Sunday, 18 December 2011

Alice in Christmasland

Altered Alice have a Christmas-themed challenge this month, and there are some fabulous projects on the blog. It's definitely worth a visit if you like altered art. My entry is a tag:

"Alice in Christmasland"

The stamps are mostly from Indigo Blu's fabulous Alice I set.

For the background, the rabbit is stamped with white acrylic paint onto a die-cut white card tag, then the tag is inked with various-coloured distress inks and overstamped with the "Alice in Wonderland" stamp using a ghosting technique in black archival ink. The edges of the tag are distressed with a pair of scissors and inked with Walnut Stain.

The link from the the teapot charm is removed using a pair of sidecutters and adhered to the tag with Pinflair, carefully positioned below one of the rabbit's paws and in Alice's line of sight.

"WISH" is diecut in black using a strip alphabet die, fixed to the tag with PVA, and covered in Glossy Accents for extra dimension. Of course, I was in a bit of a hurry taking the piccies, and the "W" isn't quite dry - hence the bluish tinge.


The snowflakes are diecut from empty cat food box using a Sizzix die and covered with two coats of Picket Fence distress stain, drying with a heat tool between coats, before overstamping with the "Curioser and Curioser" stamp in black archival ink. More snowflakes are cut from acetate, covered with holographic glitter glue using a finger and fixed, glue side down, to the tag with holographic glitter glue. Some are adhered to the card snowflakes, and others are glued directly to the tag. A couple of small hearts are punched from white card, coloured with "Barn Door" and "Aged Mahogany" distress inks, and fixed to the centres of the card & acetate snowflakes.


Alice is stamped on grungeboard using archival ink, then cut out leaving a small border and roughly coloured with green & red distress inks before edging in Walnut Stain. Red, green and gold glitter glues are used to highlight areas and make her look a bit more Christmassy. A couple of holly leaf sequins are added to her hair along with some red glitter glue "berries". [aside: I rather like the red, glitter shoes, reminiscent of Dorothy's. Funny how they are both trapped in strange worlds and wanting to find a way home].

"Admit tickets, ribbon & rabbit"

The "admit tickets" are from a Tim Holtz set, stamped in archival ink on cream card. Red promarker is used to colour the border, before the edges are distressed with scissors and inked in walnut stain. Names are stamped in "Barn Door" distress inks using stamps from various sets.

A rabbit charm was attached to a jump ring and a length of green ribbon threaded through and attached to the tag.

"Journal ticket"

The journal ticket is from the Kaisercraft "Up, Up and Away" stamp set, stamped in Barn Door distress ink on cream card and dated "December 25th" by hand, before distressing, folding in half and adhering to the card beneath Alice.

Entered for the following challenges:
Altered Alice - A Lewis Christmas Carroll to all
Simon Says Stamp and Show... Thru' the looking glass - projects with depth (come on, it has to be Alice with a title like that! :-))


  1. This is fab, love the heart in the middle of the snowflake...

  2. This tag is just fabulous Maddy. Your attention to detail is second to none. I love this tag. Lee x

  3. Thanks so much for playing along with The Altered Alice! Every detail is so well thought out. LOVE the tickets, Rudolph in Wonderland sounds like a good fit to me, LOL! The glittery Alice is super cool and the snowflakes are great, I LOVE projects with recycled packaging! All the metal accents are great too and love the dimension you added to the letters.

  4. Thank you for joining the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show with your fabulous tag, fabulous colors and really wonderfullly made. Hugs Terry xxxx

  5. Fun theme, fun the sparkle~

  6. Oh this is darling! I'm still drinking in the fabulous details and chuckling about the cat food box. Brava for recycling and thanks for joining us at The Altered Alice. xxD


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