Hello everyone! The Village Dwelling has been such a huge hit and you've probably seen many variations online. Each has its own personality and I hope mine will be able to inspire you in using the accompanying Village Gingerbread die.
I live in Singapore and it's a tropical modern city, far away from winter climates as one can get. Growing up, Christmas decorated windows in malls have always fascinated me, especially those with Gingerbread Houses, with the snow and fir trees surrounding them. The upmarket bakeries would sell Gingerbread Houses in many styles ranging from cute to elegant and the child I was then got all wide-eyed looking at them, always wishing we could take one home.
The Roof in pretty colors is usually a feature in Gingerbread Houses and the Distress Glitter in Rock Candy amazingly looks like real sugar.
Candy Canes are a special part of any Christmas decor!
I just LOVE the Thin Holiday Words #2, the perfect fit for this project.
Of course a Gingerbread House should have Gumdrop flowers with straw stems.
While rooting around for foliage to add, it suddenly occurred to me the Holiday Greens could be used and they were an ideal size for the house.
Don't worry about the list of supplies, they can be found at the end of this post. Are you ready ?
I decided to use 300gsm paper as it's heavier than cardstock, the scored lines will not tear and more flexible than greyboard. Die-cut all the pieces you will need for the Village Dwelling. You might like to know instructions are printed on the back of the packaging sheet, there's no need to panic in case you feel this is hard to remember.
Next from the Village Gingerbread die-cut all the accents you need. The die comes with a tiny wreath, pretzel, candy cane and gumdrop shapes, how fun is this ?!! The windows have shutters, but for the front of the house, remember to trim off the shutters as they will not fit.
This time for the scalloped roof tiles I used regular white cardstock. You should need about 15 pieces as well as 2 straight pieces for the tops of the roof.
Adhere the scallop strips to the main roof piece (in the heavier 300gsm paper). For me, the easiest was was to Xyron the bottom roof piece and then layer the strips one by one. You can also use double-sided tape, either way is fine, whichever is easiest for you !
Now comes the FUN part ! I used water-based brush pens to color the scallops of the roof in alternating hues.
I ran the piece on the Xyron making sure the colored side caught the glue. Burnish the wrapper so the glue gets into the tiny corners of the roof tiles, then peel off the wrapper.
Pour Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter over the whole piece, press down with a paper, then pour off the glitter.
In the next stage, we will be working with the house. Spray with Distress Frayed Burlap, dry with a heat tool, then ink with Gathered Twigs.
I stamped wood-grain on the panels using a dark brown ink.
Join the 2 wall panels and adhere the door, the wreath and windows. Assemble the house with the roof pieces, the porch and the base.
The house was too low for me and I created a box the same size as the base, and added another step.
Now prepare the cute accents you like. Initially I wanted to use the pretzels but changed my mind and added gumdrops instead. Use a red brush pen to color the candy cane, after that emboss with clear embossing powder.
I die cut a few ferns from the Holiday Greens and adhered Clear Rock Candy glitter the same way as the roof.
Add the ferns to the back of the house.
At this point I felt the house needed a larger base to give it more substance. You can use any cover from a box, glue patterned paper to match or you can make one quite easily. Add fake snow by squeezing Glossy Accents, then sprinkle glitter over it. After that dried, using a small pointed brush, I carefully daubed Distress Paint Picket Fence on it.
Remember to add your title and I chose Happy Holidays from the Thin Holiday Words #2. I glittered a long strip of patterned paper with Distress Rock Candy, then glued the letters on. Curl the strip and adhere to the base.
And this is the finished house ...... so much fun! I know you'll want to make a house just like this ...... you could throw a Gingerbread House Party, invite a few scrappy pals, everyone could make one!
Happy crafting with Sizzix!!
Other Materials Used:
- Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter
- Distress Spray : Frayed Burlap
- Distress Ink : Gathered Twigs
- Ranger : Dye Ink Java Bean | Clear Distress Embossing Powder | Heat Tool
- Tombow Brush Pens
- Paper : Simple Stories | 300gsm Watercolor paper.