Holly Jolly Christmas

Our new challenge over at A Vintage Journey is Holly Jolly Christmas, which is being hosted by Sandy. Here’s what it is all about:

“This month Anything Goes as long as it says Christmas and is in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.”

I love all things Christmas so I had great fun Art Journaling this Holly Jolly Christmas page using lots of Tim Holtz products.

I started by covering the page with Botanicals Collage paper from Tim Holtz using matte gel medium and left it to dry. Then I coloured the centre of the page using Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink with a blending tool. I painted white gesso around the edges pulling the gesso into the centre of the page using a dry paintbrush so the gesso didn’t mix with the Distress Ink. I then added some splatters of white gesso, black acrylic paint and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Next I die cut some holly using a Holiday Greens Thinlet set by Tim Holtz and my Big Shot machine; they are die cut from some scrap white paper which I coloured using Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles and Forest Moss Distress Ink, edged with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell marker and stuck in place using a Zig glue pen. The berries were also die cut from some scrap paper which were coloured with Festive Berries Distress Ink.

I layered the sheet music and tartan strips together which are from a Christmas Sticker Book from Tim Holtz and edged them using a black marker smudging it to give a worn look. The Santa Claus, “25” and “Special Delivery” signage are from the Tim Holtz Christmas Sticker Book too. I also added the wording “have a holly jolly Christmas”, “A visit from Santa Claus” and “was a jolly happy soul” which were again from the Tim Holtz sticker book; once stuck in place they were edged with a black marker. 

If you create a Christmas art journal page then why not share it with us at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see you there (grin!). For more Inspiration, please pop over to see the amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey too.

Whilst creating this page I was listening to the fabulous Michael Bublé crooning the song “Holly Jolly Christmas” (grin!). This is a song that you can’t help but sing along to – wishing you a Holly Jolly Christmas!

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


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like A Vintage Journey, 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 Yvonne, aka Meggymay and her Words and Numbers challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the words and numbers on this page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Traditional Christmas challenge with my Holly Jolly Christmas art journal page with the Santa Claus and holly.

I’m pleased to be able to join the #108 – Winter challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my Holly Jolly Christmas page too.

I’m also happy to join Creative Artiste Challenge Blog for their #56 – Anything Mixed Media Goes with my mixed-media art journal page as I used collage paper, inks, gesso, paper, stickers and markers to create it.

Over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog their theme is # 32 – Anything Goes + optional twist of Veggie Stamping, so I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge too.

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

  • Tim Holtz Collage Paper (Botanicals #TH93705)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Forest Moss, Festive Berries)
  • Recycled white paper
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations (Holiday Greens 658759)
  • The Range (5×5 Dies Holly)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Christmas Sticker Book #TH93999)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)

22 thoughts on “Holly Jolly Christmas

  1. Full of the joys of Christmas with that Jolly Santa Jo, doesn’t his red coat pop upon your vintage back ground.. The botanical collage papers are one of my favourites, the Holly works wonderfully against it. Wishing you a super weekend & Thank you for sharing over at our Paperbabe Stamps Winter Challenge.
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

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  2. What a fun page ;Jo, it really does look jolly with the fun Santa and all the greenery. I was looking at the holly in the neighbour’s front-garden and wondering if I could cut a bit, and then he came out and offered to cut some for me – wasn’t that nice? So now I have some greenery, too. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  3. Once again, you have outdone yourself. It’s a breathtaking journal page, Jo. The beauty of it is in the many layers you created, as well as using your die cutting machine so well. Santa looks right at home in this Holly Jolly paradise. Thanks, too, for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey. We are thrilled you have been so supportive, sharing your art with us at AJJ.

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  4. A fabulous journal page jo! I have those botanical papers and I just didn’t recognise them with our fabulous treatment and then all those gorgeous layers over the top! A fabulous Holly Jolly page which really made me smile! Jennie x

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  5. A fantastic happy page Jo, the Santa looks so jolly. I love how you created the background and added the sheet music. Its a wonderful page for the AJJ theme and I really appreciate you sharing it with us there.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Your Holly Jolly Christmas page is fabulous! I can see the joy you had while creating this page, I love all your Christmas details and the wonderful background! Now I shall listen to the song …
    Wish you a happy weekend, dear Jo! Rike xx

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  7. Michael Buble is fabulous and inspiring. I think you must have been listening when you created this fantastic piece. I love all the holly and the other foliage and then there is Santa. Not only is that a fun image of him but the red is a super pop of color. Hope you are having a great weekend Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  8. Such a super fun page Jo, I absolutely love how you did the background, super layering and wonderfully blending together. I am so not up to date with things, apart from my total lack of blog visits (for which I apologize), I did not even know that Tim has done sticker books as well now, – well you certainly used that to great effect! Oh and love the song that you linked of course :o)
    Have a fabulous December, with lots of holly and jolly all round! xxx

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  9. I feel so bad… I only just realised that I never got around to visiting the Holly Jolly projects, and now the next challenge is almost upon us!

    Your vintage style page is heartwarming, Jo – with that perfect sepia glow of yore, a wonderful Father Christmas at the heart of it, and gorgeous greens in the holly boughs around the edges. Simply lovely!
    Alison x

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