Merry Little Christmas Au Revoir at A Vintage Journey

Over at A Vintage Journey our challenge this month is Merry Little Christmas which is sadly our very last challenge. It’s been an honour and a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful team and blog – thank you so much for all your inspiration and support over the years!

We have come together to create small ATC creations to share some Christmas cheer and also to say “au revoir”. So if you would like to participate in our challenge one last time please create an ATC project depicting a Merry Little Christmas and/or Au Revoir theme; we hope to see you there!

Creating ATCs is a first for me, who’d have thought that I’d have so much fun creating these mini artworks (grin!). Here are my Merry Little Christmas ATCs that I created to wish you all happiness this Christmas!

Using some old playing cards as my base, I started by covering them with scraps of Botanicals or Halloween Collage paper from Tim Holtz using Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I applied some Pébéo white gesso using a brayer and when dry, I added Vintage Photo Distress Ink with a blending tool.

I applied another layer of white gesso over the top and then added some holly leaves and berries. The holly leaves were die cut using a Holiday Greens Thinlits set by Tim Holtz from some white paper which I had coloured using Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles Distress Ink. The berries were also die cut from some white paper which had been coloured with Festive Berries Distress Ink. When they were stuck in place using matte gel medium, I splattered the ATC with some white acrylic paint.

The stars are stencilled using a Sparkle stencil from Tim Holtz and VersaMark Watermark ink which I covered with gold Ranger embossing powder. I also edged the ATC with the embossing powder before heating everything with a heat gun. The glittery snowflakes were cut using a Mini Paper Snowflakes Thinlits set by Tim Holtz from some glittery paper. To finish, I added the wording from a Christmas sticker book by Tim Holtz.

Here’s my Au Revior ATC which I created to celebrate A Vintage Journey; including all the amazing participants of our challenges and my fellow Creative Guides. The quote “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” (Dr. Seuss) that I included seemed appropriate as it’s so bittersweet to see A Vintage Journey end.

To create this mixed media ATC, I started by covering an old playing card firstly with white gesso and then with black DecoArt acrylic paint. I used the Sparkles stencil by Tim Holtz, VersaMark Watermark ink and gold Ranger Embossing powder again. Then I added one of the badges from A Vintage Journey, that I had printed and distressed using some Vintage Photo Distress Ink, to top and tail my ATC design. The Dr. Seuss quote was created using a label machine and the red hearts were cut from some cardstock using a Falling Hearts Thinlits set from Tim Holtz. To finish, I added some the white wording which were from a Small Talk Remnant Rubs set by Tim Holtz.

I hope you are inspired to join in the Merry Little Christmas and/or Au Revoir challenge themes and for more inspiration you’ll find some amazing ATCs and beautiful heartfelt words from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey too.

I have really enjoyed my time at A Vintage Journey, from joining in the challenges to becoming a Creative Guide something that I always wished for. I have made some wonderful friends along the way, thank you for being part of my creative journey – it’s been a blast! x

Of course I seem to have been singing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” all month too and my favourite version has to be by Judy Garland from the musical Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) – the lyrics seem very pertinent for this year too.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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

Here is a list of all the materials used to create these ATCs:

  • Old playing cards
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Collage Paper (Botanical #TH93705, Halloween #TH93712)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Festive Berries)
  • Recycled white paper
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Holiday Greens 658759, Paper Snowflakes Mini 661599, Falling Hearts 664415)
  • The Range (5×5 Dies Holly)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil (Sparkles THS132)
  • Tsukineko VersaMark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Ranger Embossing Powder (Gold)
  • Glitter wallpaper
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Christmas Sticker Book #TH93999)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • A Vintage Journey Badge – computer printed
  • Dymo LetraTag Label Maker and Labels
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CRO241/GE)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs (Tiny Text #TH93695)

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything Christmas challenge with my Christmas ATCs.

I’m pleased to join the Merry Little Christmas Challenge and their MLCCB #28 – December Anything Christmas Goes with my Merry Little Christmas ATCs.

I’m pleased to be able to join the A Time to be Grateful over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog as I am thankful to have been part of such a fabulous challenge blog and team.

I’m also pleased to join the Fun With Dies challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with all the Tim Holtz Thinlets sets that I used to created my ATCs.


25 thoughts on “Merry Little Christmas Au Revoir at A Vintage Journey

  1. How clever to make your ATC’s on playing cards Jo! So festive with the sparkly snowflake and green holly with it’s red berries! And what a great design on your farewell ATC, a lovely message and pretty hearts! It’s been a pleasure working with you on this team – I always enjoyed seeing your journal pages as I don’t journal much so it was great inspiration for me! Julia xx

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  2. Jo, I just had to come over for a visit, it was a bit of a shock to say the least that AVJ is winding up but I guess all good things come to an end at some point… I was very touched at receiving your beautiful ATC, thank you so, so much, it was so kind and thoughtful of you – I absolutely love it and I will keep it up in my craft room to remind me of you and the team. Thank you again. Big hugs, Anne xxx

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    • Thanks so much Anne and you are very welcome! I’m so pleased that you love the ATC I sent you, I thought it would be nice to make them for the team and I had so much fun creating them too 😁. It’s been an honour to be part of the CG team with you over at A Vintage Journey! Thanks again and sending big hugs, Jo x


  3. Hi Jo x I adore your wonderful ATC’s and the process used in creating them x It is very bittersweet that AVJ is ending but it has been a pleasure to be on the team with you and to view your beautiful artwork. I wish you all the best and it’s nice that we follow one another on Instagram as I will continue to see your art there xx

    Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for 2021

    Annie xx

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    • Thank you so much Annie! It’s been an honour being on the team with you at A Vintage Journey too 😊. Looking forward to keeping in touch with you. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021! Hugs, Jo x


  4. It’s always sad when a challenge ends (and when people stop blogging). It is a loss, isn’t it? Your ATC’s are beautiful however and that quote is really really true. Bittersweet is probably the right word. Hope all is well and your headaches haven’t returned. Hugs-Erika

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  5. Your ATCs are pure delight Jo and are wonderful for the last AVJ challenge reflecting on both themes perfectly. It was such a surprise to receive your ‘Au Revoir’ themed one in the post and really touched my heart especially with the sentiment card you sent with it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you also for consistently creating and sharing your amazing art as part of the AVJ journey and being an amazing and supportive member of the team. You are a star. Huge hugs Brenda xxx

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    • Thanks very much, that’s so kind! I’m so pleased that you received the ATC ok, it has been such a pleasure being part of your team at A Vintage Journey and making the ATCs was a lovely way to celebrate and share the love ❤️. Thanks again and sending you big hugs, Jo x


  6. Floored by the news… Vintage Journey’s was such a brilliant blog! At least the team can reflect back and be proud of a job well done.
    Great ATC’s, Jo , fitting to finish on a high! x

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  7. Dear Jo, let me start by saying that your ATCs are fabulous, and thank you so much for the one you sent me! It has been wonderful to have you as part of the team at AVJ, you have always been so supportive and encouraging to all of us, thank you for that. It has been an amazing journey, but I hope we will stay in touch via Instagram. Wishing you and yours a fabulous Christmas and all the best for 2021!
    Astrid xxx

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    • Thanks so much Astrid and you are very welcome, I’m so pleased that you received the ATC ok! It’s been an honour being a Creative Guide with you, your vintage style is always so inspiring 😀. Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas and all the best for 201 too! Hugs, Jo x


  8. I have been wanting to try to recreate with a playing card! They look like so much fun and I think yours turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing the details! Really enjoyed the inspiration on this blog and will miss it! Glad I found you through it though! 🙂

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  9. Oh, Jo, each of your ATC’s are beautiful, and as always, I love seeing how your crafty/artsy mind brings these things to life! I love that you started with playing cards, since I’m inspired to get my hoarded decks out and begin making some small works of art. Crafty time is so hard to come by these days, and these do not seem too intimidating. I’m so thankful that I ‘met’ you through blogland and had that brief time to call you my teammate. And thankful that you shared these gorgeous ATC’s (first time???!!!!) with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog!

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  10. I suppose I’ve been putting this off because visiting makes it real! It’s been so lovely playing alongside you at A Vintage Journey – your work is always so fresh and thoughtfully composed. These ATCs are delightful – the wintry ones with that touch of grunge in the layers and the bold graphics of the friendship one – a wonderful way to say farewell to a wonderful journey. You’ve also added in one of my all-time favourite Christmas songs – a wartime lyric, of course – so you’re right, it really suits these times that also feel under siege. I hope that despite everything you’ll be able to celebrate a peaceful and joyous Christmas, and I’ll see you somewhere down the road in 2021 I’m sure!
    Alison x

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    • Thanks very much! Yes it makes me sad to think of AVJ coming to an end and so hard to say farewell, I keep reminding myself of the quote I used on my farewell ATC which cheers me up 😀. It has been such a pleasure being part of the Creative Guide team with you over at A Vintage Journey and I’ll be sure to visit your blog and keep in touch on Instagram too. Wishing you joy, love and peace this Christmastime! Hugs, Jo x


  11. All your ATCs are fabulous but I am especially taken with the leaving one. Love the bold red with the black and white and the sentiment is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

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  12. Fabulous designs as always Jo – just love the Xmas ATC’s and thank you so much for sending one! Its always wonderful to receive other crafters designs. I keep them for inspiration! At the moment however its got pride of place amongst my Xmas cards!
    Lovely to share the AVJ adventure with you! Nikki xx

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