Good Wishes for Christmas

I’m so delighted to be guest designing over at Swedish House Crafts today!

With the Christmas season almost upon us, I created an art journal page inspired by the Glistening Season Pion Design papers, a Gummiapan stamp, some of my favourite colours of Tsukineko Inks and also some pretty Swedish House Crafts Fabric Flowers – I hope you like it!

If you would like to see how this page came together, the full process is detailed below.

To start I tried out a new technique which was great fun; I stamped the Reed Plant stamp from Gummiapan onto the background of the page using Versamark Watermark ink which I dried using a heat gun (I found drying the ink with a heat gun achieved better watermark images). Then I applied Paris Dusk and Teal Zeal Memento Inks using a blending tool, gradually building up the colour which made the reed images that I had stamped appear (grin!).

Next I stamped the Gummiapan stamp over the page again using the Paris Dusk and Teal Zeal Memento Inks. As I wanted more of a grungy vintage look, I dragged Rich Cocoa Memento ink pad over the edges of the page, then I applied the same ink to a blending mat, spritzed with water and pressed the mat onto the page. I also flicked some of this watered down ink using a paintbrush onto the page, along with some splatters of Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint.

With my background complete, I cut out some of the tags and images from the Glistening Seasons Pion Design paper and used scissors and Rich Cocoa and Toffee Crunch Memento Ink to distress the edges. Then I arranged these papers onto the page with some pieces of doily and die cut foliage using double-sided tape; for the foliage I used the reverse side of the Pion Design paper which was a lovely silver-grey colour and also some dark green paper from my craft stash.

I used the reverse side of the Pion Design paper again to create my snowflakes along with some blue vellum that was left over from a previous project using a die cut and my Big Shot machine. I also created a wreath and little fir-tree twigs from the remnants of the holly die cuts which was fun and a bit fiddly (grin!).

To finish the page, I added the snowflakes, wreath and twigs to the page along with some little blue gems, a bow, the blue Swedish House Crafts Fabric Flowers and three hearts which were cut from the Pion Design paper.

I’d like to thank Swedish House Crafts for having me as part of their Guest Design Team – Happy Crafting!

The Glistening Season paper design, that I used on my page, reminded me of some Christmas displays at a Garden Centre that we visit every year with family, isn’t this winter scene beautiful!

These little gnomes were really cute too …

… and not forgetting Santa Claus (grin!).

It’s hard to believe that there are only five weeks left until Christmas, but before I get carried away with thinking about Christmas … I just wanted to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who are celebrating today!


I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika from BioArtGal, who is hosting the Vintage or Modern challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my vintage Christmas page!

I’m joining in the fun over at Moo Mania & More and their Tic, Tac, Toe theme (Designer Paper – Glistening Season from Pion Design, Die-Cut – foliage and snowflakes, Circles – snowflakes and gems).

I’m also pleased to join A Vintage Journey and this month’s Paper Stash challenge as I was inspired by the pretty Glistening Season Pion Design papers to create my Vintage style page.

Over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog their theme is Winter Wonderland so I’m pleased to join this challenge with my wintry Christmas page.

I’m also joining the lovely Wen and her Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my neutral Christmas focal papers (I hope you don’t mind the pop of colour from my blue wintry background).

I’m also pleased to be able to join the Baby It’s Cold Outside challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my frosty snowy art 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:

  • Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Paris Dusk, Team Zeal, Rich Cocoa)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Gummiapan Stamps (Reed Plant
  • Foliage Dies – Spellbinders (unknown), Cut & Create (Holly, Wreath)
  • Snowflake Dies – Dovecraft (Merry Christmas DCDIE052X16)
  • Pion Design Glistening Season Collection (Tags – PD6612)
  • Doily
  • Dark green paper
  • Blue Vellum
  • Swedish House Crafts (Fabric Flower Spots)
  • Blue round gems
  • Zig Memory System 2-way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Stix2 double-sided tape and mini glue dots
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

31 thoughts on “Good Wishes for Christmas

  1. Oh Jo i’ve come over all Festive now, what a super journal page. Love how you have incorporated the tags with the snowflakes, the postcards are a delightful touch reminding us of how important it is to stay in touch with friends and family over the Christmas period.
    Beautiful Vintage hues a real delight to see on a cold frosty morning.
    Hugs for the day & wishing you a very happy & creative weekend.
    Take Care Tracey xx

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  2. This is such a beautiful layout dear Jo! It’s a joy to look at it! So elegant designed!
    And wow not just linked to AJJ ( I just found this post as I checked my reading list and thought it is from yesterday and linked to AJJ as I thought you have forgotten – then realized it just was published…. sorry)
    And it’s also meant for Moo Mania! Thank you so much for all your support!
    I love to see your progress here in steps! I know how much work and effort you put in your layouts!
    Wonderful displays!

    Have a great day and thank you for sharing and linking to the AJJ and MM&M challneges and I hope you don’t mind my mistake….

    Big hugs, Susi

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  3. First of all, congrats on your guest spot with Swedish House Crafts! I had never heard of them, but they certainly look interesting (I checked them out of course, grin). The background on this page is just gorgeous and the design and composition you created with those beautiful Pion papers is super, a fantastic page!!

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  4. Congrats on being another guest designer. You are on a roll girl! This page is gorgeous, and very much like Christmas. Actual it looks like our Thanksgiving this year. Eeks. And I also love that display. You must be getting in the holiday spirit! Have a wonderful end of your week. Hugs-Erika

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  5. First congratulations on your Guest Designer spot Jo.
    The winter page you created look beautiful and it is a super background.
    I liked seeing the wonderful festive photos. that life size Santa did make me smile.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. I love your fantastique blue background for your pretty Swedish House Crafts Fabric Flowers!
    Wonderful photos of Christmas themes – I see you like Christmas 🙂
    Wish you a happy day and weekend! Rike xx

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  7. Of course I love this process post, so detailed and using so many pieces and colours. It’s great to see how you start and gradually deepen the page. I liked the distressed edging of the tags and all the little cut-out bits and other pieces in the following photograph, especially the fir-tree twigs you made, goodness me, they are so small and intricate. Everything looks so good against the wonderful blues of the patterned background.
    Nice to see all the jolly colours and Christmas items at stores too, a happy time.

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    • Thanks so much! You may have guessed by now that I love detail and those little twigs were fiddly but so worth it …lol 😉. We love visiting this garden centre every year at Christmas time, it’s a lovely place. Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊 x


  8. Stores don’t seem to decorate as much for Christmas as they used to, and I enjoy seeing seasonal displays and decorated windows. I love your frosty blue plant design for the background. As much as I love the traditional red/green decorations, I find these blues restful and just as festive.

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  9. Many congrats on your Guest Design gig, Jo – what a gorgeous page spread you’ve created for them. I adore the depth of the blues in the background, as well as that delicate branch of leaves, and the vintage neutrals of the layered tags and labels work beautifully over the top. Lovely!
    Alison x

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  10. Oh wow, the background you created on your journal page is absolutely stunning, the blue is so beautiful the way you built it up and I love the collaged elements you added! I enjoyed seeing your Garden Centre pics, Christmas will be here before we know it…. Thanks so much for joining in with us at A Vintage Journey this month. Anne x

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