Thursday, December 5, 2019

Merry Winter Wishes Clipboard For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, it's the beginning of December (how did that happen!) and that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage JourneySandy is our host this month and the theme that she has chosen is Holly Jolly Christmas.  Here is the challenge brief:

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.

For my Holly Jolly Christmas project I decided to alter one of Tim Holtz's Oh Deer clear acrylic clipboards (I bought it years ago and had totally forgotten I had it!).

It was so much fun to alter and I have a quick tutorial to share with you on how I created it.  I don't know how readily available Tim's Oh Deer clipboards are these days but you could always use a regular clear acrylic clipboard instead, there were lots of styles available online when I searched for them.

I started out by inking the deer clip with Alcohol Inks in Latte, Mushroom and Rust and then randomly added some of the same colours onto the acrylic clipboard.

The back of the clipboard was then covered with Tim Holtz's Forest Collage Paper and Distress Matte Collage Medium.  The front of the clipboard was randomly stenciled through Tim's Starry Layering stencil with white acrylic paint.

The 'merry winter wishes' sentiment was then added with a combination of Letterpress blocks, an Elementary Flash Card held on with a Hinge Clip and a Christmas Word Key.  I also started to add some of Tim's Christmas Ephemera.

More Christmas Ephemera was layered onto the clipboard with that wonderful horse drawn sleigh image taking pride of place on top of the merry Wordpress blocks.  Grit-paste was added to the deer clip's antlers and ears (this is actually Tim's Grout paste since I don't have any Grit-paste!).

More Grit (Grout!) paste was added along the top of the merry Wordpress blocks and here and there on the letters themselves.  Baubles were coloured with alcohol inks (Silver and Gold Mixatives and Lettuce) and embedded into the wet paste.

And finally a Small Woodland tree was inked with Shabby Shutters Distress Spray Stain and inserted into a Thimble. More Grit (or Grout) paste was added around the bottom of the Thimble with a couple more alcohol ink coloured Baubles and bit of Grit paste brushed onto the tree to look like snow.  Some sayings from Tim's Christmas Clipping Stickers were inked and added here and there on the clipboard and it was done.

Here are a few closeups of the finished clipboard.


I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how it all came together and that you have been inspired to enter our Holly Jolly Christmas challenge over at A Vintage Journey this month.  Make sure to pop by to see what the other Creative Guides made to inspire you as well, so many wonderful holiday creations to fill the season with joy!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy holiday creating,

Deb xo


  1. I love your clipboard, each element that was added was so clever and the details are amazing. Thanks for playing along with my challenge this time. Hugs, S@ndy

  2. It's gorgeous Deb!! I absolutely love it .... that reindeer clip is just ace! Jennie x

  3. Wow what a superb Christmas decoration! I love the clipboard with the reindeer and the beautiful background you created with the collage paper and stenciling 😁. It showcases all your layered additions beautifully! Wishing you a Holly Jolly December! Hugs, Jo x

  4. Oh wow, this is just super clever, what a fantastic clipboard!! The reindeer clip at the top is so fun, and I love how you altered it. The rest of the board is so cleverly put together and the final piece just looks super! Have a great December!

  5. Oh, Deb! You had me at the third photo! That inked background topped with the Collage paper and then a bit of stenciling is gorgeous (and has my wheels turning!) Your collage pieces work so well together to send that Holly Jolly Christmas message, and I love the addition of the snow and balls on Wordpress Merry! Oh, and I can't forget the deer-he's gorgeously grungy! What a fabulous festive make, Deb! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Hugs!

  6. Oh I love how you decorated your acetate clip board Deb! Too bad you had to cover so much of it - I LOVE the star stenciling on it! All the ephemera added is so festive - the snow on the MERRY, the cute tree in the thimble - the sleigh ride - very holly jolly! xx

  7. I was so ashamed to discover just now that I hadn't caught up with last month's AVJ inspiration (and now the new challenge is almost upon us!). I absolutely adore this clip board - so much festive ephemera, the altered metal key and the snowy printers' blocks and tiny tree... so many fantastic details for the eye to linger over... a Christmas treat!
    Alison x


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