Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas Luminary


Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.
Ruth Carter Stapleton

I had fun with some Tim Holtz dies and his Merriment papers to create my Christmas Lantern.
Using Tim's Frosted film and one of the transfer techniques that can be found out on the internet, cut some Merriment paper slightly larger than the window of the lantern and stick the right side down on the film, using a lolly stick to make sure it is fully adhered.

Mist the back of the paper to dampen it ............

........ and with your finger gently rub the paper away, misting again if you need to. Eventually you will rub away all the paper leaving a translucent window with the image transferred to it.

Next I used my sticker maker to add glue to the back of the window and adhere it to acetate packaging to give it some substance.

I folded the sides of the lantern as shown on the die packaging and added red-line tape on the tabs and the edges of the inside or each window ready to take the 'stained glass' effects.

I started to put the lantern together.
I covered the lantern with picket fence crackle paint and when it was dry blended some frayed burlap distress ink to the edges, then placed the windows into each space.
The following photos show the lantern made up. This photo shows how the little battery operated candle inside provides a gorgeous glow of warm light.

The rest of the photos have been taken in daylight.
The Caroler and lampost were cut from black shrink plastic and when cool given coats of distress paints using Tim's altered surface technique. The dabber made the white 'frills' on her dress, which I love, such a happy accident.

It was really difficult to shrink the lampost, it kept curling and sticking to itself. I think this one was number four.

Wishing you all a day filled with fun and laughter and time with special people in your life.

hugs {brenda x0x

"Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends."
Margaret Thatcher


  1. Fabulous lantern Brenda and so clever to use the caroler and lamppost in this way. It was worth the effort for sure!

  2. So worth all the work...Gorgeous. Love the frills on her dress and the frosted windows!

  3. What a fantastic luminary - amazing work!
    Alison xx