Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the CLASSroom. I had lots of fun this week creating a townhouse village scene card using the Inchie Arts Little Village set and the Hero Arts Home Sweet Home set. This was my first opportunity to use the Inchie Arts products and I’m impressed by the thickness of the matboard and the quality of the top surface. I used water-based and alcohol markers, misted and painted using reinker and a waterbrush and stamped images using pigment ink and embossed using embossing powder and heat gun. The fine surface of the matboard held up beautifully with all of these techniques.
This picture shows all the different matboard pieces in the Little Village set. I used the 3.50” x 2.50” piece that comes in the set as the background for my three houses. I knew I wanted to create a night sky background so I could use the cute moon piece.
Mist the matboard base lightly to prepare the surface to more easily accept the ink and apply Tumbled Glass reinker with a waterbrush and set aside to dry. Hint: I placed a small drops of reinker in the lid of my ink pad and used it as a palette. Any ink left over will still be there the next time I need to use it so there is no waste.
Stamp the brick pattern on the matboard pieces using Onyx Black Versafine ink and emboss with Ranger Clear Superfine powder. I expected there to be some warping of the matboard with the heat but it held up very well.
Color the largest brick piece using the Candied Apple marker. Steps not shown: Stamp and emboss the smaller piece with the brick image and do not color. Stamp the taller thin piece with the small two brick image, emboss and color the bricks with the red marker.
Color one roof section with the black Copic marker and one with Candied Apple marker. I stamped one section of brick on a piece of leftover matboard to use for the roof of the tallest building, embossed it, colored it red and cut it out using my Tim Holtz serrated scissors.
The roof sections were attached to the top of the houses using glossy accents.
I stamped off various element images from the Home Sweet Home set with the black versafine on watercolor paper and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used watercolor paper but didn’t end up water coloring the images.
I colored the images using a black Copic marker and Fossilized Amber marker. Not shown: One door was colored with a Peeled Paint maker, one was done with the black Copic marker and one was done with the Candied Apple marker.
I cut all the pieces that I thought I wanted to use, mixed and matched until I was happy and began attaching them to the houses with glossy accents.
The three house sections were attached to the matboard base with glossy accents. I layered the small scene on white cardstock and decided to add the scalloped layer from the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables. The house layer and the red layer were attached to the card base with strips of mounting tape.
I colored the moon with the amber marker and applied yellow stickles to add sparkle. Once dry I attached it to the scene with glossy accents and I added a few glittery stars in the sky area with the yellow stickles to finish.
Creating this little scenic village was so much fun. There is a wonderful article on the Inchie Arts blog that shows several ways to use the Little Village and Little Village 2 sets alone or together to create wonderful little scenes. I’ve linked both sets for you below. And I just couldn’t resist adding a link here for you to see Dina Kowal’s Spooky Little Village. It‘s so spooky and adorable.
Thanks for joining me in the CLASSroom today.