Hello and happy Friday! I have an ornament using the stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink's Petite Places: Holiday Lane today. It takes a bit of work but I think it's so cute and worth it! I have a video on how to save some time with your stamping with a MISTI which is especially helpful if you want to make a bunch of these for gifts. (or for your own tree because once you've made them it's kind of hard to part with them!)
It was kind of difficult to photograph this, so try and imagine it without all of the awful glare :)
To make these I started off by die cutting all of my pieces out Neenah Solar White Cardstock, I used the 3D house, the roof, the front of the house, the two front windows, the candy cane arch, the fence, and both tree dies. Then I used my MISTI to stamp all of them (once you get started it really doesn't take that long, I can stamp all of the pieces to make 8 of these ornaments in under an hour) I did stamp the front and back of the fence pieces, the candy cane arch, and the trees since you can see the backs, I didn't want them to be bare. The stamp for the chimney isn't at a neutral enough angle to stamp the back (if that makes sense) so I colored the back of the chimney with a Copic marker lightly since that would also be visible once it was popped up. I added some Distress Rock Candy dry glitter to the trees with a glue pen and set those aside to dry while I assembled my house. (for a video on assembling the house, I highly suggest watching Betsy Veldman's tutorial)After my house was built I added glossy accents to all of the peppermint and candy canes on the house and I used my wink of stella pen to add some shimmer to the roof. I cut a notch out of the base tabs to all of my fence pieces so I could curve them a little and then I scored all of my die cut pieces so they would stand up.
I die cut my circle out of Neenah cardstock so my house would have somewhere to sit in the ornament and started adhering everything down with score tape. (it took me 9 fence pieces to go all the way around my circle) Once everything was adhered I filled the ground of my circle with a layer of glossy accents and coated everything with the Distress Rock Candy Dry Glitter to hide the paper tabs from all of the dies. I used a few small pieces of scor-tape on the edge of the circle to keep it in place in the ornament and then filled the bottom of the ornament under the circle with tissue paper that I cut into 1/4" wide strips and crimped with my paper crimper (see mom? I told you the crimper was still a useful tool!). I finished the whole thing off by tying some baker's twine for the ornament hanger!
I love this gingerbread house. I mean I love gingerbread houses anyways, but this is my favorite. It's also the first 3D Petite Place die that I've assembled (I already own the sweet shop, the church, and the nativity scene, but I haven't put them together yet) and now I can't wait to make all of the others!
Today starts the craziness of the holidays at our house. I don't think there will be another day of "nothing going on" until December 28. Today I have to get an oil change, in preparation for going out of town for Thanksgiving next week, I have to pick up my race packet, for my 5k and half marathon this weekend, I have to do a little Christmas shopping and grocery shopping, A house near us that does an amazing light display is having their grand illumination tonight, my cousin is staying with us tonight since she's running the 5k with me tomorrow, and that's just today, I won't even start on all of the craziness of the weekend :)
Have a great weekend, I'll have all sorts of different stuff to share next week so I won't be sticking with a particular stamp set for next week's posts. See you Monday!