Country Cottage #2

Project #18334

Capture the cozy comforts of a springtime Irish Cottage with Tim Holtz. Using Tim's Village dies in a refreshing new way, you can easily build and customize your own charming cottage in vintage detail.

Other Supplies:

  • Acetate
  • Cardstock (Light Brown or Tan; White)
  • Distress Woodgrain Cardstock by Tim Holtz
  • Ranger; Mixed Media Cardstock
  • Blending Tool
  • Craft Knife
  • Distress Inks; by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Oxide Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Markers by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Marker Spritzer by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Paints by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Pens by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Sprayer by Tim Holtz
  • Faux Spring Sod
  • Heat Tool
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Moss
  • Non-Stick Craft Mat
  • Paintbrushes
  • Photo Holder or Binder Clip
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Scissors
  • Shop Broom Bristles
  • Spatula
  • Tweezers
  • Twigs (from Garden)
  • White Paint Pen
  • Yupo; Synthetic Paper (optional)

Stone Walls:

  1. Die-cut the Village Dwelling walls out of white cardstock. Trim off the door, the inner window rails and assembly tabs from all pieces.
  2. Using a piece of cardstock or Yupo, create a stencil by die-cutting the stone pattern twice from the Mixed Media #3 set. Using a spatula and the stencil, spread Texture Paste onto the Village Dwelling wall pieces. Heat the Texture Paste lightly with a heat tool, which will cause it to puff up and create a stone-like look. (Hint: Do not heat the Texture Paste for too long because it will burn and can bubble up, bursting open.) Allow the Texture Paste to dry completely before the next step.
  3. When the wall pieces have dried, paint the stones with Distress Inks by pressing ink onto the non-stick craft mat, spraying water with the Distress Sprayer and using the mixture as a watercolor paint. (Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke were used in the sample project.) Spray a little more water on the dirty craft mat (to water down the leftover inks) to create a washed-out color. Use this to brush between the stones so that the mortar area between the stones is not stark white. Once the stones on the walls are dry, add some undiluted Distress Inks to the high points on the stones using a blending tool. (Hint: Use a very light hand with this step. You are trying to add the look of texture and dimension using varied color. If full-strength ink is applied too liberally, you will lose the variation.) Use a craft knife to trim away excess Texture Paste inside the window and door areas.
  4. For the final layer of color on the walls, use the Distress Marker Spritzer and a white paint pen to spray some white specks onto the stones. (Hint: Test this process on scrap paper first because each paint pen reacts differently. The viscosity of the paint will determine the size of the specks and how far away you should hold the Distress Marker Spritzer from the project.) Set aside the walls until you are ready to assemble.

Thatched Roof:

  1. Die-cut the Village Dwelling roof pieces out of light brown or tan cardstock.
  2. Cut lengths of shop broom bristles to fit the roof panels (approximately 3"). Fold the larger die-cut roof piece on the scored line, and work on one side at a time. Liberally apply Multi Medium Matte to one side of the roof piece. Place the broom bristles with the cut edge just above the fold and the natural edge hanging slightly below the bottom of the roof, gently pressing them into the Multi Medium Matte. Allow to dry for 24 hours, and repeat this step until you have the desired density of thatching on the roof. The last layer should be shorter than the other layers to add interest to the roof. Once the Multi Medium Matte is completely dry for all layers and while the roof piece is still folded in half, trim off the top edge along the roofline to give it a clean edge. Repeat this process for the other side of the roof. Use the same process to complete the entry cover roof piece. Using scissors, trim out the section of the roof in which the entry cover piece fits. Set aside the roof pieces until you are ready to assemble.


  1. Die-cut the Village Bungalow window frame five times out of Little Sizzles Mat Board and five times out of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock. Lightly ink the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock with Distress Ink to bring out the grain. (Hickory Smoke was used in the sample project.) Adhere the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock window frames to the Mat Board window frames. Adhere acetate to the back side of the windows.
  2. Die-cut five sets of shutters out of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock, and color with a blending tool and Distress Inks. (Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo were used in the sample project.) Adhere a window to each shutter, and set aside the windows until you are ready to assemble.


  1. Die-cut the Village Dwelling door out of Little Sizzles Mat Board and out of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock. Color the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock door with Distress Inks. (Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo were used in the sample project.) Adhere the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock door to the Mat Board door. Cut a 1mm strip of Brite-ons Paper (gunmetal). Use this strip to create door embellishments. Set aside the door until you are ready to assemble.


  1. Die-cut 15–20 flowers from the Wildflowers #2 set out of Mixed Media Cardstock. Using Distress Markers, lightly add a bit of color to the flowers and stems/leaves. (Picked Raspberry was added to the center of the flowers and Crushed Olive was lightly scribbled onto stems and leaves in the sample project.) Allow to dry.
  2. Cut the flowers from the stems, and separate the flowers and greens into two separate piles. Press some Distress Oxide (Peeled Paint) onto a non-stick craft mat, and add water (two sprays with the Distress Sprayer). Using tweezers, drag the greens through the Distress Oxide and water mixture until the greens are saturated. Allow to dry completely. Repeat this process with the flowers using Distress Oxide (Worn Lipstick). Once the flowers and greens are dry, spread them out, spray them with water and allow to dry again (causing the Distress Oxide to react and giving more interest to your pieces).
  3. Cut apart the greens into smaller pieces to create individual leaves and stems to work into the shrubs.
  4. Using scissors, trim some pieces of twigs to approximately 3/4" (you will need 10–15 twig pieces). Adhere three twig pieces together with hot glue to create a tripod so that it can stand on its own without toppling. Adhere a few more twig pieces to create the base of a shrub, keeping the balance as you add more twigs to create the branches of the shrub. Make two shrub bases.
  5. Using tweezers, adhere green stems and leaves to the shrub base with liquid adhesive or hot glue. (Hint: Do not over embellish; it’s okay to have some twigs showing.) Repeat this process with the second shrub base, and allow both to dry completely. Use tweezers to curl and bend the leaves and stems on the shrubs to create dimension. Save any leftover greens and stems to embellish the fence.
  6. Adhere flowers to the shrubs with liquid adhesive or hot glue. Shape flowers by pinching them around the nose of the tweezers or the end of a paintbrush before you adhere them to the shrub. Set aside the shrubs until you are ready to assemble. Save any leftover flowers to embellish the fence. (In the sample project, the leftover pink flowers were dragged through a Wilted Violet Distress Oxide mixture.)


  1. Die-cut the fence from the Village Bungalow die 5 times from Little Sizzles Mat Board and 10 times from Distress Woodgrain Cardstock. Die-cut the first five Distress Woodgrain Cardstock fences as you normally would, but die- cut the second set of five Distress Woodgrain Cardstock fences facing so that the back of the paper is against the die blade. (Hint: Back the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock with Adhesive Sheets before die-cutting for easy assembly.)
  2. Adhere the Distress Woodgrain Cardstock fence pieces to the Mat Board fence pieces, front and back (the pieces you die-cut face up will adhere to the back side of the fence). Using a blending tool or your finger, brush a little bit of Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke) on both sides of the fence to bring out the woodgrain detail. Determine the lengths of fence you will need to surround the cottage, and adhere the lengths together with hot glue or liquid adhesive. (The fence in the sample project was put together so that two ends meet in the front center area.) On one side of the fence, bend the die-cut between the fourth and fifth fence boards, and bend it outward to create a gate. (In the sample project, a fence post was cut from a scrap piece and adhered on top of the fourth fence board of the gate to define it.) Set the fence aside until you are ready to assemble.


  1. Die-cut the juniper-shaped tree from the Village Landscape die three times out of Little Sizzles Mat board (cut the extra stand piece three times as well) and six times out of Paper Leather (any color; use scraps if you have them).
  2. Cut the trunks from the Paper Leather pieces so only the triangular tree shape remains. Crinkle and adhere tissue paper with hot glue to the inside center of one Paper Leather tree, curling the tree around the tissue slightly (see image). (Hint: This piece will be adhered to a Mat Board tree to form a half pillow, so the tissue needs to fill the tree completely, leaving the edges free to adhere.) Adhere the edges to the Mat Board tree edges, and repeat the process for the other side of the tree. Create two more trees.
  3. Paint the underside of the trees green (including the tissue that shows from the bottom). (Peeled Paint Distress Paint was used in the sample project.) Ink or paint the trunks of the Mat Board trees and the extra stand pieces. (Walnut Stain Distress Ink was used in the sample project.) Allow the trees to dry completely.
  4. Using a spatula, mix approximately three teaspoons of Texture Paste on the non-stick craft mat, and mix in approximately four drops of green paint. You may need an extra drop or two of paint depending on the viscosity of the paste and paint. (Peeled Paint Distress Paint was used in the sample project.)
  5. Using the spatula, spread the mixture onto the triangular portion of the trees, covering all seams and the Paper Leather. Do not cover the tree trunks. Once the trees are covered, pat the entire surface lightly with the flat part of the spatula to create peaks (similar to icing a cake). Allow to dry. (Hint: Weighted photo holders or binder clips make great holders for your trees as they dry.)


  1. Die-cut the Village Dwelling walls out of white cardstock, and assemble according to package instructions. Adhere the thatched roof and entry cover according to package instructions.
  2. Ink the edges of the door with a brown Distress Ink (Walnut Stain was used in the sample project), and adhere the stone walls to the structure, fitting them up against the roof.
  3. Adhere the finished wood door to the white cardstock door.
  4. Adhere the finished windows on top of the window openings in the stone walls.
  5. Set the cottage on a piece of spring sod (faux grass) to determine where the fence will go. (Do not adhere the cottage to the base.) Adhere the fence with gate on the base with hot glue. Remove the cottage for the next step.
  6. Using leftover flowers, stems and leaves, embellish the fence by winding the stems through the fence and adhering leaves and purple flowers to the stems.
  7. Place the cottage inside the fenced area, and determine the placement of the trees and shrubs. (Hint: Use small scraps of paper as placeholders so you can remove the cottage again and have room to work.) Adhere the shrubs and trees with hot glue.
  8. Using a heat tool at a distance, lightly and quickly heat the project to remove any wispy glue strings. (Do not leave any concentrated heat on the project or the paper portions will burn and the spring sod could melt.)
  9. Place the cottage on the base, but do not adhere it in place (to allow placement of a battery-operated tea light inside the cottage for a warm glow).

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