- Cardstock (Brown, White)
- Ranger Distress Woodgrain Cardstock by Tim Holtz
- Adhesives (Compatible with Foam and Acetate)
- Craft Foam (White)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- LED Tea Light
- Liquid Adhesive
- Nonstick Craft Mat
- Ranger Distress Collage Medium (Matte) by Tim Holtz
- Ranger Distress Embossing Powder (Walnut Stain) by Tim Holtz
- Ranger Distress Ink (brown tone) by Tim Holtz
- Ranger Distress Markers (Black Soot and Pumice Stone) by Tim Holtz
- Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
- Die-cut and assemble the Village Dwelling per the package instructions. (See below for siding and rooftop techniques.)
- Die-cut twice out of white cardstock the bay window from the Village Fixer Upper set and assemble per the package instructions. Set the bay windows aside.
- Die-cut three times out of white cardstock the awning from the Village Fixer Upper set. Color the awnings with alternating stripes of two different colors. Use a Distress Marker (Pumice Stone) to define the lines between the alternating stripes. Assemble the awnings per the package instructions. Set the awnings aside.
- Die-cut once out of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock and once out of white craft foam the window frames (set of five) from the Village Fixer Upper set. Two window frames from each set of die-cuts are unnecessary and can be discarded. Adhere one woodgrain window frame to one craft foam window frame with a foam-compatible adhesive. Repeat this step with the remaining two sets of window frames. Using scissors, cut acetate to size and adhere to the back side of the window frames with an acetate-compatible adhesive. Set the window frames aside.
- Die-cut from Distress Woodgrain Cardstock the front door and door trim from the Village Fixer Upper set. Color the door and door trim using Distress Ink (in a brown tone) and the Mini Ink Blending Tool. Adhere the door trim to the front of the door as pictured. Using a Distress Marker (Black Soot), draw a doorknob on the door. Set the door aside.
- Die-cut three times out of white cardstock the gingerbread trim from the Village Fixer Upper set. Adhere two of the gingerbread trims to the sides of the house (one on each side) along the roofline. Adhere the third gingerbread trim to the gable roof front, and trim off any excess.
- Adhere the window frames to the two front dwelling windows and to the one back window with hot glue.
- Adhere the assembled awnings above the three window panes with hot glue.
- Adhere the door to the front door of the Village Dwelling with liquid adhesive.
- Using scissors, cut pieces of acetate to fit inside the assembled bay windows. Adhere the acetate to the inside of the bay windows with an acetate-compatible adhesive. If desired, create tiny pillows from fabric, and adhere the pillows to the inside ledge of one or both bay windows with hot glue. Adhere the bay windows to the dwelling, one to each side, with hot glue.
- Using scissors, cut three 1" x 1" strips of fabric. Squeeze a 1" line of hot glue onto a craft mat or nonstick, heat-resistant surface. Quickly place the top edge of one piece of fabric over the line of hot glue, and pinch toward the center to create a gather. Repeat this step with the two remaining pieces of fabric. Adhere the three fabric pieces with hot glue to the inside of the dwelling, behind the windows, to create curtains.
- Once assembled, place an LED light in the finished cottage.
Tips and Tricks:
To create the look of old-fashioned asphalt shingles, die-cut out of brown cardstock 22 shingle strips from the Village Rooftops die. Paint a shingle with Distress Collage Medium. Apply Distress Embossing Powder (Walnut Stain) over the shingle and allow to dry. Repeat this step with all the shingles. Note: Do not heat the embossing powder with a heat tool. Leaving the embossing powder unheated creates the appearance of asphalt. Once dry, adhere the shingles to the rooftop die-cut and gable roof die-cut starting at the bottom, working toward the ridgeline on each side.
To create the look of wood siding on the Village Dwelling, cut strips of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock and adhere to white cardstock with liquid adhesive. Start at the bottom and layer each strip slightly overlapping the top of the previous strip. Create two 4" x 5" sheets. Die-cut the Village Dwelling walls out of white cardstock. Die-cut the Village Dwelling walls a second time out of the wood siding sheets. Trim the tabs from the wood siding walls. Adhere the wood siding walls to the white cardstock walls. Assemble the Village Dwelling per the package instructions, and add the Village Fixer Upper die-cuts as instructed above.