Christmas Balls

Christmas Balls Heather Telford

On the Penny Black blog this week the designers have been showcasing sentiments from the new “Season’s Greetings” release. I used this “Merry Christmas” die cut last week but it looked very different coloured with a silver sharpie. I coloured it for today’s card with gold embossing powder and used the same powder to emboss the Christmas balls and the edge of the mat framing the panel. You can see some of the shine on the border but in real life the words and balls glisten in the same way. I embossed the balls first then painted them with distress stains. I painted the background in blue and green diluted and blended with plenty of water then sprinkled salt over it to create some speckly texture.

Thanks for your comments and encouragement which I love to read. I have had a few questions lately which I hope to respond to in the next few days.

Stamps:  Most Wonderful  (PB)
Creative Dies: Joyous Wishes (PB)
Inks: Versamark (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko), Distress stains Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Evergreen Bough, Broken China (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Avon Brilliant white 110lb cardstock
Also: Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Wink of Stella Pen, Salt

8 Comments on “Christmas Balls”

  1. The baubles look so opulent and the background is gorgeous! xx

  2. LEELOOE says:

    I love all your work. You just charming image, build ordinary cards- Your cards are magical. For me, design is not to achieve …

  3. jmhave44 says:

    These ornaments are lovely the way that you’ve done them, and the gold really sparkles on the border too. Could you share what brand? I have found Ranger’s Queen’s Gold to work best for me, but don’t think it sparkles quite this much on my cards. Love the orange & blues together. Lovely card. Like this PB word die a lot too. TFS

    • Heather says:

      Hi Mary, the brand of embossing powder is “Personal Stamp Exchange” which I don’t think exists any more. It does have a lovely shine to it.

  4. Lindsey says:

    You called them balls, not baubles!? It’s hard to beat the shine of gold embossing powder, so I can just imagine how this looks in real life, since it looks very fine just in the photos.

  5. Rufus says:

    Another gorgeous card! Love all your watercolor cards…wish you’d do a video so I could see exactly how you achieve the lovely effects that you do!
    Thanks for sharing,

  6. Robyn Oliver says:

    Just gorgeous Heather, love your colours – so cheerful and the distress inks give the baubles life.

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