For the December LBH Art Journaling class we repurposed old Christmas cards.
I shared my first sample page in my December 2 post.
I also created two more samples for class.
For this page I tore music paper randomly and adhered to the entire background. I added washes of white and cream paints and a bit of light brown to tone it down, as well as some light stamping.
Then I punched one-inch circles and cut them in half to create the scalloped border.
For the tree I cut random strips, starting with the bottom strip and each slightly smaller than the previous one. Even the star was punched from a card. I used brown and green Inktense pencils to outline the tree and scallops to add definition and then outlined all with a permanent black pen. The tree needed some decorations, so I glued on three red bows, also from a card!
For this page I used a snowflake napkin for the background. Napkins usually have three plies and, if you use the top ply, it creates a background similar to tissue paper. But the middle ply still had faint printing on it so I used that for the entire background and then tore the darker snowflakes from the top layer and decoupaged them in a few places.
The "landscape" scene in the center of the page was a pretty card which I tore into three vertical strips. I glued these down staggering the bottom edges so it would look more realistic than just gluing down the entire card. I added my new snowman stamp and mixed pearl paint with texture paste to add some snow and snowflakes through punchinella.
So, don't throw out all those pretty cards (Christmas or otherwise) you receive. They make great fodder for your art journals!