Merry! Already?

Merry by Heather Telford

I know. It’s only August but I imagine many of you have been creating Christmas cards since… well, Christmas! I have only just started and believe me I find it hard to stamp snow in summer. There is however a very good reason for this little bit of merry. Penny Black is releasing their new Christmas Collection next week so the team are getting you in the mood for Christmas stamping by pulling out a few favourites from last year.

This tree was definitely a favourite of mine last year. (it’s here, here and here). For this little trio of notebook pages I inked it with distress inks, stamped it on watercolour paper, spritzed the image to make the colour bleed and added a little music in the background. I did the same with the holly stamp but added canvas in the background.  The third notebook page and the sentiment banner repeated the colours in the two picture panels to tie it all together.

The sentiment banner is my first attempt at inlaid diecuts. (There is one in yesterday’s card but this was my first go) I cut the word merry from light green and a dark green piece of cardstock. I placed a piece of tape behind the dark green negative piece then ran it through the diecut machine again with the banner die. Because the tape was in place it held together. I then pressed the light green “Merry” onto the tape and snipped the exposed tape from above the ‘M’ and the loop of the ‘y’.

How is your Christmas card pile going? Have you started? Have you finished! Counting this one I think I might have thirteen completed.

Stamps: Tannenbaum, Flourish Holly, Textures, Footnotes (PB)
Inks: Antique Linen, Forest Moss, Salty Ocean, Barn Door Distress Inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Olive Grove mix & match papers, Neenah Natural White 110lb card stock
Creative Dies: A Pocket Full, Shades, Love & Joy

5 Comments on “Merry! Already?”

  1. Gabby says:

    Great card! Love the trio of memos and your tree is fab! I have made one winter snowman card this yr, that’s it. I did discover that I have about 20 cards left from last yr that I intend to use this yr. I don’t make duplicate cards for any holiday. All of them are unique and I often try to craft them based on the interests of the person/family that I am giving them to or the gift I’m giving them. That’s why you might find me crafting a “special” card on Dec. 22nd to take with my gift to someone’s holiday get-together that evening. 🙂

  2. Greta H says:

    I always love your work, but wowzer–this one is currently at the top of the list, Heather! Thank you for the ideas on ways to use that tree stamp. Your Merry banner is amazing, so now I’ve got to try that technique, too!

  3. jmhave44 says:

    Really pretty, and your inlaid die cut looks just perfect. Love the colors & composition on this pretty tree. Nice to see oldies mixed in with the newbies. TFS

  4. Lindsey says:

    I can’t recall the last time you used this many layers, Heather, but I really like how you’ve designed this card! The panels and inset sentiment are terrific.
    (I have an itch to start Christmas cards myself…)

  5. Nancy L. says:

    Love this card!!!! Wowza!!!

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