Thursday, November 30, 2017

Winter Celebration Mixed Media Assemblage For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, the month of December is now upon us and that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. This month our host Sandy has proposed the theme of Winter Wonderland and here is her challenge brief:

For the month of December let's think of the season as well as the holiday with Winter Wonderland. As the song goes, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening! Let's see some snow, snowmen, bare trees would be nice or some snow covered pines in the meadow. Whatever Winter Wonderland means to you in your vintage, shabby, mixed media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk style.

Our sponsor for this month's challenge is the uber talented Andy Skinner and he will be offering up a special gift to our randomly chosen winner, thank you Andy!

For my contribution to this month's AVJ challenge, I decided to create a mixed media assemblage celebrating the season with snow covered trees, icicles and snowflakes, cool wintery colours and some sparkle and shine to mimic the dance of sunshine and moonlight on snow covered fields.

I've a few step out photos of how I created it so grab a cup of hot cocoa and read on!

I started out with a small Tim Holtz Vignette Tray (4 3/4" x 9" x 1") and covered it inside and out with some of his new Christmas Paper Stash and Design Tape from his Christmas and Aristocrat sets.

Therm O Web's Deco Foil PeelnStick Toner Sheet was covered with their Turquoise Deco Foil and Tim Holtz's Ornate Frame #2 was die cut from it.  The foiled frame was gently sanded and then I rubbed some silver metallic paint over the frame with my finger, taking off the excess with a slightly damp baby wipe.  The foiled frame was then bumped up on a couple of layers of die cut black fun foam for dimension.

Tim's Tree Line die was cut from the same Turquoise foiled PeelnStick Toner Sheet, sanded and aged with silver paint in the same manner as the frame and the Tree Line die cut adhered along the bottom edge of the Vignette Tray.

More PeelnStick Toner Sheet was foiled with the Turquoise Deco Foil but this time I also peeled off the backing on the Toner Sheet to expose the adhesive side and foiled the backside of the Toner Sheet as well.  The double sided foiled Toner Sheet was then die cut with Tim's Mini Holiday Greens dies.

One of Tim's Trophy Antlers deer was painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint and when the paint was just about dry it was wiped off to leave the paint in the recessed areas only.  The antlers were painted with gold paint and then sprinkled with Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust (love that stuff!).  One of the snowflakes from Tim's Snowflake Duo die and embossing folder set was cut from white cardstock, embossed and then inked with Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress inks.  The Trophy Antler deer was then adhered into the center of the snowflake.

The large icicles and three snowflakes from Tim's Frozen Findings were glittered with a bit of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.

Pinecones, Ice Skates and Snowflake Adornments charms were embossed with Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  A Christmas Typed Token was inked with Stonewash and Snow Cap Mixative alcohol inks and then the lettering enhanced with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  The Typed Token then got a little sprinkle of Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder as well.  Tim's Small and Mini Woodland trees were also embossed with Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder and the edges of their stands covered with either blue or platinum glitter Design Tapes.  Typography letters to spell out 'winter' also got a bit of Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder on the top of each letter (it's hard to see in the picture, sorry!).

And then it was time to put the assemblage together.  A couple of the embossed Woodland trees were adhered to the top of the Vignette Tray.  A small Decorative Deer that had been coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Paint in the same manner as the Trophy Antlers deer was added to the other side along with the foiled Mini Holiday Greens die cuts.  I made up some 'snow' by mixing white acrylic paint with some clear glitter and Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and added little drifts of snow here and there.  The glittered icicles were adhered along the top edge of the Vignette Tray.

The Typed Token, Snowflake and Ice Skate charms were tied together with some blue thread and hung down the right side of the tray.  The three Pinecone charms were added to the left side.

The foiled frame was centered at the top of the Vignette Tray and the Trophy Antlers deer and snowflake were adhered in the center of the frame.

Two more Woodland trees were added to the left side at the bottom of the Vignette tray and the 'winter' Typography letters added to the right.  More of the paint/glitter/embossing powder 'snow' mixture was added here and there.  The three Frozen Findings snowflakes were adhered between the foiled frame and Tree Line die cut.

And that was it, my Winter Celebration mixed media assemblage was complete.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how it came together and that you will join in our Winter Wonderland challenge at A Vintage Journey.  If you need more inspiration, make sure to head on over to AVJ to see what the other Creative Guides have created to share with you, amazing projects as always!

I'd like to link up my Winter Celebration mixed media assemblage with:

Jingle Belles: Baby It's GOLD (or Silver or Copper) Outside challenge - I've used some gold/platinum glitter on the deer's antlers plus the turquoise metallic foil so hope that will qualify!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Love your project Deb. So vintage yet shiny and bright. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    Hugs, S@ndy xx

  2. Fantastic details on your Winter Wonderland project Debs and I just love them. Great step by step too

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  3. This is such a wonderful scene Deb where you have evoked the feel of a winter wonderland in so many ways - the icicles, the snowflakes and the bare trees are beautiful and so is the golden stag who sits so proudly in the centre of it all. Brilliant. xxxx

  4. A Fabulous piece! Deb . You have captured so many of the seasons wintry elements- the snow covered conifers, the icicles and snowflakes- given then a touch of sparkle and shine to create a wonderful winter wonderland Scene. The stags head all glorious in gold peaking through the snowflake makes a lovely focal point .
    hugs x

  5. I really don't know where to start Deb, this is gorgeous!! I just love the turquoise, it is so beautiful and those sparkly trinkets are stunning... love this! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. So many wonderful details on this glorious winter scene Deb! From top to bottom a delight for the eye! Julia xx

  7. Absolutely stunning Deb, what a fabulous make!! So beautifully put together, - those icicles and that deer just look superb, what a fantastic wintry project!

  8. Gorgeous piece Deb, the colours are fantastic, I love the touches of gold with the turquoise, have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

  9. Wowza ... how cool is that ... those glittery antlers at da' bomb ... so very glad you added your metallic masterpiece to our gallery at jingle belles.

  10. Christmas magic! Love love love! xx

  11. A fabulous makeover of the vignette box Deb. Fabulous colours and lots of Christmas magic! Jennie x

  12. I love the frosty fresh feel of this coming from those icy teal colours, and then the glamour of the golden touches. A really fabulous wintry shadow box, Deb - I love it!
    Alison x

  13. Well, Deb, I just wrote one of my novels here, and lo and behold the internet went out before I could get it published! So I'll try to say what I did the first time when I was so delighted to see this icy vignette for the first time up close. I love your colors, and that deer antlers thingy turned out perfectly! (I did one a while back, but it hasn't been posted yet. I couldn't get it to color very well, but we did our antlers the same way. Your's is MUCH better!) I love every single icy detail, but my favs are those snowy embellishments--the pine cones, icicles, snowflakes and ice skates! How fabulous this entire project is! You really rocked this challenge theme! Sending hugs!

  14. you know, i saw this collection the other day in the store and thought i should buy a few elements bc i KNEW you'd be posting amazing projects to make me drool! gotta make a second trip, for sure so i can do this!!! :) :) :) so pleased you could join our "heavy metal" holiday fun at JINGLE BELLES ♥

  15. WOW Deb! This is so amazing and I have been so anxious to get over for a closer look. I absolutely love your use of the foil and your overall color combo here. The frosted charms are such stunning details and I love the stag mounted on the beautiful snowflake. An incredible and inspiring project - which makes me want to play so bad! Merry Christmas, Autumn

  16. Ooh! This is an absolutely magical winter wonderland - so much detail and wintery wonderfulness - I love it! xxx

  17. Wow, what an amazing project! I love the winter wonderland colours, sparkle and detail that you created - stunning 😁. Happy December! J 😊


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