"Magic of Oz" Birdhouse (#3 in the set)

So those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am in the midst of what I consider to be a serious undertaking.  I have been working on a set of Graphic45 birdhouses and today, I finished birdhouse number three, "Magic of Oz".

I really wanted this house to have a story-in-the-telling kind of feel to it.  To accomplish that, I made the sides of the house to look like little scenes from the story.  The first step was to paint the house to resemble the Emerald City.  I used Making Memories acrylic paint in "Pine" and went back over it with the "Seafoam" glitter glaze.

For the front of the house, I immediately thought of the poppy field they had to cross to get to the city.  I went ahead and did A LOT, and I mean a CRAP TON, of fussy cutting to make my borders all around the house.  The poppies are cut and layered, some with pop-dots, some not. 

The next thing was to figure out how to add the characters in without them looking forced.  I decided to make it look like they were crossing the field.  Each character is layered into the border some how to add depth and dimension, both of which were crucial to this particular house.  Glinda is actually pop-dotted onto the face of the birdhouse.

Aaaah that Wicked Witch of the West...always hovering somewhere near Dorothy and her friends...looking for any opportunity to deliver them a good dose of evil.  I tucked her in behind the lace a bit to give her a look of hovering and hiding.

Who can forget the charlatan "wizard"?  That's right!  He's skedaddlin' on outta here! He is also tucked into the poppy border and to keep the illusion of a lot of depth, I cut a little slit so that I can keep his bag from being stuck behind a flower.

 This is the back of the house.  The munchkins are hanging from a branch and I glued that directly to the house.  The ghost is tucked into the border and the little witch is pop-dotted onto the rear.

Here is a close-up of the steeple of the birdhouse.  I had to use the flying monkeys somehow and what a perfect perch for the little devils!  The copper oval is actually a piece from a pendant that broke and I kept.  As with the the other 2 houses, I had to use those wonderful Tim Holtz tassels to add some movement.  The "Journey" trinket is Tim Holtz and that is representative of Dorothy's journey to realization that those around her are priceless.

These Tim Holtz trinkets were absolute perfection for this line.  Each one represents each character; knowledge for scarecrow, courage for lion, and genuine for tinman (I used the "love" one on another project).

Some finer touches include using chalk pads to age and "dirty" up the lace a bit.  I didn't want it to look too prim and proper ;)  The clock face is another Tim Holtz gem and the gold rosette is by Prima.  The smaller paper rosettes around the house are by Recollections.

Thank you so much for reading about this birdhouse.  Stick around.  Birdhouse #4 will be up and coming soon!