Christmas Bister

Christmas Bister Heather Telford

I know it is odd for me to throw a Christmas card up on the blog in June but I had to pair the green and blue bister powders with the beautiful ‘Before the Snow’ tree stamp. After watching the way the bister powders reacted in water I wanted to see if I could stamp an image with water then drop some powder onto the watery image. It took a bit of fiddling around, several re-stampings and a paintbrush for some extra shaping but my experiment did work and I will keep playing with the technique.

I had splattered my watercolour panel with masking fluid in advance so I would have flecks of snow. The powders created pretty blues and greens that I was not able to match with one ink pad so I stamped my sentiment twice first in green then in blue and ended up with a suitable match.

Don’t worry I’m not switching to winter stamping; I’ll be back with bright summery images soon!

Stamps:  Before the SnowSeason’s Wishes (PB)
Inks:  Versafine Majestic Blue & Spanish Moss  (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper & Green card
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

A Bit of Bister

Bister Queen Anne's lace Heather Telford

I have another card for you made from my beginner bister experiments. The panel above, cut from a larger piece, was made by first spritzing water on cold pressed watercolour paper then dropping bister powders onto the dampened paper. I have yet to try other types of paper but I would definitely recommend the texture of cold pressed paper with bister because the liquids settle into the grooves making little patterns of more intense colour.

I chose the Queen Anne’s lace stamps from the flower sparks set as they were perfect for stamping over the bister. I was able to position the stems and flower heads to make the most of random patterns.

Thanks for dropping by. More bister bits & pieces to come!


Stamps: Flower Sparks, Snippets (Penny Black)
Inks:  Versafine Onyx Black, (Tsukineko) Bister pigment powders
Cardstock: Canson cold pressed watercolour paper, Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper

A Burst of Bister

Bister Poppy Heather Telford

This is my first creation using bister. A friend shared her set of powders with me a week ago and I made several panels exploding with colour and have turned only one into a card. When I was experimenting with the pigment powders I stamped the large ‘Poppy Time’ stamp on a couple of pieces of cold pressed watercolour paper and left two more pieces blank. I then spritzed water on the panels and started dropping bister into the water using a very very small paintbrush. Because I had poppies already stamped on two panels I tried to drop bister colours in appropriate areas. On the blank panels I was more random with the powders and I ended up liking those panels better. I have my own set of powders now and I am looking forward to trying some more techniques.

I did learn that it is best to walk away and let the pigments powders do their magic. It helps to have a packet of Honey & Dijon mustard chips on hand to distract you at that point. To turn the panel above into a card I used a couple of my zig clean colour real brush markers to add extra colour to the stamped images. I trimmed the panel and attached it to a card base with two strips of co-ordinating card stock.


Stamps: Poppy Time (Penny Black)
Inks:  Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Bister pigment powders 
Cardstock: Canson cold pressed watercolour paper
Also: Zig clean color real brush markers

Sweet Trumpet Song

Sweet trumpet song Heather Telford

I pulled out the ‘Trumpet Song’ stamp again and stamped an even looser image than the previous two (here and here). I stamped on watercolour paper splattered with masking fluid. After stamping with distress stains I did a little blending with a paintbrush then let it dry. After it was completely dry I added some extra definition to the flowers with coloured pencils. Using coloured pencils at the end made it possible to add the purple star shape to the blue flowers. Unlike some of my recent flower stamping I attempted to the keep the colours close to real life on this card so I pulled up a few photos for reference. I finished the card by matting with blue and adding a little tag with an abbreviated sentiment. Thanks for dropping by today.


Stamps: Trumpet Song, Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Creative Dies: Flower Tags (PB)
Inks: Tumbled China, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves,  Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Vintage Photo distress stain, Salty Ocean distress ink (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Blue cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, embroidery floss

Thank you flowers

Thank you flowers Heather Telford

June is my last month as a member of the Dirty Dozen at Splitcoaststampers. I joined the team in January for my six month term. I have really enjoyed being part of the group and have been stretched by the monthly themes. Some of the themes saw me creating cards I would never have chosen to make otherwise which was a great exercise for me. It was also wonderful to see all the projects created by the rest of the ‘Dirty Girls‘. For the June theme I created a friendship card using the ‘poppy pattern’ background stamp. I turned a left over scrap into the card above.

As you might have gathered I love to ink my stamps with distress stains because the print I get is usually fluid and easy to blend. To stamp the panel above I used the misti and inked the stamp one stain at a time which enable the stains to blend on the paper as each colour was added. I have been enjoying pairing pinks with oranges lately, something I would never do if choosing what to wear, but a combination which I love on paper. I used a pink, a yellow and an orange stain on the flowers, one green for the leaves then added black to the flower centres once the yellow was almost dry. I don’t use my misti all the time but it is so very helpful with large background stamps which I rarely manage to stamp well the first time.


Stamps: Poppy Pattern, Heartfelt (PB)
Inks:  Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint distress stains & black soot distress marker (Ranger) Versafine Onyx Black (ImagineCrafts/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100%  cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

In the Garden: Through the gates

Garden Gate Heather Telford

In the garden today there are several different plants. I won’t even try to label them; I was after the effect of mass flowers in bloom rather than botanical drawings (obviously!) I used the three small silhouette stamps from the transparent Floral & Feathers set and inked them with distress stains. I spritzed the stamped images to let them bleed into the surrounding area. When the flowers were almost dry I turned the panel upside down and painted the sky with blue stain tilting the panel so the colour did not run into the flowers. Here and there I pulled some colour from the flowers into the wet sky.

The pretty die-cut gates bordering the scene are called ‘Gothic Gate’ and when run through the die cut machine they are scored on the sides so they can open if you wish. I trimmed the sides off so I could stick them either side of my scene. This is the final card in my In the Garden mini series; the others are here, here and here.


Stamps: Floral & Feathers, Sprinkles & Smiles (PB)
Creative Dies: Gothic Gate (PB
Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Bundled Sage, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Ripe Persimmon distress stains (Ranger) Versafine Onyx Black (ImagineCrafts/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100%  cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Green cardstock, Gold cardstock

In the Garden: A Bird on a Branch

winged beauty Heather Telford

My ‘In the Garden’ mini-series continues today with even less botanical information than yesterday. I can tell you the stamp does in fact feature ‘a bird’ which I inked in blue because birds do come in blue and a branch which I inked in the fairly safe colours, pink and brown. If you are looking for accurate flora and fauna details you have come to the wrong place. I can however tell you how I created this little garden scene. The purpose of my mini-series is to show you some of the smaller floral stamps from the ‘Sunshine and Smiles’ release. Penny Black has brought out some fabulous large floral stamps this year but you can make beautiful cards with the little ones too.

The card above was made using two little slapstick cling stamps from the ‘Winged Beauty’ set. Two of the stamps have the same blossomy foliage so I used them repeatedly to fill the space adding the bird once at the end. I began with watercolour paper speckled with masking fluid. I wet the panel, inked the branches with distress stains and markers and stamped onto the panel. The colour bled out into the surrounding area. When the ink was almost dry I stamped the branches again achieving more defined results. I added the bird when the paper was dry and blended the colour on its feathers. To finish I added a few splatters and some blue and yellow sponging for the sky. I matted in blue cardstock and added a few die cut branches to the cardbase.

I finally filled our bird feeder and hung it in the back yard last week and I think the word is getting around again that there is seed to be had. Unfortunately the squirrels always end up hearing about the free food too and then it doesn’t last very long.

Previous ‘ In My Garden’ cards here and here.


Stamps: Winged Beauty (PB)
Creative Dies: Dancing Blooms (PB)
Inks:  London Fog, Rich Cocoa, Baham Blue, Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black Memento Markers, Summer sky, Dandelion Memento ink (ImagineCrafts/Tsukineko) Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100%  cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Blue cardstock


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