Monday 3 December 2012


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "House Rules".  I took the opportunity to use a lot of Tim Holtz vintage Christmas imagery for this piece.

My Christmas memories of a 60s childhood in the USA feature imagery perfectly matched by Tim Holtz's seasonal stamps and papers.  Some of my tree decorations are even in the original Shiny Brite boxes that feature in his designs!  Wishing to echo that style, I decided to create a vintage themed Christmas house to display here at home each holiday. 

I started by painting the house with A Dash of Red paint, which I darkened a little with Gathered Twigs distress ink.  I stamped snowflakes from the Winter Sketchbook set on the sides with gesso.  The triangular panel was cut from a piece of Dear Mr Claus paper and it acted as a base for the stamped ticket and the "Believe" lettering, which I had cut on the Cricut.  The Twinkle Tone Santa was taken directly from the Seasonal paper stack, with added Rock Candy stickles to highlight his beard and white fur.  The numbers were metallic numerals coloured with Tarnished Brass distress Stain and sanded in parts for extra texture.

The two Santas at the bottom were stamped then coloured with Promarkers.  I used distressed copper brads to add interest to the wooden frame, first using a craft pick to create a hole for each one.

The roof tiles were cut on the Cricut, from a sheet of Retro Grunge card stock, and edged with a white pen for a snowy effect.  The icicles on the front and sides were given a liberal application of Rock Candy stickles for extra sparkle!

I'm really happy with how this turned out, now I just need to make sure that I pack it away securely each year so that it will last a good few years!

Supplies I used included:

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misteejay said...

Dan this is wonderful and certainly something to treasure for future years.

Toni xx

Candy C said...

Dan...your Christmas house is fabulous! I so love the red! The white icicles are so striking on that really cool roof! Love LOVE LOVE all of your Santa images in the different compartments. And...the red ornaments piled in the one compartment is such a cute idea! <3 Candy

Shazza said...

love this Dan, hope you are well x

Andrea said...

Amazing is what this is Dan, what a wonderful treasure you have made and to be kept for generations x

Tracey said...

Fabulous Dan! LOVE all those Santa's

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Dan , fabulous eye catching house, love the rich warm red and the icicles are a perfect touch. Wonderful use of imagery and I love the roof tiles. INSPIRED. Tracy x

Sandra said...

Wow Dan, stunning house! Love all the decorations! What a beautiful piece! Hugs, Sandra

email: said...

Awesomely festive house, Dan! I really love the way you made the snow/icicles at the top!

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Gillian .... said...

Hey Dan ... can I come visit your house, love the "traditional" colours and the icicles look fab. x

khairul044 said...

Hi Dan , fabulous eye catching house, love the rich warm red and the icicles are a perfect touch. Wonderful use of imagery and I love the roof tiles.

Words and Pictures said...

Delicious vintage look to this - love the glossy red baubles and the lovely Father Christmas images - gorgeous!
Alison x

Sue Jones said...

Wow what a wonderful project!

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