Project Description:The Ledge Village is series of 3D buildings and accessories that can be combined in a mix and match fashion to build tiny villages on small ledges around your home. The buildings are thin, with all detail on the front so they fit on small trim ledges. This tutorial is for another house style, the dormer house. It is a country farm house with a wing and second floor window dormer. I thought the village was needing a greater variety in housing styles.
Other files in the series include:
- 3D Train Station • Tutorial
- 3D Backyard Necessities - Outhouse and Swing • Tutorial
- 3D Store and Gazebo File • Tutorial
- 3D Barn File • Tutorial
- 3D School House File • Tutorial
- 3D Church File • Tutorial
- 3D Cottage File • Tutorial
- 3D Two Story House File • Tutorial
- 3D Greek Revival House File • Tutorial
Here is a view of my growing ledge village......
Dormer House Tutorial
I am a new Silhouette Contributing Artist. Both my Silhouette files and this website are the beginning. Send along any suggestions, problems, ideas or photos as we learn to create together. I'd love to hear from you! Marji Roy
Tutorial assembled using Silhouette Software Release 2.7.18. This tutorial assumes you already know how to use the Silhouette and Silhouette software.
- Template from Silhouette On-Line Store here.
- Glue dots 3/16"
- Scotch Tape
- Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
- Card Stock
Steps for completing the Dormer House:
1. Download the cutting file for your Silhouette Cutting machine from the Silhouette Online Store here.
2. Prepare the files:
- The downloaded Silhouette file for the dormer house looks like this.
- It is laid out on a 12 x 18" mat and needs to be split into two separate files for cutting. Each file will fit on an 8.5 x 11" piece of card stock so it will work on both a Cameo and Portrait cutting machine.
- Copy the house front and paste it into a new file.
- Copy the house all the other pieces and paste into a new file.
- The settings will depend on the paper you use. I have been using white index card stock and cutting at a speed of 3, a depth of 33 and the blade set to 3.
- Carefully remove the cut files from the backing mat.
- Here are the parts for this project.
- Note each cut file has dotted lines. These are fold lines.
- Fold all the dotted lines inward except the house inset going back to the wing and the flaps on the dormer. Those fold in the opposite direction. Don't worry if you can't identify these places at the start. Just fold all the dotted lines and they will easily fold the other way when needed.
6. Glue the platform house front together.
8. Add the cover roof pieces.
- I like to use Glue Dots on the edges although other glue types are appropriate.
- It is important to make square corners.
- You start this house by positioning the wing area and gluing it to the floor.
- There are two small tabs on the floor piece that go behind the wing. Place glue dots on these and glue them into place working carefully to align the jog in the front wall with the floor.
- Add glue dots to the tiny tabs on the ends and glue the floor to the sides of the front.
- Next fit the peak of the roof (NOT the dormer) together and glue in place.
- Fold all three fold lines on the house back in the same inward direction.
- Fold on the flaps on the dormer in trying to make it flat and tiny, then feed it up through the slot on the roof area of the house back.
- Unfold the dormer flaps.
- Glue the end triangle of the roof in place using glue dots.
- Place glue dots along all tabs on the front that will hold the back in place.
- Work carefully here in placement - the back does line up with the edges of the front.
- It is important to keep things square.
- Add a piece of scotch tape up the valley between the two roofs. This will add strength to this area and gets covered.
- The dormer flaps now get attached to the front of the roof piece. Use either glue dots of scotch tape. These will be covered and not visible.
- Fold all the fold dotted lines on the roof pieces.
- Place the roof in position before putting any glue dots on it. You made need to trim the inside corner for a better fit depending on how your building went together. On some I had to trim and others I didn't.
- Once it fits, put glue dots on the back and glue into place.
- Put glue dots on the underside of the cover for the main peak and glue that into place.
- And do the same for the smaller peak over the dormer window.
And your dormer house is complete!
Place on the ledge with other buildings from Ledge Village.
- I use Blu Tak or a similar product to attach to the walls with a material that doesn't damage the wall and is easy to re-position.
© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design