We have been visiting with family across the UK to celebrate Christmas the last few days, so I thought I would create a Christmas page to wish you all the best for the holiday season!
I started by stamping the page with a Collage Number stamp from Gummiapan using Versamark Watermark ink which I dried using a heat gun; I find drying this ink with the heat gun achieves better watermark images than leaving it to dry naturally. Then I applied Paris Dusk and Teal Zeal Memento Inks using a blending tool to gradually build up the colours. The blue colours were a bit bright so I toned them down by dragging a Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink pad over the page giving it a lovely shimmer and frosty appearance. Then I stamped some snowflakes over the background using the Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink and also the Paris Dusk Memento Ink again. The pine branches are stamped using Pistachio and Cottage Ivy Memento Inks and the pine cones using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and I also splattered the page with white DecoArt acrylic paint. Next I used my Big Shot machine to die cut: some snowflakes by Tonic Studios out of white card stock; some green holly leaves using white cardstock which I coloured using the Cottage Ivy Memento Ink and Twisted Citron Distress Ink; some holly berries from white card stock which I coloured using Love Letter Memento Ink; and finally some berry branches from white card stock and brown design paper using Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlets. The white snowflakes are stuck in place using a Zig Memory glue pen and I added some silver snowflake relief stickers to the background too. I arranged the other die cuts with a recycled Christmas card, which I saved from last year as I loved the vintage design, and also a pretty white and silver snowflake sticker. To finish, I added some Christmas Red Stickles from Ranger to the holly berries to give them some glittery sparkle.
We found some lovely Christmas displays at our local garden centre this year, I love this one with the pretty snowflake lights and ceiling, and of course the owls!
This vintage style flower display looks very festive with the poinsettias and jewel colours.
It seems that upside-down trees are all the rage this year too (grin!).
We went to this local garden centre on our way to Garstang where we went to the Royal Oak for lunch. We sat in one of the little rooms off the bar which contained this beautiful stained glass window, isn’t it amazing! The drinks that are included in the window design means that I can join the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday too – Happy T Day!
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 Ink Pad
- Tsukineko Memento Ink (Paris Dusk, Teal Zeal, Pistachio, Cottage Ivy, Rich Cocoa, Love Letter)
- Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink (Platinum Planet)
- DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Twisted Citron)
- Woodland Christmas Stamp Set from Clear Impressions
- Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
- Cut & Create Festive Collection (5×5 Dies Holly)
- Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Garden Greens 661206)
- White card stock
- Poundland Design Pad (Changing Seasons CR0701/16PL1)
- Recycled Christmas card
- Crelando Relief Stickers (IAN289011)
- The Works (Christmas Embellishments)
- Ranger Stickles (Christmas Red)
- Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
- Stix2 double-sided tape and mini glue dots
- The Range double-sided foam tape