Christmas Reds & Greens

red and green over snow  Heather Telford

During these last few days before Christmas I have a few more cards to share. Some of them are similar to others I have already posted so I won’t go into great detail about the making process. Where possible I’ll direct you to any helpful instructions. This card was the precursor to this card: Berries in Snow. This one is a simpler design and the snowbank masks were torn not cut.


Stamps:  Christmas Reds and Greens, Robin’s Wish (PB)
Inks: Memento Pistachio, Summer Sky, Lady Bug & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black mix & match olive grove paper
Also: Clear Embossing Powder

Berries in Snow


The snowscapes continue today and tomorrow on the Penny Black blog. Today’s card is the only one this week that does not feature “masking fluid snow”. This is the kind of scene you might see when the snow has stopped falling and the sun shines on the crisp white world.

Berries red and green

To create this snowscape I first stamped the Christmas Reds & Greens stamp with versamark taking care to put a stamp positioner in place before I lifted it. I then inked the same stamp with dark green pigment ink, moved the stamp positioner slightly down and to the right and stamped again. I repeated the double stamping in the opposite corner and then embossed all in clear powder. The double stamping is a technique I use to make a thin layer of snow appear on a branch or tree. (I have a tutorial showing the steps of the technique here)

Next I positioned a circle mask and a hill mask, both cut from post-it notes, and then sponged the sky in blue dye ink. I cut another hill mask, positioned it lower and then repeated the sponging. I moved the mask and sponged two more times to create all the snow banks. When I removed the circle mask I positioned the negative circle mask so I could sponge some yellow to create a sun. To make a shadow I cut a mask using the co-ordinating Creative Die, Dancing Leaves then sponged through it below the stamping. The berries were painted on at the end.


Stamps: Christmas Reds and Greens , Yuletide Greetings (PB)
Creative Dies: Dancing Leaves
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Dandelion & Versafine Northern Pine, Satin Red & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Mix & Match papers Fall Festival and Spring meadow

Colourful Christmas Combo

Colorful Christmas

There is a colour challenge for you on the Penny Black blog at present. Penny Black has created five colour combos and would love to see your projects. There are three prizes and the challenge runs until September 27th.

I chose this colour combo along with the new wood mounted stamp, “Christmas Reds and Greens”. I stamped and embossed the branch in smokey grey then masked top and bottom so I could create an aqua background panel. The panel is sponged and stamped with Versamagic Sea Breeze & Sahara Sand. To add the rusty red colour I punched tiny dots from glossy card to be the berries on the branch.


Stamps: Christmas Reds and Greens , (PB)
Inks: Versamagic Sea Breeze & Sahara Sand, Versafine Smokey Grey (Tsukineko)