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I decided to do an article on Victorian Christmas to celebrate the Holidays because I have always been fascinated and inspired by the old worlde charm of the Victorian Era. Picture the family sat around the Christmas tree in those long gone days of old; the roaring fireplace, roasted chestnuts, rich deep green boughs of holly, Christmas cards, glazed fruit and plum puddings, the Victorians where true pleasure seekers and lived life to the full!

To me, the Victorians practically invented Christmas, well ok that’s not exactly true, but they were responsible for introducing a lot of holiday traditions which are still practised and celebrated today.

Picture a typical Victorian Christmas in a family home and what would you hope to find?

First of all a Christmas tree is a necessity, every home had to have one! The bigger your tree; the richer you where!

Also Christmas cards a plenty; Victorians were responsible for starting the international popularity of exchanging Christmas cards.

Christmas crackers where another Victorian speciality, to hang on the tree, they would pull the cracker to reveal a little gift inside, which would usually be a small sewing set for Mother, a penknife for Father, a tin soldier or a handkerchief for the children.

Tree Cones to hang on the Christmas tree, these would most likely to be filled with dried fruits, boiled sweets, dried flowers or candy canes for the family to share.

Victorians also had very great love of scraps, they were passionate about them and both children and adults alike collected them. Those little sheets of brightly coloured paper scraps printed with pictures of flowers, children, animals, birds, Santa, Foliage, you name it they had it! Victorian’s would lovingly paste them inside scrapbooks or sometimes use them to glue onto furniture and varnish over them, which later became known as Victorian Decoupage.

I decided to take my inspiration for this article from Victorian style scraps and decoupage by creating collages using stamped Victorian style images and using lots of deep rich Victorian colours. Victorian colours are generally lovely deep shades! Lots of plums, mahoganies, forest greens, purples, gold, silver and cream! It just so happens they are my favourite colours too so I had a lot of fun creating these samples!

Creating Victorian Collages

First of all I started off by making Victorian style collages. So in order to prepare for that I hunted through my stamp collection looking for any Vintage style Christmas stamps I had. I had some Holly leaves. Cardinals, Pine boughs, Partridges and Candy Canes which where all perfect for this theme so I stamped these using black memories inkpads (Stewart Superior) onto cream and white cardstock.

Rubber Stamps Used:

Holly Sprig: Impression Obsession
Holly Leaves: Hero Arts
Poinsettia: Hero Arts
Partridge in a Pear Tree: Rubber Stampede
Cardinal: Personal Stamp Exchange
Christmas Stocking: Personal Stamp Exchange
Pine Bough: All Night Media
Small Holly Bough: Embossing Arts
Candy Cane: Susan Branch

Once the ink was dry I applied colours using water colour pencils by Derwent and a Waterbrush to shade. Once the pencils had dried I cut around some of the images using scissors. Other images I tore around leaving a slight border to create a rustic edge.

Next I hunted out my paper scrap box; I keep a box full of scrap papers and cardstocks what I use for collaging with. I’ve been collecting and throwing stuff in this box for years now, whenever I have offcuts of papers, printed papers, giftwrap or card from a project I toss them into the box for later use. I sorted out all the Victorian and Chrismassy looking scraps of card and papers; for my selection I chose lots of gold, green, red, burgundy and cream paper and card scraps.

Paper lace doilies where the next thing on my hit list! I have a collection of these I’ve been hoarding over the years as they are too pretty to use! You know how it is! They come in white, gold and silver and are all perfect for using on Victorian style cards and art. I used scissors to cut out interesting parts in the doilies themselves, for example lace flowers and borders to create detail in your art.

Next I stamped 3 different Christmas Greetings stamps on deep red, burgundy and forest pine cardstock using Galaxy Gold Brilliance Inkpad (Tusineko), blasted them with a heat gun to dry, then tore round the edges of the text for a rustic edge.

Rubber Stamps Used:
Merry Christmas: Personal Stamp Exchange
Small and Large Seasons Greetings: Comotion

Finally I used a large musical script stamp I have by Time to Stamp, and stamped up several images on cream cardstock using a black memories inkpad. Once the ink was dry I tore the musical script up into small pieces and set them to one side for later use.

Once I had done all that I was ready to begin creating my Victorian Collages!

All of my Victorian collages where created on large standard size burgundy cardstock (A4).

In all I created 6 x A4 sized collage sheets for all of the art you see in this article.

I used one collage sheet to created two fancy trims to attach around church candles for decoration. I also used 1 sheet to create 2 bands to go around 2 of the Christmas crackers. One and half sheets where used to create the base of the tea tray I made. I also created 2 tree cones from 1 collage sheet.

I had a lot of left over shapes so I used those to make into Christmas cards by cutting them into festive shapes by drawing round diecuts and cutting them out.

I used Modge Podge decoupage glue to affix the papers to the cardstock using a paintbrush to paint the glue on.

To begin with I concentrated on laying down small scraps all over the card sheet, at this point I didn’t use any of my stamped images nor any doilies. I used all the Xmas colour paper scraps I sorted out from my scrap box to build up a background of colour. Don’t worry about filling every square inch of space on the card stock as you want some of the burgundy base cardstock to still be visible.

Allow glue to dry thoroughly, overnight if possible.

Next I added interest to the collage by gluing on torn stamped musical script sections on the collage, and various stamped images and greetings. Plus small sections of doilies to jazz the collage up. I continued until I was happy with how the entire collage looked then set it aside to dry.

Once the collages are dry you are ready for the FUN part and use them in your art!

I hope you enjoy creating a Victorian style Christmas as much as I did!

Happy Holidays!


This technique is similar to the Textured Glue Resist Background Technique also featured in Techniques Zone.

This time we are using cheap PVA Glue to create a resist area on our actual rubber stamped art so that when we smoosh colour over the top our stamped images are left untouched by the background colour! Its a cool effect and with a little experimentation you can create different effects and styles…

What You Need:

* Coloured Matt Card Stock – I used cream and yellow
* White PVA Glue
* Embossing Heat Gun
* Memories Inkpad in: Black, Hunter Green and Art Print Brown
* Post It Notes
* Scissors
* Pigment Inkpads in various colours (I used Colorbox Paint Pad Brights)
* Kitchen Tissue (or toilet paper)
* Paint Brush

Rubber Stamps Used:
* Harlequin Background (Hero Arts)
* Winged Face in Clock (Stampers Anonymous)
* Time Word (Time To Stamp)
* Large Clock Face (Non Sequitur)
* Pocket Watch (Gotcha Images)
* Small Watch (Angel Art Stamps)
* Life Is Fun (Hero Arts)
* Time Is Eternity Background (Non Sequitur)


1. Repeat stamp Harlequin background onto card stock with art print brown memories inkpad.

2. Repeat stamp time is eternity word background with hunter green over the top.

3. Stamp face with wings stamp using black memories as shown in the scan above.

4. Now stamp the large pocket watch with black as shown, and stamp again onto post it note paper and cut out to create a mask of the image and place over the stamped image on your card.

5. Over stamp the large clock face so it overlaps the pocket watch mask as shown in the scan.

6. Stamp the small watch and life is fun word to finish.

7. Heat set your card with your embossing heat tool to make sure your inks are properly dry.

8. Take your paint brush and carefully paint over the top of all your stamped images. You want a nice smooth thin coat of glue. You can also add accent to the card background as well if you wish – this is optional.

9. Heat set the glue to dry it.

10. Take 2-3 different pigment inkpads and smoosh them over your card stock. I used pink, blue and lilac. Do not be afraid of applying pressure and getting a good firm smooshing of ink.

11. Take your kitchen/toilet paper towelling and gently wipe across the areas where your glue is on the stamped images. As you do this you will notice that you are lifting off the pigment ink from the stamped images and create a resist effect. The pale colour of the card stock will be visable only where the actual glue is.

12. Heat set.

Your glue resist stamping art is complete!

Collage on a Sheet was first featured in Somerset Studio Magazine, it is also known as the Serendipty Technique. It’s perfect if you have always wanted to try collage but never had the confidence.

You can use the Collage on a Sheet technique to create two very different styles of collages known as Serendipity and Paper Arts Collage.

For both collages, you will need plenty of torn scrap papers in all different colours. I have a box which I use to collect scraps of patterned papers and card in. Any scraps I have left over when I’m crafting I throw into the box to recycle the pieces for collaging with.

Serendipity Technique

What You Will Need

A5 Black Card
White PVA Glue
Assorted Scrap Collage Papers
Gold or Silver Brilliance Inkpads
(You may prefer to gold or silver emboss)

Ruler, Pencil & Scissors
Card & Papers for Layering

How To Create

1. Take the sheet of black card, and literally glue and stick scrap pieces of paper randomly all over the surface. Allow glue to dry, it doesn’t take long.

You want to create a slight border around the collage papers, so don’t overlap the scrap papers. Once the glue has dried you are ready for stamping! You need script stamps for this step, or you can use musical note backgrounds or oriental letterings etc.

2. Stamp the scripts randomly at different angles all over your collage sheet using either gold or silver Brilliance inkpad. You may prefer to emboss in gold or silver for a more luxurious effect.

3. Once the ink has dried, turn your collage over so that you have the plain side facing you. Use a ruler and pencil to measure grids across the back of the card sheet.

4. Use scissors to cut the squares you have just drawn to split your collage up into several small blocks.

5. Affix your Serendipity squares onto cardstock using either glue or double sided tape. I like to layer the squares onto cream card, as it adds a nice contrast to the black squares. You can usually make several cards

At this point onwards there are no rules in how many squares you use for your card. It’s a matter of preference; some cards have 4 blocks, some 6 or even 8! *You* are the artist so you decide?

Paper Arts Collage

What You Need

A5 White Card
White PVA Glue
Scrap Collage Papers
Postage Stamps, Doilies, Decoupage Scraps & Bellies
Pencil & Scissors
Assorted Shaped Templates (Hearts, Stars etc)
Gold Thread
Card for finishing

How To Create

1. Take a sheet of A5 white card and glue scrap papers randomly all over your sheet.

You want to leave no gaps at all between the papers you stick down, so overlap them as much as you can to create a multicolour patterned collaged background.

Your collage will look like this:

2. You can add extra interest to your paper arts collage; glue on torn pieces of doilies, decoupage scraps, postage stamps or embellishments. Once you are happy with how it looks, allow glue to dry.

3. Turn your collage round so that you have the plain side facing you. Using a pencil; draw round the templates of your choice. I position and draw round the templates so I can fit as many as I can onto one sheet.

4. Use scissors to cut out the templates from your collage sheet.

5. Take a length of gold thread, wrap and tie it around your collage shape several times at different angles to embellish it.

6. Using glue or double sided tape, affix your collage shape onto layers and card to finish. Your collage card is complete. Again you can create several cards from one collage sheet!

More Cards

To make these fabric paper backgrounds I used Tyvek – you can use cotton and muslin too but I dont have any – *sob* – so I have to use tyvek.

Basic Instructions:

Get a sheet of tyvek or muslin or open weave cotton, place it onto some plastic (I used carrier bags), smear on el cheapo white school glue all over one side, then cover with printed tissue paper, apply another layer of glue, cover with a sheet of plain tissue paper, more glue over the top of that, then add paint or colour medium of your choice. Let air dry overnight 0 or longer and youve got yourself a lovely wrinkly sheet of colourful fabric paper.

Sources For Printed Tissue for Fabric Paper:

Printed napkins or serviettes, printed tissue papers – 7 Gypsies have a range of printed tissue papers, also check out very thin paper bags with patterns on them or paper used in florists to wrap flowers in. Any store which sells handmade gifts usually have nice paper printed bags – I’ve collected them for years – did you know you can iron the paper bags to make transfers of the patterns onto paper?

For my backgrounds I used both printed napkins and tissue papers, after reading how some members where having problems applying the colour to the final layer because the tissue paper was tearing, I decided to cut out the middleman and I mixed a little bit of acrylic paint into some pva glue and painted it onto the final layer as a glaze – less mess that way and you only need to add one final layer!

Heres my backgrounds, click on the pictures if you wanna see them bigger:

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 6

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 5

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 4

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 3

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 2

Uncoloured Fabric Paper – I like how this looked without adding additional colour to it, the colours you see are from the actual tissue and napkins:
Fabric Paper On Tyvek 1

These backgrounds utilise Tissue Paper to make easy peasy Faux Leather backgrounds – these are so easy to make you can do them with your eyes shut!

What You Need:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Card Stock
  • PVA or White Glue
  • Glue Spreader
  • Acrylic Paint or Dye Re-inkers


1. Crumple your tissue paper into a tight ball, open it up again and set it aside.

2. Spread a generous amount of glue over the surface of your card stock using a credit card or plastic spreader.

3. Working quickly, tap the tissue paper down over the glued surface, do NOT flatten it out as you want lots of nice texture and crinkles in the background. Let it dry.

4. Now you need to add colour – either acrylic paints OR you can use dye reinkers or smoosh an inkpad over the top dtp style. Once the colour has dried you are ready make artwork with your backgrounds!

Faux Leather Tissue Paper Background Samples: