Friday, June 12, 2009

Home Tweet Home

This week I chose to create a 3D birdhouse ornament as my sample for Angels Landing. Inspiration came from a 3D paper house that Jen del Muro (I{heart}2stamp) created awhile back (template can be seen here at Taylored Expression's Stamp a Sweet Impression blog).

I just love Judi's images. She's made the animals look like the real thing and the expression on their faces are just so adorable! It was amazing that this came out exactly as how I had envisioned it! I combined several different elements to create this project: kookaburra birds (Aussie Animals), branch (stem from Simply Flowers), and shingles for roof (leaves from Pierced Flowers). The kookaburra birds were colored with prismacolor pencils and baby oil. I was really impressed at how vibrant the colors were. The birds were printed twice and popped up for more of a 3D effect. You can see a close-up of the kookaburra birds below.

Then for the shingles on the roof, I printed off 20 leaves (size 1.25 x 1.55 inches for each leaf) on green cardstock (5 leaves on each side). The leaves were easy to cut and used some glue to adhere them to the roof. After one side was done (laying the leaves the way I wanted them), I lay the birdhouse on its side and used my craft knife to cut off the excess leaves sticking out from the sides (cutting close enough to the pointy edge of the roof). You have to be careful because at this point the glue is still wet and the leaves can shift but you can always put them back in their spot. I used my Nestabilties Classic Circles to cut a circle and scallop shape along with some piercing around the circle to showcase the birds. I printed out a stem at size 1.25 x 1.55 inches from Simply Flowers to look like a branch for the birds to perch on. The sentiment "Home Tweet Home" is computer generated using a font called Orange (font size 20). I distressed the sentiment label with Antique Linen distress ink (I just love using that stuff). I finished off the birdhouse with a green satin ribbon at top held with a glue dot and a string for hanging. You can see the top of the birdhouse below.

And Voila'! This is the finished project. This would make a great addition to a housewarming gift for a new neighbor or a friend moving to another house.

Digital Images: Angels Landing (Aussie Animals. Simply Flowers, Pierced Flowers)
Patterned Paper: Joann Fabrics (Unkown)
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up (Bliss Blue), Paper Company (Heritage Value Pack)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen), Prismacolor Pencils (Sepia, Pumpkin Orange, White, Goldenrod, Powder Blue, Colorless Blender)
Die Cut: Nestabilities (Classic Circles)
Ribbon: Wal-mart
Piercing: Stampin’ Up Paper Piercing kit
String: Home Depot


Lauri said...

This is SO SO SO SO cute!!!! What a great project!!!!!! Your coloring is gorgeous!

Michelle said...

What an adorable lil' birdhouse....can't believe people have the patience and talent to do things like this - really really fantastic.

Diane (djuseless) said...

OMG, I love it! Graet job!

Judi M said...

Alma, this is just too too precious. You've used my images in ways I hadn't envisioned, like that flower stem for a branch and the leaves for shingles. Everything about this project came together perfectly. You've done an exceptional job on it.

Liz Williams said...

Adorable little box. Love it.

Anita Hovey said...

Alma this is too cute! Very creative.

Rebecca said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. What a terrific project.

Lynn said...

What exquisite work, Alma!! I love this perfectly crafted little birdhouse ornament!! It's the sweetest thing ever!!!!

Suzy said...

Oh Alma this is so sweet, tender and fantastic. Your work is all amazing I am so proud to be on a design team with you!

Godelieve said...

How super cute!! I can see why this is Judi's favorite!