Thursday, 19 February 2009

ATC House

Hello, so here it is my first post how to make an ATC house ... now be patient with me, I am posting how to make pics and instructions but I can't post the template yet as I haven't figured out how to so I may have to add it tomorrow :)

What you need.

1. Scissors
2. Craft mat and knife
3. Thin to medium plain cardboard (chipboard may be too thick)
4. Gummed brown paper tape (art shops have this for use in holding watercolour paper to boards)
5. Selection of paints, papers embellishments and anything else you want.6. Other various tools i.e, paint brushes etc..

Step 1.
Using the soon to be added template, draw around using a fine pen or pencil marking off the lines that you need to match up to draw a folding point as the template will cover this.
Accurately cut out the house using a craft knife for a better finish as card does not bend well under the pressure of scissors. Lightly score the fold lines between each side with a knife.

Step 2.
Fold the house up and using the gummed tape lightly wash with a wet paintbrush or your finger and stick all the open edges together and leave to dray making sure the house looks straight, you may need to bend it before you leave to dry into the right position.

Tip..Do NOT get the tape too wet as it will not stick properly and will soak the cardboard ending in a sad looking soggy mess... :(

Step 3.
Paint house or cover, whatever you want to do and leave to dry.

Step 4.
Add embellishments, more paper, drawing, and even a base to add to stability and chipboard pieces.
Please note you can try to paint and embellish the house before you assemble it but it may be too difficult to fold up when paper etc has been glued on and paint may crack !

Step 5.
Have a go and let us know how you got on and I would love to post your finished pictures on here showing everyone's great work....

Yes this is a different house to the one I showed originally but it is the same template and I had already made that house before I had the idea for this blog and I didn't want to make two the same !


Tammy said...

Can't wait to use your template. I just love your stuff. I love chubby birds too and you create such neat and interesting things. I'd find so much inspiration just walking through you craft room.
Thanks for Sharing!

Digital Misfit said...

I love this! I would really appreciate the template. If it is not too much to ask, would you be able to email it to me?

Lene said...

Ooohh, hurry up and post the template! Please. =)
Love this! My ATCs are just all floating around at the moment with no permanent address.