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Topic: Love Shack, Baby! (aka, the Whimsical House)  (Read 9870 times)
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« on: August 20, 2012 06:44:23 PM »

I was partnered with LesliesHappyHeart for the Tiny House Swap.  I love Leslie's work (her "Mystery Critter" is the pattern I'm using as a base to practice my embroidery skills), but it would be hard to find two people whose styles differ as much as ours do.

If we were twins, I'd be the evil one.

Leslie reports liking "blues and purples", but "bright colors all mixed together too!" and her first description of a house that appeals to her was "wonky houses in bright colors."  And she had a special request for the house to include a heart.

I like swaps that push me out of my comfort zone.  Grin

Every window is filled with flowering plants... where the "bloom" is a heart.

The back wall of the house is a sky with fluffy white clouds. Why? Because it's a fantasy house and that's what I wanted it to be. Cheesy

To create this house, I first designed it in Illustrator:

Initially, I planned to transfer the computer image to wood.  Remember how that worked for me before? Well, the attempts on this piece were equally unsuccessful (and frustrating).  But one failed image transfer process did contribute to the final house.  I discovered that when you coat card-stock with Elmer's Glue, let it dry (thoroughly) and then use a laserjet printer to print on that layer of glue, you get much brighter colors than when you print on plain paper.

WORD TO THE WISE: Don't plan on using this process if you're short on time.  While the print was mostly dry-to-the-touch fairly quickly, it took days, yes, <strong>days</strong> for the ink to fully dry. Days.

Don't believe me? Well, you should know that I ruined two or three houses by working on them before the ink was fully dry. And if you think that didn't put me in a foul mood, well you just don't know me at all.

After printing it out, the house needed additional support and both the front and back pieces of the house were glued to thin cardboard.  I'm here to tell you that the packaging from Amy's Frozen Dinners is my favorite source of thin cardboard -- it's really lovely to work with.

The final piece stood approximately 3.5" tall -- here's the proof.


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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012 07:01:56 PM »

That sounds like hard work but the finished product is divine!
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2012 07:14:22 PM »

I love my house!  It's amazing how you designed it on the computer.  The most unbelievable part is how teeny-tiny the hearts in the windows are; I don't know how you managed to work with anything so small!

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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012 08:04:28 PM »

This is painfully cute.  And I mean that in a good way.  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2012 09:04:08 PM »

Wow! .. and lots of "oooh's" and "aaaah's" and squealing mixed right in there Grin

Well, I'm speechless for the most part.

It's so wonderfully tiny and wonderfully wonky and just lovely all over! I love all the different colors and textures and especially the sky with clouds and the grass growing on different floors and I cannot imagine how you managed to recreate windowsill plants this amazingly small .. and with hearts too! *oooooh*  and some more *aaaah*

One might think that I'd get used to the level of awesomeness you make, but I never do. Each new project of yours is more amazing than the last Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2012 09:33:36 PM »

Alright!!  This is too cute.  Nice work.

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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2012 11:58:16 PM »

Adorable, whimsical house. I'd like to live in such a colorful and joyous house.
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2012 12:48:27 AM »

Microjivvy, your stuff is just sooooo friggin awesome!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2012 07:00:22 AM »

So much fun--so perfect for Leslie!

I was wondering if you have tried printing on the coated paper by Kodak for glossy pictures?  I received a ream when I purchased my printer...the ink dries fairly quickly on it but the paper is expensive...

I love that you used Illustrator to design your house as well...the cutting out is amazing...

Hope to see more of your lovely work!

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2012 09:19:53 AM »

Tiny cuteness!!

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