Mrs. Claus

Whilst visiting family over Christmas, we came across a sign in a café window and I instantly knew it had to become a journal page as it’s served with Christmas Cheer!


The sign was wooden so to create this effect I started by using a technique I have used before which is Colourcraft Brusho Colours and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I sprinkled Brusho powders onto the page then painted the gel medium over the top, keeping my brush strokes in the same direction. I added more texture with Pine Needles Distress Ink, running the ink pad vertically down the page and using a blending tool to lightly disperse the colour, I then covered this in gel medium too. The result was quite bright so I added a very thin layer of white gesso to some parts of the page, then covered the whole page with Crushed Corduroy Distress Ink using a blending tool. To achieve a glossy finish and make the green and brown pop more I applied a coat of diluted PVA glue. I then edged the page with a black Big Brush marker which I applied using an old gift card. I fussy cut the words from a photo of the sign and stuck them to the page with a UHU Stic. When the glue had dried I outlined them with a white Uniball gel pen and a black Uni Pin marker. The teacup and saucer are also from the sign and I enhanced the colours and design using Derwent Inktense pencils. I painted tea in the cup using diluted Tea Dye Distress Ink and a white gel pen. For the tag, I distressed the edges with scissors, stamped red script using Memento Ink and edged it with Distress Inks. I stamped the words onto the tag using black Archival Ink and added some highlights with a white gel pen. I wanted the tag to depict the tag from a teabag immersed in the cup so I inserted the string under the rim of the cup before I stuck it down with a UHU Stic. I used the same white gel pen to overwrite the “served with Christmas Cheer!” and cut it out with fun scissors then edged it with Distress Ink and white gel pen and stuck it to the page with a UHU Stic. To finish I added a lovely red bow recycled from a bag of shortbread biscuits, a beautiful glass candy cane which is a wine glass charms that I picked up in a local Charity Shop, as well as the red snowflakes and little gem stones.


I thought we would join Mrs. Claus, so we chose tea which is served in our new Christmas mugs along with mince pies – delicious! We got these china mugs as Christmas presents, a Robin one for me and one for my hubby with his initial on – aren’t they gorgeous! I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday – Happy T Day! I hope you all had the best of times over Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Colourcraft Brusho Colours (Emerald Green, Dark Brown)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot)
  • Memento Ink (Love Letter)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist’s Pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils (Poppy Red 0400, Teal Green 1300, Apple Green 1400)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamps (Script CS572)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE 907115)
  • Home Bargains (Recycled Tags)
  • Poundland (Christmas Craft Pack 17139-MC16)
  • Oaktree UK Eleganza Craft Stickers (3mm 418 Gems Red No.16)
  • Pier Wine Charms
  • Fun Cut Scissors
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Everbuild PVA Bond
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Xpress It double-sided tape

40 thoughts on “Mrs. Claus

  1. Once again, I’m in awe of your journal page. I love the background. You put so much into it before you even began to create the rest of the page.

    I haven’t had a mince pie since my grandmother made them back when I was a child. I’m not sure I liked them, because if I recall, she used suet in hers, something she could only get at that time of year.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful pies and your new and simply adorable mugs with us for T this Tuesday. I’m in awe of your new mugs. I am sure we’ll see them again in the coming months!

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    • Thanks Susi! We both loved our mugs and I’d be happy to share my mince pies with you :-). Happy T Day and a Happy New Year, may 2017 bring you happiness, peace, love and light! Wishing you the very best today and all year long. J 🙂 x


  2. the teacup on your journaling page is beautiful, but actually i envy you for the Robin one;) it really is outstanding. and please let me taste of that mince pie, i never had one before:)
    happy t-day!


  3. Your journal page is very special. Very christmassy. Great.
    And I just love your mugs, especially the robin. Mince pies! Yum! I made some too. We can get mince meat around christmas time through certain channels at a market stall run by ex-pats. So I have been able to make them. And very nice they were too.
    Happy T-Day and also a happy new Year,

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  4. Its a lovely name for the sign in the shop, your page looks fantastic. A super background with the Brusho’s.
    Your new cups look great , especially that sweet robin. Yummy mince pies as well.
    Happy T day. and a Happy New Year.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. What a sweet journal page. I wonder if the shop is called Mrs. Claus all yearor if they just put that sign up this time of year. Wow – you really woked hard to create that great background. Thanks for listing the supplies. new stuff to add to my wish list 😉 Happy T Day!

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  6. I really like your page. I thought it was the actual wood sign, but your brushos and medium technique works great. I need to remember that. I got a new mug for Christmas too, which I will show next year! 🙂 Yours are quite gorgeous. I love the robin. Sounds like it was a great holiday and I hope your new year starts off great too. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks a lot Erica! I love the wood effect, it’s so realistic and such a fun technique. I can’t wait to see your new mug next year … lol. We had a great time so watch this space I’ll be creating a few more journal pages. Happy T Day and wishing you a 2017 that brings you and your family happiness and peace! J 🙂 x


  7. Your new robin mug is precious Jo!
    And your journal page is really lovely with your wooden background technique and the bow and candy cane are perfect touches too.
    Time moves so quickly it is hard for me to think that Mrs Claus has to wait for the fun to begin again next year 😉 already! That really is a charming name for a shop all year round.
    Thank you for keeping in touch while I was unplugged. That really was extra nice of you.
    I missed visiting with you.
    Happy T Day! oxo

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    • Thanks so much Patty! It is a charming name for a shop and I just loved the sign when I saw it :-). I had fun creating this page and it brings back such happy memories of our visit with family :-). I was so pleased to be able to stay in touch with you and missed your creativity and wisdom, thank you for all your replies. Wishing you a very Happy T Day dear Patty! J 🙂 x

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  8. Oh how I love that page! Sounds like a fun place to visit! I love your new mugs and the mincepies! Haven’t had any this year, I love them but decided that if I am going to allow myself a sugary treat I would rather have shortbread biscuits! Wishing you a happy New Year too! Chrisx

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  9. I’m going to say it again, the amount of different techniques you use is stunning. How you made the background…… what attention to detail. I love the way you made the words too, and added the bow and stars, and also how you intensified the colour with Derwents.
    It’s a great piece and also great to remind you of your day.
    It’s art journalling at its most inspiring.


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  11. awww this is so cute! I love the tea cup, and the background of course is amazing! It was a good reminder of Christmas, can’t believe it’s already gone! 🙂 Happy Sunday Jo!

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