Monday, April 21, 2014

An "Anchored" Lighthouse

Hey everyone, It's Hilary here today with a fun nautical project for you featuring one of my favorite new collections by Authentique Paper called, "Anchored".  To me, nothing screams nautical more than Lighthouses,  so I paired one up with Authentique's newest collection and a new SVG file from SVG Cuts.  I live close to one of the few remaining working lighthouses in Jupiter, Florida, and every time I see it, it just exudes long, summer days at the beach.  There is something so sweet and nostalgic about an old lighthouse, and the fact that I've never created one before, this project had me smiling the whole time.  I hope you enjoy!


SVG Cuts are so much fun to use, and this lighthouse is one of my favorites among favorites.  If you've never tried SVG files, they will open up your mind to limitless imagination and most of the work is done for you.  For my project today, I used two different collections of files, "Seaside", and "Beach Bum II".  You can mix and match all sorts of files to create your own scenes. 


I am so in love with this "Anchored" collection, the colors are vibrant, rich and completely nautical.  I embellished this lighthouse with some surfboards, and old picket fence, a sticker sign, flower and one feisty little crab.


For the top of the lighthouse, I wrapped some cotton cord around the lantern, tied it in a nautical double figure eight knot, and secured it with a flower. 


The windows at the top are covered with vellum and the top is designed to come off.  Although my lighting is too light in my pictures, I added a small battery operated tea light and the effect is just awesome, when the sun goes down.  


So let me show you just how easy it is to create one of these lighthouses.  First you will need to download the SVG files, then you need to have an electronic die cutting machine such as a Sizzix, Eclips, (which is what I use), or a Cricut or Cameo, along with eCal software which is essential because that program is what allows you to actually print, resize, etc. 


After downloading the files, you can cut them out via your electronic die cutting machine.  I stacked all my pieces, so I could keep track better.  


What I love about SVG Cuts is there is always a coordinating video to show you just how to assemble. Once assembling is finished, you can embellish as you like to truly make it your own.  Pictured above is the bottom part after assembly.  


Next is the middle section, assembled first by adhering vellum windows, the navy blue stripes, (which is so characteristic of lighthouses), and the window frames.  Then it's as easy as glueing one piece to the next, then that one to the next, and so on and so on till it's completed.


This is showing the assembly as I'm adhering one panel to the next.  


The top or "lantern" is basically assembled just like all the others previously.  First glue on the vellum windows, then adhere panel to panel all the way around. 


For one side of the bottom I adhered a small piece of a wooden picket fence along with a flower and a very appropriate "crab" sticker. 
...and for the other side at the bottom, I cut out two surfboards from the "Beach Bum" SVG files collection, re-sized them to the size I needed, then adhered them to a white picket fence. I then cut out a crab using the same collection, re-sized that as well to a size that would work for me, and adhered it to the surfboard.  Add a small flower and a distressed "Lighthouse" sticker and you are all finished. 


And voila, you have created the sweetest, most nostalgic of all nautical symbols, your very own lighthouse. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope this inspires you to create one of your own using this most amazing collection from Authentique Paper. 

Have a great day everyone!



Supplies used, from Authentique Paper:

"Anchored" papers, "Pacific", "Sailing", "Foundation One", "Serene", "Tranquil", "Guide", "Embark"

also used, "Enhancements" (red stars on the back), and "Details Stickers", and 6x6 Bundle. 

additional supplies used:

From SVG Cuts, "Beach Bum II" and "Seaside", vellum, cotton string, flowers, wooden picket fence, distressing ink, hot glue, a good permanent tape runner, cotton trim, and a battery operated tea light. 




10 comments:

  1. I love lighthouses and travelling! So, of course I love the lighthouse!!! Very. Much.!

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  2. Oh... wow...
    There's something magical and irresistible about lighthouses, isn't there? Your project left me breathless - I never imagined creating anything this intricate with a cutting file. Just fabulous.

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  3. All I have is Wow. Not that this is not deserving of much more. My jaw is on the floor!

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  4. wow, that is just beautiful, so much detail, WOW

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  6. Gosh, Hilary, your lighthouse is fantastic! Thank you for all the details! Makes me appreciate all of your hard work and patience!!

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  7. This is really something! It's amazing to think that it's all made of paper!

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