Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My Pink House Tutorial

Hello everyone! This is going to be a busy week on the blog with posts going up almost every day. Today I am sharing a tutorial made for this month's Eileen Hull Art With Heart Challenge, with the theme Projects to Love. I hope you can join us, there is a great prize to be won too. 

When I first saw the Canister die, from Eileen's Sizzix Vintage Kitchen collection, I thought it would make a great shape for a house. You might already know that I like to include houses in my projects, and to make them in 3D. Here are some examples: Grungy Tall Houses, Yellow Brick House, and Winter Cottage. I didn't glue the roof to the house, so if you would want to, you can place a small gift or secret inside. The house was made with some great stencils from StencilGirl. 

Start by die cutting the parts of the house from mat board, or chipboard. You need to cut the house part twice. This is an XL die, so you'll need the Extended Cutting Pads.

Cover the shapes with gesso and make marks into the gesso with the palette knife, a little similar to bricks. Try to avoid getting gesso on the flaps, where the adhesive will go, since that can make it harder to assemble the house. Leave to dry.

Paint the house with Tattered Rose Distress Paint, and add some Victorian Velvet, especially at the base of the house, and in a streaky fashion. Paint the roof with a mix of Pumice Stone and Black Soot.

When I saw the 1700s Building stencil by Carolyn Dube, I just had to have it. It is a large stencil (9 x 12 in), and if you use sections of it, you can make houses in many different sizes, or maybe use just a window. I placed it on my project and covered the joint with masking tape to avoid getting paint in unwanted places. Mix a little bit of Black Soot into Pumice Stone to make a darker grey and apply with a sponge. I like using a piece of Ranger's Cut 'n Dry Foam.

When you are finished with one section, continue to the next one, varying the parts of the stencil that you use.

Dry brush a tiny bit of the dark grey paint over the houses, to highlight the marks you made into the gesso and add texture.

I placed the stencil back onto the project and outlined just parts of the design with a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen.

Add more texture to the project with stamps. I used Darkroom Door's Love Letters Vol. 1 and 2, and Splatter Texture stamps, together with Jet Black and Watering Can ink. Stamp a sentiment above the door of the house. I painted around the window that I wanted to make into a door, to make it larger, and added a handle.

Sponge Black Soot paint with a piece of foam through selected words from the Uplifting Words stencil.

At this stage, you can fold the shapes along the score lines. Remember that the Scoreboards dies both cut and score the material. It is better to wait with this step until you have done most of the decorations, since it is easier to stencil and stamp when they are flat. Add a number to the house with Industrious stickers. I also dry brushed Black Soot paint around the edges and at the corners.

For the roof, mix a little bit of Victorian Velvet into Prima's Texture Paste White Crackle and apply with a palette knife through a section of the word stencil.

Add some stamping to the roof and dry brush black paint around the edges and here and there over the words, to accentuate the crackles.

Glue small embellishments to your house. I used wood veneer shapes. Apply a strong adhesive along the flaps, such as Ranger's Wonder Tape.

Assemble the house and if needed add some more black paint to cover up any white parts in the joints. Here you can better see how I changed one of the windows into a door. 

Isn't this a sweet sentiment? I like these types of small sentiment stamps, since they fit almost anywhere.
Each side of the house is different, and if you want to, you can of course add more embellishments.

I liked the way that the pen outlines highlighted sections of the house and gave it a hand drawn look.

If you use other colours and words, you can make this house to fit any theme or to fit with a friend's or your own decor. 

Add little details here and there for people to discover as they look at the house.

The stenciled words look nice layered onto of the paint and stamping, and since they were done in black, they stand out well from the background.

The crackled roof also gives a fun look to the house and I was lucky to find a great section of the word stencil which was just the right side for the roof and fit the theme of my pink house.

The black paint makes the crackles more visible and as you can see, you can stamp right on top of the crackle paste. For another example, check out this layout.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to make your own houses. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!


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  1. Fabulous house! Clever use of the die and stencil. I can see a whole village with these. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh wow.This is fantastic.Love every little detail on the little house.

  3. Anna-Karin, this house is fantastic! What a great tutorial- you make it so easy to understand I almost feel like I could do this :-)! Like Sharon said, a whole village of these would be amazing...

  4. The stencil is impressive, not surprised you wanted that one! I love your house, it is really beautiful! Anne x

  5. Love your house Anna-Karin, the stencilling is fabulous , love this x x x

  6. Beautiful house and excellent tutorial on how-to. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  7. What house you've made and a very very high quality tutorial too! You captured such a great old world European vibe with the old plaster feeling to your house. I love that you got exactly what I was thinking when I created that stencil- to use parts to create all sorts of sizes and shapes of buildings.

  8. I am amazed to see you have used Canister die to make this beautiful house project. Wow!! Love that pink(Victorian velvet paint is my favorite too) Thanks for tutorial Anna Karin

  9. A-maze-ing!!! I love how you added the details to create the shadows and depth. The pen lines and spatters. The crackle finish makes the words so much more noticeable.
    I love the way you can take something like a simple box shape and turn it into something else entirely. :)

  10. Fantastic! Thank you for the tutorial, you give clear instructions. This house is wonderful, like all of the others you have made. You surely must have a village by now. It looks like it is from France to me :-))

  11. Great tutorial and I love the house!


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