Thursday, 3 December 2015

Grungey Christmas reminder board !

Hello ! Today we're kicking off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and we also have a few changes happening. So to find out what's happening make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog.

The new challenge which starts today is hosted by the lovely Julia who has chosen Grungey Christmas, here's what Julia has to say:

I love Christmas but I'm a little shy when it comes to the bling, glitter and tinsel bit. We'd like to see you step away from the normal Christmas colours and create a mixed media piece which has a real touch of grunge. Think alternative colours, layers, antiquing and all things which are not pristine red and green! Remember to add in some stamping or stencilling too!

Now to say this was a challenge for me is a huge under statement ! Although I love mixed media and getting very messy I still seem to be quite tidy in my design. So, I went with the flow and this is where I ended up....

I'd got an offcut of some greyboard and also grabbed some pieces of paper.  

I covered the greyboard with torn up pieces of paper to create some texture, then glued these large snowflakes to the board. I then painted it with Gesso and then with Caramel Fresco Finish paint. Still not sure where I was headed but keeping grunge at the forefront of my mind, I then used Toffee Fresco Finish paint over just the snowflakes.

I've skipped a couple of steps here, but I used some Prima Crackle Paste and a spatula and spread it over the whole piece in random places.

I then used an Emma Godfrey stamp with Potting Soil Archival ink and stamped over the board and on the snowflakes.

I used watered down Purple Rain Fresco Finish to add some colour. 

The two words are from a Darcy Wilkinson stamp set and I've stamped onto painted mountboard. The little pegs have also been painted with Purple Rain and then glued into position. All that was left to do was add the reminder notes !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.


  1. Not only is it a great idea to have a reminder board, it is also beautiful in a grungy sort of way - I just love it! xx

  2. Such a great project for this theme, Sue! Love the colors you picked and this super clever concept!

  3. Oooh! What a great idea Sue. It's SO pretty and festive. Lx

  4. Wow - this is so fun Sue. I can see this in my daughters entry hall - she needs help remembering all her kids needs!!!!!!!!!!! Love the texture and colors. LOVELY grunge!!! j.

  5. Love your scrumptious snowflakes, Sue, and I think you've hit the grungy distressed nail on the head. Fabulous project!
    Alison xx

  6. A beautiful hanging Sue, and so useful to hang up messages.
    Yvonne xx

  7. great reminder board Sue - lovely work!!! Looking forward to working with you! Hugs rachel x

  8. It's such a fabulous grunge Christmas make, Sue! Loving that vintage feel and your great use of purple colour! Hugs! Branka x

  9. What a fun idea. Love all the fabulous texture, especially in your snowflakes. I need to find some of that greyboard or an equivalent because you make some fantastic projects with it.