Tutorial - Ledge Village Stores (both 1 and 2)
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. A growing number of files for Ledge Village can be found at 3dcut.com
This tutorial is for the stores plus the park bench. The store buildings are both assembled the same way.
- Template from 3DCuts.com here.
- Glue dots 3/16"
- Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
- Card Stock
Steps for completing the 3-D Ledge Village Stores:
1. Download the cutting files for your cutting machine at 3dcuts.com
2. Load the files into your cutting software following the steps for your cutting machine.
3. Prepare the files:.
4. Cut the files:
- Paper colors are your preference. I like the simplicity of the all white but others have used a variety of card stock with great results. The file is grouped together. You can ungroup it in order to cut various parts from different papers.
- The windows and smaller details (like the picket fence) require you to understand how you cutting machine and blade best cut details. I find working with a good blade and mat and my Silhouette cut settings set on Card stock with a blade of 3, a speed of 4 and a thickness of 24 works nicely.
4. Fold the store and awning.
- Note each cut file has dotted lines. These are fold lines.
- Fold all the dotted lines inward and the doors out.
- Some general notes: I have constructed many ledge houses over the years. My adhesive preference is always choices that keep my fingers dry and clean, but I also want permanence. We all have favorite adhesives and many work. For a long time I used glue dots extensively and many of the photos in this tutorial show glue dots. I still use them in selective places but I have combined them with Scor-Tape. I especially like Scor-Tape because I can apply it to the tabs but LEAVE THE BACKING ON until I want to position a tab. I find that I can be more precise in placement using this technique. I use fine point tweezers to peel off the backing. This allows me to reach into a seam and pull the backing off as I press in place.
- Place strips of Scor-Tape on all tabs on the store. Leave the backing on the Scor-Tape. This image is of the dormer house with Scor-Tape applied to tabs.
5. Glue the awning together.
- Add a glue dot at each end, fold and adhere ends in place.
6. Add awning to front of store.
- Apply a strip of Scor-tape to the back of the awing and adhere it to the front of the store.
- In Store 1 it goes over the entire first floor row of windows and doors.
- In Store 2 it goes over the double doors.
7. Adhere all seams starting at the base.
- I start putting the building together at the base.
- I remove the Scor-Tape backing on the side tabs of the base and adhere those in place.
- Work to keep the edges square.
- Glue up the flat roof. Peel the Scor-Tape backing and adhere the roof behind the false front decorative panel along the top of the store front.
- I insert a skinny tool through the door to help press all seams together.
- There is not separate roof piece (like in the other Ledge Village designs) for the store front.
- Adhere the back and side last to complete the building frame.
- Add the cornice piece to the front. It is just a flat piece that provides decoration.
8. Park Bench Construction
- Roll the the bench piece around a round object to curl the paper.
- There are no dotted lines but you do have to make folds. (The pieces are too small for dotted fold lines so I left them off.)
- You must fold over the glue tabs on each side of the bench.
- Put glue dots on each of the tabs.
- Fit them to the end of the park bench.
- Repeat for the other end and then make several to scatter around your village.
- The store is complete. What building will you make next?
- And how will you display them?