Hello, crafty friends! Anna Wight here, sharing a bit of springtime inspiration with you, in the form of Sizzix tutorial for spring themed country cottages!
The Country Cottage 3-D die is fantastic for creating beautiful Christmas and winter themed houses, and I thought it would also be fun to create another seasonal cottage.
I selected a variety of papers which all coordinate and are printed in a wonderful assortment of cheerful spring colors.
I added beautiful glitter to their roofs, for lots of sparkle and shine, and even dressed them up with some beautiful coordinating flowers.
Let me show you how to put these adorable spring cottages together!
You will want to begin by making paper selections for the parts of the cottage. I chose several different prints, all from the same paper line so the colors and prints coordinated. Then, die cut all of the required pieces using the Country Cottage 3-D die. You might also want to have an optional material to act as the glass in the windows of your cottage. Wax paper, vellum, or clear vinyl as I've chosen all work great!
Using a single sided adhesive, adhere the clear vinyl into place over the windows on the inside of your cottage walls. If you want your door to open, be careful not to tape over the cutout for the door.
Adhere the window shutters to the outside of the cottage walls, on both sides of all the windows.
Using the score lines created when the project is die cut, prepare your cottage for assembly by gently folding the cottage into shape.
Adhere the die cut scalloped shingles to the roof. I like to start at the bottom edge of the roof and apply the scalloped shingles one on top of the other until I reach the top of the roof. I rubbed a bit of white ink to the roof pieces as well, just for fun.
Finally, prepare the chimney using the two die cut shapes, and fold the base into shape by adhering the tabs into place to hold the base together. Once all of your cottage pieces are prepared, it's time to assemble your cottage!
Adhere the upright portion of the roof to the walls of the cottage. The score lines make this process quick and easy.
Fold up the die cut hinge that's located on the base and adhere the cottage into place.
To adhere the roof, lay the roof upside down on your work surface and position the partially assembled cottage in place like shown. This will allow you to center the cottage on the roof while making sure it also stays nicely in place along the fold in the roof.
Adhere the front side of the roof to the die cut tabs on the cottage, and you're almost done!
Adhere the cute little box chimney into place on the roof. You can choose the placement area you prefer -- left, right, or even center! Then, brush on a nice coat of gel medium and shake on the glitter of your choice.
The cottages are super cute at this stage, but I chose to dress them up a bit more.
Using several Sizzix flower and leaf dies, I die cut lots of petals and leaves using the same coordinating papers I used for my cottages and assembled several flowers. I brushed on a bit of glitter for sparkle, and set flat-back pearls into the center of each flower.
Once the flowers were finished, I adhered them into place on the front corners of my cottages. Because I wanted to still be able to lift the front of the cottages up from the base (so I could insert battery operated tea lights later) I was careful to only glue the flowers to the base of the cottage, and not the cottage itself.
Adding the flowers dressed the cottages up just enough!
I hope my country cottages have inspired you, and put a little spring in what might be an otherwise chilly day where you live!
Thanks so much for enjoying my tutorial today!
Paper: We R Memory Keepers “Simply Spring” |Ink: The Stamps of Life "Powdered Sugar" | Adhesive: Clear Multi-Medium Gel; Tombow Mono-Multi; Ad Tech Hot Glue; Scotch Clear Tape | Misc: Ranger Distress Stickles Dry Glitter in "Rock Candy"; Ranger Stickles in “Star Dust”; Melissa Frances Flat-Back Pearls; Clear Vinyl