Sunday, June 9, 2013
I can't believe it was so easy to create this darling little birdhouse. Before I tell you about it I want to thank all of you who sent me get well wishes. I didn't expect to hear from so many of you and all your get well wishes have me feeling better today. I still don't feel like doing much, but I had this cute little bird house about 95% completed when I got too sick to complete it. Today I put the finishing touches on it and thought I would get it posted.
I used the Susan's Garden Rounded 3-D Birdhouse die by Sizzix shown above. I decided to create a birdhouse that had stucco on it. I used Liquitex Modeling Paste on the outside after I had the body of the house put together. Once the Modeling Paste was dry, I sponged on a variety of Distress Inks until I achieved the color I wanted, then sprayed it with "Cappuccino" Perfect Pearls to blend all the colors together. I was very pleased with the outcome. I used a toothpick, that I colored black, to press in the small hole in the front for the perch.
For the roof, I attached the three pieces together leaving flat, then used Black Distress Crackle Paint to coat the top side. I put it on pretty thick because I did want a lot of "crackle" in the paint. Once it was completely dry, I attached the two sides to form the roof. There ended up being lots of crack lines where the paint cracked all the way through to the base, but I loved the look because it gave it a more weathered look than just the "Crackle" from the paint.
I created a lot of different flowers using the Susan's Garden flower dies and attached dogwoods to the roof along with some packaged moss. Along the bottom I have a sprig of "Forsythia", "Mini Lily", a few "Violets" and "Quince". My friend Pat gave me the tiny little birds and they are just perfect on this cute little birdhouse.
Here are a couple of other pictures I took. The first has no flowers around the base and the next one has a few less than the picture on top,
I loved working on this birdhouse. There are so many different ways you could decorate it.
Sizzix, Susan's Gardens Rounded 3-D Birdhouse (658424)
Susan's Gardens "Dogwood" (658405)
Susan's Gardens "Forsythia" (658406)
Susan's Gardens "Mini Lily" (658408)
Susan's Gardens "Pansy/Violet" (658419)
Susan's Gardens "Quince" (658410)
Susan's Gardens Flower Tool Kit by Sizzix (658437)
Crafter's Pick (Ultimate Glue)
Liquitex Modeling Paste
"Cappuccino" Perfect Pearls