One of the Falliday Fest challenges had an amazing inspiration picture. There was so much to choose from - images, colours, theme... Just looking at it for 10 seconds, I already had ideas for five possible projects. I had to narrow it down to just one, and surprisingly for me, the 3D project idea won. I found some Village Dwellings from Tim Holtz in the clearance rack at a local store and after a long debate, I finally decided to get them.
My first try at putting one together was left unfinished. I'm about 2/3 done, but I was leaving on holidays and had to put it aside. I'll come back to finish it when time allows, but I think the reason I didn't finish it (aside from running out of time) was that I dove right in and went straight for the Village Manor because I couldn't find pictures of it assembled anywhere online and decided to make one myself to see. Big mistake. I couldn't find a Sizzix video or any other video on how to assemble it so I just used the very limited instructions found on the back of the packaging (a few pictures with no explanations). First of all, if I had started with the smaller house first, I would have learned how to assemble the base properly, which would have helped with the more elaborate house. Live and learn, I guess... My experience with the manor was frustrating and I really thought the dies would be a dud for me.
I'm happy to report my experience with assembling the house I'm sharing today was much, much pleasant. Probably because I had a clear vision of what I wanted it to look like, because this house is simpler and because I learned from my mistakes on the first project. The assembly on this one is more precise and I did better with the choice of adhesives! I've also watched a few videos since and picked up a few tricks. One of them was to line the windows with vellum before assembling. The bottom of the house is open so I want to find a battery-operated tealight and put it in there to give the windows a nice glow. I also didn't bother with making a cardstock base for the house and went straight for patterned paper. It might not be as sturdy that way, but it was WAY easier to assemble and still holds up just fine.
Some of my favorite details?
- The base was stamped in White Craft ink and the Hardwood background stamp, then I put a thin line of Tombow Mono glue around the edge, used the wider tip of the glue to spread the glue around and sprinkled mica flakes on it.
- There's an actual die made to easily add snow and icicles on the house, and it's awesome because it makes adding snow to the roof, the chimney and the porch easy and precise! I cut the snow out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for an awesome effect - and the icicles on the sides and back of the house out of vellum cardstock!
- Aren't those trees the perfect addition? They are from Fancy Pants Design and have been in my stash for quite a few years. I remember when I found those at a craft store thinking they would make a cool addition to a 3D project or a Christmas village. I kept debating whether to get them or not, not sure when they would come in handy, and finally went for it. Sure enough, it took me a little while to find a use for them, but they are the perfect size and colour for my little house here!
- And what about that little wreath? Tim Holtz has some pine twine in his collection that I picked up thinking it would make a nice trim on Holidays projects. Because it was called twine, I expected some loose trim, but it's actually a metal wire, which I was surprised to discover. Here, it worked in my favor to create the wreath: all I had to do was wrapped the twine around a pencil, cut it out and glue in place with a strong adhesive. Isn't it adorable?
I am so excited about this project. I hope you like it too!
Patterned Papers: Christmas Wishes (Kaiser Craft)
Bigz: Village Dwelling, Village Winter (Tim Holtz for Sizzix)
Cardstock and Papers: Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Vellum Cardstock, Baked Brown Sugar
Ink: Whisper WhiteAccessories: Pine Twine, Mini Christmas Trees (Fancy Pants Designs), Mica Flakes