Creative Expressions ~ Teresa Collins 3d Birdhouse Workshop ~ Part 1


This workshop will share some useful tips when making up & covering the birdhouse.


The Creative Expressions Teresa Collins papers have also been used to create the flowers.


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Birdhouse Workshop Part 1


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Shopping List

Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

MDF 4mm Birdhouse : PRONBIRD

 Creative Expressions Teresa Collins 8” x 8” Paper Pad : CRE8X8

Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Paper Pad : TH92918

Tim Holtz Glassine Stash : TH92916

Creative Expressions Clear Texture Paste : CSPASTCLEAR

 Heartfelt Creations Classic Leaf Die : HCD736

 Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms Die : WIZS5-086

Grime Boss : GB30 & Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads: Dried Marigold : DPDRDMARIGOLD ,

Black Soot  : DPBLACKSOOT & Walnut Stain : DPWALNUT

Tim Holtz Distress Stains : Walnut Stain : DPTWALN & Antique Bronze : DPTANTBRO

Creative Expressions Metal Corner Embellishments : Various Codes Available Here

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT & Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE


Step by Step Instructions

Select the Creative Expressions Teresa Collins papers & the 3d 4mm MDF birdhouse. This is a very simple project to make up , although the pieces can be added the wrong way so look out for the useful tips.


2 Open the MDF pack & play and make the birdhouse up by slotting the pieces together. This way you`ll see how it all fits together. This photo shows the lovely edges that are exposed & these are great for adding colour to the project later on.


3 The side panels can easily be added upside down but this tab shown at the top needs to be at the bottom of the project to hold the base of the birdhouse together.


4 Also if the roof panels are added incorrectly then they will not meet in the centre or be flush either side.


5 So make sure you have the pieces in the correct place. This will become very clear if you have made sure the previous steps have been followed. One way to ensure the papers are added in the place is to mark a `x`with a pen or pencil on each piece. It won`t matter as the mark will be covered. Don`t mark the base.


6 You may want to add left and right to the panels, especially on the roof panel. This just makes it easier when covering the birdhouse.


7 The birdhouse can be covered once made up or I have found it easier to cover each panel. The 1st rule to remember is not to cover the slots on the reverse side. Take the roof panels & draw around the shape on the reverse of the paper. Make sure the front (`x`) is facing onto the reverse side of the paper.


8 Draw & then cut out both roof panels. Here you`ll see the difference in the 2 roof panels. Just make sure you glue the shorter panel to the shorter roof panel.


9 Take a distress stain or distress paint & colour the edges of the MDF. Later on when the panels are all glued together you`ll notice the edges more, so keep to one colour throughout.


10 Add some of the stain to a piece of cut`n`dry foam to get to the awkward areas of the scalloped roof.


11 Squash the foam into the scalloped edge to ensure a nice coverage of the stain.


12 Turn the roof panel over & colour in the tips of the scalloped area as this will overhang on the finished project.


13 Turn the roof back over to the right side & add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue around the edges of the piece & across the middle section of the panel.


14 Add the paper to the panel & using a piece of cut`n`dry foam, distress the edges with some dried marigold distress ink.


15 Repeat the process & cover the 2nd roof panel. Why not add some dimension to the piece & stipple on some clear texture paste to the flowers.


16 Alternatively brush the whole of the roof paper with the texture paste to  give a shine & varnish feel to the piece. The panel will appear wrinkled but this will dry smooth.


17 Now draw area the front panel again making sure the correct `x` side is facing the reverse of the paper. Miss out the outward poking  tabs & draw around the circle.


18 Lift the front panel off & lay the straight edge of the MDF along the 2 roof top pen marks. Join up the marks up to create a solid line. This will make sure the tabs are not covered with the paper later on. Cut the paper out including the circle piece.


19 Repeat the process on the back panel making sure you hanging hole is marked to cut. Again use straight lines over the tab areas.


20 Cut  2 panels for the side pieces without the tab areas. Here the black is wanted & there wasn`t enough black from the off cuts using just 1 sheet. But if you cut the blue area off the paper pad  it can be used for the 2nd panel.


21 Add some black soot distress ink & add onto a piece of cut`n`dry foam & ink across the blue area on the top of the paper. This will match the paper perfectly.


22 Now swipe the dried marigold distress ink pad across the base panel of the birdhouse. Colour both sides if you are not covering the base with paper. Also don`t mark the base with pen if you are just inking the base.

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Here is the finished piece which will continue next week with even more helpful tips as well as showing how to make the paper flowers.



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