Here is what I made:
Now what strange thing is this you may wonder, well this is what it looked like to start with:
Three Houses in a Box
It comes flat packed of course, which is just as well, as it make it a lot easier to decorate, here you can see all the pieces:
I started by putting the 3 little houses together. Unfortunately as it was evening, I could not really take step by step photos, but below you can see what they looked like after I had painted them, - great fun to do.
I had been thinking for quite a while in what style I would create my little houses. In the end I decided they reminded me of little fairy houses and as my grand daughter loves fairies, I thought this box could be a gift for her. The roofs of the houses were covered first with dark brown paint and then with different mixes of embossing powders, I used Stampendous Frantage and Ranger Antiquities powders in rusty and verdigris colour tones, to give sort of old and mossy effects..
Next came the inside of the box. I decided to add some bits of texture to make it look mossy and fairy like once painted:
Here is a close up, it's done with strips of cheese cloth and other bits from my fabric box.
Next I gessoed it all, spreading it on with a palette knife and with a stipple brush added some more texture:
I then set to work with my Decoart Media Acrylic Paints, trying to create a kind of fairy landscape.
I also melted some more embossing enamels over the textured bits for some fairy sparkle and to create a similar effect to the roofs of the houses. I also tried to create some depth and light in the trees. Sadly the embossing hardly shows up in the photo. The effect looks great IRL, in fact one day I may do a canvas in this way.
Here is the inside with the little houses in place:
Now to the outside of the box, - I covered it in Gesso, painted with off white acrylic paint and did some stencilling with texture paint on the lid. The fairy I used to decorate the top of the lid was made by stamping with a really old stamp I found in my box of wood mounted stamps. I coloured it with Distress Markers and fussy cut it.. I also stamped a decorative stamp on the sides of the box, I think it's and Alphastamps stamp.
Here you can see some of the stencilling on the lid, as the inside is quite bright, I wanted to keep the outside more neutral.
A close up of the fairy, tucked in between some flowers so she will stand.
I had great fun making this, Tando have some amazing products to alter and have fun with. Don't forget to have a look at our challenge this month. We have some wonderful entries already, but there is still plenty of time to play, and don't forget, a randomly drawn entry could win a voucher for some Tando products, and of course there will be our winner and Top 3 too.
Well, thank you for visiting here today, I hope you have enjoyed my project, and don't forget to come back in 3 days time to see what our surprise guest designer will have to show you!