Sunday, December 10, 2017

Deer Christmas Wonderland

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I wanted to play around making a Christmas diorama with some Christmas dies and stamps and ephemera so I could enter it in several online challenges - A Vintage Journey "Winter Wonderland", this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Icy Inspiration", the Sizzix 2017 Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration challenge and the wonderful Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge.

The basic structure of the diorama is the box from my new Sidekick! I just love boxes and always try to think of a way to use them. I cut out the front a little bit for the stage and lined it with papers left over from recent Christmas crafts. I used the metallic red paper where I had cut out Merry Christmas for my pop-up house card and made that the background. I poked several holes in the back so tiny LED lights could be taped on the back to add some light to the center of the box.

Christmas Deer Shadowbox

Inside the box I placed a streetlight from the newly re-released Sizzix die in the back with some greenery from the Idea-ology ephemera pack, 2 trees stained with Twisted Citron spray stain, and a small set of paper dolls in front of the one of the trees. I put Snow Tex around the bases of the trees and the Merry Christmas in the back.

The front consists of deer from some older Sizzix dies. I love these reindeer. The icicles were made from a Martha Stewart Holiday Icicle edge punch. I think it is retired but still readily available online. I painted the strip with glue and sprinkled with glitter. The ephemera on top is from the Tim Holtz Christmas ephemera - it's perfect for this box. Also it works well with the "Icy Inspiration" challenge.

I made a couple of snowflakes from the Tim Holtz Swirly Snowflakes Framelits Dies and Stampers Anonymous stamps. I stamped them in a brown ink and then highlighted several areas with gold stickles. I love the effect. I used the Merry card from the Christmas flashcard set and Christmas from Idea-ology alpha dies. Various alcohol ink colored baubles were glued all around.

Merry Christmas Shadowbox

The large prancing deer was glued on top with gold stickles to highlight the antlers. The bell is tiny jingle bell on a string. 3 of the trees on top were colored with Tumbled Glass Spray stain and the red one stained with Festive Berries - such a lovely red. I backed the deer with a section of cardboard cut out with the bracket die that was painted with Tumbled Glass and with Stampers Anonymous Swirly Snowflakes stamped in white ink and embossed in white embossing powder. It's a lovely effect that I saw on the Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook page.

Little pieces of greenery were glued in corners.

Christmas Deer Shadowbox

I had fun making this diorama. It says Christmas to me. 

The specific inspiration for the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge #9 is the bold metallic deer which is similar to the emphasis on Linda's tag #9. That means I have 10 more projects to go to complete the 12 tags of Christmas challenge. I hope I can do them all this year. 

So I am sharing this project with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Icy Inspiration", Holtz for the Holidays by Sizzix, A Vintage Journey's "Winter Wonderland" and the 12 Tags of Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. Love your fabulous holiday project! All the Christmas elements are fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  2. Lucy, this is so cool! I love little boxes, and this I would have never guessed to be from your newest crafty tool! It really looks like one of Tim's vignette box tops! I am squealing over every delightful detail! The way you added the lights is genius! I will be posting a similar creation soon, and I wish I would have seen your's first for the way you lit yours. Yes, this shouts 'MERRY CHRISTMAS!' to me, too! thank you so much for sharing your diorama with us at A Vintage Journey!

    PS I am tickled pink you are playing along in the 12 Tags of Christmas! Such a fun and inspiring challenge, and seeing your entries in the gallery makes it that much more inspiring! Hugs and Merry Christmas!

  3. This is just so much fun and so very festive! I love the wide array of colors and your exquisite details (as always)! Hugs, Autumn

  4. Dear say that I love this project is an's brilliant and you did an outstanding job! Thank you so much for your lovely comment...made my day! Take care...hugs xxx

  5. Oh my goodness, Luch, this is fantastic. There are so many wonderful details, each and every one so well thought out. I'm loving seeing so many great Tim Holtz products used here. When we get the new products in the shop, we always say, hum, wonder how our customers will use this or that It's so much fun to see them actually put into use. I was especially tickled to see the dice used here, along with the Swirly Snowflakes, the Boxtops and the Paper Dolls. Thank you for sharing this sensational project!


  6. Great project, I love 3D and you have done it right. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.