There are some strange birds making themselves at home in my neighborhood. They only come out this time of the year and in a couple weeks they will disappear like they never existed. I did a bit of sleuthing and actually caught one of them on film. And here he is; the elusive skellie bird.
Lol. Okay, he may not really exist in nature but he’s got the run of my house for the next couple of weeks and I even built him a skellie house. ;)
I thought you might like to see a bit of the process since I was all about layering different mediums on top of each other.
First up I painted the bird house with white gesso and then painted with Forest Moss Distress Paint. Once dry I began shingling the roof with strips of designer paper cut out using the Ribbon Flags Decorative Strip Die (this die made the cutting so fast!).
I painted a wood spool with Brushed Pewter and Black Soot Distress Paints. This spool would act as a stand for the house to sit on.
Once the roof was complete I stamped some images from CMS134 Halloween Blueprint and CMS136 Mini Blueprints in Jet Black Archival Ink.
I brushed more of the Brushed Pewter here and there over the house, including the shingles on the roof.
If you thought I would stop there… well no. I then coated parts of the house and the wood spool with Rocky Candy Crackle Paint.
I still thought it needed more grunginess (it is for Halloween after all) so I sponged the edges of the house and spool with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Once the painting and inking was done I pulled out some spooky embellishments: a crossbones for the top of the roof and hologram black sequins to decorate the roofline on the front. I’m still addicted to glitter so I added Black Soot Distress Glitter here and there using Glossy Accents.
I created a rosette from Black Soot Distress Cardstock and used it as a spacer between the house and the wood spool. I needed to balance out the heaviness of the house so I added a big bow around the wood spool using polka dot black grosgrain ribbon.
Finally, to finish the front I stamped the skeleton from CMS171 Poisonous and cut him out (minus the legs because he was too tall). I then used a couple layers of dimensional tape to adhere the skellie inside the house. To create a house number I stamped the background from CMS171 Poisonous on white cardstock and cut out a portion. I die cut the numbers from grunge paper using the Vintage Market Bigz Sixxiz die. After painting with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint and sponging the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink the numbers were layered on the placard using foam tape. Once the house numbers were taped to the house I coated them with Glossy Accents.
So what do you think? I’m really excited about this addition to my Halloween décor and I would love to hear your thoughts.
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