Sunday, 1 December 2013

A Very Vintage Christmas

Welcome to Our Christmas Challenge at 'Our Creative Corner'!

       I am hosting the Christmas Challenge and I am so excited - I LOVE Christmas and I have really enjoyed creating this challenge for all of you....

Christmas images are full of evergreen trees draped in vivid coloured tinsel and baubles. The Snowman 
with the carrot nose and bright scarf, Santa in his red suit and of course the shiny red and green holly.
For this challenge we are abandoning those traditional Christmas colours and are giving Christmas a Vintage tone.

     The challenge here is to use a neutral think about shades of creamy hot chocolate, glistening white snow, rich dark sherry and mince pies, ivory candles, rustic wooden logs, roasting chestnuts and brown paper packages tied up with string!

    This Christmas we want you to make anything you like - Cards, ATC's, Tags, Scrapbooking, journals, gifts, Altered art......but use only neutral colours from ice white, through to ivory and cream, beige to dark brown and black. You may also use metal embellishments, metal paints and stains.
Note - Your Creation does NOT have to be 'Vintage style' - We would love to see Christmas creations in any style, but please keep to a neutral colour scheme.


              Here is what I made for this challenge - I bought this MDF pot and planned to age it, shabby it up and apply some holly leaves....Some of it didn't go to plan - but that is all in the fun of the challenge!

I painted the pot with Chocolate Pudding fresco paint and then applied some crackle glaze. I painted it with Nougat paint and watched the crackle appear - I never get tired of that!!!

I stamped some Christmas images around it...Music, branches and 'Merry Christmas'. I used Potting Soil Archival ink....which turned a mossy brown after being covered in multi medium

       At this point I wasn't too happy with it. For this challenge you don't have to do a 'Vintage' creation (you do have to focus on neutral colours) I really did want to do Vintage. I wanted it to look antique....and it looked far too new! I began the layering....

      I dry brushed it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Paint.....
   .....dabbed with Brushed Corduroy DI.....
      .....dabbed with Vintage Photo DI....
     .....dry brushed with French Roast Fresco paint.....
      .......sanded down.....
      ......a layer of multi medium.....
        .....sanded down.....
    ......more dry brushing......
    .......more ink......
.........more sanding.....

....temporarily giving up with stamping of feet thrown in for good measure........

AND.....another layer of multi medium.....
......more sanding.....
.......and a dab of Vintage Photo DI......
Ahhhhhhh........Now we are getting somewhere!

I added some holly leaves that had been covered with Vintage Photo DI and some Rock Candy Distress glitter and some flourish die cuts that had been inked with Walnut Stain DI

I added a holly berry in the form of a silver ornate button that I covered with Antiqued bronze DP

         Hope you like my Christmas Creation! Why not hop over to Our Creative Corner and see what my team have made for you today! Join in and share the fun with anything you like, any style and any kind of creation.....just keep those colours NEUTRAL!

Happy Crafty Christmas! See you all soon!



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  1. Wow! Laura, I love this! I love the way that the shades you have chosen seem to glow in a vintage way. I adore the way the tones changed as you added the different layers and the Crackle is fantastic: I never tire of playing with this and watching the cracks either - my family think I'm a little bit mad! This challenge so appeals to me. I will try to play most definitely! Julie Ann xx

  2. Love how you transformed this Laura. In particular I love the corner details - those holly leaves, swirls and buttons are delicious. Jenny x

  3. Fabulous aged look, and I just love those sparkly holly leaves! I'm with Julie Ann on the crackle too!
    Alison xx

  4. Beautiful alteration, Laura! Love the tones, metal parts, neutral tones and those stamps. Your work is always amazing. :)
    Have a great Sunday!

  5. Wow, such a delicate shabby make, Laura!

    It shows all your love for X-mas wherever I look at it! Brilliantly altered and such a feast for the eyes!

    Have a wonderful 1st Advent!

    Claudia xx

  6. This is such a beautiful transformation Laura, you have aged it so well! Love this - a lot.... Hugs, Anne x

  7. Stunning vintage shabby make Laura, absolutely love the effects of the crackle and the many, many layers, - it definitely was worth it in the end! Adore the glitter on the holly leaves too, a stunning make all round! (literally, each side is stunning!)

  8. After reading your post Laura and all the layers you went through, I'm exhausted! Your little shabby, vintage, antique piece is beautiful and like Jenny, I just love the corner details. Your post just confirms how important it is never to give up - some magic will happen at some time!
    Hugs, Juliaxx


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