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Christmas Plaques

Hi everyone and welcome. It’s Jenny here and it’s my turn to get you in the mood for Christmas. I know, that ‘festive’ word at this time of year! Some people are groaning about it’s use so early on, but the truth is many eager beavers out there are already making a start on their cards, especially those planning to sell them in craft fairs and the like.


Isn’t it sad though when you put all that hard work into creating the special cards only for them to be taken down and discarded when the new year begins. Well I have an alternative idea to sending Christmas cards this year, having put together a card/decoration hybrid that can be displayed year after year…



Clearly MDF 1a


IndigoBlu are now stocking these 6″ (150cm ) MDF squares, ideal for all sorts of mixed media projects. Decorate, add a message on the back, pop into an envelope, and hey presto – a card and a gift/decoration in one!!! What’s not to love!


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I’ve created a set of three using the new Clearly IndigoBlu stamps for the focal images. Here’s how I created the background;

  • Brush a little white Gee-Sso Good! gesso randomly over the base.
  • Mix Pink Iced Gem paint with Kroma Crackle and spread liberally over the surface, allowing it to dry and crack.
  • Spritz with water and brush over a little Hot Cocoa paint in small patches.
  • Cover in clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Spritz the surface with a little Lindy’s Stamp Gang Steampunk Sepia Starburst mist and allow it to seep into the cracks.
  • Stencil white modelling paste through the Clock Face Stencil and allow to dry.


Clearly MDF 5


Clearly MDF 6


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To create the toppers for each of these plaques I followed the same process;


Clearly MDF 8


Clearly MDF 9


The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that there are only three plaques here – where’s the Big Holly one then Jenny? If you’re coming along to the IndigoBlu Open Day this Saturday 18th July you’ll get to see me create it! .

Until next time take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


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13 Comments on Christmas Plaques

  1. Absolutely gorgeous, love the designs, colours, crackle , flakes. Beautiful pieces. Tracy x

    Tracy Evans | July 15, 2015 at 10:37 am () ()
  2. Gorgeous!!! Love those stamps — perfect for coloring. Love the copper and white accents. Great Job Jenny! — Mary Elizabeth

    Mary Elizabeth | July 15, 2015 at 10:47 am () ()
  3. Love these! Fab work lovely. Xx

    Nikki K | July 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm () ()
  4. Totally scrumptious, Jenny.The Kroma gives beautifully subtle cracking mixed with the Pink Iced Gem -tones great with the copper. Loving the clock face and texture in the middle with Square Peg. So inspiring Jenny. xxx

    Kay Halliwellsutton | July 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm () ()
  5. absolutely awesome use of these stamps jenny – love that clock stencil too – and wow the texture is fab – you are so clever!!! Wish i could see you make the holly one! Hugs rachel x

    rachel fisher | July 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm () ()
  6. These are stunning Jenny! They will make lovely presents for someone too. What is not to love?! Gorgeous images and absolutely gorgeous art Karen

    Karen P | July 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm () ()
  7. what fun and festive projects Jenny! love all the paints, splatters and crackle on them!

    Julia Aston | July 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm () ()
  8. Jenny, this is such a clever idea! I love the Kroma background with the gorgeous Pink Iced Gem colour and the clock stencil looks amazing! Love, love these fabulous creations! Anne xx

    Anne R | July 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm () ()
  9. Amazing creations, Jenny!! I wish that I lived in the UK to come and see you teach!! I’d be there in a heartbeat!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    Shari T | July 16, 2015 at 1:15 am () ()
  10. Those are wonderful Jenny and what a great idea to make a combo card/ornie, it’s never too early to start on those Christmas gifts because hard as it is to believe, it will be here before we know it!

    Deb ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art | July 16, 2015 at 4:44 am () ()
  11. Beautiful plaques Jenny x Love the idea of them being a gift that can be brought out annually and not discarded like other cards.

    Sounds like the day went well and you had a fun tie. Loved Mr Dandelion’s projects.

    See you soon

    Annie xx

    annie g | July 19, 2015 at 9:01 am () ()
  12. A terrific trio of Creations Jenny Love the crackle . Great idea to use the mdf squares as they are more likely to be kept for future years rather than being discarded if they were cards .

    Amanda Pink | July 20, 2015 at 3:38 pm () ()
  13. What a brilliant idea to create a card that becomes part of the annual decorations. These plaques are gorgeous, and full of festive sparkle.
    Alison x

    butterfly | July 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm () ()