This week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is “Get In Shape”. I wish my project was based on getting my own body in shape, but that is not the case. I have been making shapely little houses though. How is this particular house appropriate for the “Get In Shape” challenge? Well, it is a very unique pattern, one which I did not design. This design is from Howard Lamey, the best cardboard house maker. He graciously shares his patterns on the Cardboard Christmas forum. This design makes a tower without having to glue it on the roof. It is an integral part of the building. When I saw it, I thought to myself, that is a special design. A very special shape for a little house.
Here is the house before I added the surrounding wall. The color is pretty accurate in this photo.
The pattern is basically an inverted T with gable ends. The side walls are flaps from the body of the T. I picked purple just to use a different color for my Halloween houses. I embossed watercolor paper with a Tim Holtz Texture fade called “Tiles” which I glued on the cardboard form of the house. Then I used my Distress Oxide Wilted Violet ink to color the tiles. I went over them with some Black Soot Distress Oxide ink for the spook factor. I really like the pattern. The windows were made from Dark Room Door window stamps on plain white paper, cut out and glued to the window openings. I used a Sizzix die Mini Scallop and Pinking to make the roof shingles. I edged the shingles with Picket Fence paint and then some Wilted Violet paint.
Here’s the finished house – the Tower House.
|This color may be a little too purply in the photo, but in truth, the house is purple.|
Back view of the purple Tower house
|Back of the house. I let the ochre paint drip off the edge of the base. I may clean that up a little bit.
I kind of like drippy edges though.
Close up view of the windows and the center door, also the polymer clay pumpkins which I put on almost all of my Halloween houses.
Bird’s eye view of the front door.
Well, that is my shapely house. If you’ve been here before you know I am making a bunch of houses to sell in October for a Habitat for Humanity. I’ve got a pretty good collection going.
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