Roses for my Mother

Roses Heather Telford

As my mother lives on the other side of the world, the easiest way to send roses is on a card. I stamped and painted these back in February when my garden was under snow but my parents’ was probably looking great.

I worked on each petal and leaf separately, stamping one rose at a time in distress stain, blending and moving the colour with a waterbrush and then doing  the same with the leaves. This way I was able to avoid any colour ink running from one petal to another. (I used the technique described in this video tutorial but used finer brushes to work on the small images.) I painted a bud to bridge the gap between the lower roses and the top one. The background is sponged and splattered with pale blue ink. I stamped a texture stamp on the side panel to balance the finished panel.

Enjoy your weekend.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Efflorescence, Eloquence, Textures (PB) 
Inks:  aged mahogany, worn lipstick, scattered straw, peeled paint, forest moss distress stains, memento summer sky & rhubarb stalk (Tsukineko)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, burgandy cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid


La Fleur Rouge

Poinsettias Heather Telford

Penny Black seems to come out with at least one pretty new poinsettia stamp every year and this year’s, featured above, is called ‘La Fleur Rouge’. The stamp has three flower heads on it and I have stamped it three times on the panel. You can see from the white speckled effect that I started with masking fluid splattered on my watercolour paper. I stamped with distress stain three times but rather than re-inking the stamp I just spritzed with water between stampings. The result is lighter images the second and third times. I also spritzed the panel to get some of the stain to bleed into the surrounding area and painted pale green between some of the flowers. When all was dry I added some green splatter. To finish the card I matted with red to match the red die cut sentiment. To see how Jill Foster used this stamp check out the PB blog

Thanks for dropping by; I hope you’re having a great day.

Supplies:
Stamps:  La Fleur Rouge (PB)
Creative Die: World of Wishes (PB)
Inks: Forest Moss, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Peeled Paint distress stains/markers(Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, red cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid

 


Astral

Bird on tree silhouette Heather Telford

Penny Black has several negative space stamps in the new release which are fun to work with. Working with this one called ‘Astral’, I decided I wanted several colours behind the bright white bird and tree so built them up in several stages. I used the MISTI and stamped in a pale blue ink first. I inked the stamp again, this time with darker blues and purples then spritzed it lightly with a pearl-ex spray so the colours would blend a little and have some shimmer when stamped. I also spritzed the stamped panel so I could drop some mahogany bister in a few places. Finally I added some water droplets and dabbed them up straight away to create pale circles.

The Penny Black blog continues to feature new stamps and projects every day, the catalogue is now available, the new products are in the store and you still have the chance to win some stamps or dies. Fun times, stampers!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Astral (PB)
Inks: Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean, Stormy sky distress inks (Ranger), Memento Summer Sky (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Bister watercolour powder, Interference Blue pearl-ex spray


Gild the Lily

Gilded lily Heather Telford

I have something new to share today. There has been something of a Midas situation happening in my craft room. I brought home a Heidi Swapp Minc machine last week and warned my family that anything not nailed down was about to be foiled! It turns out their possessions are safe for now as I am currently experimenting with different ways to use the machine to do the type of foiling I want to do. I will share more over the weeks to come but I will say for starters that the Minc does a beautiful job.

gilded lily top view Heather Telford

As you know I have recently dived into watercolour powders and all the experimentation with them has resulted in a surplus of watercolour panels just sitting around waiting to be made into things. I pulled out one of those abstract panels and foiled a gold lily onto it using the ‘sun fire’ die from Penny Black. I am still learning and making mistakes so I won’t go into the how-to for today’s card but as I nail down the techniques that work for me I will share them here.

foiled lily detail Heather Telford

Prepare yourself for a little more shimmer and shine around here!

gilded lily flat Heather Telford

Supplies:

Stamps:  A Sweet Day (PB)
Creative Dies: Sun fire (PB)
Inks: Bister watercolour powders
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hotpressed watercolour paper
Also: gold foil


Dried Grasses

Dried grasses Heather Telford

I have another wintry scene to share with you depicting a sunrise and some dried grasses in the snow. Now that I look at it again I realize the background is not unlike a bush fire scene. Not what I was aiming to create! Let’s just stick with snow shall we?

I masked the bottom snow banks with frisket film to keep them white while I painted the sky area using wet into wet techniques and distress stains. When the sky was almost dry I stamped the grasses, moved the snow mask, stamped some more grasses then spritzed so the colour would bleed a little. Even though grasses look brown and dried out in the winter, they often look very delicate and pretty against a snowy back drop, especially when they have a glistening layer of snow balancing on them. Everything is still green and blooming round here so I will try and post a few more summery cards before it’s all golden leaves and pumpkins!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Nature’s Gifts, Joyfilled (PB)
Inks: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain distress inks & Ripe Persimmon, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hotpressed watercolour paper


Holly Tweet

Robin on holly Heather Telford

Today’s card is a larger than usual square card stamped with the new ‘Holly Tweet’ stamp. I only wanted one bird so I inked and stamped the holly part several times with distress stains taking care to wipe any water or stain off the bird part of the stamp before each impression. On the last impression I inked the bird as well. The stamp is a sketch style outline stamp so I pulled colour from the outline as well as adding colour with a brush. Once the stamping was dry I painted the snowy hills in the background and stamped some pale trees in the same colour as the sky. I added a few bars of music to frame the scene. A sentiment would easily fit in the top right corner but I decided to leave it blank; sometimes it is nice to send a little painting on the front, leaving all the words for the inside. To see the versatility of the stamp visit the PB blog and check out Pete Roven’s gorgeous card. I am in awe of her fussy cutting and the way she skillfully layers papers and dies to build beautiful scenes.

Supplies:
Stamps:  Holly Tweet, Prancers, Music Background (PB)
Inks: Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Festive Berries, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Frayed Burlap, Barn Door, Black Soot, Vintage Photo distress stains/markers(Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Deep Green cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid


Poinsettia panel

Poinsettia panel Heather Telford

I played around with a poinsettia stamp from last year’s Christmas release to create these cards. My plan was not to create two cards. Well to be honest I didn’t really have a plan; I just taped down a piece of watercolour paper and started stamping. All the stamping was done with distress stains which enabled me to fill in all the petals by either pulling stain from the outline image or adding it where extra was needed. After the poinsettias were painted I drew the centre clusters with a marker as it had been blended over. I treated the panel more as patterned paper than a ‘picture’ by adding some music and snowflakes in blue then painting over them to spread colour into the surrounding area.

Because of my lack of planning the finished panel did not really work as a square or wide rectangle so I sliced it up and was able to make two cards. I had some gold foil cardstock scraps which worked for matting and sentiments but the little square piece needed more than the pop of gold. It is quite hard to see but if you click on the card below you might just make be able to make out the navy die cut poinsettias I arranged behind the patterned panel.

Poinsettia square Heather Telford

Pink, blue and gold is an unusual colour scheme for Christmas but I think it works. What colours are you reaching for when making this year’s Christmas cards?

Poinsettia strip Heather Telford

Supplies:
Stamps:  Sparkler, Footnotes, Hello Winter (PB)
Creative Dies: Good Tidings, Bursts of Red, Exultations(PB)
Inks: Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Black Soot distress stains/markers(Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Patriot blue, Gold foil cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid


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