A Merry Little Christmas

 Hello and welcome to a Merry Little Christmas!

Today we start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey where we are celebrating Christmas but in a tiny way with ATCs! It is a bittersweet challenge as sadly this will be our final challenge (more in another post). You can get all the details of the challenge HERE and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone join in.

I have created two ATCs using some old and much loved Tim Holtz dies, stamps and inks. I know there are always some lovely new products released each year, but I do love my little Christmas collection, with some of the dies going back years.

I have listed them all at the end of the post just in case you need a push to go hunting for yours!

I have used whiteboard as the base as it really gives a nice firm surface to work on. Using the ATC die means nicely cut edges and those lovely curved corners. Each got a coat of gesso before I sprayed with Antique Linen Distress Ink Spray and then overstamped with one of my favourite old text stamps in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The addition of the gesso helps to create a worn look.

I used Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink Sprays for the green tags and Candied Apple and Crackling Campfire for the gorgeous red. I was only going to be cutting small elements so just creating a tag saves getting a lot of leftovers.

Some of these dies are out all the year (scribble circle and bow) as I find them so very useful for cards. I still had four little resin flowers left in my stash so decided to use them as I intend to use these ATCs for two special Christmas Cards and so they should be nice and sturdy.

I just about managed to fit the small candle onto the ATC and those little berries were very fiddly, but I think all worth it for the little pop of red.

Fun to make and fun to give!

I do hope you join us in our Christmas and final challenge. The whole team have got an inspiring array of ATCs for you so do hop on over to the blog to find out more.

As always thank you for joining me, and here's wishing you a Merry Little Christmas!

Jennie x

Dies used:

Thinlits Festive Greens #662425

Thinlits Festive Scribbles #660980

Thinlits Sizzix Tag Collection Die Set #658784

Sizzix Die Candlelight #660029

Sizzix Die ATC & Corners 


Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text CMS394

Stampers Anonymous Faded Type CMS397


Wow, simply stunning! Your Christmas ATCs are so elegant, I love the dies that you used and can see why they are some of your favourites - perfect 😁. Your Final ATC is so beautiful too, a wonderful celebration of all the years at A Vintage Journey. I am so grateful for all your support, guidance and friendship, you've been such an inspiration - thank you so much for being part of my creative journey! Love and hugs, Jo x
Julia Aston said…
Your ATC's are so lovely in their light colors and wonderful dies used Jennie - so festive for Christmas! I have enjoyed working with you on this team - always being inspired by your creative style and all of your beautiful flower tutorials! I'm glad we will still be creating together on Eileen's teams! Julia xx
Annie said…
Hi Jennie x Your ATC's are lovely and I love the soft background together with those favourite dies and your gorgeous flower xx
It is very bittersweet that AVJ is ending but it has been amazing to have been on the team with you and I thank you for all the amazing support and inspiration that you have provided over the years.
Hopefully we will manage to catch up again once we get through this awful pandemic.

Sending best wishes to you and Terry

Have a lovely Christmas & Best Wishes for 2021

Annie xx
Brenda Brown said…
As always your gorgeous designs reflect your ability to create the most wonderful works of art that make my heart sing. You are a true inspiration Jennie, your work is always so beautifully presented and these are no exception. Thank you for creating and sharing your amazing art as part of the AVJ journey. Huge hugs Brenda xxx
These are enchanting, Jennie - those snowy text backgrounds with the vivid accents of colour are absolutely gorgeous. A glorious pair to celebrate a different but hopefully just as merry and peaceful a Christmas.
Alison x
sarascloset said…
These ATC's are precious and I know whomever received them as Christmas cards felt very honored. I love those bold pops of red on that worn vintage background. I agree about some of the old Tim Holtz dies being classics and true favorites. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and will enjoy many blessings in the New Year!