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December 2009

Merry Winter Birdhouse

I am usually greatly challenged when it comes to following the instructions and building items with paper templates. I usually glue the wrong side of a tab or something that makes me have to start over or to just give up.  I was intrigued with the sweet birdhouse template provided for the SCS Technique Lovers Challenge by Brenda Quintana and thought it would be fun to attempt. I instantly saw a little wooden birdhouse decorated for the season hanging out in a snowy winter garden.

I printed the template on vanilla cardstock, cut out and scored the folding lines. I sketched in wood board lines and markings with an artist pen and then watercolored using a brush and Vintage Photo reinker.  Since plain cardstock does not hold color well compared to watercolor paper the ink seemed to fade when dried.  I brought it back to life a little by sponging more ink over the entire area.  I assembled and cut a little red roof with scalloped overhangs to fit on the top.

Bird House Photo 2

I love to use old-fashioned decorations for Christmas and evergreen, berries and snow are a perfect combination for this rustic birdhouse. I added sprigs of evergreen and berries to the perch and to the roof top around the hanger using glue dots and then painted on Mod Podge and applied Flower Soft.

Bird House Photo 3

I hope you don’t over do on these last few days before Christmas.  Take time to enjoy the season.

Ink:  Vintage Photo     Paper:  Vanilla and Red    Accessories:  Brushes, Sponges, Martha Stewart Punch, Artificial Berries, Glue Dots, Mod Podge, Flower Soft, Scalloped Decorative Scissors, Linen Thread, Hole Punch


Winter Village

This certainly is a busy time of year.  I haven’t been able to post on my blog or play in the SCS challenges for over a week and I sure have missed it. Christmas is almost here and we will soon be turning to Valentine and spring images to play with.  I wanted to do one more good snow scene before I started pulling out my grass sprigs and flower images. I am a little sad each year when the holiday is finally over as snowy Christmas cards are my favorite.

KC Village

I stamped the Rubbernecker Village on watercolor paper and watercolored with a brush and reinkers. Since I knew I wanted to create snowy roof tops with white craft ink and embossing powder I heat set the color on the houses so the powder wouldn’t stick on wet ink.  I painted the craft ink on the roof tops and ground with a small brush and applied the embossing powder.  I cut the scene out to pop up in front of the forest of trees. I stamped a row of trees on watercolor paper, heat set and then applied craft ink with a brush to create snow on the branches and embossed with white embossing powder.  I sponged in the yellow moon and then sponged the blue night sky around the moon.  I attached the village with mounting tape and then applied glue and white Flower Soft for the soft snow. I didn’t think this project required any embellishment.

I hope you each have a wonderful  Holiday week and enjoy your friends and family.  Merry Christmas!!

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Village and Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose    Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Olive, Watercolor     Ink:  Weathered Wood, Old Paper, Lemonade, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, White and Black Craft    Accessories:  Color Box Sponges, Brushes, White Embossing Powder, Flower Soft, Mounting Tape,   


Victorian Christmas House

This is my fourth Papertrey Home Made house gift box.  I am making them to sell at my work to raise money for our Adopt-a-Family project. I seem to add more stuff on each house and this time I added a fence from Board and Beams and I love this new element.  

KC Home Made 4a

All the elements were stamped with black craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The images would be much sharper if embossed with black embossing powder but I hate how messy it is to work with. If you look close to the window on your left you can see a Christmas tree in the window.  It shows much better in real life than in the photo. I stamped the tree and then stamped the window image right over it with black craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The green ink was wet enough to hold the powder for embossing and that protected the ink  from running when I painted in the window with yellow the look of night light.

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I painted Mod Podge on all the dormers and window elements and attached to the house.  All the bows and evergreen are attached with glue dots as the Mod Podge doesn’t like sticking to the embossing on the windows too well.  It works like cement though when attaching cardstock to cardstock. The evergreens were made with a Martha Stewart punch.

I stamped a continuous line of fence with black craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used a black glaze pen to fill in each fence post to make it look like an iron fence.  I painted the bottom of the fence with white craft ink and embossed with white powder to create a snowy ground and put the same treatment on the bottom of the front door.

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Back View

The snow on the roof is a combination of Sparkly Fluff and Flower Soft.  I painted Mod Podge on the roof with a brush (small areas at a time) and applied the Sparkly Fluff. After it dried I painted a little more Mod Podge to areas and added a the Flower Soft for a softer snowy look.  I used a double layer of mounting tape to attach the fence so it would stand away from the house a little and to add dimension. The shutters being left free add another element of dimension.

I hope you have a good week. 

Stamps:  Papertrey Home Made, Board and Beams     Paper:  Red, Olive, White    Ink:  Black and White Craft, Peeled Paint, Lemonade    Accessories:  Martha Stewart Punch, Paper Trey Home Made Template, Clear and White Embossing Powder, Mod Podge, Flower Soft, Sparkly Fluff, Brushes, Black Glaze Pen, Brushes, Glue Dots, Mounting Tape, Gingham, Bone Folder, Snips,


Fun Christmas Projects and a Challenge

I am having such a wonderful time playing with the new Papertrey Home Made set and template.  This is the third of three houses so far and I’m selling them at work to raise money for our Adopt-a-Family project.  I work in a physicians office and I set the houses and my Christmas cards up on the counter where the patients have to check out and PAY.  Sneaky, huh? Anyway, this is my favorite house so far.  Lots of details and lots of time involved but I love the end result. 

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Front view

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Roof view

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Back view

These houses are really simple to make but you need a little patience to do the detail work.  I love the snow on the roof and on the little green pine wreaths in all the windows.  All the windows and the door were stamped with black craft ink, embossed with black embossing powder and cut out. I painted all the windows yellow to look like the lights are on all over the house. Flower Soft is the perfect product to create that soft snowy roof. I painted Mod Podge on a little at a time with a brush and applied the snow.  I attached them so the shutters were popped out a bit.  It adds lots of character to the house. I would have loved to photograph this with snow all around the base but I used the last of my Flower Soft on this house.  I hope my new bottle is delivered tomorrow. 

Limited Supply Challenge

The SCS Limited Supply Challenge today was a “White Christmas”.  We were to use only white paper and accessories and could only use one ink color. 

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I love the stark white frame and background and the simplicity of the green trees.  This is so peaceful to me and a really fast project, too!

I hope you all have a wonderful and restful weekend.

House Project:  Stamps:  Home Made   Paper:  Red, White      Ink:  Black Craft, Lemonade    Accessories: Satin, Flower Soft, Mod Podge, Black Embossing Powder, Martha Stewart Punch, Glue Dots, Grosgrain

Card Project:  Stamps:  Rubbernecker Kittie Kits-The Moose is Loose   Paper:  White    Ink:  Peeled Paint    Accessories:  Taffeta, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities


Winter Snow Scene Tutorial

I receive lots of emails each winter from people requesting tips and information on how to create winter snow scenes.  I wrote this tutorial last year and posted it on the Rubbernecker Blog and I thought it would be worth while to repeat here this season. I hope you will try your hand at a winter scene and if you do please come back and post a link to your blog or gallery upload.  I would love to see what you come up with.

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Step 1:  Plan your Scene.

The first thing you want to do is decide what images you want in the foreground of your scene and stamp them first. I choose to stamp my images with waterproof pigment ink since watercolor is my medium of choice. You should make your choice of ink based on the coloring tools you will be using.

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Step 2.  Masking.

Create masks for your first images and begin building your scene by stamping more images over the mask.  See the fence being added to the trees.

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You can see in the next few pictures that I move the masks around as necessary to continue building the scene.

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I add masks over the fence area so I can begin adding trees in the background of the scene.

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I stamp trees in the background of the scene by stamping over the masked fence and trees.

6 KC 6 Stamped Trees

I move the fence mask around to add the final trees to the scene. Look how the whole scene became more lifelike than the three original stamped trees.

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Step 3.  Add Color.

Color your images and breath life into your scene. Isn't it amazing how color explodes an image to life. I watercolored my images with reinkers mixed with water using watercolor brushes. There are so many other choices of coloring for you to use so find the one that works best for you. Watercolor Markers, Watercolor Crayons, Watercolor Pencils, Twinkling H20's, Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol, and the ever popular Copic Markers.

8 KC 8 Sponged Sky

Add color to your sky by painting with a brush or by sponging color .  I love to use sponges to apply sky color.

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Step 4.  Add Snow.

I squeeze white pigment reinker into the ink pad lid to make it available for me to pick up with a brush.  I lightly paint the ink over the areas I want covered like the top of the fence  rails and posts, the ground areas and tree branch tips.

I use different size brushes such as tiny fine ones for the tree tips and fence and a large one for the ground area. You can create a real looking ground cover if you paint on a fine layer of ink, emboss and then apply additional  layers where you want to build up the embossing to create ridges, etc.

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Note the delicate little tips of snow on the trees.

13 KC 13 Falling Snow

Use a snow image and stamp the pigment ink over the scene to create the falling snow.  You can choose to wait until all of your pigment ink is added to emboss all at once or do it step by step.  I tend to do it step by step as it seems to help me not loose track of what I am doing in the scene.

When I do a scene card like this I tend to use simple embellishments and sentiments as I love to have the scene speak for itself.

Let it snow...Let it snow....Let it snow!

14 B Finished Scene Final

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Tree Set and Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose, Peace Sentiment and Snow Image Winter Holiday Collection,

Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Watercolor

Ink:  Brilliance Black Graphite, Distress Peeled Paint, Old Olive, Caramel, Soft Sky, Barely Banana, White Craft,

Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Brushes, Masks, Twill