Merry Christmas with holly

merry holly panel Heather Telford

These two cards are the result of some playing around with distress stains on watercolour paper. For the one above I stamped the holly (in memento ink) and coloured it(with distress stain) first, added the background (distress stain) with a paintbrush and stamped the letter background (memento ink) over everything. For the ornaments below I painted a wash of blue first and stamped the holly and music over the wash. Because the distress stain and the memento ink are both dye inks the colour intensified when I painted green over the blue background. The baubles were cut using the Penny Black die “ornaments.”

I finally sat down yesterday and wrote in 90% of my Christmas cards. I still have a few  to write.  Yes, I know there are only a few days before Christmas Day, but there are twelve days of Christmas aren’t there?

holly and music baubles Heather Telford

(the card above has balance issues; can you see them?)


Stamps A Wish for Peace, Music Background, Letter Background, Dear Friend (PB)
Creative Dies: Ornaments, Love & Joy (PB)
Inks: Memento Pistachio, Summer Sky, Lady Bug (Tsukineko)  Broken China & Peeled Paint Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Penny Black mix & match olive grove paperFabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Red ribbon from Lorraine’s stash

6 Comments on “Merry Christmas with holly”

  1. Pitchoune57 says:

    lovely cards, Merry Christmas
    bye from France

  2. Beverly Railey Robinson says:

    I’m going to have 2014 be a Heather Telford Christmas card year. Wish me luck! 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Gabby says:

    Nice cards, Heather! Like the holly panel and whimsically placed “merry” sentiments. As well, I like your ornament card. 🙂

  4. Lindsey says:

    I have no luck with distress stains; obviously, you do. 😉 These are beautiful! I especially like the first one. You know that only we card designers will notice any balance issues with the second one, it’s still very sweet.

  5. Mary H. says:

    Both cards are lovely as always. Sorry, I didn’t notice any balance issues with #2, I just saw beauty. Well done on each card. TFS & Merry Christmas

  6. Simply gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel to you and your family!

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