Christmas Traditions

Silver & Blue Heather Telford

This week on the Penny Black blog the designers are sharing more Christmas inspiration and some of their own holiday traditions. At our house I pick a different colour scheme for decorating the tree each year. The children do give me input and we come to a decision together. Every colour scheme includes gold or silver as we don’t have an endless supply of decorations. Last year it was silver and white with a touch of red.


Another year it was silver and blue like the card above. One year my daughter who loves green and yellow asked for lime green! I was a bit dubious but we teamed it up with gold,  found a set of lime green baubles, a garland of lime green berries and it worked. I’m not sure what it will be this year. When the children were younger we made a new set of decorations to add to the collection each year. One year we made peg angels and another year felt mittens. We painted balls with glitter glue a few times and threaded clear beads on florist wire to make icicles; you can see the icicles in the photo above.

To create the blue and silver card above I began by embossing the “Caroling Tree” in silver embossing powder, next I positioned a mask cut from a post-it note to cover the bottom of the panel. I brayered Memento Paris Dusk ink over the exposed part of the panel then evened out the colour with a sponge. I removed the first mask and cut another to place a little lower then sponged above it to create a snow bank and then another below that. To complete the panel I drew a border of silver with a sharpie and added a few silver stars also. The final touch was a few red rhinestones. I trimmed the card base to fit the panel so it is 5.5″ x 3.5″.

Thank you for all the feedback on my “No Card Left Behind” post; it was very interesting and helpful to read how other card makers deal with unexpected mishaps.

Feel free to share some of your Christmas traditions in the comments below; I would love to read about them.

Stamps:  Caroling Tree (PB)
Inks: Versamark, Memento Paris Dusk ink (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Neenah Solar white 110lb cardstock
Also: Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Sharpie, Red Rhinestones