Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy Holidays House: Midnight Sky Background

Hello everyone! Thought I would kick off the weekend with a fun house scene I created using inks and dies.

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Thought you would like to follow along as I create the night sky behind the house. To prep I gathered some supplies: Distress Stains, watercolor paper, Q-Tips, water, and rhinestones. To start I die cut the house using the House Thinlets die set and assembled so I could use it as a guide.

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Next I scribbled the Distress Stains onto the craft mat.  To pick up the color I just smashed the watercolor paper into the ink and then swished the paper around to pick up as much color as possible.

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There were still some white spots so I filled them in by applying Distress Stain directly to the paper. Then I dried the paper using a heat tool.

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Now here is the fun part. I wanted there to be a bit of a halo effect around the rhinestone stars so I applied drops of water to the paper using a Q-Tip to remove a bit of color. I used the house as a guide so I would place the stars in the perfect locations. Once done making star spots let dry again.

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Sponge the edges with Distress ink. I used Frayed Burlap.

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Mat on Frayed Burlap Distress Cardstock and then stitch the edges using a sewing machine. Then add the rhinestones (I ended up just using green ones). Woot! You now have a starry sky. :D

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I wanted some texture behind the house so I die cut some flags from burlap paper using the Ribbon Flags Decorative Strip Die. I sponged the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink before adhering to the background. It’s not really grass or a fence… but I like the look. ;)

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Now that the background is done, just need to adhere everything together. I added a bit of jute for more texture and added a sentiment from the CMS155 Simple Sayings stamp set. I’d already added some Picket Fence Distress Stickles to the roofline and window boxes but it wasn’t enough. So I added a second thick coating of the Stickles for even more glittery-ness. I also added Glossy Accents to the panes of the windows.

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Do you like? Also, let me know if you would like me to keep the tutorials coming. :D

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6 comments:

  1. Oh I love this!!! Love all the sparkle and bling!!! Please keep the tutorials coming!!!!

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  2. Beautifully done tutorial! I know how much work they are, so GREAT job! And this is just about the CUTEST house card I've ever seen! LOVE IT!!

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  3. Love, love, LOVE this card! And a great tutorial to boot. =) Trying to get my mojo running again after a year away from the crafty table and projects like this are definitely helping! TFS!

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  4. SOOOOOOOOOOOO Adorable, love the burlap ! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  5. Love this, Danielle! I will definitely be trying your idea to pop-dot the window boxes and add glitter. So pretty! Love your background technique, too.

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Thanks for your sweet comments! I love hearing from you. :)