Thursday, September 28, 2017

Birdhouse Makeover

Hello Everybody!

I am so excited to share this project with y'all.  It's been awhile since I've made a project like this.  There's a lot of pictures so get ready!

I bought this birdhouse at the thrift store.

Here's the back.  I paid $2 for it.  Woot! Woot!  It's time for a makeover!

I'm not sure what direction I'm going to go in.  So I gesso it in case I decide to paint it.  And I took off those sad little butterflies that look like moths.  LOL ;)

So I decide not to paint it.  I am going to try to steampunk this birdhouse out!  I have foil tap paper.  But I'm curious to see if Aluminum Dryer Vent Tape will work because I don't have enough to cover my birdhouse and this is more readily available.

I use Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks-grey and black on the aluminum tape.

Then I take the piece and run it through my embossing machine using a T.H. brick embossing folder.  So far so good.

I use this red pepper alcohol ink to make the bricks red.

That looks cool. :)  I peel off the adhesive back and mold it to the birdhouse.  It's already in strips because of how the tape comes-so the width is handy in this project.  I don't have to do a lot of trimming.

Here is the finished birdhouse.  Keep scrolling for side pictures and closeups. 

I used the same technique for the roof-but I used the "metal" embossing folder.  Still a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I added these cool metal gears my husband got me one Christmas.  I think he bought them from Amazon.

Here is the back.  I couldn't figure out if I should do something on more on the back.  But it's the back-and except for y'all-who's going to see it? :)

This is the left side.  More cool gears.

This cool metal bow came from a Steampunk Show I went to.  I love it!  The house number is a Tim Holtz ideology thing.  Love! :)

The bird and metal flowers are Tim's.  There is a gear in the center of the left flower-it's from where my other gears came from.  And I used a Tim Holtz wire with a circle thing for the stem of the flower.  I had to use a white Faber-Castell marker to kind of highlight the metal pieces.  I used alcohol ink on them and everything was so dark.  The white sort of out lines the pieces and makes them pop.

Here's a closeup of the bricks.  I love how they came out, and they have a nice shine.

Thank you for stopping by.  :)

I am submitting this Steampunk Birdhouse into the following challenges:

Until next time my friends...keep that steam going! :)


Lucy said...

I love using the metallic tape that way. Your metallic embossed and inked brick is incredible. Great project.

klistersøster said...

Beautiful birdhouse, I really like your result of your makeover - thanks for showing it on SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. Hugs, Susan

Deanne Saunders said...

Amazing!!!! It's beautiful!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!! *If this comment is late I apologize! I’m having major issues lately trying to leave comments due to the stupid ROBOT silliness!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Macarena said...

Wow! You rocked that! What an amazing transformation. I love the walls and the roof a lot. Greart use of metallics and amazing deep and warm colors. Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

This is just WOW!!! I just love the finished result hun. Looks so different & soooo much better

Thank you for sharing with us over at '{PIN}spirational'
Hope to see you joining us again next time!
Hugs Shell xx

Valérie said...

Wow! This is just amazing. I love the result. You did an amazing job. Thank you for joining us at PINspirational Challenge.

sarascloset said...

As a maker-overer of bird houses I love how your's turned out! I love the bricks and roof top. A lot of work went into this, but I can tell you have fun! I wish I had a week of spare time, because I definitely feel the need to make over right now! :):) Thank you for your inspiraiton!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

WOW WOW WOW, what a brilliant idea, beautifully completed. Thank you for sharing your card with us at The Male Room. Faith DT