Sunday 3 November 2019

2019 #17 A Vintage Christmas: Playful Art Journal with ESC {by Raquel Burillo}

2019 Topic 17: A Vintage Christmas

A wonderfully detailed Vintage Christmas spread from Raquel, and a video of course, I think you're going to love this!  Leandra 

Hi everyone, it's Raquel (scrapcosywith you today, and I'd like to share with you an art journal spread inspiration for Christmas, of course in vintage style. But this is not a fixed layout, you can change it a bit, so it's more playful, if you prefer to call it that way. 

It has some elements that can be moved and changed around: a magnetic postcard and a double sided bookmark (gold/brown) which features a crocheted chain. And apart from those unusual elements, I used some of the usual suspects too... infusions (of course) and some of the new paints. Video at the foot of the post.

I always add colour using infusions on a white surface. Well, this time, I did it differently, I created 3 coloured papers using these paints: Toad Hall, Sand and Blood Orange. 

Instead of painting the smoothy heavy card stock directly, I watered down the paint and I spread it using the reverse, black side of a piece of cut 'n' dry foam (Leandra's tip to use less paint). This gave me a nice and soft background, lighter than the actual paint and perfect as a base for stamping.

I stamped the vintage ornaments of my stamp set ESC08 and I embossed some parts in gold using WOW embossing powder Pale Gold superfine detail as you will see...

...which I then vintaged using some Infusions: Golden Sands in some parts and also mixed with Pearl Glaze in others, to add some shine.

I also used Pearl Glaze with Infusions Sunset Beach to change a bit the red of the hangings and giving them more texture. And some Infusions Olive Tree on the green hangings, for more texture as well. You can see the "vintaged & shined" elements at the right end of the picture vs the "just painted" versions on the left.

I stamped as well the holly branch of ESC07 thrice on the Toad Hall Fresco Paint painted surface and I fussy cut all three...

Then I painted my berries in red. Since Blood Orange is a translucent paint, I had to paint them white first using the new Cloud 9 paint. With a white surface, the translucent red will show as a proper red, otherwise it would show brownish. This is a trick I've seen Leandra using a lot but I had never used it before (I will definitely try it again! #gettingbraverwithpaints).

These are the steps to get the red to the berries: first white with Cloud 9 , then red with Blood Orange, then hint of white Cloud 9  to add a reflection and voila! I'm very proud of my first berries, as you can tell by now, hehe :D I perhaps could have added some glossy accents on top to make them pop and shine more, but well, next time...

Then I created my background page, I stencilled PS072 in several parts using Grunge Paste

And then using first the Fresco paints Cloud 9 and Sand, I created a first layer, as you can see on the left page. Then for my next layer (see right page) I went and added some Infusions Golden Sands combined with some Pearl Glaze which I'm using for the first time and I'm in love with its shine! I added the glaze in vertical and horizontal brushstrokes, dragging the walnut crystals so you get in some spots like a linen effect (One of the first tips Leandra taught us at the first make and take when Infusions were reeased!). It works better with Matte or Satin glaze, which are thinner consistency, but I just love the shine of the Pearl version ...

Final layer, more Infusions Golden Sands spritzed with water here and there and the background is ready for me. What do you think? Is it Vintage-Christmas like enough?

And now let's see how I created other elements... For my bookmark I used one of the Vintage Frames in ESC09

I stamped it and cut it twice. I left one in brown and added some distress rock candy crackle paint on top to get those crackles...

And the one in gold is same process, with just an extra step in the middle: embossing the ink with WOW embossing powder Pale Gold Superfine

I used the star in ESC08 to do the same, one star in brown and one in gold. I gave each piece some shape so I created a 3D element. I did this technique in the past in this post from 2 years ago, where I went crazy and created a zillion of stars for topic 14 (glitter) of 2017... 

My final element in the bookmark is the jingle bell which again I did one side in brown and the other one in gold. The chain you see is my usual thread to sew metallic elements that seems gold or bronze, but this time I decided to perform the only crochet technique I know: a basic chain. You won't learn anything more from me on crochet and the chain is not perfect... Crochet is not my strength, but when I was a child, I loved to do jewellery and one summer I did lots of bracelets of this sort, so it came handy and I thought it would be a nice touch since it would match the thread used for my hangings too and it would have more volume than just a piece of thread. I hanged a real and tiny jingle bell from the end of the chain 

Now I can show you the golden side of these elements together, although you can twist them and show whichever side of each you prefer (I like the combination golden star, brown frame and golden jingle bell, although my heart is divided and I also love to see them all in brown... What would be your preferred combo?)

And since one Art Journal Spread full of fussy cutting was not enough work for me... I decided to create a postcard on top of everything else... and my heart was divided on where to put the PostCard sign, I originally designed this stencil PS065 so the PostCard could be on the back of an actual postcard...

...but then in an art journal spread I wouldn't just glue the back of an empty postcard, right? It would be too boring... and I would miss the chance of actually designing the front of the card... It was a big dilema for me, which side to pick... so I solved it with magnets (super strong flat ones) and metallic corner embellishments! The postcard is temporarily secured in place, until you lift it. It will not fall and it's not glued. This is because the metallic corners have some iron (or are attracted by magnets) so by adding some magnets in the page behind (secured with sellotape) I ensure my postcard will stay in place. Since my journal is made of book pages which are too thin, I anyway end up gluing 2 pages together for more stiffness and to hide stitches etc, so magnets could hide there too, in between pages. So now I have the front as a default setting, where I stamped some ESC07 images and added colour with Infusions Golden Sands and Olive Tree mixed with Satin Glaze. To finish up I added some Vintage Photo regular ink on the edges of the card and with Versafine Clair ink (Pinecone) I stencilled the frame and the PostCard wording of PS065:   

If you lift the card, then you can see the back, where I did the design I had in mind. I can write something on it when I'm ready to do it... Or I could send it away and leave the art journal empty on that side

Then it was time to assemble the fixed 3 clusters. This is the top left one, with 3 green hanging decorations, 2 red ones and 3 jingle bells

Depending on how the light comes, you can see the Pearl Glaze shining. I added some shadow using Distress Crayons Vintage Photo

On the other side we have another cluster of hangings, this time 3 in red and 2 green, also 3 jingle bells. so I would get some balance between the 2 clusters

They are "hanging" from the same thread as the crocheted chain and the thread is secured against the back of the page with cell tape. Then the 2 pages will be glued together and threads will be hidden for good.

The final corner to explore is the holly one, bottom left. I added a metallic embellishment on the corner (I used distress collage medium, my go to glue for metal if I don't use thread) and I used the 3 stamped images of the holly branch, which I arranged in a bouquet decorated with a ribbon.

You've already seen the berries, but I'm so proud of them that there you go, another close up picture (sorry to pester you... hehehe)

I stamped the ribbon (twice) and the banner (once) from ESC08 and reshaped them as below, to get lots of volume

Once all is set in the Art Journal, we can play around a bit and change the configuration with the movable elements. Believe me, it's really addictive and I ended up with many, many pictures, from different angles, to capture the shine, not capture it, now with golden elements, now in brown, get the card a bit more twisted, etc, etc...

OK, nothing else from me. I hope you liked my art journal page. If you want to see how everything came together, here we have the video... 

I really enjoyed creating this spread and the playfulness I got. And from the supplies point of view, I particularly liked using the paints as a starting point for a coloured background and the shine that the Pearl Glaze gave me. It was a first for me on those 2 things and I'll definitely try to use them more often. Next in my list is to explore the other glazes: frosted and metallic... I have an idea or two, but that will be in another time.

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And since I'm with the teaching bug behind my ear and lots of ideas, I'm thinking about arranging a workshop before end of year. Very limited seats would be available. It will either be a pretty special advent calendar (in November, maybe) or a vintage calendar for 2020 (in December). Let me know in the comments if you are interested, so I contact you first and you don't miss the spot! It will probably be a Monday or a Tuesday at the current venue I'm considering, which is also very special... a farm in the heart of London! Need to speak with them first though... I will keep you posted !


  1. Oh my.... This is stunning Raquel. I will go and watch the video next!

  2. This is so gorgeous page for Christmas, fabulous 3D accessories and I love the bookmark too. xx

  3. What an amazing layered page, Raquel - I love all the dimension, and it really has that wonderful sepia/golden glow of Christmases past.
    Alison x

  4. Gorgeous Creativity, Raquel. So many lovely layers of vintage colour and imagery . Love the idea that the layout can be moved around to look however you want it too - a cool idea. Lots of vintage Christmas inspiration here for sure . TFS x

  5. Such a beautiful vintage layout Raquel. There is so much to take in and enjoy here xx