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« on: January 11, 2017 06:00:32 PM »

Here's a little altered tin I made using Alpha Stamps kit for January which includes a blank tin, some really pretty frame inserts, Snow White themed collage sheets, and some other great stuff. After choosing an image of Snow White cooking for the dwarfs, I figured I might as well build a cottage from the tin.





The cottage's stones and the wooden beams are sculpted from Creative Paperclay, and the roof is cut from heavyweight cardstock. Want to build your own cottage? Let's get to it! For the roof, all you need is a blank Altoid tin, and both heavyweight and lightweight cardboard.

Trace around the top of the tin onto the heavyweight cardboard.



Mark the center of the tracing and make a straight line upward, like this.



Measure an equal distance from either side of the curved mark. Draw a diagonal line from that point to the vertical line and repeat for the other side. Did that make sense? I think it's better to say, "Trace around the tin's top part and make a triangle." Do this twice and those will be the gables.





For the stones you will need Creative Paperclay, a toothbrush, and a pointy tool of some sort. Also your tin. I wasn't sure if the paper clay would stay put after it dried on the tin, so I covered the tin in paper first, then sanded the paper a little, and the added tacky glue to the paper before sticking the stones on the sides. That is most likely over-doing it, but I didn't want to put all this work in only to have all the stones fall off. I can tell you that mine are stuck tight!



To make the stones, roll bits of clay into ball shapes and smash them on the paper-covered, glue-slathered tin. Use the tool to shape the clay, and then pounce the toothbrush over the stones to add texture. The tool can also be used to crease lines on the stones. I left a space at the top of the tin to accommodate the gable and roof pieces. When the clay dries, outline all of the stones with white paint, smooshing paint between the crevices to cover the paper underneath.



After painting the stones, fill in the space at the back of the tin with more clay stones, and while the clay is still wet, push a gable into it. Glue the other gable piece to front of house and let the whole thing dry. (Not that it is necessary, but I glued a skinny dowel in between the two gable pieces at the peak for added stability)



Measure the length of your gable and the width between the two gables. Cut two pieces this size for the roof from heavyweight cardboard. Cut the ends off at an angle so they'll fit snugly together. Glue in place. Almost there!



To make the roof tiles, cut strips from lightweight cardboard. Make them slightly wider than your roof. Cut each strip into three sections and distress the edges. Glue to roof. Paint when dry.



Ta-Da!



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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017 06:18:05 PM »

WOW! Incredible!! THe moss is an amazing touch!!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017 06:22:09 PM »

I just love the stone walls and the 3D-ness of the roof shingles!
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2017 06:27:35 PM »

also THANK YOU! I didn't know alpha stamps did these kits and I just signed up!!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2017 06:28:35 PM »

Wonderful! The rough wood trim round the door and the smoke coming from the fireplace are awesome touches. Did you hand letter Snow White's name?  
I was just looking at those tin inserts the other day thinking how tempting they were. I'd already maxed out the crafting budget ordering things from there so I put them on my wish list for later. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the great tutorial. What is the grassy stuff and the moss with the pretty little flowers anyhow? It's the nicest detail, so sweet.
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017 06:43:46 PM »

Thanks a bunch, ladies! Altered tins are one of my favorite things, especially when it only takes a few things to finish one. The moss is this stuff, the flowers are the pink bits of this stuff, and the grassy looking bit is this stuff. I've posted the rest of my supply list on my blog (link in signature) if you're interested.

audio, the kits are really fantastic and you'll thoroughly enjoy them. I hope you post all of your projects you create!
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2017 08:10:24 PM »

My favorite picture is the one with the paint-covered hand.

awesome project!
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017 11:20:05 PM »

This looks  really great!

I noticed you use the back of your hand to mix your acrylics. I'm a little bit concerned about that because I know especially the yellow pigments (like cadmium yellow, naples yellow) could be toxic. I take it you look out for them? Wouldn't want to lose someone so talented to the art... literally.

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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2017 03:26:50 AM »

Thank you so much for the tutorial! 
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2017 05:40:20 AM »

 Ooooh. I think you are inspiring me to try something like this. Thanks for showing how you did the brick and shingles.
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