Thursday 22 July 2010

Vintage Christmas snowflakes

I know it's only July but that means we've reached that point in the year where next Christmas is nearer than last! I haven't been doing well with my effort to make a few cards each month but maybe a few non-card projects will help get me kick-started!

This beautiful snowflake plaque is one of Tando Creative's new releases for Christmas 2010. It's so lovely that I thought it would be fun to make something that would stick around rather than being here and gone on a card. I've turned this one into a vintage style ornament to hang on the tree.

I used gesso on the whole piece and then added Rub n Buff metallic wax over everything except the snowflakes. Those were treated to a bit of Rock Candy crackle paint and topped off with pearls.

The sentiment panel is also coated in crackle paint. I've found in the past that putting it over Copic colouring makes the colours bleed so I tried something different here - adding the Copics over the top of the paint. It worked well and gave a nice variation in the colouring because of the cracks.

I rescued some crystal chain from my "might come in useful" box of broken jewellery etc. I reckon it's been in there for 20 years! A metallic cord hanger made from twisted thread finishes it off.

Snowflake plaque (Tando Creative - find Tando stockists {here})
Winter Vintage Signage stamps set (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Versafine ink by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Vintage Photo)
Rub n Buff by Amaco (Gold Leaf)
Copic markers
Distress Crackle paint by Ranger (Rock Candy)
Flat back pearls
Nestabilities by Spellbinder (Classic Ovals Large)
Crystal chain
Metallic thread

Thanks for stopping by!


Heavenly Anarchist said...

This looks lovely, it has a nice frosty feel (which feels odd to say on a summer day!)

Anonymous said...

truly perfect - I can see this being one of those treasured pieces that comes out every xmas and has pride and place on the tree.

Hearts Turned said...

This is so beautiful, Joanne! Love what you did...I need to make more ornament-type things like this--great inspiration, my friend!


Kathy said...

It's lovely, Joanne
There was a similar one last year and I used it on a card - I like the idea of the hanging decoration you've used yours for

tracy said...

joanne,thats beautiful :)
i too have a "might come in useful" box LOL....and i have some crystals,but they're from a belt!!

Di said...

Absolutely gorgeous Joanne, I love it xx

Karen said...

This is just perfect Joanne and reminds me of 6 little gems of yours that I hang on my tree every year!!! XXX

jayne said...

Christmas !!!!! AHHHHH !!!!!
lol i love the plaque x just not as organised as you x
I have written a piece on Fiskarettes (to be published next Tues)to point fiskarettes to your blog xxx hope that is ok ?

Jean Franks Beck said...

Beautiful! Love the crackle, the sparkle, and of course, the signage (so glad I got that set - it was my very first one!). TFS

Amaco said...


What a lovely piece! Very refreshing too with this hot July weather. Thanks for using AMACO's Rub 'n Buff!

Katie Skiff said...

That looks great!! Not ready for Christmas yet tho!

Anonymous said...

This is such a stylish christmas ornament, & so beautiful! x

Carol Plume said...

wow how gorgeous is that - and as you say a piece to come out year after year xx

Janice said...

Beautiful Joanne.

Netty said...

This is so gorgeous Joanne, love it. Annette x

Hazel said...

Beautiful crafting, Joanne - and so is the stylish anniversary card - love the way you've created the designer paper with repeat stamping - love the tone on tone x

Andrea C said...

this is gorgeous x

Lorraine said...

very classy

June said...

Very Beautiful decoration Joanne
hugs June xx

Kristine Reynolds said...

This is beautiful Joanne!

Traceyr said...

Stunning Joanne and it would work for this months' 25th Club Challenge too with those colours. Or did you already realise that? :)