Christmas baubles

When I first started teaching card making I was demonstrating a card with Christmas decorations on it and called them “Christmas baubles”. Apparently that name combined with my Australian accent provided great enjoyment for my class who asked me to repeat it numerous times. Other people call them baubles don’t they??
Any way this card fits the bill at the Less is More challenge this week where we get to pick three of their previous challenges and combine them. There are over 80 challenges to choose from now so the it is not hard to find a theme or three to incorporate.
I chose:

Week 12 Off Centre
Week 24 Circles
Week34 Sketch

My Christmas baubles are from the transparent set “A Bright Tomorrow”. I stamped them in black and did all the colouring with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.


Stamps: A Bright Tomorrow, Winter Magic (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, (Tsukineko)
Also: Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils

30 Comments on “Christmas baubles”

  1. Mary H. says:

    This is such a lovely card, and the coloring with pencils is just fantastic. TFS

  2. What a simple but beautiful card.

  3. Loli says:

    Hola Heather, fantastic colouring with colour pencils, and an amazing christmas card, beautiful!
    A hug from Palma

  4. I love, love this ~ the way the baubles are so softly floating and twirling on their whimsical strings!! Fab job on the coloring, too!

  5. Geri G. says:

    Wow! Love your shading technique! You even captured the reflection of the different colors in each of the ball/baubles. What a keen eye for detail! Definitely the nicest ‘baubles’ I’ve ever seen 🙂

  6. Chrissie says:

    What terrific dimensional effects you have achieved with your inking Heather.
    Fabulous card.
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  7. Rene says:

    It’s always been ‘baubles’ to me Heather, great card.
    Rene from OZ xo

  8. ND says:

    Concise Oxford Dictionary. Bauble = showy trinket, court fool’s emblem, trifle, toy, thing of no worth.
    It seems that merriment, whether brought on by name or accent , was the right response.


  9. Brenda says:

    I definitely use the word, baubles. I am Canadian. Perhaps it is the British influence. Splendid card, Heather!

  10. Dina K says:

    I guess we just call them ornaments! Gorgeous coloring, and I love the effect you added of the color of one ball reflecting onto the next one. Beautifully done.

  11. chadan says:

    Very nice I love it

  12. Michelle w says:

    I call them baubles, too. But then, I am Australian, LOL! I didn’t realise you are Australian, Heather. Your card is absolutely beautiful!

  13. Maureen says:


    You are like a rock starts me! I am just beginning to get into card making, and every time I get your postin my inbox, I think, “wow, that’s the most amazing thing I have ever seen, I wish I could do that!”. Then I get the next one and it is even better! I have never heard of polychromos pencils and I thought I knew the Faber Castell line well. What are they and how did you use them to create such beautiful colored baubles? Thanks for the advice, you are so sweet and down to earth!

  14. Jennifer H says:

    I have just found you Heather, and I’m so glad. All your cards are stunning, but the one that took my breath away was ‘Moonlit Branch’ on Sept. 9. Thanks for the tip on ‘snow or moonlit’ branches, and also the tutorial on sponging snow drifts.

    I have never called those ‘things’ anything but ‘baubles’, but then again, I too am an Aussie.

    Jennifer. x

  15. shirley-bee says:

    Definitely baubles! Fabulous colouring – I love how you’ve reflected the colours of the nearest baubles.

  16. GinaA says:

    I am a ‘bauble’ person is well, its what my Mum and Dad called the Christmas decorations a long time ago. Whatever – they are stunning. Off to check out some of your tips on snow or moonlit.

  17. mandi says:

    Amazng card Jeather
    We call then baubles in the UK. I think we temd fo say ‘ornament’ noways too,
    which is American, I think.
    Thank you
    manid LIM

  18. Maarit says:

    Wow, this is stunning Heather, the colouring is fantastic!

    Warm hugs

  19. Lindsey says:

    I have definitely heard these called baubles, but don’t think I’ve ever referred to them that way myself — ornaments or balls, usually. Makes no difference, though, these are beautiful, and perfectly coloured!

  20. Cathy A says:

    Heather these look fabulous, you have created so much dimension with the baubles.

  21. Aileen says:

    Your ‘baubles” look fab. Love the pops of bright colours. x

  22. Jan Ltc says:

    Gorgeous card xx Jan

  23. Vicky says:

    Of course they’re baubles – it makes them sound much more fun! Your colouring is beautiful Heather, with the colour reflections just right.

  24. serendipitydragonfly says:

    Gorgeous “baubles” – the shading and light is stunning.

    Karen x

  25. Heather, this is a beautiful card! Your coloring give it so much dimension!

  26. Vikki says:

    That’s a great xmas card Heather!!

  27. Sue says:

    Super colouring! A fab CAS Christmas card. x

  28. Jocelyn says:

    Wow – this is absolutely gorgeous. The shading on the baubles is AMAZING!! I am an Aussie too and I can them baubles. I was on the Splitcoaststampers (USA) forum the other day and said something about “chooks” but no-one understood me and I had to explain that it means “chickens”. Maybe they don’t call them baubles in the US? I suspect they make just call them Christmas ornaments – the same as the Spellbinder Nestabilities “Bauble” dies.

  29. Karen says:

    Fabulous card, lovely colouring.

  30. Skye says:

    A beautiful CAS card. The colouring and shading of the baubles is terrific

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