Yes, another house. This one will also be decorated for Halloween at a later date so I can sell it for my “Halloween Houses for Habitat” fundraiser. Right now I’m leaving it as a regular stone house, hence the name “La Maison en pierre”. It’s official name (as if it were a pedigreed canine) is “La Maison en pierre avec trois pignons” – the Stone house with 3 Gables. I think it looks French so it gets a French name, though if someone visits from France, please forgive me if my impression is inaccurate.
I made this house with several online craft challenges in mind. One is “Count Me In” at Frilly and Funkie. This challenge ends today so I was in a bit of rush to complete the house. I need to do some touch up painting especially around the fence. Count me in obviously refers to numbers. And you can clearly see that there are no obvious numbers in the house. But numbers played a big role in this design – 3 gables in the front, 3 gable additions, 3 windows under each of the front gables and 3 windows on each gable end. I also stamped the base with a Tim Holtz “Papillon” stamp which does have some numbers in it. The “Three” theme was also designed to fit with a Vintage Journey’s challenge this month – “The Magic of Three”.
Three windows on each side.
I started to cut out 3 light holes in the back, but decided against it. You may notice that I used a halloween fence with bats on it, but I painted over the fence several times to make it strong which obscured some of the detail of the bats. The other challenge that helped determine the design was this month’s Country View Crafts “Rust” challenge. That determined what kind of roof I would use. I also used a different technique to make a rusted roof. I used Prima Rust effect paste. I smeared 3 colors of paste over aluminum duct tape (notice duct, not duck. It is a real metallic tape that you buy in a home improvement store.) I did use my alcohol inks a little bit to add some more color. The only downside that I see to this paste is that the grit does come off some. My houses aren’t really meant to be handled, but people can’t help but touch them. Normal human behavior. That’s why I try to make them really strong.
Another challenge I designed it for is the Artistic Stamper’s April creative challenge “Backgrounds”. While I struggle with backgrounds on my cards and other mixed media pieces, I do pretty well with the backgrounds on the house, the house siding, and bases. I think the background of the stone work on the house is pretty cool and the stamping on the base looks good. The base is stamped with Tim Holtz “Papillon” stamp and over painted with a wash of raw umber.
Better view of the rust on the roof.
Here’s the number on the Tim Holtz “Papillon” stamp to fit the “Count Me In” on the Frilly and Funkie challenge and the Artistic Stamper challenge.
Below is a photo of both houses. You can see that I learned something about painting the stones from the new Tim Holtz “Stone” layering stencil. I actually painted the stones on this last house individually to preserve the color of the mortar which is Ranger’s Pumice Stone Distress paint.
Outside of the online craft challenges, I had a number of other challenges such as:
1. Difficulty gluing the windows because of the texture paste
2. Centering the house on the base (one day I will learn to measure before I place a glued object.)
3. Painting the texture paste edges to help make them less obvious around the windows and the corners of the house.
I will learn these things eventually. As I said, I will be decorating this house as a Halloween house which I will post closer to that time, maybe I can cover up some of the mistakes at that time.
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