The City House

By June 14, 2008Just Cards

I have been wanting to play around with this image from Boards & Beams ever since I first designed it.  The city house is what I have been informally referring to it as, or in today’s case, the brownstone.  The other night I envisioned being able to make the window transparent like real glass, and last night I figured out just how to do so!

Cut_out_windows
I started by stamping the image on both Classic Kraft cardstock & clear transparency using black palette ink.  Using a ruler and a craft knife I cut out the windows of the version on the  kraft cardstock.

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Colored_city_house
I cut the kraft house out and I then did some coloring with a few Copics, just on the shingled roof, door, shutters & trim.  The remainder of the house I sponged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to help add some depth.

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Gold_added_to_railing
I used an extra fine gold paint pen to carefully trace over the stairway railing and emphasize the itty-bitty doorknob.

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Adhesive_on_transparency
I applied adhesive to the FRONT of the transparency house, being careful to not apply any over the windows.

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Transparency_windows_in_house
I then adhered the cut-out kraft house onto the transparency, being sure to line up the windows.  What a fun effect, huh?!?!?

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Topiaries_without_fence
I wanted to create a little background for my brownstone to sit on, so I began with these adorable topiaries which are also included in the set.  I stamped one on each side.  I knew I was going to add some fencing too, so a mask was in order.  I created one quickly form a post-it note and added that on top of one of the topiaries.

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Masked_topiary_with_fence
Notice the fence?  If you go back and look at THIS POST, you’ll see that this one is a bit different than the one I used before!  With two different styles of fencing, you can’t go wrong!  I stamped the fence directly on top of the masked topiary.  I repeated the same step on the opposite side after moving the mask.

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Topiaries_colored
After a bit of coloring and sponging with distress ink, I am left with this!

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Rust_gold_paper_strip
I wanted to also create a bit of background paper, so I pulled out my new trusty go to background set, Guide Lines, and stamped this patterns.  Once I completed the stamping, I added small dots of gold at all the intersections of the grid with the same gold pen I used on the railing earlier.

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Welcome_home_card
Once I assembled all of my bits & pieces together I ended up with this.  I think it is so autumn!

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City_house_closeup
Here is a closeup view of the brownstone  and all it’s little details.  Notice the intricate shutters and the finials above the windows.  Just love this images!!!

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Front_door_closeup
The railing detail & transparent windows are such a little addition, but they really help to bring this project to the next level!  I hope you will play around with one of these techniques once you receive your very own Boards & Beams set!

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Stamps: Boards & Beams

Ink: Noir Black & Burnt Sienna (pattern on accent strip) Palette, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink from Ranger

Paper: Classic Kraft, Vintage Cream from PTI, rust from Prism

Other: gold brads from Paper Studio, transparency from Office Depot, extra fine gold paint pen from Marvy, foam dimensionals from Fiskars

Nichole Heady

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