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Gingerbread House Place-Setting Project Instructions

1. Select your watercolor paper and trim it to 8.5in x 11in. We chose Multimedia Acquarello because it is light enough to handle folding well. Heavier watercolor papers will tend to crack, break or tear when creased. Transfer the gingerbread card template onto each sheet. Transfer paper works well for this; we used an Artograph Lightpad. When transferring, please note that the solid lines will be for cutting while the dotted lines will be used for folding.

2. Using an HB pencil, draw the decorative designs for your gingerbread house.

3. Cover all areas intended to remain white with Daniel Smith Masking Fluid. Use the Masking Fluid Applicator Tips to tease masking fluid into any fine details. If you're feeling adventurous, you may skip step 2 and draw directly with the masking fluid, just as you would draw directly with icing onto a real gingerbread house. Allow the masking fluid to dry completely.

4. Using your favorite Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors, begin painting the gingerbread card. We used our Holiday Scented Watercolors. These three colors and their mixtures can easily take care of most items associated with gingerbread houses. Allow the watercolor to dry completely.

5. Using a rubber cement pick-up, carefully remove all masking fluid from the card. You now have all of your bright whites!

6. On a self-healing cutting mat, use a sharp X-Acto knife to carefully cut out your gingerbread house. Be sure to not mistake any of your dotted fold lines for a cut line. Proceed to cut out the entire house shape.

7. Still on your cutting mat, use the pointed end of the bone folder, along with your ruler, to carefully score along each dotted line. This will make it much easier to accurately crease your paper.

8. Using your bone folder, carefully crease each dotted fold line. Make sure to fold each portion inward, keeping the painted sides facing outward.

9. Finally, using your favorite adhesive (tape or glue), join all of the folded flaps inside the house. We recommend joining the roof flaps to the underside of the roof first, then the wall flaps and finally the bottom floor flaps. These bottom flaps provide stability and allow you to place a weight inside the house so it does not get blown off the table—perhaps a cookie or small treat!

TIPS: Write each guest's name over their House Door or make a small slice in the roofline to insert a namecard. Print out extra templates onto plain white paper to keep younger guests entertained with a coloring project!

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