Friday 8 November 2019

2019 #17 A Vintage Christmas: Christmas Panels with ESN {by Jennie Atkinson}

2019 Topic 17: A Vintage Christmas

Jennie has some quick makes for you today with a gorgeous blend of Lynne Perrella and Sara Naumann stamps inn traditional Christmas colour palette. ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live the Dream) with you today sharing some reasonably "quick make" panels which can then be used to decorate tags, bags and cards.

I really like to have a creative time making a number of panels which I can then use when needed. It means you can have a bit of a production run and whilst a similar theme runs through the pieces each one is actually different. (Most useful when my two elderly Aunts swap pictures of their birthday or Christmas cards!).

I have created three vintage styled panels using Sara Naumann's Christmas stamp set ESN38 and added another vintage element with Lynne Perrella's LPC043.

I combined two of the new Fresco's Blood Orange and Red Lipstick to get this lovely Christmas red. I have just brayered the colours onto my gel plate for a single pull. I find this is a great way of getting a great mix of colours onto a piece of card. I have used the lovely leaf and music stamp as a background (Archival Vermillion combines well with the Fresco paints) and filled in the gaps with the text stamp. 

I start by placing layers onto my blank card. I have used vintage music paper and stamped onto my own tea stained paper. Doilies are a lovely Christmas element too. I have torn my papers and then blended brown ink around the edges for a vintage look.

When possible I prefer to use my sewing machine to adhere the layers. This is not a very clear photograph but I have used both straight and zig-zag stitch around the edges but have not religiously sewn everything! By the time a flower cluster is glued on on everything is well and truly adhered but still appears to "float".

I have experimented with different brown inks (Archival Tree Branch, SepiaPotting Soil and Coffee) to get different hues on the tea stained paper. If the Archival Ink is too dark try a second generation stamp (stamping off on a scrap piece of paper but not pressing too hard).

As my tea dyed paper is just ordinary copy paper it can be a little thin for die cutting. I loved this gorgeous circle stamp and wanted to make it a feature, so glued a piece of tea dyed paper onto some cardstock before stamping and cutting. You get a few creases but it all adds to the vintage look!

From my little pile of pieces I was then able to make up three panels. I have used some shop bought Christmas flowers and dyed some ribbon with green waterbased ink - I tried using Fresco Chalk Paint but whilst it is a lovely colour it is rather stiff! I DO make sure that I add some good quality tape to the back of the panel before the final decorating with flowers.

So then what to do with the panels?

I used some natural white cardstock to make a gift bag. I have one of these fancy boards which make a pretty good bag, but it is easy to get a template for one on Pinterest or you could use either bought bags or sandwich bags. 

I used the same card to make a blank card measuring 4" x 6" and used the circular stamp inside for my Christmas message.

I used more of the natural white card to make a tag for the final panel. I normally wrap my Christmas presents in white tissue paper tied with sisal string and so this tag will look fabulous on one of the larger parcels.

Combining these two sets of stamps gave me a number of vintage options and although the Lynne Perrella tag is not Christmas themed it makes a lovely vintage tag for any occasion. I also love that Sara's stamps provide lots of opportunities for creating backgrounds but also feature layers as well as being able to isolate individual sentiments.  This will be a very popular Christmas set for me!

I find that making panels without thinking of the end project is enjoyable and stress free. So having a little creative time now making some Christmas panels will make life a little easier when December comes! 

As always thank you for joining me and wishing you a happy Christmas playtime!

Jennie x


  1. These are delightful, Jennie - such a lovely combination of Lynne's and Sara's stamps, and I really like how the gentle sepia neutrals soften the bright festive red & green. The layered panels idea is a great one for this time of year, and so adaptable. Great inspiration post.
    Alison x

  2. These are gorgeous Jennie... And I love how you've made the red.... Great tone!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous, Jennie!

    Lucy x

  4. Absolutely Gorgeous! Jennie . Great showcasing of Sara's and Lynn's stamps working in harmony . TFS x

  5. Oh Jennie these have such a delicate freshness about them. Such wonderful projects xx

  6. Jennie, this is the most gorgeous post! I adore the comics you’ve chosen and the beautiful pop of red.