At convention this summer one of the bonus goodies I brought home was a full package of the Deck the Halls Designer Series paper. I’ve hoarded it a bit, waiting for just the right project. Then a few weeks ago I broke down and ordered a Decor Elements Design a House to play with:
- Decor Elements Design a House
- Jolly Old St Nick stamp set
- Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
- Vellum; Chocolate Chip, Whisper White and Always Artichoke card stock
- Real Red and Basic Black Classic ink pad
- Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers
- Modern Label and assorted Circle punches
- XL Two Step Bird punch; Scallop trim punch
- Big Shot and Lattice Textured Embossing Folder
- Silver Glass Glitter
- LOADS of Tombo, the wonder adhesive; Sticky Strip; and a few mini glue dots
Do you like it? I’m really excited because I broke out the glitter – and it’s not like Dazzling Diamonds at all! It’s VERY easy to clean up and so far I haven’t heard any complaints from Mr. Maui Stamper, also known as He Who Does NOT Like Glitter, Not One Little Bit. The Glass Glitter stays put with Tombo.
Here’s a side view:
This was fun, but I’ll repeat what I heard from others – don’t rush the Design-a-House. I took my time tracing the templates onto my Designer Series papers and adhering them to the walls, and I used a LOT of Tombo because I didn’t want any air bubbles. I used the flat applicator side on the Tombo bottle and covered the wall before I put the paper on, and I was pleased with the results. I did go a little over-the-top with the windows, because instead of cutting them out, I cut an “X” through the DSP and folded it back in around the opening to create a finished edge.
The chimney is Chocolate Chip cardstock that went through the Big Shot with the Lattice embossing folder. The scallop trim under the eaves was cut as one long strip, but it wouldn’t sit flat when I attached it underneath the roof, so I trimmed and mitred the peaks. The wreath on the front door is a circle – I think the 1 inch – with another circle – I think it was 1/2 inch – punched out of the center. I layered the Tombo on and covered it with Glass Glitter and just let it dry.
Wouldn’t it be fun to have a collection of these over the years to showcase Stampin’ Up! Christmas papers?