Merry Christmas with holly

merry holly panel Heather Telford

These two cards are the result of some playing around with distress stains on watercolour paper. For the one above I stamped the holly (in memento ink) and coloured it(with distress stain) first, added the background (distress stain) with a paintbrush and stamped the letter background (memento ink) over everything. For the ornaments below I painted a wash of blue first and stamped the holly and music over the wash. Because the distress stain and the memento ink are both dye inks the colour intensified when I painted green over the blue background. The baubles were cut using the Penny Black die “ornaments.”

I finally sat down yesterday and wrote in 90% of my Christmas cards. I still have a few  to write.  Yes, I know there are only a few days before Christmas Day, but there are twelve days of Christmas aren’t there?

holly and music baubles Heather Telford

(the card above has balance issues; can you see them?)


Stamps A Wish for Peace, Music Background, Letter Background, Dear Friend (PB)
Creative Dies: Ornaments, Love & Joy (PB)
Inks: Memento Pistachio, Summer Sky, Lady Bug (Tsukineko)  Broken China & Peeled Paint Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Penny Black mix & match olive grove paperFabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Red ribbon from Lorraine’s stash

Circle vignettes

When I was making the emboss resist snowflake cards recently I rediscovered my nestabilities dies and started cutting circle masks to play with.

For the card above I stamped the background stamp first then added the Christmas bough in black over the top. I added colour with both coloured pencils and sponging. On the card below the collage is all in the one stamp so I inked it with pistachio ink and again added colour with pencils and sponging. I restamped a few snowflakes in black because they didn’t look quite right in green ( not that I’ve ever seen a black one, mind you!)


Stamps:   Christmas Lights, Diamond Pattern, Christmas Music, Hello Winter, A wish for Peace (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Pistachio, Summer Sky, Danube Blue and Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)
Also: Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils

Les Petites

Yesterday I featured the lovely new patterned paper from Penny Black; today I have a little card to share. My card is made using Les Petites the sweet little pre-folded cards with coloured envelopes which are available from Penny Black.

The cards are  12 x 8.6cm (4¾”x3 3/8″) and are perfect for a little note.

I opted for petite stamps to create my little snow scene. The tiny spotted tree and the spotted swirl are from the transparent set ” A Wish for Peace”. The tree is embossed in clear embossing powder and all the sponging and stamping is done with Memento Teal Zeal ink.

One of my fellow PB designers, the talented Cathy Andronicou has a fabulous giveaway happening at her blog: The Bright Side of Life. Included in the giveaway are products by Faber Castell Design Memory Craft and Penny Black. Go and check out the giveaway and browse through Cathy’s lovely work at the same time.


Stamps:   Winter MagicA Wish for Peace(PB)
Inks: Memento  Teal Zeal, Versamark(Tsukineko)
Also: clear embossing powder