Hello everyone! Anna-Karin here with a tutorial for a winter cottage, made with Brenda Walton's 3-D Country Cottage die. This is my first Christmas/Winter project of the year. I always enjoy Christmas crafting and I thought it was time to begin now.
I love to make little houses and was happy to have a new die to use for my expanding miniature village. The Country Cottage die is so sweet and it can work for any season and many different themes. If you want to see tutorials for some of the other houses in my village, you can find examples here, here and here. The techniques used in this tutorial can be used on other types of projects too: 3-D pieces, cards, layouts and more.
I used thin chipboard for most of my house, and watercolour paper for some of the parts (the house tiles and the chimney). You can use heavy cardstock or thin chipboard to make the house, but thick chipboard or grungeboard will probably not work, because of the detail and the folds. The Country Cottage is an XL die, so you need the extended cutting pads.
Start by painting the house with Broken China Distress Paint, in a streaky fashion to mimic wood. My chipboard was white on one side, since it came from a watercolour pad I had used up. If your chipboard is grey, you might want to paint it white first.
Stamp the house repeatedly with a texture stamp and embossing ink and white emboss. This gives a great snowy texture to the house.
Layer the tiles on both sides of the roof, creating a great textured roof.
Paint the roof, the window shutters, chimney, and door black.
Glue the shutters and door to the house with Glossy Accents and place the little roof over the door.
I wanted windows in my house and glued pieces of mica behind the windows. You can get a similar effect with a transparency and alcohol inks.
Assemble the house with strong tape, according to the instructions on the packaging insert.
The die includes a stand for the house and there is a flap on the stand that you can adhere the house too. However, I wanted enough space for a tree next to the house, so instead of using the flap, I lined the house up with the back edge of the stand and glued it with hot glue. Don't worry about visible glue since it will be covered up.
This new 3-D Christmas Tree die, also by Brenda Walton, is fabulous. It is a Bigz die and you can make three different trees with it. I picked the smallest tree. Fold a piece of cardstock and line the fold up with the trunk of the tree on the die. Repeat ten times. I used watercolour paper, but any white cardstock would work.
Glue two die cut trees together and continue until you have a 3-D tree. Love this.
I wanted a really wintery cottage and used Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste and Rock Candy glitter to achieve that. By mistake, I placed the Translucent Paste jar in this photo, instead of the white paste, sorry about that. Smear Embossing Paste thickly on the roof and base of the house, creating snowy piles as you go along. Also add a little bit on the roof above the door and on the shutters. Cover completely with glitter and pour the excess back into the jar. Press the tree into the paste. When the paste on the house and ground is dry, continue adding paste to the branches of the tree and finish with glitter.
When you look at the tree, you can hardly imagine that it was made out of paper, with the heavy snow covered branches. If you want to you can completely cover the tree with embossing paste, but I only applied it to the top and to the branches.
I love the look of the glittery snow, it really looks like real snow in sunlight.
The roof looks so cosy with the snow on top, contrasting with the black tiles.
This is what the house looks like from the back, with snow all around the edges.
Now, I just need a large scale version of this cottage, so that we can go there and celebrate Christmas.
Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!
Surfaces: thin chipboard; Daler & Rowney watercolour paper | Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz - Urban Tapestry |Ink: Tsukineko - Versamark | Embossing powder: Ranger - Seamfoam White | Paint: Ranger Distress Paint - Black Soot, Broken China | Glitter: Ranger - Distress Glitter Rock Candy |Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stamper's Anonymous White Embossing Paste |Adhesive: Ranger - Glossy Accents, Wonder Tape |Misc.: US ArtQuest - Mica