Oh I am in love....serious LOVE with this die!! I so love vintage glitter houses, so much so that I am seriously hoping for more Cottage dies to be released so I can add to this one. How sweet would a church be or even a little corner cafe? I would be in village heaven, but for now, as I wait patiently...I will show you just how I made this sweet little cozy cottage, I hope you enjoy!!
There is something so fun and so nostalgic about old chipboard houses. I have always loved them with passion, so when I saw Brenda Walton's 3-D Cottage, I couldn't get my hands on it fast enough! I love, love, love this die with all my heart!
....and it's just beckoning me to come inside!
This project was so much fun to make, I can't even describe the amount of grinning I did as this little glitter cottage came to life. There's a bit of a surprise at the bottom of the tutorial, so I hope you'll stay long enough to see it and enjoy!
I wanted to keep this cottage simple but no house is complete without a small picket fence, a snow-topped Christmas tree with berries and a rusty little star.
Let's get started on making this!
First you will need to gather your supplies:
- 3-D Country Cottage by Brenda Walton
- Sizzix Big Shot, Big Shot Pro or Vagabond die cutting machine
- heavyweight chipboard
- white acrylic paint
- hot glue
- a good permanent tape runner
- piercing tool
- foam brush
- small bottle brush tree
- small berry sprig
- spray adhesive
- silver crushed glass glitter
- battery operated tea light
- small wooden picket fence
This is just showing some of the materials I used to create my cottage, white acrylic paint, coarse white glitter, Snow-Tex, Silver crushed glass glitter and foam brushes.
Now if you think creating this will be hard, think again....it couldn't be simpler! Look what's included with the die. A step-by-step instructional sheet to guide you in assembling your cottage, but I will show you some of the steps I did for creating mine.
For the first step, I ran some heavyweight chipboard through my Big Shot Pro to die cut the cottage. There are some pieces you will need more than one of, like the scalloped roof and the shutters, and the "folded" roof. But once you have all your pieces, leave them intact, and brush over the whole chipboard sheet with white acrylic paint. This saves a lot of time, plus it keeps all your pieces together!
After the paint dries, you can pop out all your pieces. Flip the house over and adhere some vellum to the windows, (I did the door too, but I did that at the end). Once you have adhered your vellum, secure the sides of the house as shown on the instructional sheet, using a good hot glue, then roughly sand the edges of your cottage to remove some paint, and give it a worn distressed look.
For the scalloped roof, on the die, you will "fold" a piece of chipboard in half and line it up on the edge of the die, then you will run that through your die cutter and then you will have your "folded" roof. Then simply adhere strips of scallops, layering and glueing both sides until your roof is finished.
I then chose to paint the roof with white paint, even though I knew I was going to be covering it in glitter. If you choose to paint it, it doesn't have to be pretty, because you are going to be covering it anyway, so just give it a quick couple of quick coats, letting it dry completely.
After the paint is dry, spray the roof with adhesive and sprinkle on some glass glitter, shaking off the excess.
*****Do not adhere the roof to the house at this point, just set the glittered roof aside for later.*****
When it was time to spray and glitter the house, I wanted to be careful not to get glitter and/or adhesive in the windows, so I added the little window chipboard pieces that were initially die cut, back into the windows, lightly pressing them into the centers using my fingers.
Then spray the house with adhesive, just like you did in the step before with the roof, then sprinkle on some glitter, shaking off the excess. Then....you can remove the chipboard "windows" with a small piercing tool.
To finish, adhere the house onto the stand, adhere the glittered chimney to the roof, hot glue the tree to the corner, then finally adhere a small wooden fence to the side of the house.
***For the bottle brush tree, I simply dipped the top of the tree into Snow-Tex, sprinkled it with glitter, then hot glued a small rusty star to the top, then glued on a small berry sprig to add a bit of color***
And didn't I say there was a bit of a surprise? When I first set out to make this, I thought it would make a really cute ornament, because it's the perfect ornament "size", then as I kept looking at it, I thought how pretty would this be if it were to have a light inside....so I added one!
Using a small battery powered tea light, just drop one in, turn the light's down and voila!!
My cottage has come alive with light! Instead of adhering the roof to the house and sealing it up, I left the roof as "removable" and simply dropped in a small battery operated tea light, and I just LOVE how my cottage has come to life.
I think it's a glow from the fireplace, heehee! But it definitely welcomes you to come inside.
I just love how the glow warms up all the little windows.
I swear I could live in this little house, it's just so sweet!!
...and I still might turn this into an ornament, all I would need to do, is cut an opening in the bottom of the house, just enough to fit in a tea light without having it fall out the bottom, then glue on the roof, and add a small ornament hanger. But for now, it'll just sit on a shelf on my hutch for me to admire.
Well I truly appreciate you all stopping by today, and I really hope this inspires you to create your own, (and I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for more "cottage" dies), so I can create a small village.
Have a wonderful afternoon everyone! :)