I originally envisioned a "gnome home" but finding miniature gnomes at the last minute proved to be a bit difficult. Maybe next year. . .
This project is rather time consuming, but not particularly difficult. The hardest part to assemble was the tiny skeleton and little twigs. This project takes time and I did it in four different stages. Stage one was organizing the paper I wanted with the svg file. Organizing the svg files into SCAL3 (or any other cutting software) takes time. Stage two was cutting it all out and keeping it organized. Stage three was assembling the house. Yes, this part alone took me about 4-5 hours. Stage four was the diorama. Overall this took many hours over the course of several days. Be patient and have fun!
|I think my favorite detail is the spider on the door.|
It's actually part of the patterned paper.
|The basket is actually a nest.|
|I used Rose Gold Stickles on the window.|
|The pinecones, pumpkins, and "nest" basket|
are from Hobby Lobby.
|Any type of bling here adds to the house.|
|The tiny skeleton (less than 3") was tedious|
but worth it.
|The witch is actually a button. I poked a hole in the side to|
insert the loop of the button.
Tips you might find helpful:
You will need over 15 different open pages on your svg cutting software. Refer often to the cutting menu/pdf file. It can prove most useful. Don't forget to save it once you have it organized. You never know when your computer or software program will decide to crash.
Go crazy with you paper choices. I chose Bobunny's Wicked for the house. I loved mixing up patterned papers for the two sections. Also, I used the lightest yellow card stock I had (Paper Accents Textured Citronella) instead of vellum.
Over a year ago I invested in Authentique's Flutter in which the one side is wood grain. I bought 25 sheets from CreateForLess and it has proven useful for 3-D projects that you want a genuine "wood" look and feel. It is also rather thick paper and holds up well. Also, 3-D projects take a lot more paper than scrapbooking and card making so I invest in bulk often, especially with solid colors.
Invest in a LOW heat gun. A high heat gun dries far more quickly. The LOW heat gun gives you a few more seconds which can prove most beneficial when working with paper. I don't use the heat gun for everything, just for sealing and places that prove difficult to keep together with conventional craft glue. For Halloween projects, it can also look like spider web's.
Local craft stores are packed with "crafty project" items in bulk, like the tiny pumpkins and pinecones. My extras all came from Hobby Lobby. Have fun shopping!
BoBunny's Wicked paper
Authentique Flutter (wood grain paper)
Paper Accents Textured Citronella (glass windows)
AC card stock Chestnut
Light Green Card stock (from ??)
Scotch Create Tacky Glue
Low Heat Glue gun
Black and White card stock
Bling (roof piece)
Halloween button (witch on side of house)
Ribbon (along bottom of house)
Rose Gold Stickles (window)
Craft extras (Fall section) from Hobby Lobby
Silhouette Cameo with SCAL3
Diorama kit from Hobby Lobby