Welcome all Crafters. I am extremely excited to be sharing this with you before the big launch. These are a brand new concept from Crafters Companion, I have had such fun designing and putting them together, adding all the little extras too. Here, I have taken the house Concept Die and turned it into a train station along with a train and track. Please don’t miss out on these, they can be used to make the most simple design but the possibilities with these collections, really are endless, and are only limited by your imagination, so the sky really is the limit. By spending more time in the decoration and adding personal items etc, you can adjust it to suit any person you are sending it to.

20 and Main photo

You will need:
  • House Concept Die Set
  • Garden Party Die Set
  • Accessories Pack Die Set
  • House Brick Embossing Folder
  • Cottage Stone Embossing Folder
  • 6 x 6 and/or 12 x 12 Paper Pad Collection
  • 12 x 12 Matt Cardstock Collection
  • A4 White Card *all measurements use the full width of the the A4
  • Matt Black Cardstock
  • Centura Pearl White ‘Hint of Silver’
  • Pebeo Silver Gilding Wax
  • Pebeo Black Gesso
  • Pebeo Texture Gel
  • Selection of Distress Inks
  • Glossy Accents
  • Acetate
  • Spray n Shine
Step 1: Take a sheet of A4, cut to 11 1/2”. Score at 6”,7”,10” and 11”, leaving the 1/2” tab.
Step 2: Fold, burnish and secure your tab to the base, this will form your platform base and track base.
Step 3: Cut out the fence section, enough to form an 8 1/2” length. You will need to stagger these and glue them to form a single piece of track. For depth I used 3 layers. Once dry snip all the fence tips off using a strong pair of scissors, to form the train track.
Step 4: Use an A4 piece of card for this. at the bottom of the sheet, cut just the base of the house. Either overhang the plates of your cutting machine or dont cover the whole die. You need the section as shown in the photo.Use a pencil and ruler to extend the exterior lines of the house.
Step 5:  Using the pencil lines as a guide, Line up the top of the house, doing this you are able to make the house as large as you wish. For this project the measurement from the base of the house to the top is 5 1/2”
Step 6: Use a ruler and craft knife to cut along the lines to join the house walls, the house should now look like the photo.
Step 7: Cut a rectangle 2” x 3” to make the station extension. 2 inches of this will be seen the other inch will be used to secure it behind the main station later. Cut out 2 windows in the extension.
Step 8: Take a sheet of A4 white card and trim to 9”, Very lightly mark across the card at 3”. Line up your house die using the notches so they are on the line, tape and cut.
Step 9: Take the larger house and extension, emboss using the house brick folder.
Step 10: Use a selection of Distress Inks to colour both, try to have little patches to make it look more natural.
Step 11: Cut the window frames and inserts, use Centura Pearl, also cut out the full frames in acetate and patterned paper. The patterned paper will act as wallpaper behind the frame. For the extension use just the fame and acetate so they are see through, this way you get glimpses of the train behind.
Step 12:  Use masking tape on the track, then add silver gilding wax to create the rails.
Step 13: Mix some texture gel with Black Gesso. Take a 3” length. Stipple the texture gel onto it quite thickly. Press the track into this and leave it to dry.
Step 14: Using a selection of Distress Inks and torn Copier paper, add your hills and sky.
Step 15: Use Tacky glue to secure this section to your platform base card.
Step 16: Take 2 pieces of card one 3 1/8” and the other 1” both the width of A4. Score and fold the 3” at 1/8′ do not emboss this folded part. Emboss these pieces using the  Cottage stone folder.
Step 17: Position the larger piece on your platform base and mark where the house base extends, you need to cut this out with a craft knife and ruler so the card sits flush with the back. Once you are happy it will sit properly colour with a selection of distress inks. Leave the 1/8 fold white for the edge of the platform.
Step 18: First glue the 1” strip to the front of the platform upright, Next glue the platform, then finally the track section.
Step 19: Secure the station facade onto the house base. Then glue the extension in place at the back of the house. Add all the windows and any extras you would like to add. The trees, flowers, leaves are all from the collection as are the window boxes, topiary trees etc, all cut from the paper pad.
Step 20: The train was resized to be in scale with the station, sprayed with Spray n Shine, before securing it to the back panel. Glossy accent was used on the clock, phone box and milk churns.
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Thank you ever so much for joining me today, I really hope you have enjoyed the tutorial I have shared along with the photos and finished project. There is plenty more projects I have made using these collection and I am looking forward to sharing them so please keep your eyes peeled. I hope you enjoy all of the shows, and more importantly get hold of them and join in. I forgot to say, this also folds flat for posting. I would love to hear what you think along with any questions you might have, please leave a comment below. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx
  1. This is amazing Nick! It seems very complicated and must take forever,but the finished result is so worth it.

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