Saturday, October 21, 2017

Happiest Holidays: Glitter House Village



As often happens when we first see Marcys illustrations, I think I gasped out loud when I saw todays sweet,sweet set called Glitter House Village.  I've had such a fascination for sweet little minature scenes from the time I was little, and I think this set really captures the whimsy and warmth of the Christmas season.  

Heres what Marcy had to say about this beautiful set.  

Obsessed. I'm totally obsessed with the precious ’40s-era glittered cardboard villages, decked out in micro-flitter, tufted with cottony snow, based on home designs of the time. Also called "putz" houses, the tiny buildings (homes, churches, shops) were available in dimestores, allowing everyone to create a sweet snowy Christmas village on their mantel. These days, you can find remakes of the vintage glittery cardboard houses — and you an also find them in this fun stamp set! Have a great time coloring this one in all manner of palettes, decorating the bottlebrush trees and adding dimension for that 3-D effect. And don't forget to use lots of sparkle as a finishing touch. Two accents - felt pom-pom fringe and an evergreen bough - can be repeated to make a swag below the village. Randomly stamp the snowy sky as a background. Place the large or small North Star ornament in the sky with the radiating glow.


In March of this year I made a similar design with a spring-time Garden Gate theme and our set Natural Beauties.  This set looked like a great way to revisit that theme with a little Christmas Village.  I coloured it all up with Copics to give it the feel of a tiny cardboard village.  Then I cut a little gate with my Silhouette machine, and formed a card 4 1/4 x 11 with scoring lines at 2 3/4 inches from each end on the long sides.  Then I just trimmed around the fence to create the gate opening.  

After it was put together I pulled out some chunky glitter and after adding some Mono-Multi glue to the rooftops and snow, covered it with glitter.  That’s one of the sweet hallmarks of Putz Houses, they do celebrate a lot of glitter.  Chunky glitter though - is a little hard to photograph!  



Here’s a few views with the fences open from each side.  The set includes some lovely boughs and borders you can incorporate, and I thought they looked so perfect along the fence.  




You can see that chunky glitter gets everywhere, just like snow :)



I’ve tried to capture the shimmer and shine of the glitter in this photo.  It is such a sweet scene don’t you think?  I can’t wait to colour it up in other themes....like pastel....I think that would be gorgeous!



Here's the Bloom Brigade in action....



Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Kathy Jones
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

13 comments:

Pa Willia said...

Beautiful!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Brilliant idea. Absolutely love it. Cheers.

Nancy Thomas said...

This stopped me in my tracks this morning. Absolutely gorgeous!

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeousss Christine
Gr Karin

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christine!!! What a darling and absolutely beautiful card! I LOVE this Christmas village, and your coloring is spectacular! You've used some lovely vintage-feeling colors, and I love the fence/gate with the boughs with lights and glitter for the snow! It's gorgeous, and I LOVE it and just can hardly wait to use it. This would be a real keepsake to display each Christmas. Amazing and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your gifts and art! Hugs! xoxo

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my gosh, it's so cute and YAY! for glitter! I love your darling fence, especially with the garland draped along. Very festive!

Nora N. said...

This is AMAZING!! I adore how you created that interactive fence!!

Esther Asbury said...

Oh how perfect - you added a picket fence with lovely pine boughs in front of your beautifully colored village! So cute!

Lisa said...

This is adorable!! The gate and your beautifully colored village remind me of growing up in New England and the town all decorated for the holidays. Lovely card!

Lynne said...

Incredible. The picket fence is such a wonderful idea. This is such a wonderful release, each sneak better than the last.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow this little town scene is fantastic and you have done an awesome job coloring it, I love the fence you have added to it also!

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

Wow !! This is such a great and cute idea !

Stacy Morgan said...

Oh my goodness... totally adorable. the swag on the fence is priceless and again gorgeous coloring. You out did yourself this release Christine.