Tim Holtz Village Dies: The Mansion!

Welcome everyone! It’s Shari here with another installment using the Village series dies. I’m looking forward to building a collection that I can put on display for the holidays…like my mom always did with little porcelain houses, all lit up on a blanket of snow.

So….If you were a Victorian house… what kind would you be? I think I would be a colorful artsy one like the one I’ve created with brightly stained resit walls and silver accents. This… makes me Happy!

Shari Carroll Siz Mansion 1 600

I’ve only made one alteration from the original “Mansion” design. The suggested roof top is to use the top portion of the fence, but I opted to use the  Lace Thinly Die to create my own. I think it gives the house a little more of a dainty look.

Shari Carroll Siz Mansion 5 600

So… the roof shingles, these are one of my favorite parts, they are realistic looking with a bit of walnut stain added to the edges. The Village Rooftop dies have three styles, and a roof vent piece too!

Shari Carroll Siz Mansion 2 600

For the walls, I used Brushed Pewter Distress Paint to stamp the word images and then used Distress Stains for color creating a resist over the paint.

Shari Carroll Siz Mansion 3 600

I’ve created a video which shows how this all comes together that you can watch below , or on our YouTube channel here.


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The victorian House in my second in a series that I’ll be doing through December. If you missed my first “Surf Shack”, you can view it HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

  1. Wow Shari! Wow! I adore the cardstock print you created for the sides of the house! It reminds me of some of the older Basic Grey papers we used to be able to buy. Now I know how to recreate them! I love that you inspire others to be creative with the houses. You are a fabulous artist!

  2. Amazing Tim Holtz houses! Love your Surf Shack and your Mansion. They are both adorable and so fun with so much detail. Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Wow! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! What a wonderful Victorian house, with so many fabulous details! I also loved your surf shack – made me wish I was on a beach. :o)

  4. Your mansion hit it out of the ballpark. It’s fabulous. I love the walls. Well, actually, I love the whole thing. Thanks for the amazing project idea.

  5. Wow, wow, wow – this is stunning! I can not wait to see your finished collection (I always do a porcelain village setup, too, like your mom – THIS is much better!).

  6. Wow, wow, wow!! That’s all I can say. This looks amazing!! I’m off to watch the ‘how-to’ video and see if this is something I could pull off.

  7. Love everything you create, Shari. This is stunning, awesome, amazing, adorable…..all of these! Plus, I think you have a lot more patience than I do! LOL :) And credit to Tim & Co for the dies, which seem to have all you need and they fit together so well.

  8. I just ordered the house die. It should be here soon.
    The mansion might be my next project if the house/cabin
    goes OK.
    Love to make these kinds of crafts.

  9. I haven’t gotten the mansion yet but have the first two that were released a while ago! So fun to be able to build my own village~ TFS!

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