Snowy Victorian Carolers

Hello!  I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and before we know it, Christmas will be here.  Last year I cut out a set of Tim Holtz Victorian Carolers and Lamp Post (both Bigz dies) but didn’t get around to doing anything with them.  I got them back out and since we’ve already had snow several times this month, I made a snowy scene.  With the exception of a few items, all products used were by Tim Holtz.


After cutting the figures out, I edged each with a little bit of Prima Metallique White Gold wax to give them a little “glow”, and used Core’dinations Classis Collection paper for the lamp post light, with acrylic added on top.  I gave the holly and berries a bath in clear Wink of Stella, which is nice and sparkly in person.  I splattered these pieces first with Dylusions White Linen ink spray, then with watered-down gesso.



I wanted to make a shaker card and chose the musical notes paper from the Yuletide paper stash and used Spellbinders Nestabilities Radiant Rectangles for the shaker background.  I added some Dept. 56 plastic snow and a snowy sequin mix.  With the intricate design of the rectangle die cuts, I wasn’t able to add dimensional tape, so my shaker doesn’t shake very much, but I like how some of the snow and sequins stay up near the top even when it’s standing upright.  The acetate was splattered in the same manner as the carolers and lamp post.


The paper below the shaker is the reverse side of the musical notes paper, and directly below that is paper from the Noel/Navidad paper stash.  These pieces were spritzed with water and I worked the edges to make them worn looking before drying.  All paper was inked with Vintage Photo DOX, but the green layer also has some of the white gold wax and some clear & white embossing powder mixed with Clear Rock Candy glitter.

I added some crinkle ribbon with a small amount of Vintage Photo Dox, embroidery floss, a “Festive” token and snowflake. “Festive” was colored with white distress crayon and some Mushroom alcohol ink was dabbed on.  The barely visible snowflake was embossed with the same embossing powder mixture mentioned above.


I think that covers it and I hope you’ve been inspired to make a snowy shaker scene, too.   Here’s a few more pics:



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About Marty Fishman

Hi, I'm Marty! I love paper crafting, especially making favorites are Christmas cards. I am blessed to have a wonderful family: my husband of over 32 years, my son and daughter, and three fur babies (a cat and 2 dogs). View all posts by Marty Fishman

2 responses to “Snowy Victorian Carolers

  • sewpaperpaint

    My friend, I wish so badly I was with you watching you make this splendid winterscape! I am smitten by every exquisite detail and think this may be my favorite card EVER! I love that it is a shaker. My pal Carol and I were finding some cards made online with shaker baggies and I’m thinking of getting a Fuse tool so we can make a bunch. Decisions, decisions… LOL! One more thing, I just love this vintage palette for a snowy card. It makes me feel as if I were in an old movie with carolers nearby. LOVE it! Hugs, Autumn PS. Thanks for the tip on the snow you used inside. ;0


  • Sara Emily Barker

    Exceptionally beautiful, Marty! I love these carolers and you have made them so much more special on a (squeal!) shaker card. You have managed to make this into a truly realistic snowy evening, so much I can almost feel the chill (oh, that IS real) hear the hush of the snow and the voices of the carolers. Really beautiful!~ Sending hugs!


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