Let it snow

Sled n skis Heather Telford

I am writing this post from sunny warm Australia while my Ottawa family is sending me photos of the snow that has already fallen. I have a series of  ‘Winter Warmth’ posts this week featuring dies and stamps from the latest Penny Black releases. I chose to pair watercoloured die-cuts with watercoloured backgrounds to make some indoor and outdoor winter scenes. You might think that sledding or skiing is not a particularly ‘warm’ activity but consider the trudge up the hill with the sled or the energy expended cross-country skiing; you can end up quite heated!

I created my background forest on cold pressed watercolour paper by doing first and second generation stamping with memento northern pine ink. I then tore a few snow banks from the same paper and layered them in front of the trees.

sled-n-skis close up

I die-cut the sled and skis from hot pressed watercolour paper then coloured them with distress markers, blending with water to get shadows and dimension. I added some die-cut greenery and a little twine bow to both the skis and the sled then tucked them in behind the torn paper snow banks. I added some clear wink of stella to the torn edges to make the snow banks glisten a little.Sled n skis Heather Telford


Stamps: woodland beauty, festive snippets
Dies: Sled ‘n’ skies, winter lantern
Inks: memento northern pine, tuxedo black (Tsukineko), festive berries, gathered twigs distress markers (Ranger)
Paper: hot and cold pressed watercolour papers (Fabriano), green cardstock
Also: clear wink of stella, linen twine


11 Comments on “Let it snow”

  1. Chrissie says:

    What an absolutely stunning card Heather!

  2. Susie Williams says:

    Oh my goodness, just when I think a card scene could not possibly get any better, along comes another mini masterpiece. I need to learn new words, saying I am in awe of you Heather seems like a massive understatement. Thank you sooooooo much for sharing your amazing art and talent. Hope you are having a brilliant holiday. xx

  3. Elaine M. says:

    My favorite of all your cards.

  4. Shauna Todd says:

    I just LOVE this card. You make it sound so easy.

  5. Betsy Wilson says:

    Just looking at this card adds winter warmth! Really nice dimension with the shading!

  6. Frances Sheegog says:

    When I first saw your card on the Penny Black blog post, I thought the skis and sled were stamped. I never would have guessed that they were die cut and watercolored! I also love the look of the torn watercolor paper for your snow banks. It adds a nice touch of texture to your card. Another stunning beauty!!

  7. The sled makes me want to get my coat, hat and mittens on and go and have some fun in the snow…. Thanks Heather.

  8. Lindsey says:

    What a perfect winter scene! You must have done a lot of card work before you went away… hope you are having a great time.

  9. This is stunning! So much depth and detail! I hope you are having a wonderful time! xxx

  10. Bonnie says:

    That is lovely – I love how the sled and skis really pop off the page

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