Monday, 10 June 2013

The Cabin in the Woods


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "Buttons".  I had recently watched a couple of movies with cabins in woods in them - Cabin in the Woods and Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters and wanted to combine elements of both in this piece.  I had the idea of decorating this house-shaped money box, including the additions of buttons as roof tiles, hoping to give a slight feel of the house made of candy from Hansel and Gretel.  Needless to say, the buttons were far too thick and weren't at all suitable, but thankfully I had my Martha Stewart buttons punch nearby, so the project was rescued! :)  The punched cardstock buttons work much better as shingles!

I started with the roof, painting it with Black Soot Distress Paint (my first time of trying it - it was a little runnier than I expected but it had a beautiful finish when it dried and I think that's why.  If it was thicker it probably would have shown more of the brush strokes).

I punched (hundreds, or it felt like it!) of buttons from white and grey cardstock and then spritzed them with various Color Wash sprays and left them to dry.  I used my ATG gun to run strips of adhesive across the roof and pressed the shingles into place.  I topped it off with some "flashing" cut from a stamped image of Darkroom Door's Corrugated Iron stamp, coloured with Gathered Twigs distress ink.

I cut panels of white cardstock to cover the walls and stamped them with the Corrugated Iron stamp too, colouring them with Gathered Twigs and some weathered Distress Ink coloured applied with a water brush.  The door was stamped with DD's Woodgrain background stamp and coloured in the same way.  The door handle is actually a button brad, though you probably can't tell that in the photo!  I finished it off with a number Plaquette.

The mouth and eye in the windows were taken from Tim Holtz's Classics #5 set and the window ledges were cut from the Woodgrain stamp.

Supplies I used included:

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16 comments :

May said...

this cabin is a little spooky... and 100% awesome. Might just be one of my favorite Dan projects yet. Love it!

Amy* said...

I had no idea a button punch existed! I love how you sprayed them with darker tones to create those wonderfully whimsical shingles! The dark room door stamps are the perfect "siding" for this charming house. Is it Alice peeking through the window? The Big Bad wolf? It really doesn't matter all I know is that this project rocks HARD!

Amy*

Candy C said...

Dan...I always love what inspires you to create that really cool things that your creative mind comes up with. This little cabin is awesome! Love the button roof and the spooky eye looking out of the window! <3 Candy

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Love the cabin, Dan!! The button roof is so clever and fun!


*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Ria Gall said...

Hi Dan
what a brilliant way of decorating the house it has a bit of a spooky feel to it with the big eye at the window. Loving the buttons on the roof
Ria

Shazza said...

this is genius Dan, love it x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I love reading what inspired you Dan and your cabin is fabulous. The button roof is a wonderful idea and works wonderfully. I love the eye in the window and the stamp you used for the backdrop of the cabin . Tracy x

voodoo vixen said...

Love your little witches house, and the eye looking out, great idea to use buttons as shingles too!

Monique said...

Love the little button roof house, it has a certain fairy tale quality, especially with the eye of the giant peeping through the window =).
xx

Suzanne C said...

Fantastic Button House! Love the spooky eye peeking out at you!

Hels Sheridan said...

LOVE IT... can I move in tomorrow please? x

Anita Houston said...

Uber COOL!!!!!

Sarah St. George said...

This is great- you are so creative! I love seeing what you make as you are always inspiring.

Mary Elizabeth said...

I just could not stop smiling when I saw the button tiles on your log cabin roof. Just the right touch of whimsy to give it that Hansel and Gretel feel. Fabulous project Dan!

-- Mary Elizabeth

Sandra said...

What a cool project, Dan. Love the buttons as roof tiles! Hugs, Sandra

butterfly said...

Fantastic roof tiles... love that eye peering out of the window!
Alison x

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