Saturday, October 8, 2016

Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial

Hi and welcome! Today I have another Sizzix tutorial for you, for a pastel gingerbread house. I had such fun making this and it almost looks good enough to eat. Follow along to see how I got a shimmery glittery house without using any dry glitter.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
When I posted my Halloween Manor House tutorial some days ago, I wrote that I would soon be back with another house, and this is the one. It has the same base as the Manor House, Sizzix Tim Holtz Village Dwelling die, with the addition of the Village Gingerbread die, which contains a lot of fun details. I also used: Mini Holiday Greens, Tree LineHoliday Words Thin and Mixed Media Christmas.

I had such fun creating this pastel house and it makes me happy just to look at.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I wanted a texture of the house reminiscent of cookies, and die cut one of the three dies from the Mixed Media Christmas set. The pieces were cut and torn to fit onto the house. The Village Dwelling house parts were die cut from Tim Holtz patterned paper packaging. It has just the right weight and I like to re-purpose packaging. Glue the pieces down with Matte Collage Medium, and add a layer of medium on top too.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 When dry, paint the house with Distress Paint.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Apply Crazing Collage Medium to the house, using a palette knife. Make sure that you really get the medium into the recessed parts.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
When the Crazing Medium is dry, fine cracks will appear. The cracks will be thicker where the medium was applied thicker - which in this case will be the recessed areas. Rub Vintage Photo Distress Crayon into the cracks and onto the houses. Wipe some of it off with a slightly moist paper towel. On the top piece here, I wiped some of the colour off, on the bottom piece you can see the original application.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Die cut details for the house using the Village Gingerbread die. I later changed my mind and used pink for the window shutters. Most of my shapes were die cut from color-core and kraft-core Distress cardstock, with the exception of the white parts. The candy cones were die cut from mat board and the rest of the white details from white Paper Leather.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Die cut roof tiles from white cardstock and smalles ones from pastel color-core cardstock. The smaller roof, chimney and door comes from the Village Dwelling die, and were die cut from the same papers.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The roof itself also comes from the Village Dwelling die, but the tiles are from the Village Gingerbread. Glue smaller tiles onto the larger ones and try to vary the colours. I worked one line at a time, gluing them down as I went along.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Continue gluing down tiles until you have covered the entire roof. Glue the top part in place.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Die cut branches and leaves with the Mini Holiday Greens set from the same papers as used before. The white ones are from Paper Leather. You can use ordinary white cardstock too.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 Die cut the Tree Line from white, blue and greenish papers.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 Die cut a sentiment using the Holiday Words Thin set and cut into a strip. Layer on silver Deco Sheet.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I wanted my house to shine, but without using glitter, since I wanted to do something different than on my previous gingerbread house, which had a lot of glitter. On a whim, I misted the roof with Pearl Mica Spray, and it turned out wonderfully. It looks just like pearlarized papers, instead of ordinary cardstock.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I decided to mist everything else too. The shine is wonderful. Remember to shake the bottle first.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 The lollipops were coated with a thick layer of Glossy Accents. Set aside to dry.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I always add windows to my houses, and normally use mica for that (check out the Halloween Manor House, and almost every other house that I made). For this house, I decided to use vellum instead, since I thought it would look nice with the candy theme. I also added lace windows.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Glue the shutters in place and then add lots of Glacier White Enamel Accents, as frosting. Add dots of Caribbean Enamel Accents to the small roof, and as a door handle. When the enamel accent was dry, I added some Icicle Stickles, mainly along the edges of the white Enamel Accent areas. Icicle Stickles has shine pastel coloured pieces inside, which fit well with my house.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The base, as well as the step piece (which I forgot to include here), were covered with Distress Grit-Paste. I used the same paste for the ground of my Halloween Manor House, but painted it gray. If you leave it white, it looks like snow or frosting. I love this stuff. When it was completely dry, I misted the Grit-Paste with the Mica Spray. This gave a wonderful subtle shine to it, which was impossible to capture on photo. Later, I also added some Icicle Stickles. 

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 Assemble the house according to the directions on the die and glue the details in place.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I added Glacier White Enamel Accents and some Icicle Stickles along basically all the joints. It covers up any gaps or visible glue.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The house is not glued to the base, since I wanted to be able to add a battery-driven tea light inside.
I made a gingerbread house with the Village Dwelling die last year too, you can find that Gingerbread House tutorial here, if you want more inspiration. I wanted this house to look different which is why I went for a pastel look instead.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Here's a view of the house from the top. You could extend the roof tiles to the small roof too, but I liked them different.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 The candy cones were wrapped with red baker's twine, to look like polka.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I glued the wreath to the top of the roof, instead of to the door. The white dot was made with Enamel Accents.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
For the lollipops, I die cut candy cones from mat board and cut the top part off.


Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 The blue dots added another fun touch.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 The sides of the house were decorated too, with branches and other embellishments.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Since Crazing Medium produces larger cracks where the medium is thicker, the cracks are much larger in the recessed areas, which you can clearly see here. Since I used a palette knife to apply the medium, most of it was scraped off from the higher areas, and thus there are tiny cracks there, sometimes not even visible. This is probably my favourite part of the house.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
You can see the lace curtains through the vellum windows.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I used toy stuffing as smoke and added Stickles to it. The cute tiny hearts come from the window shutters.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The back of the house is the least decorated, since it will not be visible most of the time as it faces the woods.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
This is the second side of the house.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Two lollipops were glued to the side of the house, with sticks die cut from mat board (the candy cone).

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Apply some of the Enamel Accents and Stickles directly to the vellum windows, to give it even more the look of snow/frosting.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 I rounded the corners of the sentiment with my Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper. The silver Deco Sheet looks nice though the letters. Glue the circle in the 'o' in place.


Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I wish you could see the shimmery shine of the mica spray in real life. It might show a little on this photo.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I layered the three die cut tree lines and glued them to the back of the stand, to form a sugary forest behind the house. A friendlier forest than in the Hansel and Gretel story.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 The trees also got some Enamel Accents and Stickles. I love this Tree Line die.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 Some branches were glued to the base too.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
 Here you can see the base without the house, to give you a clear idea of what it looks like.

Layers of ink - Pastel Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Here you can see what the house looks like with a battery-driven tea light inside. It shines beautifully through the vellum windows.

These houses are also great projects for kiddies crafting and children will love to embellish their own gingerbread house. Last year Anton and his friend made their own gingerbread houses and loved it. I did all the die cutting first and assembled the house. They got a bunch of embellishments and had fun customizing their houses. You can read more about it and see their houses in my original Gingerbread House Tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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5 comments:

  1. Beautiful! The colors look just like those Neco Wafer candies! Really cool!

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  2. What a delightful gingerbread house! You are right about the pearl mica spray, it looks so pretty on the roof, especially. I like the treeline behind the house, also. Such attention to detail!

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  3. Anna-Karin you did it again! This Gingerbread House is a masterpiece! love love love every single detail! Barbara

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  4. So stunning. You did a fab job with this little house! So perfect for some Christmas decorations! ;-)

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