Thursday, June 6, 2013

Picket Fence Birdhouse

Hello everyone! I was very happy to make samples for Eileen Hull for winter CHA, using her Sizzix Picket Fence collection. I have been wanting to share these projects ever since then, but decided to wait until the dies were available. You can see the whole wonderful Picket Fence collection here.

First up is a cute birdhouse:

Picket Fence Birdhouse - Layers of ink
You might already know that I love to make little houses, and this one was no exception. It was die cut from white mat board, and since it is a Scoreboards die, it both cuts and scores, making assembly very easy. The house was inked with Barn Door and Aged Mahogany (mat board takes ink very well). For texture, I stamped the Tim Holtz alphabet stamp with Aged Mahogany, holding it in my hand instead of mounting on an acrylic block, for a random impression.

The sentiment was white embossed so that it would really stand out. It is very easy to get the white edges of the houses, after inking, simply sand off the ink around all the edges. I embellished the house with pearls and wood veneer birds.

Bird stamps are of course perfect for a bird house. The Dylusions birds were stamped and cut out, and the branch, from Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry set, was stamped with Archival Jet Black ink.

On this side of the house, I stamped a small bingo stamp, which was just the right size, also with Archival Jet Black. The ticket was stamped on a scrap piece of ledger paper and cut out. I also added two game spinners, simply because I love arrows. The house was embellished before assembly, making it easy to add brads and staples.

The back of the house, with two sweet Dylusions birds white embossed.

The roof of the house has a really nice texture. I first painted it black and then covered the whole roof with embossing ink. It was sprinkled with Ranger's Cement embossing powder and then I flicked it quite hard at the back, so that some of the powder flew off. Melt the powder with a heat gun. The roof was embellished with more birds, and a heart ribbon.

This would be great as a gift to someone who loves birds or little houses If you use different sentiments and embellishments it can work for many different themes.

Thank you for the visit!

Happy crafting!


Dies: Sizzix 3-D Birdhouse
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Going Somewhere, Urban Tapestry, Mini Muse; Dylusions Dyan Reaveley Birds on a Wire
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles mat board white 6 x 13; 7 Gypsies Lille ledger 8 x 8 paper pad
Ink: Distress Ink: Barn Door, Aged Mahogany; Archival Ink Jet Black; Ranger Emboss-It Dabber; Versamark
Paint: Adirondack Pitch Black
Embossing powder: Ranger: Cement Embossing Antiquities, Seafoam White
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Game Spinners, Long Fasteners; Studio Calico wood veneer Birds; Panduro heart ribbon; pearls


  1. Everything you do is amazing! I love this little house Anna-Karin- great colors and I especially like the random stamping effect. Thanks for rocking the ScoreBoards!

  2. LOVE this birdhouse! It's so cool! That rough is awesome. And I love the bingo side with the arrows. :)

  3. a garden down the road. I decided that the dog could do with a walk so off I trotted to the local park.fence installation cost


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