Christmas Robins

I love robins and Christmas gives me the perfect reason to transform our beach room into a robin wonderland (grin!). So I’m sharing a robin Christmas card that I created for my mum and dad; it has extra relevance as my mum always embroiders me a robin themed Christmas card and also makes us a Christmas pudding every year so I thought I’d return the favour (double grin!).

For the robins and holly leaves, I used a Clear Magic Stamp Set called Robins from the Woodware Craft Collection and I used Spectrum Aqua markers to colour them. I started with white card stock to create my 6×6″ card, and then I created a holly border by painstakingly stamping the tiny two leaf and berry stamp many times using black Archival Ink. The holly leaves are coloured with Bud Green and Evergreen Spectrum Aqua markers and the berries with Scarlet and Crimson aqua markers. For the focal panel, I used another piece of card stock and stamped a Christmas pudding and single robin image and also a single robin stamp, both using black Archival Ink. Then I took a piece of red and white striped sparkly paper and cut it to size so it covered the bottom half of the card. Then I positioned the paper over the card and stamped the Christmas pudding stamp again on the top of the paper. I cut it out leaving a Christmas pudding and plate shaped hole in the paper which I lined up with the stamped image on the card so it looked like a tablecloth. Next I coloured the robins with Desert, Terracotta, Chestnut, Chocolate, Scarlet, Crimson and Burgundy Spectrum Aqua markers using a wet paintbrush to blend the colours. The Christmas pudding and plate are coloured the same way; for the Christmas pudding I used the Terracotta, Chestnut and Chocolate aqua markers and for the plate I used Charcoal and Peach aqua markers. I also used a gold aqua marker to colour the beaks of the robins. Then I stamped “Merry Christmas” with a Holiday Ribbon wood mounted stamp by Hero Arts onto thin card stock using Cottage Ivy Memento Ink and stuck it over the corner of the focal panel using double-sided tape. To finish, I positioned the panel in the centre of the card using double-sided foam tape so it was surrounded by the holly border.

My beach room (front room) is decorated with robins and this is my latest robin addition, she is called Rosy and she’s having fun hanging off one of the wall lights (grin!). This year we also received two homemade Christmas puddings from my mum and although it’s not a favourite of mine, (unlike my hubby who loves Christmas pudding), I like mine served hot with custard – what about you?

If you are Interested here are some interesting facts about Christmas Pudding:

  • Christmas Pudding originated in England and dates back to Medieval times in the 1420s.
  • They are a type of suet pudding and contain sugar, treacle, suet, raisins and spices.
  • Christmas Pudding is also known as “Plum Pudding” or “Plum Duff” although the pudding has no plums, instead it contains raisins which in old Victorian times were called plums.
  • Figgy pudding is a type of Christmas pudding which was originally made with figs.
  • Putting a silver six-pence coin is an age-old custom that is said to bring luck to the person that finds it.
  • These puddings are traditionally steamed in a cloth, however like many people these days, my mum uses a basin.
  • Brandy is sometimes poured over the pudding and set alight to make a spectacular display, my mum still likes to do this at Christmastime.
  • Christmas Pudding can be served hot or cold with hard sauce, brandy butter, rum butter, cream, custard or my mum’s white brandy sauce (grin!).

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my art 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 “Christmas” Challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my Merry Christmas card.

I’m joining in the fun again over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and their “Celebrate” challenge as this card is sent with love to celebrate Christmas.

I’m joining the “Christmas” challenge over at Country View Challenges with my Christmas card which includes their optional reds and greens as part of the card design.

As stamps were used to create this card, I’m also pleased to be able to join in the “December Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included)” at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge.

I’m also joining the “Christmas” challenge over at The Artistic Stamper with my robin stamp designed card.

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is “Christmas/Winter Holidays” so my Christmas card is perfect for this challenge.

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:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Bud Green, Evergreen, Desert, Terracotta, Chestnut, Chocolate, Scarlet, Crimson, Burgundy, Charcoal, Peach, Gold)
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Clear Magic Stamps (Robins FRCL030)
  • Hero Arts wood-mounted rubber stamps (Holiday Ribbons LL036)
  • White card stock
  • The Works Designer Paper Pack (The Night Before Christmas)
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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50 thoughts on “Christmas Robins

  1. Your card is so beautiful – your Mum and Dad will love it!
    And I love it to see this wonderful card linked to Moo Mania & More ! THANK YOU ♥!
    Rosie is more than cute!!! Lovely!
    I was very disappointed as I tried a traditional English Plumpudding many years ago and don’t know if I would eat it a second time. But maybe it was just not well done ?!
    Happy days before Christmas dear Jo!
    hugs
    Susi

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    • Thanks so much dear Susi! Mum and dad loved this card, thank you 😁. Christmas pudding is not a favourite of mine either, I much prefer having my homemade raspberry pavlova instead …lol 😉. Hope you are having a lovely week! J 😊

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  2. Your mum and dad will love this wonderful, sweet robin card Jo. The holly border looks fantastic, it must have taken you ages to create,
    Home made Christmas pudding sounds delicious to me. Our family like white sauce with a liberal measure of brandy added to it.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Many thanks! They did love the card and it was fun creating the holly border, you know how much I love detail …lol 😉. Your brandy sauce sounds lovely too …lol 😀. I hope you had a good weekend and wishing you a lovely week! J 😊

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  3. OMGosh, Jo. I can’t believe you created that border. When I saw it, I thought it was decorated paper. I can’t believe all the work and love that went into just the border, alone. Your robins are SO different from ours, and I simply adore your darling fat little friends. They are adorable.

    Rosy looks right at home in your beach inspired room. She’s adorable.

    I don’t think I’ve ever had Christmas pudding. I’ve had suet pudding, but not sure if it’s the same.

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    • Thanks for your lovely comments! Yes, it is a variety of suet pudding, I should have guessed that Christmas pudding was more of a English thing …lol 😀 … so I’ve now added some facts about Christmas pudding to my post, thanks! J 😊

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  4. Your card is so sweet. Love the little robins and holly on the card, and Rosy is adorable. Himself’s aunt used to make plum pudding at Christmas. Is that the same thing? It was delicious especially the hard sauce she made to go with it.

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    • Thanks for adding the fun facts about Christmas Pudding. Being Italian, Christmas pudding was not part of our celebration. Himself’s Auntie (his family is a mixture of Irish and Scot) made the Plum Pudding the first year we were married. The first time I had tasted it. I love fruit cakes so found it delicious, especially the hard sauce though I expect that was due to the whiskey she had put in it. =^,.^=

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    • Thanks so much! Yes Plum Pudding is the same as Christmas pudding and serving it with hard sauce is very traditional – yum 😁. Following your question I’ve now added some more facts about Christmas pudding to my post, thank you! J 😊

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  5. Cute cute Christmas robins on your card. I wish they were big here in the US but we don’t really have a Christmas bird. And your new Christmas robin in your beach room is adorable. I think it’s lots of fun having that tradition with your mom. I’ve also never had a Christmas pudding? Is it the figgy pudding variety that is mentioned in the we wish you a merry christmas song? It might be something at some point I might want to taste. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much! Yes Figgy pudding is a type of Christmas pudding which was originally made with figs. I should have guessed that Christmas pudding was more of a English thing …lol 😀 … so I’ve now added some facts about Christmas pudding to my post, thanks! I hope you had a wonderful weekend too and wishing you a lovely week! J 😊

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  6. Oh your little robins are so cute flying around the plum pudding. I like also the nice background paper. This autumn I saw a robin in our garden, but he was very shy and quick away.
    My first and last plum pudding I made as a schoolgirl in our household lessons. I must say he was very yummy.
    Happy December
    Sabine xox

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  7. Beautiful robins! You can hardly spot one here, but I’m going to NI so hope to see one, not mentioning trying the Christmas Pudding.The Irish pour a lot of whisky over it!
    Merry Christmas to you and all your beloved ones.
    Lula xxx

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  8. Awwww jo, your card is just as cute as can be, I loved reading your blog post too, very informative and entertaining, and your little robin is too adorable. I love Christmas pudding, especially if it has lots of walnuts and glace cherries in, oooh..and lots of brandy cream….. yum yum. Thank you for joining in the artistic stamper challenge. I look forward to your next post. X

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  9. Gorgeous card Jo 🙂 the little robins are adorable! they just made me smile, so cute!
    Love Rosy too, very cute 🙂 ❤️
    I make Christmas puddings every year, so much better than shop bought ones, served with brandy or rum sauce 😉

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
    Luv
    Lols x x x

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  10. I’m so glad I didn’t miss this. Your robin card is beyond anything, it is so neat in a totally arty way. So the robins are coloured with eight different colours (including gold)? That’s a great attention to detail. As for the holly border – gosh, gasp – it’s perfect. Who would have guessed there was a hole in the tablecloth under the plum pudding? – that’s a brilliant and painstaking way of getting the picture just right. You know I am in awe of your many original techniques but I also very much admire this finished card. isn’t it sweet that the second robin is carrying the holly leaf to decorate the pudding.
    Rosy the robin makes me want to go out and start collecting robins, what a nice Christmas tradition. Your beach room must look a very happy place.
    Have a very happy week before Christmas (and the week after that too if you want).

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    • Thanks so much! I only made two of these cards as the design was so time consuming …lol 😉. Our beach room is one of our favourite places to sit during the day and looks very jolly with all the robins and our pretty Christmas tree in the bay window 😁. I hope you are having a happy week too and may Christmas bring you love and joy! J 😊

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    • Thanks very much for stopping by and your lovely comments! The robins are so cute, aren’t they 😁. I’m glad I found your challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges as I always have fun using stamps in my creations! Happy December! J 😊

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  11. This is wonderful, Robins have always been my favourite bird, and yours are perfect. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Country View Crafts, and have a very merry Christmas. Sue xx

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