Sizzix Tutorial | Spooky Village House by Hilary Kanwischer

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today, kicking off the first of many Halloween projects for you.  Halloween is one of my most favorite of all Holidays to create for. I absolutely love to create spooky decor, and what is more Halloween than a spooky village house.  I hope you enjoy!

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My project today focus's on the new Village Buildings die.  It's an amazing die that allows you to create a whole host of village buildings in a million different configurations.  That of course is a slight exaggeration, but seriously, as many different buildings that you can think of.  Basically, the die comes with different roofs, windows and doors.  You simply add the house using squares, rectangles and triangles.  It's really very simple, I'll show you how below.

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To make my village house stand on it's own, but maintain a 'slim' appearance, I utilized the sides, of the Mini Shopping Bag die by Eileen Hull.

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For the spooky windows, I added the appearance of cracked glass through the use of a pen, and used and SVG Cuts file and my Eclips 2, to cut out the boards for the windows.

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I used another SVG Cut's file and my Eclips 2, to cut out a spooky little ghost that appears on the side of the house.

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I spray painted all the chipboard using a flat matte black spray paint to hide the look of raw chipboard.

Okay, let me show you how I created this spooky little house.

First you will need your dies, for the house, and I used, Village Buildings and the 4" Finished, 4 1/2 Unfinished" square.

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For your house, die cut from heavyweight chipboard, 2 scalloped edged roofs, one door and 5 windows.  Cut the same amount from patterned paper and yellow card stock.  To die cut, with this die on my Big Shot Pro, my Sizzix sandwich consisted of the tray, then the Big Shot Pro Adapter Pad, a cutting pad, the Village Buildings die with the cutting side up, the chipboard on top of the die and finally a cutting pad on top.  You do not need a crease pad for the Village Buildings die.  Run the sandwich through your die cutter.

Next you will need to cut 3 4 1/2" squares from chipboard and 3 4 1/2"  squares from patterned paper using the 4" Finished, 4 1/2" Unfinished Square. Take one of the squares of chipboard and one of the squares of pattern paper. Turn them diagonally and cut using a paper trimmer.

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You will then need to die cut 2  strips from black card stock using the Courtyard Frameworks die,  2 crosses from the Graveyard On the Edge die and 1 Branch Tree, both from chipboard.  At this step, I elected to spray paint all the chipboard with a matte black spray paint.  I don't like the look of raw chipboard, and I wanted this house to be spooky.  Spooky = black! :)

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Next, adhere your patterned papers to the raw side of the chipboard that was not painted.

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Then distress all the sides with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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To adhere the Courtyard card stock to the one of the roof panels I used a wet glue then trimmed off the excess using an Exacto knife.

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Then adhere the scalloped roof panels to the to triangles using a bead of hot glue.

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To give your spooky house the ability to stand on it's own you can use the sides from the Mini Shopping Coupon Bag die.  Your Sizzix sandwich is as follows for the Big Shot Pro:  the tray followed by the Big Shot Pro Adapter Pad, cutting pad, Mini Shopping Coupon Bag die with the cutting side up, chipboard, then cutting pad on top. Run this through your Big Shot Pro, cutting out only the sides of the Mini Shopping Bag.  You will need 2 from chipboard and 2 from patterned paper.

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Next, adhere the patterned paper to the side pieces, fold at the creases and adhere to the back of the 4" Finished, 4 1/2" Unfinished Square, and do the same for the other side.  You can add a piece to the bottom for more stabilization if you need to.  Just cut out another of the sides again from the Mini Shopping Coupon Bag die for the size you want, and adhere it along the bottom.

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Adhere the top square onto the the flaps from the above step and glue the roof panels down on top, one for the front and one for the back.

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It's time to embellish and finish your house.  I adhered the windows in fun angles and the door slightly ajar using hot glue. Add a small cross from the Graveyard On the Edge die to the front door and one the top of the house, slanted of course.  Draw around the edges of the windows and door using a black felt tip pen and add cracks to the windows.  I added a white wooden picket fence to the bottom sides and secured it with hot glue.  The branch tree was adhered to the back of the house using hot glue to secure it to the fence that wraps around the back.

For the boards on the windows and the peeking ghost I used my Sizzix Eclips2 electronic die cutting machine and two cutting files from SVG Cuts.

To finish, add a numbered plaque to the center of the roof panel.

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I love this project and I can't wait to make an entire spooky village using the Village Buildings die.  Can you imagine how sweet these would be for Christmas and even a little schoolhouse?  Oh they are so fun to configure.  I hope you enjoyed my project today and I hope this inspires you to create one of your own.

signature Hilary Kanwischer

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Other Supplies Used:

  • Chipboard
  • Patterned paper
  • Matte black spray paint
  • Yellow & black card stock
  • Wooden white picket fence
  • Numbered metal plaque
  • Black Soot distressing ink
  • Black felt tip pen
  • Hot glue
  • Wet glue
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Elmhurst Hollow and Spooky Silhouettes by SVG Cuts

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