19 December 2019

Gingerbread House - 3D papercrafting, stencil embossing

For this holiday season, I decided to make a Gingerbread House but with paper and stamping and other non-edibles. The Gingerbread people and the Mermaid Scales stencil from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps were the start of my inspiration. I added in die cuts from Spellbinders, Elizabeth Craft Designs, and Sizzix with Nuvo drops, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, Snow-Tex, and Glamor Dust.

Putting It Together

This project took so much longer than I intended or than it should have because of my health issues. I had surgery in mid-Nov to repair an incisional hernia. I was recovering wonderfull until an abscess developed and sent me to the ER in the first week of Dec. I was in the hospital a week, more time than for the three previous surgeries (the repair and the two which caused and contributed to its need). I have been recovering at home since, taking heavy antibiotics which have been a bit zombie-ifying (if the malady doesn't kill you, the cure will *laugh*). I've only been able to work on this in small doses of time making its completion take a lot longer.

I started with printing house pieces from an online tutorial: http://essyjae.com/2017/06/22/simple-paper-gingerbread-house-tutorial/ and fussy cutting them. I printed and trimmed additional pieces without the tabs so I could emboss which, from experience, weakens folds. I used kraft for the gingerbread-like appearance.

I used stencils to emboss various parts. The sandwich for stencil embossing is, from the bottom: cut plate, stencil, paper/cardstock, tan silicone mat from Spellbinders, cut plate. Run it through the Big Shot.

For the roof, I used the Kraftin' Kimmie Mermaid Scales stencil for a scallop-y roof. I've been thinking of a roof with this stencil ever since I got it.

I used brown and dark red inks with a blender to add colour to the roof pieces.

I then used a palette knife to apply and uneven coat of Snow-Tex. I sprinkled Glamour Dust on the snow for sparkle.

I used an icicle die to cut vellum which I sandwiched between the roof and the decorated roof pieces. I used Aqua Shimmer on the icicles for a subtle sparkle.

I lined up the printed lines on my scoreboard to make it easier to score and fold the flaps.

I used a window die, adhered between the base wall and the decorated wall, to add the cross pieces for the windows.

I used the Woodgrain stencil to emboss the walls of the house then used caramel ink to highlight the embossing.

I used a brush to add a light spotty coating of adhesive then sprinkled the walls with Glamor Dust.

For the windows and door, I used a frame die. I cut it from patterned paper with two layers of kraft for each opening.

I used a glittery paper on the door and added enamel dots to the window and door frames for a candy look. I used an enamel dot for the doorknob, too. I added vellum for the window 'glass'.

I cut a round hole in the 6x6" matboard base with a Movers and Shakers steel rule die to make it easy to add a candle to the house. I put the house together and added it to the base.

For the walkway, I embossed with the Lots of Dots stencil then used mocha and grey inks with a blender.

I fussy cut the edges of the walkway and added it to the base. I also added a vellum 'screen' between the door and the candle hole.

I added Snow-Tex with Glamor Dust to the yard with some over the walkway. This finished the house a couple days before I ended up back in the hospital.

I stamped the gingerbread people multiple times, tightly fussy cutting four copies and with a thin margin for the top. I stacked the people to make 'cookies'.

I used Nuvo drops, Stickles, and Liquid Pearls to 'frost' the cookies, leaving them to dry in between colours.

In addition to the people cookies, I used a die to cut and stack trees that I also frosted with the drops.

For candy decorations on the house, I used Spellbinder dies with heavy white cardstock. I used the open spaces on the dies like stencils to add the red.

I added the candies and cookies to the house to finish.

Placing a lit battery candle in the hole gives it a magical glow.



Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Anything Goes and Skrappy Challenge
Watercooler Wednesday: Anything Goes
Outlawz Festive Friday: Christmas
Dies R Us: Anything Christmas
Try It on Tuesday: Christmas is Coming
Crafter's Cafe: Holiday and/or Something Starting with C (candy and cookies)
A Bit More Time to Craft: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: Anything Christmas


  1. This is an amazing piece of art. And I bet you had a lot of fun making it also. Happy holidays and thanks for sharing this fantastic art with us at Try It On Tuesday. Hugs-Erika

  2. Wow, this is an amazing project. I love your Gingerbread house and the figures.
    You must have had a lot of fun creating this and it will last for other years as a Christmas decoration. Thank you so much for linking with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

  3. Wow you've made a fantastic job with this house, it's full of details I love it. Thanks for joining us at the Try it on Tuesday's challenge. Hugs, María.

  4. Hello Rijacki! wow! such an amazing project, full of little details! thank you for sharing your embossing recipe and sandwich with stencils! I never tried this, such a beautiful result with woodgrain stencil for the walls, and not to mention the roof! absolutly stunning. wish you a wonderful holiday season!

  5. Wowsers this is simply stunning. I love all the details, especially the icicles on the roof and how you created the texture on the walls. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Tristan DT.

  6. OMG how adorable! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Dies R Us challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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  7. AWESOME project!! Love that cute house.Thanks for joining us at Dies R Us!

  8. Wow! What a wonderful Christmas project, Rijacki! You have done a brilliant job of making this 3D scene really come to life with all the clever little details! Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday 3 week Challenge!


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