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.

Supplies

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

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lantern and lake Heather Telford

The second in my ‘Winter Warmth’ series again features a simple watercolour background with watercoloured die-cut images in the foreground. For yesterday’s card I stamped the background image on cold pressed watercolour paper so there would be a bit of texture showing through. It is even more evident in today’s card; stamping a solid image on cold pressed paper results in the speckled look of the lakeside scene. I inked the stamp in stormy sky distress ink all over and on a second stamping added chipped sapphire across both top and bottom. After stamping I used a wet brush to paint over the whole panel. This technique softens the scene and pulls colour from the stamped areas into the blank areas. While it was still wet I dabbed colour out of one area over the water so I could add a little yellow ink.

lantern and lake Heather Telford

I used two separate die sets to create the lantern in the foreground. I cut the lantern using a die from the new set ‘winter lanterns’. I cut one from watercolour paper and one from black cardstock. The black one I painted with a thin coat of silver watercolour paint and clipped out the candle. The lantern cut from watercolour paper I coloured with distress markers then blended with water. I attached the black lantern over the watercoloured one so the candle appeared behind the black frame. I cut the lamp post from black cardstock using a die from ‘the gathering’ die set then trimmed it to fit the card base and overlap my painted background. Once again I used sentiments from ‘festive snippets’.

Thanks for dropping by.

Supplies

Stamps: on the lake, festive snippets
Dies: winter lantern, the gathering
Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries distress inks (Ranger)
Paints:Finetec Artist Mica watercolour paint
Cardstock: hot and cold pressed watercolour papers, neenah epic black