I am usually greatly challenged when it comes to following the instructions and building items with paper templates. I usually glue the wrong side of a tab or something that makes me have to start over or to just give up.  I was intrigued with the sweet birdhouse template provided for the SCS Technique Lovers Challenge by Brenda Quintana and thought it would be fun to attempt. I instantly saw a little wooden birdhouse decorated for the season hanging out in a snowy winter garden.

I printed the template on vanilla cardstock, cut out and scored the folding lines. I sketched in wood board lines and markings with an artist pen and then watercolored using a brush and Vintage Photo reinker.  Since plain cardstock does not hold color well compared to watercolor paper the ink seemed to fade when dried.  I brought it back to life a little by sponging more ink over the entire area.  I assembled and cut a little red roof with scalloped overhangs to fit on the top.

Bird House Photo 2

I love to use old-fashioned decorations for Christmas and evergreen, berries and snow are a perfect combination for this rustic birdhouse. I added sprigs of evergreen and berries to the perch and to the roof top around the hanger using glue dots and then painted on Mod Podge and applied Flower Soft.

Bird House Photo 3

I hope you don’t over do on these last few days before Christmas.  Take time to enjoy the season.

Ink:  Vintage Photo     Paper:  Vanilla and Red    Accessories:  Brushes, Sponges, Martha Stewart Punch, Artificial Berries, Glue Dots, Mod Podge, Flower Soft, Scalloped Decorative Scissors, Linen Thread, Hole Punch