Let It Snow

I love Christmas and I find that December gives me the perfect excuse to create as many Christmassy journal pages as I can (grin!). I hope you like my latest creation.

I started by stamping snowflakes over the page using Dovecraft embossing ink which I covered with white Stampendous embossing powder. I shook the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper and tapped the page against the table to make sure I had removed any stray powder. Once the excess powder was safely returned to its container, I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder, sweeping the gun over the images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long, until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. Next I applied Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks using a blending tool starting at the top of the page with the darkest colour of Chipped Sapphire, and finishing with the lighter colour of Cracked Pistachio, at the bottom. As the white snowflakes were on a white page, it was fun seeing them stand out as I added more layers of the Distress Inks to intensify the colours. Then I used a wood mounted snowflake stamp which I wet with a baby wipe and pressed onto the page so that it reactivated the Distress Ink. On removing the stamp I used some kitchen paper to absorb the wet ink leaving a pretty snowflake impression on the page. I added some shiny silver snowflakes to the centre of each impression which are from a Relief Sticker Set by Crelando and also some large 3D silver snowflakes which are wall stickers. Then I used some outline stickers to add the silver stars and dots for some extra detail and shine. The snowman is fussy cut from an old Christmas card and stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. To create the ground I used the negative image surround from the outline stickers, ripping it to fit the page. To finish, I added the “Let It Snow” wording which is a foam sticker from a Christmas craft pack and some white dots using a Uni Posca paint pen.

Living by the sea, we don’t usually have much snow, although snow is forecast for this weekend (grin!). This had me reminiscing about some heavy snowfall (for the UK) that we had for about a week when we lived in the South of England.  I found these pictures to share with you.

Our garden was like a winter wonderland with all the snow …

… and the snow-covered trees looked so beautiful too!

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Sheila from Orange Esmeralda who is hosting the “Let’s Celebrate” challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my snowy celebration.

Over at Try it on Tuesday they have a “Twinkle, Twinkle” challenge where you are asked to include stars, sparkles, glitter and shiny things.

I’m also pleased to join Moo Mania & More for their “Get the heat on – (Heat Embossing)” challenge as I included the heat embossed snowflakes on my page.

I’m pleased to be able to join the “Winter Wonderland” challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my “Mixed Media” style page. I was inspired by the description provided to their Creative Guides of “Let’s see some snow, snowmen …” so I included both of these in my design.

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is “Icy Inspiration” so I drew inspiration from the dark blue colour, snowman and snowy pictures on the mood board provided to create my journal page.

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Dovecraft Premium Embossing Stamp Pad (Clear)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque DP100)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (White)
  • Clear Impressions clear stamp set (Woodland Christmas)
  • Practical Publishing Embossing Folder & Stamp Set (Winter Wonderland)
  • Papercraft 4 You Mary Hughes wood mounted rubber stamp (Snowflake)
  • Crelando Relief Sticker Set (12 Sheets – Christmas)
  • Home Bargains (Wall Stickers 16216)
  • Poundland (Christmas Gift Pack 171319-MC16)
  • Outline Stickers (Time Silver 90493S)
  • UHU Stic
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48 thoughts on “Let It Snow

  1. We’re suppose to get snow this weekend too. I normally don’t get too excited about it but I am because I love snow at Christmas. Love your snow piece today. It sounds like you making and posting this is perfect timing for both us. 🙂 Enjoy a nice cup of tea or coco and maybe a couple of holiday cookies while the flakes come down. 🙂 Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much! I love snow too and I’m glad this page is perfectly timed for your snow forecast too 😁. A cuppa would be perfect with some holiday cookies, yum …lol 😉. I hope you enjoyed your snowy weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

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  2. Wow – yes I do LIKE your wonderful page and hooe to see even more pages of you in December – grin!
    We are also supposed to get snow again this weekend as the first snow is gone meanwhile!
    Oh wow you really had a lot of snow for this area! Yes there are years where mother Hulda is very busy!!!
    I wish you a wonderful weekend dear Jo and I say THANK THANK THANK you for joining Sheila’s theme at AJJ and the Twinkle, Twinkle theme over at Try It On Tuesday!
    So much appreciated as you know!

    hugs
    Susi

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  3. I read every word of your description, scrolling up to compare each process with the picture and I think I followed most of it. I did understand cutting out a snowman from a Christmas card (haha!) and thought that was a good idea, it was a perfect finishing touch. It is a lovely frosty scene.
    Like you I love December and Christmas, it’s a great time of Celebration, so thanks Jo for this super cool (!) work of art.
    Do you think we will get as much snow this year as your great photographs show? It’s beautifully picturesque.
    And thanks so much for your third entry for my theme at AJJ.

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    • Thank you Sheila! I did try lots of different techniques to create all those snowflakes, didn’t I …lol 😉. We only had a very light dusting of snow in the end, other parts of the UK got much more though 😁. It’s lovely to join you at AJJ gain too – have a happy new week! J 😊

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  4. Oh, my, that “Let It Snow” page! I love everything about it! The method is not something I know anything about, but I love how it turned out. The color and depth and arrangement… So exuberant 🙂 We just don’t get much snow here, and we get much less now than when I was a child. Your art makes it feel like winter.

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    • Thanks so much, that’s very kind! I really enjoyed creating this page 😁. I remember getting much more snow when I was younger too and going sledging and building snowmen …lol 😉. I hope you had a lovely weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

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  5. Fabulous snowy page Jo! Gorgeous colour blending and I love the idea of stamping with a stamp wetted with a baby wipe, never thought of that but will definitely give that a try soon!
    Thanks for adding this page to A Vintage Journey! I wonder whether you saw that you were one of our pinworthy winners for the last challenge….

    Oh and I love your snow photos too. We have not had decent snow for several years now, fingers crossed we’ll get some this year

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    • Thank a lot! Blending the inks with the blending tool was fun and I learnt that I need to be bolder when I apply the inks as I had to add quite a few layers of ink to get the intensity of colour I wanted …lol 😉. It’s always a pleasure to join you at A Vintage Journey and I was thrilled about the Pinworthy, thank you! Fingers crossed for snow and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

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  6. Its a fantastic snowy winter page Jo. It was a good tip to use the baby wipe on the stamp, I will have to try that some time..
    I hope you don’t get to much snow. The photos you shared looked lovely.
    Have a good weekend ,
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Your snowy page is fabulous. I still believe you put SO much into each of your journal pages, it makes me believe you spend hours and hours on each page. This is no different. It’s a gorgeous beauty and perfect for Art Journal Journey. Thanks for sharing it with us there.

    I can’t BUY snow (or even rain) here. The ground is so dry. I love the photos of snow you shared from years gone by, and really enjoyed seeing how very different your homes in the UK are.

    Again, thanks for sharing this beauty that represents Sheila’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

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  8. wow,my gosh,what a wonderful snow winterland,your page is perfect for this 🙂
    love your cute snowmann and ice sparkles,its cold and frosty,beautiful 🙂
    wishing you a happy weekend,dear jo ! 🙂
    have fun in the snow,here we had a little bit snow,but its very cold here.

    hugs jenny

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  9. Your journal page is beautiful, and as it snowed here last night, I have plenty of snow outside to match it. Glad you are having fun joining in challenges, and thanks for linking to TIOT, much appreciated. Have a nice weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  10. Your page would make an adorable Christmas card. I’m a Grinch when it comes to snow. I don’t like it. Don’t like the cold. We are getting our first storm of the season today. I don’t think quite as much as in your pictures. i hope not as Himself is having back problems so shoveling will fall to me! Enjoy your snow while I whine (whinge) about mine. =^,.^=

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  11. I love how creative you are with your supplies, not wasting anything, just like me! The layers of snowflakes in different medias and sizes are beautiful!
    Was that in 2010, I wonder… but I do remember (I live in the south too) that period where we were all stuck because of the snow and how beautiful it looked!
    P.S Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. xx

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    • Thanks so much! I find it hard to throw things away and try to get creative with all sorts of media ..lol 😉. Yes the photos are from 2010 and I was lucky to be able to work from home so I could appreciate its beauty rather than travelling in it 😁. You are very welcome, I always enjoy visiting your blog and chatting with you. Wishing you a happy week! J 😊

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  12. Ok, Jo, it must be my eyes or my computer. I see photos of your wonderful snow, but no photo of your journal page. Since everyone is leaving a comment like they saw it, I’m going to assume it’s something wrong I my end. Anyway, for now, I see your thumbnail at A Vintage Journey, and I want to thank you for playing along. Your description of how it all came together sounds brilliant, and I enjoyed reading about your process.I will check back to see if something shows here. Sending hugs!

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    • Thanks so much Barbara! The Distress Ink colours are some of my favourites, I love blue 😁. Your are very welcome, I always enjoy seeing your creations and joining in the fun at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Have a great day! J 😊

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    • Thank you Chris! I think the snowman is enjoying this cold and sparkly page …lol 😉. Yes it’s very cold here too, I’ve even got out my winter hat from Prague to wear which I don’t usually wear here as it keeps me so warm 😁. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

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  13. OK, Jo, it must have been me! I see your art journal page now, and it was certainly worth another visit to see it! Love your ombre’ background and the way you have ghosted the snowflakes! Such a sweet scene! Thanks again for playing along at A Vintage Journey! Merry Christmas!

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely comments! It was kind of you to let me know about the missing photo, for some reason I had deleted it in error so I really appreciate you highlighting this so I could add it again 😁. I’m glad you came back for another look too! Merry Christmas! J 😊

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