Just a little more tweaking and the front is complete. Oh how I wish this could be my full time job.
For under the gable, I cut strips of wood and stained them. Then I applied a generous layer of grout adhesive directly to the surface of the house and placed each strip of wood, mashing down so that the grout oozed between.
For the stone entry, I used paper clay. I assembled the wood steps that came with the kit and then, once the glue was dry, I covered the sections with paper clay (there are a ton of great tutorials out there via Google for working with paper clay). I allowed the clay to dry for a couple of hours and carved the stone shapes using a dental pick. I then began applying paint colors until I was satisfied. I think I may go back and add some moss between the stones…can’t decide yet so I’m going to mull that one over for awhile.
I attached a pretty scrapbook cutout above the upper window and then semi-dry brushed around the edges of the timbers to further age it.
More to come as I begin working on the sides of the house.