Monday, February 23, 2015

Discover 3D Bird House Tutorial

Hello everyone!! I hope you had a good weekend! A big thank you to all who left a comment on my Simon Says Stamp Hop To It post on Friday. Now it is Monday and we have a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for you, and this week, anything goes.

I love houses and birds, and Prima's Altered Bird House Frame was calling my name when I saw it. I had such fun altering this piece into one of my favourite home decor items. It is quite large, 3.5 x 7 x 9.75 in, and you can fit lots of little things into the shadow box part of the frame, as well as on the edges. Just imagine how many different themes could work in a frame like this. I used a recent favourite photo of Anton, taken by Alet Groenewald.

The frame contains lots of details and techniques and I turned it into a tutorial.

Start by covering the metal with gesso, to give the paint something to adhere to easier. Leave to dry.

Paint the bird house with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Paint.

When the paint is dry, stamp it here and there with a Prima text stamp and Archival Jet Black ink.

I decided that I wanted some lovely cracks on the bird house, and Texture Paste White Crackle makes this very easy. Smear it here and there on the roof with a palette knife. The thicker the application, the larger the cracks.

For the sides, I used a butterfly stencil, still applying the paste with a palette knife. Leave to dry. 

Paint over the crackles with watered-down Broken China paint.

Continue with watered-down Walnut Stain, letting it drip down. 

At that stage, I decided that I wanted some darker colours on the house and built up layers of Walnut Stain, Umber and finally some orange Patina Ink. I also dry brushed a little white paint here and there.

Cover glossy paper with Ranger's Foil Sheet and colour with a mix of Patina and Alcohol inks. Start with the Patina ink and apply with a paint brush and then drop alcohol ink on top. Die cut Sizzix/Prima Rondeaux from it. 

I love these Stamp-n-add sets, also by Prima. You can mix and match them to create a large variety of dragonflies, butterflies, moths or angels. I stamped the butterflies, dragonflies and moths on two pieces of patterned paper, cut them out, inked the edges and added a metallic embellishment to them. The metallic parts were altered with alcohol ink and paint.

The bird house of course needed some birds too, and these Prima Shabby Chic Resin Birds were painted with Distress Paint.

I cut out and apart the photo that I was using, to be able to build a 3D scene in my bird house. Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.

I filled two Corked Vials with Prima beads, two colours of mica flakes and little bits and pieces I found on my desk. The bottles were distressed with alcohol ink and some white paint. The Letterpress number was also painted white.

When dry, sand off some of the colour from the number. I also used label stickers and stamped a word and my son's initial with Jet Black ink, using my favourite Hero Arts alphabet stamp set

I adhered papers from the Epiphany 6 x 6 paper pad on the back of the house and glued gears, hearts and one of the birds on top.

The moth was adhered with foam dots. Shape the wings a little to give it life. While I was working on this, my son stamped a whole lot of butterflies, dragonflies and moths for himself.

On the walls of the house, I added some Tim Holtz rub-ons and more hearts and gears.

I used the foam rectangles that come with Sizzix embossing folders behind the main photo and behind the stack of books and vintage camera. They are sturdy and you can cut them to the size that you need. The piece behind the books was a little visible from the side, so I painted it to make it blend into the background. I dyed a piece of calico with Distress Spray Stain and placed at the bottom of the house, adding interesting items on top, such as wood veneer car and more beads.

Since the box is quite deep you can add a lot of items into it. My son picked this stone up outside his school. The gears were glued at an angle for more dimension.

I used linen ribbon and an old buckle at the front of the bird house, tying the ribbon all around the house.

Glue a moth to the roof of the house with matte multi medium.

And a moth to the other side of the roof. I love this one with the inspire zipper body.

Place a blob of 3D Gloss Gel on the frame and press a Philosophy tag into it. Sprinkle beads all around. The gel will hold everything in place.

On the edges of the frame I adhered some Tim Holtz rubs, since I wanted to add more words to the bird house. I like words and thought it had too few.

Glue the Letterpress number to the front of the bird house. I love these.

He is sitting in an old suitcase on the photo and I placed a bird cage cut out from one of the patterned papers with foam dots on top, as if it was hanging from the suitcase.

The magic bottle has a bit of a history. Anton poured all kinds of different things into a bottle at home once last year, which we called the 'magic' bottle. He had an idea that a chicken would grow in the bottle and appear one morning. This bottle is in memory of that other bottle.

The bird at the top of the bird house was painted with Distress Paint and a tiny bit of Patina Ink. I also gave it eyes with a marker.

Another piece of fabric dyed with Distress Spray Stain was tied around the bird. I found a ball chain on my desk and distressed it with alcohol ink.

A sentiment was rubbed on the Enameled Tag and I painted Peacock Feathers here and there around the edges.

More beads were glued to the roof, using the 3D Gel. Here you can also see the lovely cracks better.

The second resin bird was glued to the roof of the bird house, and there is a bee rub-on too.

On the other side of the house, you'll find the butterfly, with a trail of beads.

And more beads, I love the look these gave to the bird house. I haven't used seed beads in quite a while and it was fun doing so again.

The stenciled crackle butterflies on the side of the house were also quite heavily distressed with paint.

Here you get a better view of the one side of the house. I love all these different textures.

The other side looks like this. You could alter this bird house in so many different ways and it is real fun to decide what items to place inside it and around the edges.

I hope you will join us this week in our anything goes challenge! As every week, on random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and can do some fun shopping. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!

Happy crafting!




  1. Stunning 3D project Anna Karin. Love each and every element in this and especially how brilliantly you have used them here. Thanks for inspiring us again :)

  2. Wow! What an amazing project. You can tell a lot of work and a lot of love went into making it.

    Snoopy :D

  3. Wow!!!! This is totally awesome Anna :-)
    Fantastic details and wonderful paints and textures.

    Tfs and best wishes

  4. Wow ! gorgeous........... thank for the tuto.

  5. Wow, this is amazing Anna Karin, the finished house looks out of this world and what a delightful photo of your son!! Love all the paint techniques on the outside and thanks for this brilliant tutorial!!

  6. Brilliant! That scene you created is fantastic and you can wander through all the fabulous detail for hours. The photo is adorable!

  7. what a beautiful project, it's breathtaking.

  8. Amazing creation!!!! I adore it, thanks for the tutorial Ana-Karin, your photos are wonderful. Have a very happy and creative day, until the next time :) Coco x

  9. Oh my! I love your bird house! So many layers and little details from the beads and bits in the bottles to the wing nut on the dragon fly. Amazing! Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. Gorgeous altered piece, love the scene and how you used the photograph . Fantastic texture and colours too. Hugs x x

  11. Golly - this is terrifically detailed. So much for the eye to admire and stunningly textured and tactile. Fantastic project! Nicola x

  12. Absolutely gorgeous! The detailing involved is just stunning!!

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  13. Fantastic project Anna-Karin! Love all the details and texture! The rustic patina looks gorgeous! I'm taking in all the wonderful elements!

  14. This is an absolute work of art! You've really outdone yourself on this one and I loved taking in each and every detail! I love that picture of Anton and I also thought the use of beads on the roof was brilliant! Love, love, love this!

  15. Wow. Such detail and creative imagination. A lovely keepsake. Thank you for the inspiration and the step by step process. Lovely.

  16. Absolutely love this......
    Thanks for the tutorial......

  17. Oh your house is so amazing and good looking. I love it so much. The little boy in it is so sweet. A great artwork you created.
    Dear Greetings

  18. Gracious - what an INCREDIBLE project, and you took the time to share each step with us! So many beautiful little touches, its splendid. Thank you for showing so many photos of little touches.

  19. Wow... this is such a beautiful creation! Love all the wonderful details. :)

  20. Gorgeous project - love the bird.
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  21. Gorgeous project - love the bird.
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  22. I'm speechless! I can't stop looking at all the details, really incredible, stunning piece!BArbarayaya

  23. WOW! Totally and utterly stunning Anna-Karin! the details are breathtaking and it's just a beautiful piece of art! I love it... :)

  24. I don't know if this is included in the hop but it could be - the box was just modified.
    Beautiful idea.
    thanks for sharing

  25. The many small details you paid attention to have really made this an outstanding assemblage. Your detailed tutorial is so generous and motivational, too! The stenciled crackle butterflies on the side of the house (that you describe as heavily distressed) are amazing.

  26. I just love your little house. I was in the store the other day and almost bought the same house. I love your picture and I love the old time feel to your project.

  27. All I can say is WOW! Amazing assemblage piece, your antiquing and patina techniques are amazing, what a gorgeous birdhouse!

  28. What an amazing job you did altering this sweet little bird house box. I love how you dripped the cascades of beads and the insects with the metal findings for bodies. So many interesting details and things to see. Fascinating!
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of art! :)

  29. Oh wow - you've created an absolute treasure here, Anna-Karin - I've been poring over all the details with a huge smile on my face... so many delights. I adore the colours, those hints of rust, and the textured butterflies on the sides as well as the fussy cut texty ones at the front. Brilliant use of the linen ribbon, a great photo... I could go on!!
    Alison xx

  30. OMG... your work is amazing! I love this little house!


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