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Lighted Wintery Glitter Cottage

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today and I'm here to show you how to create this Wintery Glitter Cottage using Brenda Walton's new 3-D Country Cottage die.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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!!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

....and it's  just beckoning me to come inside!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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
  • vellum
  • white acrylic paint
  • sandpaper
  • hot glue
  • a good permanent tape runner
  • piercing tool
  • foam brush
  • small bottle brush tree
  • small berry sprig
  • Snow-Tex
  • glitter
  • spray adhesive
  • silver crushed glass glitter
  • battery operated tea light
  • small wooden picket fence

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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.*****

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

Using a small battery powered tea light, just drop one in, turn the light's down and voila!!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

I think it's a glow from the fireplace, heehee!  But it definitely welcomes you to come inside.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

I just love how the glow warms up all the little windows.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

I swear I could live in this little house, it's just so sweet!!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Glittered Wintery Cottage by Hilary Kanwischer

...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! :)

Hilary Kanwischer

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21 thoughts on “Lighted Wintery Glitter Cottage ”

  • Donna

    This is just beautiful! I'm on your side...I hope there are more cottage dies in the future!

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  • Raquel Mason

    Very nice project, thanks for sharing the tute & pics.

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  • Nessie

    It is so, so pretty. Still a bit complicated for me, especially with all the glitter and this glass glitter I haver never seen here in Scotland before. But it looks stunning and I would like it better standing than as a hanging ornament. So I love the idea of your removable roof.
    Tfs,
    Nessie

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    • Hilary Kanwischer

      Thank you so much Nessie. Glitter is fun to use, I use a spray adhesive so it goes on nicely and evenly and the excess shakes right off. The glass glitter is available all over the internet, and it adds a nice vintage touch. You should try it, you'll love the look. :)

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  • Linda K

    Looooove your house. Such a great tutorial too. Thanks for sharing. I, too, love houses! I'm definitely going to make one of these....when I get my hands on the die :)

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  • Debbie Kaste

    Oh Hilary! You are after my heart....just LOVE this sweet little cottage. Yet another die to add to my ENDLESS wish list. Thanks for the great tutorial. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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  • Jenni

    Oh my aching heart ! This is there sweetest Christmasy thing ever ! Some day I have me a vagabond machine & this die. Maybe by that time more houses will have been released. Yours is stunning. All that glittery cuteness. I want to crawl right inside.

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  • Beth W

    It is fabulous-and I'm thrilled to know the cottage die works with my BigShot.

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  • Deb L

    This is absolutely gorgeous Hilary! Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Jacquelene L

    Hilary, this cottage is so beautiful and cozy!! Love the sparkly, glitteryness of it. The rusty star is perfect on the tree, rusty goodness is always special. The tea light is the perfect glowing embellishment. More buildings would be excellent, a whole village would be so very special.
    I have not been able to purchase this die yet, not within my budget, but maybe if I tell Santa what a good crafty girl I am?
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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  • Robyn

    very impressed is fabulous

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  • Brenda Walton

    Oh what an adorable, delightful cottage! I appreciate your step-by-step tutorial, and I am definitely thinking about designs for additional cottages...stay tuned! Wishing you and your family a very happy and memorable Thanksgiving.

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  • Véro

    Hello Hilary!Your little cottage is really gorgeous.I love too the picket fence and the wonderfull fir with the cute little rusty star.Thank you too for the nice tutorial.Have a nice week-end!

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  • Rhonda Keyes

    I love glittery cottages and that is how I happened upon this post. I don't have the means to purchase a Sixxiz or the dies, but I would love to have some of these cut for my own use. Is that possible? Are there stores that will sell the cut pieces? Need any information available on this topic. Thanks in advance for your help and advice.

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