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Altered birdhouse, steampunk style with Claribou

Principal birdhouse escalier

Greetings, partners in crime. 

For my last project, I designed a layout using Black Cherry Gelatos® from the new Steampunk Collection. I so totally felt in love with this rich colour that I figured I could use this lethal weapon one more time. 

As you might know, most serial killers do tend to leave evidence at the scene of a crime. Those clues help forensic experts to draw up the killer’s profile which will eventually lead to his arrest (I'm going somewhere with this, stay with me). This is called the signature. Usually, it refers to the selection of the victim and what it means to him. Sometimes, they even leave those clues behind intentionnaly. Indeed, some of them do want to get caught.

Well, I don’t. I do not intend to leave clues behind me. They are looking for a killer artist creating scrapbooking layouts using Gelatos ? I will not do that. I will go outside the box this time. Same weapon. Different victim. 

A bird house. This should put them on a very wrong track.

I hope you don’t mind me taking you along with me on this journey.

So this is how it went. 


Step 1. Creating the industrial metallic panels effect using a heat gun and the Texture Gems 

Step 2. Gluing down the hardware. 

Step 3. Covering the whole thing in black with regular aerosol paint. 

Step 4. Creating dimension by dry brushing Inka Gold "Platinium" and highlighting the metallic panels and hardware with the now famous Black Cherry Gelatos® from the new Steampunk Collection

étapes birdhouse

Here's are some close-ups. And because I was wondering how different it would be in white ... I did another birdhouse. Just for the thrill of it. 

Close ups birdhouse


And of course, I videotaped the whole thing so that you could witness it all. 

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Stunning birdhouse!! TFS the process


Just FABULOUS! Thanks bunches for a SUPER tutorial too!! j.

Rita Barakat

Fabulous project!

Beth Williams

OMG! I am so doing this-it is fabulous!



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