Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Chicks Round House Home

Our wonderfully creative guest designer, Gini Owen, has concocted her "round house" where the 4 chicks live.  I know I'd be on chick who would love to live in his cool house!  Here is what she has to say about her round house:

In The Land of Shiny live the circus performing Chicks, and they have built for themselves a cheerful, shiny Round House.

They roost by perching on a chair at night.

Triangular chick doesn't like to sleep on her own so she doubles up with either of the round chicks. 

Unfortunately square chick makes for an angular and therefore uncomfortable bedfellow.

This started out life as a Pringles tube container.

Click on any picture to make it bigger.

The chicks are  Chick shapes (4 sided cube) 9111 and I have paper pieced their bodies.

The bling on the roof is glued on with Golden Gel Medium in the Heavy gel (matte). 

The flowers are Heart Flowers 9107.
I used versafine black ink heat embossed with clear powder. Coloured the flowers with Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paint and used foam pads as the adhesive.

The stems are bugle beads glued onto the house with Anita's 3D clear gloss finish (substitute with Glossy Accents if you don't have this.) Anita's is thinner and therefore easier to use as this kind of glue. It also gives a stronger bond than Glossy Accents.

The chairs are 3 chairs 9179

The walls and roof of the house are watercolours on very thick finest quality white card. Whether you use card or thick watercolour paper it mustn't stretch and buckle (go wavy and unflat) because you can't wallpaper with buckled card as it looks dreadful.

Or you could stamp onto designer paper like Basic Grey plain coloured 12" card if you can't get an unbuckled finish. Alternatively you could try brayering using ink which isn't so wet.

All wallpaper glued on with extra strong doubled sided tape (red backed).

The background stamp is the brilliant Large Lace Background 5177 and I used worn lipstick distress ink. Loads of things you can do with this versatile stamp.

If you would like to have a go at a round house I give more instructions here.

Be warned though, in case you don't like fiddly things, as they are fiddly to do especially if you wallpaper them.  It is easier to do if you cover the round container with lots of tissue paper (glue with gel medium or mod podge or my least favourite for this job - white PVA) and then paint it.

Happy creating!


Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Just like our chicken's house lol...not...but I'm sure they'd love it, especially the chairs. Great work Gini. x Jo

Jane Wetzel said...

wow- pretty amazing it!

Gez said...

Gini what patience to create something so spectacular. Wonderful.xx