Here is another Christmas pop-up card. This time it’s a Gingerbread House as the pop-up. I chose to do a gingerbread house because I just got a white gel pen and it’s so fun to use. I had to think of an excuse to use it and I thought the icing on gingerbread would be perfect.
The other idea I had was to mix cinnamon and cloves in the paint so the house would actually smell like gingerbread. That didn’t work out as well as I expected. It has the faint smell of cloves and cinnamon but it’s not very strong. I think the paint covered up the wonderful Christmasy smell. I will experiment with that again though. I didn’t want to waste too much paint so I didn’t mix as much as I should have.
I made the house out of the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling Die. It’s the basic house without the front gable. On most of the pop-up houses I studied online, the roof is not attached at the wall-roof intersection because it has to float enough for the house to become square during the popping up action. I attached the roof with a folded piece of paper in the center under the roofline. I also cut the roof larger to make overhangs to cover up the gabled ends of the house better.
I made a couple of other pop-up features – 2 gingerbread men, 2 snowmen and one tree from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Christmas Things. I think they are a nice addition to the house. The page the house sits on needs more decor. I will work on that.
The front of the card was fun to do as well. The background is a Tim Holtz Layered Stencil called Crossed where I used crackle texture paste highlighted with Distress Walnut Stain Ink. I used some Christmas papers from paper stash and mini-paper stash behind that. The cardstock inside is scrapbook paper from years gone by. I love the deer from the Winter Woodlands Thinlet dies. And then there are 2 stamped messages – “Wishing You Peace and Joy” and “Happy Holidays”. I choose those 2 because it’s after Christmas. I’m going to send this to a friend with 2 girls. I think they will enjoy it.
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