Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Gingerbread House Tips and Tricks

Today, I am sharing the details of the Gingerbread house I made for the Stampin' Addicts Big Shot Blog Hop last weekend. I appreciate all of the positive comments I've received on it. I wasn't sure when I was "done" if I added enough, too much, or not enough. I liked it so, but wasn't sure how well it would be received. I am filled with gratitude from all of the positive feedback I have gotten. Thank-you.

 First, the base is Early Espresso. I first made it the size of one milk carton, but my door wouldn't fit, so I made it bigger to fit the door. The door is the glitter striped paper from the Holly Berry Bouquet paper. I needed a frame, so I used plain old Wild Wasabi Cardstock punched out with the Designer Label punch and layered them to fit the door. I added a heart from the Owl Builder punch for a door handle. I wanted a candy cane, but the red candy cane didn't look right. I then decided to add candy canes from the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set around the entire house. I also added a scallop trim border around the bottom like icing (but way easier than the real thing). For the windows, I punched a square with the scallop trim corner punch to make a cute little background for my striped inside. I also added some peppermint candies to go with my theme.

The roof is featured in this picture. Yes, I did punch strip after strip of paper with the Scallop Trim Punch. I wanted it to look like icing. My favorite houses have the decorator icing all on top. I was afraid it wouldn't look right, but the only way to find out was to try. After I got the roof done, I added 1/2" circle punched circles of Real Red and Wild Wasabi and dabbed them with Dazzling Details. How fun! I love gumdrops!

Ok, here it is: how to combine two milk carton cut outs to make this box:
 I just adhered the tab of one of the boxes on to the side of the other and then folded every 2 panels. I then, folded the bottom tabs in so that one was on top of the other. Easy.

 
The top was a different story. I had to create new score lines by taking a ruler and my scoring tool from my simply scored. I went from the corners where the roof meets the side to the center of the panels. I refolded on these score lines and added my roof of crumb cake paper, which I had cut to 5 x 3 1/2" and scored at 2 3/4".
Perhaps this view helps:

 I hope this allows you to create your own!

Happy Stamping!

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7 comments:

  1. Oh Sara, this is just darling! May have to give my hand a try at this.

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  2. Awesome!! Thanks for all the details!! It came out amazing!!

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  3. My goodness how creative! Bet you had fun too!

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  4. Thanks for the pics to showcase all the details. What a great project. Awesome!

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