Saturday, July 28, 2012

Yellow Brick 3D house tutorial

Hi everyone! This weekend there is a Eileen Hull event and giveaway on the Sizzix blog, where the DT members have done many fabulous projects using Eileen's awesome dies. Be sure to check it out, you can also win some great prizes.

I particularly love all the 3D and dimensional projects you can make with the Scoreboards dies and for today's tutorial I used three of Eileen's dies, the 3D house Pro die, the Scoreboards Bird and the flowers from the Caddy Bag die.

For my house, I decided to use a happiness theme:

These houses are so much fun to build and decorate, I think I am going to make a whole little village. You can find a tutorial for another version of the house that I made here. I used a bunch of different techniques on the house, which can all be adapted to also fit other projects.

You need a BigShot Pro to die-cut this house. Die-cut the house from white mat board (I forgot to add the floor piece on this photo). I embossed the main body of the house with the brick texture fade.

Emboss the smaller part of the house with the Notebook embossing folder, which looks great as wooden planks.

Ink the main body of the house with shades of yellow and brown distress inks. Mat board inks beautifully. I took care not to get too much ink into the debossed sections, wanting the 'grout' to remain white.

Ink the smaller piece with grey shades of distress ink, but first mask off the door and the upper part with eclipse tape (or a sticky note). Coat the door with Crackle Accents.

Coat the fence, door frame and the two window frames with Crackle Accents too. Let the pieces dry, this it what they looks like when they are dry. Cool texture.

White emboss sentiment stamps on both the big and the small roof.

Ink the roofs with Pumice Stone and Black Soot. The embossing resists the ink. Wipe off the left over ink from the embossed parts.

Stamp the roofs with a texture stamp using Pumice Stone ink.

Glue a little piece of mica and a little bit of lace to the inside of the windows, as windows and a curtain. You could also use a piece of acetate or vellum.

I wanted a little bird on the house, but the Bird Scoreboards die that I wanted to use makes a pretty large bird, so I turned to one of my favourite solutions, shrink plastic. Die-cut the Scoreboards bird from shrink plastic and cut off the little flap on the wing since we won't need it.

Stamp both bird pieces with Stazon Platinum ink.

Shrink the pieces. I used my heat gun, you can also do it in the oven. Be careful, they get hot! Here you can see how much the bird has shrunk compared to the wing.

In the bird pieces on the back (not on the stamped side) with alcohol inks.

To make the bird a bit opague, I painted the pieces white on the back, but you don't need to do this step. Here's the finished bird, glued together with Glossy Accents. With the use of shrink plastic, you can make small embellishments out of pretty large dies.

Die-cut the sweet flowers and leaves from the Caddy Bag die from natural sticky-back canvas.

Ink the pieces with distress inks.

Embellish the house before assembling it, it is much easier then. Assemble the house according to the instructions (you can find them here). Use a strong adhesive, I used wonder tape. I added some lace trim as eaves on the large roof.

The number was die-cut from mat board using the Cargo Stencil Numbers die, painted silver and coated with Glossy Accents.

I found a teenage photo of me that I had printed on cardstock and used that inside an idea-ology bookplate which was first aged with a bit of white paint.

I also found a little chipboard bike in my scrap box which was painted silver and black and coated with Glossy Accents. The canvas flowers were placed here and there on the house.

The fence was adhered with foam dots at the side of the house and flowers and leaves tucked behind it. The key was attached to the roof with a wire.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Don't forget to check out the Sizzix blog today and tomorrow to see the work of the rest of the DT and for a chance to win some great prizes.

A few days ago, I posted a tutorial using Eileen's Suitcase die, which is another super fun die. You can find it here if you want to have a look.

Thank you so much for visiting!


Dies and embossing folders: Sizzix: 3D house Scoreboards Pro die, Bird Scoreboards die, Caddy Bag Scoreboards die, Cargo Stencil Number Set; Notebook texture fade, Bricked texture fade
Stamps: Stamper’s Anonymous: Mixed Media, Tiny Textures, Words for Thought; Hero Arts: Find Joy CL496; Artistic Outpost: Windows and Doors, Typography.
Inks etc: Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone, Iced Spruce, Black Soot; Alcohol Ink: Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch, Sailboat Blue; Stazon ink Platinum; Ranger Seafoam White embossing powder
Paint: Adirondack Silver, Snow Cap dabbers
Other: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Locket Keys, Ornate Plates, Trinket Pins, Word Sticks; Ranger shrink plastic, natural sticky-back canvas, Crackle Accents, Glossy Accents, Wonder tape; Kaisercraft rhinestones; chipboard bike; US ArtQuest mica; lace trim; brads


  1. What a fantastic die... and your creation is an absolute delight - such colours and sentiments and gorgeous details - simply wonderful! Off to check it out at Sizzix (though I think if it's BigShot Pro not BigShot, I could be in trouble!).
    Alison x

  2. This is absolutely stunning, Anna-Karin! Thanks so much for stepping it out - I feel like I just took a master class with you! I wish I had the BigShot Pro so I could use this die. I can't wait to see more houses from you!

  3. The shrink plastic is such a great idea! I didn't know about that product. These houses really look like too much fun. Great project!

  4. This is stunning! You are making me want a Pro. The details in your project are amazing!!!

  5. Anna-Karin, I never cease to be amazed by you and your wealth of technique knowledge! This makes me smile so your theme worked :-) The colors and all the special touches are incredible. I love it. Thanks so much for another home run! :-)

  6. This is gorgeous! Love the embossing, stamping, and all the different textures!

  7. Wow Anna-Karin! This is totally stunning! Love how you've created all that texture. It's amazing!

  8. This is seriously amazing! I love everything about it!!!

  9. loving this-you did a wonderful job on the tutorial-wish I knew someone to loan me their Pro.

  10. This house is just beautiful. I love each and every little detail! It's perfect.

  11. How cool is that!? Awesome house, with so many details to discover. Good job!

  12. You are opening up another whole world for me. I love the 3-Dimensionality of this darling house and all the ingenious techniques you used. So clever using that embossing fade to look like plank boards. Beautiful attention to detail. Thank you for the excellent tutorial.

  13. I love this die. Definitely want to make this project. Thanks for the instructions.

  14. Love the house. The colour of the brick is so rustic and inviting!

  15. This is so sweet, love the brick texture and all the decorations, lovely work.

  16. OMG!. This house is a masterpiece. Thanks for showing the details. Just lovely!. You have a beautiful blog. Congratulations!!


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