Blessed Heather Telford

The new leaf stamps and co-ordinating dies from Penny Black are such a treat to use. To create this card of cascading leaves I started by spritzing a 5″x 7″ watercolour block with water. I then inked several of the leaf stamps from the “Lush & Lavish” set with the autumn toned distress stains listed below. I stamped each stamp repeatedly working from one end of the paper to the other so all the intense coloured leaves were at one end and the paler ones at the other. I let the paper dry completely before die cutting three whole leaves and two partial leaves from the intensely coloured end of the paper. I trimmed the other end to be a background for the card. Using the distress inks I sponged the edges of the die-cut leaves to darken them. I arranged and attached the leaves on the background panel, some popped up and others just glued.

To finish the card I cut the word “Blessed” and a border strip from Penny Black fall festival paper. The leaves are just beginning to turn here in Ottawa, there is nothing as intense as the colours in this card but I am looking forward to seeing the gorgeous colours. We have several very large trees in our backyard so once the leaves start turning and falling it goes on for weeks and weeks and weeks.


Stamps: Lush & Lavish (PB)
Creative Dies: Autumn Jewels,  Words of Gratitude (PB)
Inks: Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo distress stains & Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo distress inks(Ranger) 
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White 110lb, Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  PB Mix & Match  Fall Festival paper
Also: Adhesive Sheet & Thin dimensional adhesive squares(Scrapbook Adhesives)

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Walking Home

On the town Heather Telford

I have been wanting to create a little scene ever since I received the transparent set “On the Town” from Penny Black. I took a break from stamping in autumn colours so I could pull out the masking fluid and create a snowy stroll. After masking a rectangle on my watercolour block, I flicked masking fluid onto my watercolour paper and let it dry completely. I then stamped the lamp post and the three trees in grey and black inks. I spritzed the stamp and the paper with water so the colour bled immediately into the surrounding area. I waited a short while before I added distress stains to the background and sky area. I didn’t want the stamped images completely dry so that the blend between trees and sky would be soft. I used two blue stains and a yellow for the sky/background area. (colours are listed below) I inked the stamp of the people in both grey and black ink so the right side would look more in shadow. I added some shadows to the snowy path with a paintbrush in both blue and grey.

To finish I rubbed off all the masking fluid flecks, matted the panel in navy cardstock and popped it up over a navy satin ribbon.

Thanks for dropping in today.

Stamps:  On the Town (PB)
Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Mustard Seed distress stains & Black Soot distress ink (Ranger) Memento London Fog ink (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Navy satin ribbon

Golden Harvest

golden harvest Heather Telford

All the new Penny Black Fall 2014 products have been revealed on the PB blog this week and are now available in the online store. I have another fall card today and the temperature outside has dropped dramatically enough to make me realize summer might just be almost over. (you can tell I am clinging to it can’t you?)

I used the set Golden Harvest to create the card above and arranged the three stamps a bit like a sampler of autumn produce. I stamped all three images in antique linen distress ink to give me an outline then with painted distress stains to add colour. I matted it with blue cardstock and cut three “gratefuls’ out of the same cardstock. I stuck two together then trimmed the top off the tall letters and added another full die cut of the word on top. This made it possible to glue the word down evenly over the edge of the matted panel. I know this one isn’t quite as CAS as I often do, but I think it might qualify for the “Three” challenge at CASology this week.


Stamps: Golden Harvest  (PB)
Creative Die: Words of Gratitude (PB)
Inks: Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled paint, Bundled Sage, Broken China, Dusty Concord distress stains &  Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger) 
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White 110lb, Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, yellow & blue textured cardstock


Autumn Dance

Autumn Dance Heather Telford

The Fall 2014 reveal  and giveaway continues on the Penny Black blog this week. The image above was created using one of the new Autumn stamps, a large whimsical array of leaves. I used watercolour paper and stamped the image twice, once in wild honey and again in frayed burlap distress inks . I then used wild honey, spiced marmalade, barn door, frayed burlap and dried marigold to paint inside the leaves and over the outlines. Using a waterbrush I blended the colour from the dots and lines into the background filling the spaces with pale yellow and olive tones. After finishing my colouring I restamped the outline image in vintage photo distress ink. Finally I added some gold pearl ex mixed with water over the top of a few leaves. You can’t see it in the photo above but on the actual card it adds a gold shimmer.

The whole image has a wavy border with leaves and swirls cutting through it here and there but I just kept the border at the top of my panel and trimmed the other three sides. I sliced the panel into three even sections and popped them up on dimensional squares.  I knew I had a nice long sentiment for the narrow space but I had to hunt it out. It’s from the “…wishing you” set.


Stamps: Autumn Dance, …wishing you (PB)
Inks: Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo distress stains & Wild Honey, Antique Linen(Ranger) 
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White 110lb, Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: 3D Foam squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)

Simply Leaves

Simply Leaves Heather Telford

I was working with new leaf stamps from Penny Black today; they are from the Fall 2014 release being featured on the PB blog all week. The panel I was making was more vibrant and bold than the one above (you will see it on the blog next week) but the images on the scrap paper beside me were muted and watery like these. I was using distress stain and stamping several impressions without reinking because the pigment is strong and a little spritz of water makes it go further. Before changing colour I stamped off on the scrap paper to clean the stamp. I decided to recreate the pretty pale leaf images on a card instead of a scrap.

For each leaf I applied a little distress stain to one side of the leaf image, spritzed with water and stamped on watercolour paper. The stain and water blended but not evenly. I didn’t clean the stamp between colours; that’s why there is a bit of yellow in each leaf. The little specks of colour you see on the panel were splats made as I lifted the wet stamp from the paper. Basically this prettiness just happened; I had very little to do with it. I was so happy with the simplicity of the three leaves I didn’t even add a sentiment. If I want one I can add it inside.


Stamps: Lush & Lavish (PB)
Inks: Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo distress stains & Wild Honey(Ranger) 
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White 110lb, Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Fall Festival mix & match papers (PB)

Leaves and canvas

Leaves and canvas Heather Telford


I am not anxious for summer to end but I am enjoying playing with autumn stamps and colours. The Foliage Fancy set I used for this card has solid leaf stamps and outline/vein leaf stamps. I started by applying two colours of distress stain directly to the solid leaf, spritzing it and stamping on watercolour paper. I changed the colour mix slightly for each leaf. While the stain was still a bit damp I inked the outline stamp with rich cocoa memento ink and stamped over the solid leaves. I painted tumbled glass distress stain around the leaves and when that was dry splattered a little of each leaf colour over the top.

Before cutting out the watercolour panel I ruled lines down either side of the panel letting the leaves cross the lines for added interest. I stamped the canvas background directly on the cardbase in rich cocoa ink then added a sentiment.

I must admit I am looking forward to autumn a little because I went thrift shopping this week and came home with a 100% cashmere sweater in great condition for $7.99! It will be cosy when the weather turns cold.


Stamps: Foliage Fancy, …smiling, Textures (PB)
Inks: Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass distress stains (Ranger) Rich Cocoa Memento ink (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Pencils: Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Cardstock: Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb, Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

OLS#9 Hip to be square

Hip to be square Heather Telford

Ardyth has a wonderful challenge happening on the One Layer Simplicity challenge blog this month. We have to use squares on our one layer cards. It can be one square or many squares; there are so many possibilities. I decided to mask and sponge my squares with a bit of a diagonal ombre thing happening. I taped around the edges of the large square with painters tape then cut two narrow strips and criss-crossed them in the middle. My sponging blends from yellow through orange to a burnt orange colour (listed below) and then I added a little pattern to each square by masking the other three squares and stamping. The patterns are from the transparent set, ‘Treemendous’ and they were perfect for this technique. I also used a sentiment from the same set which makes this a one layer, one stamp set and one colour scheme card, but that is not required for the challenge!

The challenge is to have fun with squares on a one layer card. Hope you’re inspired.


Stamps: Treemendous (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Tangelo, Cantaloupe, Morocco ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock:  Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb cardstock



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