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Funkie Junkie: Festive Fun

Hello and welcome back! Today over at the Funkie Junkie Challenge blog the DT is putting together a festive showcase to share some projects and inspiration with you. I have decided to create with the Tim Holtz Sizzix die sets Paper Village 1 and 2 to make a gingerbread village.

Here I have turned a combination of paper village houses a gingerbread mansion. For video instruction click here for part 1. Below are the materials I used for the basic construction of the gingerbread mansion. Used: Paper village die sets 1 and 2, die set village dwellings (cathedral window framed and outline and cottage shingles die, walnut stain distress ink, collage medium, distress glitter, remnant rubs metal tool, vellum, and hot glue gun. For parts 2 and 3 of this tutorial and demo click here for 2 and here for 3.

Here are the window pieces that I used in addition to paper village die cuts.

For die cut pieces I used kraft heavy sock paper as a foundation to cut: 4 tower pieces from set 2, 2 pieces for the long house in set 2 and matching roof pieces, 2 square house segments and a roof from set 1.

Next I used the remnant rub tool to crease over the relief lines again on all of the die cuts.

After I cut four sets of shingle pieces for roofing.

Here I then creases all of the building pieces. To crease I used my finger mail to bend and crease the flaps. You could also use a hard edged piece of plastic to use as an edge to crease these lines on as well.

Now is is time to assemble the houses. For assembly I like to use hot glue. Other options for assembly could include double sided tape or collage medium. The only downside to collage medium is that it will take longer to dry.

Here is the assembled base of the long house from set 2.

For the towers I pre cut out a cathedral window before assembly. Again I used hot glue to assemble the two die cut pieces together.

Then I folded up the roof for the tower and glued that too.

With the tower assembled I decided to add some frosted windows. To do this I cut down some scraps of vellum it behind the window frame.

I then did the same with the other building pieces.

Here is a picture of the square house from set one and its vellum window.

Next I glued down the roof shingles for the roofs. For the long house it took 8 strips of roofing shingles to cover the whole roof. The squad building’s roof took 4 strips each cut in half.

Then I added some hot glue on the top flaps of the house to glue down the roof.

Then I held the roof on for a few seconds to make sure it was secure.

Here I decided to make the frosted windows a bit sparkly. I added some collage medium and some distress glitter to the windows.

Then I glued the tops of the towers on.

Before getting into assembly I added a small riser to give the tower a bit of extra hour. To do this I used a piece of the roofing shingles.

With all the buildings constructed I then added some highlights with some distress ink walnut stain.

To apply the distress ink I used a mini ink tool by Ranger to apply ink to the edges of the buildings and roofs.

Once all the edges where distressed I then took some rough measurements to cut a triangle to put the small square house on top of the large long house. Here I traced a triangle by lining up the roof of the large house to the base of the square house.

Then I cut out a triangle. To attach the two parts I added some hot glue and then added the small building to the roof.

The last parts I attached were the two side towers. These were hot glued to the sides of the house to finishing making an altered paper village mansion.

Part 2 Decorating the Ginger Manor. For the next part of this tutorial we will be altering some Idea-ology bubbles and baubles. 

To color these I added equal portions of the beads and baubles into three cups.  I then used crimson to color the ones below. I colored the other two batches with boysenberry and  glacier.

Now comes my favourite part, frosting the building. To do this used a silicone cake decorating frosting syringe. I like these because they are reusable and easy to clean.

To load it I used a Ranger pallet knife and some distress texture paste. By taking small scoops I was able to smoosh the texture paste into the tube and scraping it along the side.
Once filled about 2/3 of the way full I then used the plunger to tamp down the distress texture paste. For the nozzle I used the mini star frosting tip.

Before we start frosting this gingerbread mansion let’s first talk a little about technique. If you have ever frosted a cake or cookies this mint sound familiar. The basic way to frost an item is to make a strait line with the frosting. Push on the plunger and draw slowly in a strait line.

The other way I will apply frosting will be to make a snail trail. To do this I am pressing lightning on the plunger and wobbling the frosting top up and down in a rocking motion to create some frosted ruffles. See video for close up details. Click here. See section 0:7:15

The sections of the houses that I most often use the snail trail on are the roof peaks and along the bases of the houses.

Below I have frosted all of he edges of the building. I also used a snail trail on the eves of the house.

With all the frosting in place I then started to add on the colorful bubbles and baubles. These I placed in the frosting while it was still wet in order to get the embellishments to stick.

With the front of the manor completed and dry, dry time took about 30min. I then frosted the back of the manor and added some baubles to the tops of the towers.

Here is the finished gingerbread manor.

Part 3 Gingerbread Village Table Décor Assembly:
To start the assembly process I will first be altering some sticks. These we collected out in the field when I cut down a birch tree for this project. Click here for video.

I will be Turing these sticks into some frosted trees. To do that I spread some collage medium onto the sticks with my fingers. (Using a brush would work well too)

Then I used a glitter duster to sprinkle on some distress rock candy glitter. Once the sticks were glittered I set them aside to dry for about 20mim.

Here is a white birch slab that I cut and will serve as a foundation for our gingerbread village. For the extreme crafting video click here.

 To start this decor piece I used some hot glue to attach the gingerbread mansion to the birch slab. I also used some cotton balls to help prop up the house since the wood foundation was uneven in some areas.

Below is my rough layout for the gingerbread houses before I started hot gluing the rest of them down.

Once all the houses were glued down I then took a .25 drill bit and drilled out some holes to put sticks into to make trees. In total I drilled eight holes.

Here I placed the sticks in the predrilled holes and then secured them with more hot glue. Around each tree I then added some bits of cotton to help anchor the trees.

Once all the trees were placed I then added in the rest of the cotton fluff for a snowy look.

Next I added in a set of metal idea-ology gates. I altered the gates with some distress paint picket fence and candied apple to give the fence a candy cane look. I also added on some Idea-ology stars for some added sparkle. For the walkway I laid down a path of gum drops that were altered with some alcohol ink: glacier and dandelion. 

Here is the finished gingerbread village. For finishing touches I sprinkles some glitter over the cotton ball snow while the collage medium was still wet.

Thank you so much for joining me here today for some crafty fun. Happy crafting!

This project was inspired by the theme of Cold as Ice for the weekly Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. Creating icy cold snowdrifts with cotton balls and icing (frosted) gingerbread houses with sparkling distress glitter.

Here are some close up photos of the village.

Inspired shopping 

Paper Village 2

Village Dwellings

Distress Paint picket fence

Distress paint candied apple

Distress Glitter Clear Rock candy

Idea-ology baubles

Ornate Gates
Collage medium

Pallet knife

Texture paste

Kraft heavy stock


  1. This is such a wonderful project! It's amazing to see all the work that went into it, but I bet you were loving every single minute. And what a fabulous display with so much attention to detail! Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas!


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