Before I get to today’s project, I just wanted to share a reminder about October’s Join Special. For our 35 Anniversary, Stampin Up is running a Starter Kit promotion from October 3rd to 31st. There are two different options to pick from.
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And now for today’s project… the Haunted Mansion wreath. This mansion is created from a set of dies to create a variety of houses. The set has a bunch of different sizes of buildings, plus add-ons to make second and third stories, and all the tiny dies to make the siding, roof tiles, windows, and doors. I spent about a week working on the house in the evenings. I used Stampin Up card stock and inks for it, but the dies themselves are not Stampin Up.
One of the really cool features about this house is the lights inside of it. I bought a really small strand of lights and the battery pack for the lights is glued onto the back side of the house. Here it is all lit up. Plus you can see the glow through the slightly open front door.
Gluing a flat bottom house to a rounded wreath proved to be quite a challenge. I added in all the moss to flatten out the area for a base. I loved the way it looked so I added even more moss so I could add the candy corn trees around the house.
I’m guessing it took me around 15 or so hours to make the Haunted Mansion. There was a bit of a learning curve with the dies, trying to figure out how they fit together and then realizing I needed two of something to make it work. The wood siding on the house is embossed using an embossing folder, cut into .25″ strips, inked using a blending brush, and then individually glued on all the way around the house. Same with the roof tiles… lots and lots and lots of strips of roof tiles, all inked and hand glued.
Will I make another house with the dies? Probably, but not soon. It’s definitely a labor of love due to the amount of time it takes to make it with all the detail. But, wow, it sure looks amazing.