Sunday 1 November 2020

Colourful paper houses - Christmas ornaments

Hello dear crafters, it's already November and we have a new challenge at the Country View Challenges, the theme is Anything but a card and the lovely Jane will be your hostess.

For this challenge, I made Christmas ornaments, colourful paper houses with sparkly snow on their roofs.

For making these houses, I used Tim Holtz's latest Paper Village Thinlits dies and Distress paints. If you like these decorations I can tell you how I made them. For my tutorial, I chose the pink house to explain everything.

First of all, I cut out the structures from 300 gsm (110lb) watercolour paper. Then I folded along the crease lines.

Then I added two layers of Distress paint (Spun Sugar).

Then I inked the edges with Hickory Smoke Archival ink.

Since I wanted a more vintage look, I also added Vintage Photo Archival ink to the edges.

About the windows and doors, here I used only the doors of this set but I cut it off totally because actually it's bending, you can open it and close it. But for this design, I just needed a separate door. 

I didn't use the windows of this set, I used the window of Village Bungalow Bigz die instead.

You can find the heart in the Valentine Side Order die set. 

All the pieces were inked with Vintage Photo ink. Then I started to glue them on the house. In this picture, you can see that I placed the door 2cms from the edge.

Now all the pieces are on the right place.

I will continue with the roof. I cut it out from the same paper that I used for the structures. I inked the edges, then I made a hole in the middle for the twine.

Then I pulled the twine through the hole. Luckily, I have found a nice twine,  beige colour with gold threads.

In the end, I added an even layer of Ranger Glossy Accents and sprinkled with Ranger Clear Rock Candy glitters.

When it was dry, I placed the roof on the frames. 

I also created a base for my house. For this I cut out a 5,6x2,5 cms rectangle.

When I glued the house to the base and when it was dry, I added again Glossy Accents around the edges of the base and sprinkled again with the Ranger glitters.

For painting the house, I chose the following Ranger Distress paint colours: Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Candied Apple, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass. 

For sealing them and for giving them a little shine, I added a thin layer of Marabu Satin Matt Varnish.

If you have a project which is not a card, please don't hesitate to join our November challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher to spend at the Country View Crafts online shop.

With my little houses, I would like to join the challenge of The Funky Junkie Boutique Blog: Home is where the heart is


  1. Monika these are absolutely amazing!! So much work but they look wonderful on your stand. Take care and have a very happy November, Sue xx

  2. These are beautiful Monika - really lovely xx

  3. Fabulous idea for Christmas tree decorations! I love the pearl and glitter details Monika. x

  4. Such a cool project ! Love it !
    Corrie x

  5. Oh, Monika, I love these little houses! They are looking so cute! The final touch with the glitter make them perfect.
    Happy November!
    Evelyn xx

  6. These are just fabulous Monika.

  7. Awww these gorgeous Monika. A whole town of sweet houses. Happy November xx

  8. Super cute homes and creation, love this!! :D Thank you for sharing Monika! (saw this on Flilly and Junkie's blog :)
    Happy Sunday, Corinne x

  9. Oh gosh these are absolutely beautiful Monika and I love the colours you've used to decorate each one. Thank you for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog for this challenge xx

  10. Oh, my goodness, Monika! I when I saw these little sparkly pastel houses! I soooo want this die set! I'm so happy you shared your homes with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog for this Home is Where the Heart Is challenge!

  11. These little house ornaments are adorable and so cheerful. Love the sparkle on the roofs. Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.


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