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. OH my gosh, that is so amazing! I love the paper that she used, with the blues and green. Gives a whimsical magical look

  2. What an awesome job!! I love your “Colorful Artful Victorian House”!! I think it represents every one of us artsy type people out there. It’s perfect and beautiful!!!! I can’t imagine what work went into this!!

  3. How cool! Our wonderful neighbor has these types of little houses up for the holidays. We’ll have to share this with him, how fun!

  4. Shari, this house also makes me very happy. It’s delightful. Will be eager to see your completed. village all nestled in snow as we approach the holidays.

  5. This message is for Kelly about her wreath video card. The colouring was so good that I thought you had used something 3d like M & M’s! Wonderful job!! Sorry I couldn’t find the comments for your video!!

  6. That is just a wow look and so appreciate seeing all the steps and hints you have given me … I really liked the look and sturdiness of the watercolor paper. Thanks so much.

  7. This die could make a whole bunch of amazing mansions!! Christmas Village ideas are popping in my head now!

  8. I love this mansion so much! I’ve always been partial to 3D papercrafting and this is absolutely superb!!! Thanks for the awesome inspiration today and everyday!!!!

  9. So, so cute and great video. You are so talented and I enjoy your project very much. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  10. Just WOW! You make it look easy. The background on the house is simply amazing. Your tutorial is very clear and detailed – thanks! What a beautiful project.

  11. Fabulous project! I love the colors and love the picket fence. I’m so in awe of your creativity and your awesome skills at putting those ideas to paper!

  12. All of your houses are wonderful. Each has it’s own traits and your coloring and constructions is absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  13. I watched the Haunted Mansion first. What. Great comparison to this mansion! I love your coloring and technique for both!

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