Baby, it’s cold outside

Hot chocolate Heather Telford

I’m continuing my ‘Winter Warmth’ feature with a cup of hot chocolate and a steaming cup of tea. I had fun creating a couple more scenes with simple watercolour backgrounds and die cut focal images in the foreground. On today’s cards the background is rough watercolour paper so the ‘frosty day’ stamped images were speckled all over until I used a wet paintbrush to blend the ink over the sky area.


I die-cut the cup using the ‘what’s in your cup?’ die set. This set comes with the cup, cream, steam, teabag plus more detail pieces. I cut the pieces out of hot pressed watercolour paper, coloured them with distress markers and blended the colour with water.

Hot chocolate closeup Heather Telford

I added a silver heart, cream and cinnamon to the pink cup then attached them all to the background panel. Because the die set comes with all the cute little extras I decided to make a second card this time with a cup of tea.

hot tea Heather Telford

I stamped the background in black soot distress ink for this card and once again blended the sky area but left the rest textured.

hot tea Heather Telford

I coloured the cup with red distress inks then added a sparkly embossed snowflake, a teabag tag and some rising steam.

hot tea closeup Heather Telford

I have one more ‘winter warmth’ card to share tomorrow.


Stamps: frosty day, festive snippets
Dies: what’s in your cup?
Ink: Chipped sapphire, black soot, festive berries, old paper, gathered twigs, picked raspberry, vintage photo, hickory smoke distress inks/markers (Ranger) Versamark, versafine majestic blue, imperial purple & onyx black  (Tsukineko)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, rough watercolour paper
Paint:  Finetec Artist Mica watercolour paint
Also: Clear gloss embossing powder, Clear sparkle embossing powder

7 Comments on “Baby, it’s cold outside”

  1. Shauna Todd says:

    You always have such a great sense of style! Love the black and white window

  2. Heidi says:

    These cards are so cozy! Thanks for sharing them!

  3. creatingincolors says:

    Both are beautiful cards! I love how the cups stand out against the Frosty Day stamp!

  4. Pat says:

    A fabulous background design to accompany your two different hot drink versions Heather. The die cut mugs stand out beautifully with your fabulous colouring and shading. x

  5. You’ve done it again Heather – that Hot Drink looks so inviting as I gaze out the window….

  6. Lindsey says:

    This works so well!

  7. Susie Williams says:

    Wow, wow, wow I love the amazing backgrounds!! Your colouring is out of this world Heather, the mugs look REAL!!! I have soooooo many wonderful Penny Black stamps and dies on my Christmas list……I hope Father Christmas has me on the good list LOL.

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