Jubilant Heather Telford

I think this is the first time this gorgeous stamp has appeared on my blog. I inked it up ages ago and had the simple dark brown image sitting around waiting for further inspiration. Because I inked the stamp with distress stain the ink pooled in some areas of the stamp more than others. I really like the effect of darker and lighter tones along with thicker and thinner lines so initially I didn’t want to add colour to the image. I eventually decided to colour a few flowers, cut them out and pop them up. I have said before I am not a fussy cutter, these three relatively simple blooms were enough for me.  As if the fussy cutting wasn’t enough of a surprise I also decided to add half pearls which I coloured to match with an alcohol marker!

Jubilant detail Heather Telford


Stamps: Jubilant, Every Happiness (PB)
Inks: Memento Espresso Truffle Marker (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord Distress Stains (Ranger) Brown Marker TN8 (Spectrum Noir)
Cardstock: Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Sticks & Stones Mix & Match Paper
Also: Keepsakes Memories half pearls

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Softly, softly

Softly softly Heather Telford


After a week of lovely features on the Penny Black blog I decided to continue playing around with the new large scale stamps. I created a panel with the Softly stamp on watercolour paper without a definite plan of how to use it. Once it was complete I turned it this way and that and used scraps of blank card to frame it so I could decide where to crop it to fit on a 4.25″x 5.5″ cardbase.  It was at this point that I chose to have the image in landscape orientation rather than portrait. I like the flowers hanging down.

My watercolouring process began by inking the stamp with Memento Angel Pink and New Sprout markers. These colours are quite pale and when stamped made perfect outlines for me fill with colour. I used two pink watercolour pencils and two green, colouring first then blending with a waterbrush.  I masked the leaves in the top left hand corner and stamped a couple more flowers.

I was tempted to add a pale watery border but I resisted. I was even more tempted to flick some pink and green droplets over the panel as that is currently my favourite thing to do . I was tempted to  add a pretty organza ribbon but my inner Susan Raihala said, “Leave well alone.” She might have suggested bling, which of course she would have pulled off perfectly, but the bling-thing doesn’t come as naturally to me as it does to her so I just stopped. I didn’t want to risk spoiling what I had done.

Would you have added a little something more?


Stamps:  Softly, Special Wishes (PB)
Inks:  Memento Markers Angel Pink, New Sprout & Memento Luxe Pear Tart(Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Apple Green 170, Moss Green 168, Middle Purple Pink 125, Pink Madder Lake 129  (Faber-Castell)
Paper: Fabriano 100% & 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Neon Blooms

Neon blooms Heather Telford

I played with a couple of new products when creating this card for the current challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch. Imagine Crafts Tsukineko recently brought out a new line of inks called Radiant Neons. I used the Electric Yellow, Orange, Pink and Green for the flowers and stems. The ink pads are incredibly juicy so I barely needed to touch the pad with the ink blusher to pick up enough ink to sponge through the stencil.

The other new products featured on this card are stencils from Penny Black. I used the promenade and the flower dance stencils from the new Happy Everything release. I can see so many possible ways to use these stencils so expect to see more of them in the next little while. I could have added the black outlines with the co-ordinating large stamps but I have been wanting to do the ‘scribbly black line technique‘ on a card so I kept the stencils in place to draw in some black outlines with a Pitt artist pen. After I removed the stencil I added a few more scribbly lines here and there. I used a post-it to mask between the words of the sentiment so I could scribble in my own ampersand and then added a couple of scribbles either side.

Can I just add that it takes a little longer to post a card while watching the Oscars!


Stamps:  From the Heart (PB)
Creative Dies: Flower Dance, Promenade (PB)
Inks:  Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, Electric Orange, Electric Pink, Electric Green & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Pen: Black Pitt Artist Pen (Faber-Castell)

Forget me not tag

Forget me not tag Heather Telford

This sweet tag is one of three large tags in the new Blooming Tags set; there are three teeny tags as well. I kept it simple for this card using one colour along with black and white. The tag is stamped in Versafine Onyx black then sponged around the edges in Summer sky. The flowers are coloured with Summer sky also. The background panel was sponged first before I added texture by inking the stamp with Summer sky ink then spritzing it so that the image was  blurred and incomplete each time I stamped it.


Stamps:  Blooming Tags Special Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento  Summer Sky & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Also: Blue ribbon

Promise me tulips

Promise me tulips Heather Telford

This lovely tulip stamp is just one of the six new ‘brush stroke’ stamps in the new Happy Everything catalogue.  Surprise, surprise I chose to watercolour with it. This time I used the ‘wet into wet’ technique described in my recent  butterfly tutorial. I inked the stamp in green and plum then pressed it onto wet watercolour paper. All the colour in the background of the panel was created this way right at the beginning. When the paper was almost dry I re-inked the stamp and stamped it again this time achieving the more defined flower heads and leaves.  I picked up some green and some plum ink on a paintbrush and flicked it onto the panel when totally dry.

The festivities continue today on the Penny Black blog: more inspiration, giveaways and a contest


Stamps:  Promise MeSpecial Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Sweet Plum, Cottage Ivy  (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

OLS #2 Can you repeat that?

Dragonfly repeats Heather Telford

There is a new challenge up on One-Layer Simplicity. Pop on over and start dreaming up a new one layer design for this month. I am hosting challenge #2 and I want you to repeat yourself. You don’t need much for this challenge; you could use with one little stamp or maybe two like I did, just as long as you repeat one of them. There are more details over on OLS.

I masked my edges then stamped the dragonfly several times in blue, a few more times in green then splattered blue and green specks all over. Before removing the masks I sponged the edges to frame the scene a little more.


Stamps:  Social ButterflyFriendship
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Bahama Blue & Versafine Deep  (Tsukineko)

Winter forest watercolour

Winter forest watercolour Heather Telford

When I posted the watercolour butterfly tutorial I mentioned that I had divided my watercolour block into four panels, two of which worked out. One was the butterfly and the other was this little scene. I started with some masking fluid flecks then wet the top two thirds of the panel with water. I used the Christmas Park stamp from Penny Black and the techniques for creating snowbanks described in this tutorial.  Because I was layering the images I did use a post-it note a couple of times to mask the white snow areas from the bottom of the tree stamp.  It really was trial and error for this one but I am happy to say it worked in the end.

It will be winter here for quite some time yet so expect some wintry scenes interspersed with the floral cards now and then!

Stamps:  Christmas Park, A Day in Paris (PB)
Inks: Memento Olive Grove, Danube Blue, Espresso Truffle (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: CartieraMagnani 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

Pretty in Pink

Hand painted flowers Heather Telford

It is my hope to draw and paint more this year so I played around in my sketch book last night then painted these three toned pink flowers today. I couldn’t tell you what kind of flowers they are but I think the little purple ones look like violets. I painted the large oval of pale pink first with a water pen picking up colour from an Inktense pencil. I then painted a smaller oval in a slightly darker pink and finally a small darker centre. When the flowers had dried a little I added the centre dots and painted the little violets and leaves. I splattered a little ink here and there before adding the sentiment and removing the painter’s tape from the edges.


Stamps: From the Heart (PB)
Pencils: Derwent Inktense pencils 530, 410, 600, 1730, 1530, 760, 230
Inks: Versafine Imperial Purple (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

A Valentine wish

Rose die cut Heather Telford

In honour of Penny Black’s newest collection, Sending Hugs, there is a challenge on the PB blog and a chance to win stamps. The challenge is running all January so you still have plenty of time to play along.

The rose on my card today is just one of the beauties featured in the Sending Hugs collection. I created the background  by sponging the rose twice through a die cut mask, then adding music, script and some perimeter sponging. The feature rose was diecut from watercolour paper then painted with distress stain.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps:  From the Heart, Music Background, Letter background
Creative Dies: Rose
Inks:  Memento London Fog, Lady Bug (Tsukineko) Distress Stains Barn Door, Peeled Paint ( Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Solar WhiteFabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Playing with the skyline 2

Watercolour skyline 3 Heather Telford

Here are the third and fourth cards made with watercolour and the skyline stamp. Yesterday’s cards were done by stamping with Memento dye inks onto wet watercolour paper. Today’s cards were once again stamped with Memento dye inks but stamped onto dry watercolour paper. To create the top card I inked the top of the stamp and pressed it onto the panel at an angle to make sure I didn’t get more of the stamp than I wanted. I started with the blue stamping up the top and blended with a waterbrush immediately after stamping. I pulled the ink down blending with water to fade to no colour quickly. I then repeated the process with green ink then the other colours.

Watercolour skyline 4 Heather Telford

The lower card started out as wet into dry except for one swipe of water horizontally across the bottom of the panel. I inked the stamp with Memento markers, taking care not to ink to the bottom of the stamp. I stamped onto the panel so that the bottom of the stamp landed in the swipe of water then immediately pulled the ink down into the water. When I had blended the colour on the buildings and in the swipe it was fairly pale, not quite the impact I was after. I decided to add more colour to the buildings with distress stains so I swiped water horizontally again and then painted each building with a distress stain which was a similar colour to the ink I had first stamped with. I ended up with the basically the same design but the colour was more intense and the swipe was full of pretty blended colour.

(surprised and pleased to see my card when browsing Ellen Hutson’s instagram from CHA today http://instagram.com/p/jFTJZkjj6X/)


Stamps:  SkylineSummer Fun, Sweet Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Rhubarb stalk, Potter’s Clay, Danube Blue, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Distress Stains: Barn door, Faded jeans, Spiced marmalade, Vintage photo, Mustard Seed (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% & 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper


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