doo Dadz- Cool Yule.
The “Wanted Posters” of cowboys are from the wonderful images in the 6×6 paper pad. The playing cards and dice on the bar are from Authentique Paper – Manly Collection – Elements.
Here are some additional images of the saloon and of Becky, the cowgirl proprietor. Enjoy!
Thanks and Happy crafting. Now giddy up and go get crafting.