Saturday, March 17, 2018

Springtime Projects - Little Houses and a Woodland Scene

Springtime Mixed Media Craft Projects
My three most recent cardboard creations - two little houses and one mixed media project

Here are my most recent craft projects. I've been writing about them on my new blog - paperglitterglue.com. It is a much easier blog name to remember. Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you there.


Lucy

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Irish Cottage St. Patrick's Day House

I am working on a new blog to show my houses better. It's paperglitterglue.com which is much easier to remember and to tell people about.


Here is a photo of my newest house - the Irish Cottage St. Patrick's Day house. You can see it in this post on the new blog. I hope to see you there.

Irish Cottage St. Patrick's Day Putz house
Irish Cottage St. Patrick's Day House


Please let me know what you think and join me on my new blog.

Thank you.
Lucy

P. S. I am leaving this blog in place for now, but I have migrated all of the content from this blog to the new one.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bunnies in the Garden - Springtime Putz House

Springtime Windmill Putz House - the Miller's Place


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Windmill Putz House called "Bunnies in the Garden - Springtime at the Miller's Place


I made a house 2 years ago based on the shape of Candy Corn because I had never seen a house based on this concept. This is my favorite Candy Corn House.

Candy Corn Glitter house
The Candy Corn house from Halloween 2015

Later, I wondered if this shape could be used to make different houses. Since Spring is on the way, I modified the house to look more like Spring with bunnies overrunning the garden which luckily also fits with the theme of this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge "In My Garden". So that is the name of the house the top of the page - Bunnies in the Garden, Springtime at the Miller's place.

How to make the Miller's Place House

There are number of fun things about making this cardboard house - the overall shape, the stone surface, the rotating windmill blades, the roof, and the bunnies of course.

Brief summary for making this house:
  1. Cut out the shape of the house
  2. Paint the house, stencil the stone surface
  3. Glue the house together and adhere the roof and shingles
  4. Make the base
  5. Glue the house to the base and make the border

There are number of fun things about making this cardboard house - the overall shape, the stone surface, the rotating windmill blades, the roof, and the bunnies in the garden. I'll start with the overall shape.

See how the roof is scored so it will bend around the curve at the top.

1. Make the shape of the house

The overall shape makes a unique house that works pretty well as a windmill. When you cut out a house like this it is very important to make sure that the front and back curves match. If you don't, then wonkiness rears its mismatched head.

I only cut out one window on the front because I didn't want a window behind the windmill blades.  If you don't have to cut out a door so that light shines through it, don't cut it out. The cardboard house becomes a little less structurally sound if you have a cut at the bottom of the house. I always include the hole in the back as a tribute to old fashioned Putz houses that used the hole for lighting.

2. Paint the house and stencil the stone surface

Stone stenciled on the back of the Putz Windmill house
You can see the first stones that I drew which bled through. 


The cardboard was painted with white gesso as the first layer then gesso mixed with Antique Linen Distress Paint and sand for the second layer. The sand gives the house a lovely texture that is perfect to mimic a stone surface.

I made this stone surface just as I did the Stone Stenciled Clock House. Before gluing the house together, I used the Tim Holtz mini stone stencil by Stampers Anonymous to stencil the surface with various shades of brown and grey. I used the Distress Oxides - Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap and Hickory Smoke. I did try to draw some stones first with Distress pens, but they didn't look right so I painted over them. The paint bled through the gesso a little bit. There were some places where I didn't stencil effectively and you couldn't see the distinction between the individual stones so I painted more obvious mortar lines with Antique Linen distress paint.

3. Glue the house together and adhere the roof and shingles


Side view of the Miller's Place Putz house roof shingles
Rooftop pieces distressed and painted, then glued to the roof. 

Side view of the Miller's Place Putz house roof shingles and the bunny border
Side view of the Miller's Place Putz house

After the stenciling, the house was glued together where the tab is located in the back.

To make the roof curve to fit the pattern, the underside of the cardboard was gently scored in parallel lines to make it more flexible. Then I used my thumbs  to bend the cardboard in a U-shape to fit the shape of the house. I applied liberal amounts of Aileen's Fast Grab glue to the edge of the house and situated the roof piece on the house. Finally I used painter's tape to hold the roof in place while the glue dried. After the house was glued together, I glued the window shape on the window opening and glued the door on.


The Tim Holtz village rooftop die was used to make the shingles. I painted the roof pieces with hickory smoke and distressed with various brown distress oxides. Then I curved a piece of a painted cardboard on the top as the ridge cap.

Miller's place putz house windmill blades rotating on a brad in the center
Miller's Place Windmill rotates on a brad in the center.  A small Idea-ology gear  provides a stable base for the brad.

If you want a windmill to rotate, make a small hole in top part of the house where you want the windmill to be centered. Also make sure the front roof edge doesn't extend past the edge of the house so the windmill blades can rotate. And finally you need to realize that if you have a moving part on your little house, children will play with it. They will probably play with the house no matter what, but a moving part makes it even more compelling to a child.

4. Make the base 

Six layers of corrugated cardboard were glued together with hot glue. To cover the rough cardboard edges, torn strips of white scrap paper were glued on with collage medium. The base for this house is small about 4" x 3" because this is an experimental seasonal house. It does have a square cut on in the center large enough for an LED light to fit inside to light up the window. 

I painted the base with Mowed Lawn Distress Paint because I love this green.

5. Glue the house to the base and make the border

The house was then glued in place with the Fast Grab glue. I dyed some moss with Mowed Lawn Distress Spray stain and glued that around the house. I made border using an old Martha Stewart edge punch by punching 3 strips and gluing them together. The grass around the bunnies was painted Mowed Lawn green and then adhered to the sides of the base.

Bunnies in the Garden Springtime Putz House was a fun project for this time of year. I will be sharing this project with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "In My Garden". I hope you enjoyed reading about the process and can take some inspiration from it.





Saturday, February 24, 2018

How to Make a Butterfly Vintage Print - Variation on a Theme


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This project is based on the illustration below. It's from an incredible book called British Butterflies available at biodiversity. org. I've moved all the content from this blogpost to my new blog. You can find it here. Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you will click on over to see the post on paperglitterglue.com.

Print from British Butterflies

Colored butterflies for vintage botanical print
Butterfly close-up


I shared this post with this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Grunge It Up. 



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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wilkins House Putz Project for Habitat

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Wilkins House putz version
The Wilkins House as the putz version. The trees are not glued on yet because I will probably add snow and glitter to them. I will also put more snow on the roof, the stairs and the base.

Finally, I have finished my most ambitious little cardboard house - the Wilkins House. It is based on a famous house in my hometown that was saved from the destruction by moving it and fully renovating it in its new site. I figured it would be a good project for the next Habitat for Humanity auction which isn't until October. I am glad I finished it now because it basically took me about 2 months to get it done.

Wilkins Putz House conservatory side view
Conservatory side of the Wilkins House

Wilkins putz house porch side view
Wilkins House Porch side view

Wilkins Putz House top porch view
Wilkins House top porch view

Bird's eye view of the Wilkins putz house
Bird's eye view of the house. Definitely needs more snow.

To recap and give you an idea of the challenges in making this house, I've written about 6 blog posts describing the process:

Next Putz House for Habitat

Putz Plan Progress

Wilkins House Putz Progress Prototype 4

Spring Mansion - Evolution of a Putz House

Spring Mansion - What I learned from crafting a prototype

It's Going to Work

The major challenge for me is always measuring accurately. All the pieces had to fit together or the house would look wonky like some of the elements on the Spring Mansion, the prototype house. I wouldn't say that the pieces are perfect, but they are pretty dang good for me. I am very pleased with how the house has turned out. I am hoping the house will bring a lot of money for Habitat of Greenville during the October auction fundraiser.

Wilkins House Putz Version with real Wilkins House
Comparison of the real Wilkins House with my putz version.


Next? Now I get to make Halloween houses which will be sold (not auctioned) to raise money for Habitat. My favorite houses to make. The first one I am going to make is a simplified Halloween version of the Wilkins House. I hope I can complete it much faster than this one.

Oh, I am going to enter this into an online challenge. I found that the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "Add a Die Cut". I have used a number of dies in this project. My favorites are the windows from the Tim Holtz Village Manor and then the rooftop dies. The other die used was the fence die where I used the offcuts to make the balusters and the notching around the top of the house. I'm saving all the fence pieces I cut out for the Halloween houses I will be making.

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