Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Holidays 2019

Lawn Fawn Build-A-House Die: Gingerbread Houses

Hello friends. I’m back today with cards featuring an adorable die from Lawn Fawn. It’s the Build-A-House Die and the Build-A-House Christmas Add-On Dies. I decided to make Gingerbread Houses using the Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas stampset. This little house can be used on a card or as a standalone card as I will show you in this post. These cards are available in my shop NOW! Go check out my Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals!

I love decorating gingerbread houses. It’s so much fun and they just look so cute. Do you like making gingerbread houses for Christmas? What holiday traditions do you and your family have?

I made four gingerbread houses with this die. I was able to create several different looks using the Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas stampset. Here’s how these came together…

I started by diecutting all the house bases from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock. I also diecut two roofs from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock and two from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″, four square and four arch windows from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ the back pieces for the windows in Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″, four chimneys from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock, and the doors, one in each of Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock, Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″, Simon Says Stamp Green Apple 100lb Card Stock, and Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock. I also diecut three wreaths from the Build-A-House Christmas Add-On Dies in Simon Says Stamp Green Apple 100lb Card Stock and three bows from Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock.

Next I inked the edges of all the pieces cut from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag Cardstock and the red and green doors with Tim Holtz Distress® Ink Pad Gathered Twigs to make them look more like gingerbread cookies since the real ones would probably have a little browned edge to them.

I assembled all the houses, but left the window off since I wanted to color the backgrounds and add images inside the windows. I turned one house into a card by tracing one of the house bases and fussycutting it out. I did it this way instead of using the die so that the window hole at the top of the house isn’t present. I scored the top edge of that piece and adhered it to one of the houses. It’s best to adhere the card back before adhering the chimney or the roof. I set those aside and moved onto the stamping…

I stamped several of each of the images from Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I stamped many, many more of the candy images than the trees and the gingerbread people since I knew I was going to use them to decorate my houses. After all what is a gingerbread house without lots of candy?!? I colored the images using COPIC markers. All the gingerbread people were colored using E33 and E37, C3 and the blender (0) for the white trim. I used R5 and R17 for the bow tie. I used YG13 and G94 for the trees as well as E37 and E29 for the trunk. For the candy canes and peppermint sticks I used R5 and R17. The rest of the candy and gumdrops were colored with R5 and R17, YG13 and G94, BG000 and BG01, R81 and R85, BV00 and BV11. I also colored all the window backgrounds with Y00 and Y13.

I added highlights to the images with a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Pen – White. I added Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White in for the gingerbread people’s buttons and Autumn Red for the ornaments on the trees. Then I diecut them all with their respective dies. This is the most time consuming part of these cards — the coloring and diecutting. So keep that in mind if you want to make these cards, especially in multiples as I have done here. If you don’t like coloring these might not be the cards for you. But you can also just do basic coloring, no shading, with any markers.

Time to create the individual cards. I created 3 card bases using Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, cut to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″.

For the first card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and ink blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN to create a sky. I sprayed some water using my Tim Holtz 4oz. DISTRESS SPRAYER, let it sit for a few seconds and dabbed it with a paper towel, then added splatters with some Delta Creative Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in White and a small paintbrush.

I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with 3M Foam Tape. I added a tree and a yellow background to the square window and a tiny gingerbread man to the arch window and a yellow background and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing some foam tape just behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with peppermint sticks and peppermint candies. I also added a tiny peppermint candy to the door and a larger gingerbread man to the roof of the house. And added two trees in the background and some candies as well.

I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, measuring 3-3/4 x 1/2″, with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink and adhered it using some 3M Foam Tape. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red to the door for a doorknob, Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the chimney, roof, windows and the edges to simulate frosting, and WHITE BLIZZARD Nuvo Glitter Drops to the background and the edge of the snowy hillside.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another sentiment from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink and added peppermint candies scattered.

Dimensions


For the second card, I cut a piece of blue plaid paper from Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Spring 6 x 6 Paper (retired) to 4 x 5-1/4″ and ink blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS to create a sky.

I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added a tree and a yellow background to the square window and a gingerbread man peeking from the arch window and a yellow background and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing a piece of scrap cardstock behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with peppermint sticks and peppermint candies and added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door. I created a fence with the candy canes on the hillside. I added a gingerbread family, lollipops, and peppermint candies as well.

I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut it out and adhered it flat using some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the chimney, roof, windows and the edges to simulate frosting, the sky and the door knob and WHITE BLIZZARD Nuvo Glitter Drops to the edge of the snowy hillside.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another sentiment from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink and added candy canes at the bottom edge.

Dimensions


For the third card, I cut a piece of grey and white plaid paper from Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Winter 6 x 6 Paper (retired) to 4 x 5-1/4″ and ink blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN to create a sky.

I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added a gingerbread man and a yellow background to the square window and just a yellow background to the arch window and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing a piece of scrap cardstock behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with gumdrops and lollipops. I also added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door.

I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut it out and adhered it flat using some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the chimney, roof, windows and the bottom of the house to simulate frosting, the sky and the door knob.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another sentiment from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink and added Lollipops at the bottom edge.

Dimensions

For the fourth card, I added a large peppermint candy to the top window and a tree and a and a yellow background to the square window and added those to the house. I added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door and candy canes on either side of the door. I added peppermint sticks to the roof and peppermint candies to the bottom of the house and finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the roof and chimney.

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Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try on your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email

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