When I saw this little chipboard beauty my immediate thought was, why don't I stand it up and make it its own stand alone piece. Some of the details on here are so tiny and intricate I became a little intimidated as I formulated a plan in my head. I really wanted to use patterned paper to cover the buildings as opposed to painting. That would be too easy right? I decided to use papers from the new October Afternoon "Fly A Kite" line I received at CHA. I thought they added the perfect amount of whimsy to CB The Avenue.
Here are the steps.
1. I knew that cutting around the individual window panes would be disaster, so the first task was to use a very sharp exacto knife to cut the crossbars of the window panes away, thus making it easier to cut and sand the edges using my Basic Grey Precision File Set.
2. Next step was to cover each building face. I measured the approximate height and width and then cut squares of patterned paper and glued them on by spreading a thin layer of Aleene's tacky glue over each building. Using my very sharp exacto knife I began to carefully cut the excess paper from around the 2nd and 3rd buildings since they have more intricate tops than the perfectly square first building. Then using my BG file set I began to sand the edges to smooth out the cuts. I followed the same process for covering the chimney of the 1st building, the flag, the small street sign, and the umbrella top.
3. I wanted to add a scalloped roof top to the first building, so I punched a couple strips from the paper and began adhering the strips to the roof top starting at the bottom and working my way up. You want to adhere the strips leaving a bit of overhang beyond the edges of the chipboard piece and then use your sharp exacto knife to cut the excess away and then sand to smooth. This ensures even coverage and crisp edges. Using my fingernail I bent the scallops up a little for added dimension.
4. Now to cut out around the windows. Flip the piece over and use your exacto knife to cut along the inside edges of the windows. It should be a bit easier to do now that you have cut the crossbars out. Don't worry about absolutely perfect cuts because after the paper is cut out you can use one of the smaller files to sand and clean up the edges.
5. For the black parts such as the flag pole, the umbrella pole, the street sign bar, and the light post, and the tree stem I used a thin black sharpie to cover them. I used a white paint pen to paint the chairs and table.
6. Now it is time to embellish!
This is the fun part. I cut out a rectangular shape to make a door for the first building and added a silver brad for a door knob.
For the center building, I free hand cut the shapes for the trees as well as the banner flags pieces. I attached them to a small length of baker's twine and then wrapped that around the building securing in the back.
7. For the small topiary tree, I simply painted the tree top and the pot. Once the tree top was dry, I topped it with Glossy Accents as well as added Glossy Accents to the lamp post and some yellow Stickles to the bulb part. I also topped the umbrella stand, the chairs and table top with the Glossy Accents.
8. I cut a very narrow strip of patterned paper to run the length of The Avenue and adhered this with the Aleene's tacky glue and sanded a bit of the edges.
9. Lastly, I backed each building with a piece of vellum to soften the windows. I plan to place some battery operated tea lights behind each building, so it will light up the windows when it is dark.
10. To stand the piece up I used the stands from the CB Stand on Two Feet - small and spray painted them with chrome spray paint for a metallic feel.
I am so excited with the results and am so glad I decided to go with the patterned paper instead of painting. This may seem like a really daunting task, but with some patience and a sharp exacto knife, you will be strolling down your own Avenue!
Thanks for letting me share!