Stockings were hung

Stockings were hung Heather Telford

…by the chimney with care. This is the last of my Winter Warmth series and the one that almost didn’t make the cut because I misjudged the size of the stocking! I created the whole background panel then pulled out the die to add the stocking only to find it was a tad larger than I’d remembered. My children assured me some stockings are so large they cover half the fireplace so I continued with the design.

Stockings were hung Heather Telford

I created the background by stamping on cold pressed watercolour paper with distress inks. I first masked a space where the fireplace would be and a positioned a post-it across the panel where the mantel would end up. I stamped the brick wall stamp in brown and added darker tones with an elegant writer before blending with water. Above the mantel I stamped ‘diamond pattern and softened it with water. When I removed the post-it from the fireplace I used yellow, orange and black brusho to paint my ‘fire’. The lantern was done in two pieces just like I did on the ‘lakeside card‘ and yellow ink was added on the panel behind to make it glow.

lamp & stocking close up Heather Telford

The swag over the mantel is a strip of watercolour paper painted with green brusho then dotted with siren smooches ink. I attached it over a strip of painted brown paper cut to look like a mantelpiece. The stocking was cut with one of the ‘Christmas Stocking’ dies then stamped with a texture stamp so it looked like fabric. This one had a higher fiddliness factor than most of my cards which increased my respect for those of you who create far more intricate die-cut cards on a regular basis.

Thanks for visiting this week as I shared my Winter Warmth cards. I’ll be back next week with some more snowscapes.


Stamps: brick wall, textures, diamond pattern, season’s gifts (PB)
Dies: winter lantern, Christmas stockings, little ornaments (PB)
Ink: vintage photo, fired brick, blueprint sketch, scattered straw, spiced marmalade distress inks (Ranger)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, cold pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock
Paint: scarlet, ost blue, yellow, gamboge, black, dark brown, emerald green brusho powder, Finetec Artist Mica watercolour paint
Also: elegant writer pen, siren smooches ink

8 Comments on “Stockings were hung”

  1. Susie Williams says:

    Another fabulous card Heather. I bet you have some great stories to share with your children about scorching hot Christmas days. I hope you and your family have had a wonderful holiday and return to Canada with a heart full of happy memories.

  2. creatingincolors says:

    Heather, your Winter Warmth series has been so special. I couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Shauna Todd says:

    What a clever way to use the lantern!

  4. Pat says:

    A fabulous card Heather and very well thought out. The stocking is large but the whole thing works beautifully. I adore the metallic look of the lantern too. x

  5. Lindsey says:

    My step-son and his family have stockings about this size. What a sweet scene! You have such control over your use of watercolour powders, I’m in awe.

  6. Rufus says:

    I don’t leave you comments often enough. I get all your posts via email and love your style and creativity! But had to let you know that I really wish you’d filmed this one since I would love to watch you create the brick background it’s Fantastic! Thanks for all the inspiration that I’ve gotten from you. Just wish mine looked 1/2 as good as yours Always do. I’d love to be a fly on the wall in your studio to watch the creative process.

  7. memalagene says:

    Heather, this is really pretty!

  8. cmtaylor says:

    So inviting….. makes you want to snuggle in for the night.

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