To Treasure

Prom scrapbook page Heather Telford

The new Pocket Treasures release from  Penny Black inspired me to do something I haven’t done in years; I created a scrapbook page!  I designed my page around one of my daughter’s prom photos. As the dress was finished the day before prom I still had all the fabric scraps lying around so I incorporated some of them into the page along with watercolouring, die cuts, stenciling and stamping. I used three new background panels from the Pocket Treasures release, text and music from “Footnotes” as well as canvas from “Textures”. I also used several intricate circle designs from the transparent set “Dazzlers”. The cute little notebook pages are cut with a die from ” A Pocket Full” set.

Scrapbook page in process Heather Telford

The 12 x 12 panel is watercolour paper. I have a large block of hot-pressed paper so I did all the work on the page while it was still attached to the block then peeled it off at the end and trimmed it to size. Three of the roses are die cut from watercolour paper and coloured with gelatos. The two paler roses were painted onto the page through a die cut stencil with gesso; I then added colour with gelatos.

Scrapbook page detail 2 Heather Telford

I used two dies from the “Leaves” set, one to die cut leaves out of tulle (the dress had four layers of tulle in the skirt), the other to create a stencil to paint through.

Scrapbook page detail 3 Heather Telford

Supplies:

Stamps:  DazzlersFootnotesLife’s JournalsTextures (PB) 
Creative Dies:  A Pocket Full Rose,  (PB)
Gelatos: Metallic Melon, Green Tea, Guava (Faber Castell)
Watercolour Pencils: Medium Flesh 131, Pompeian Red, Pine Greren 267 (Faber Castell)
Inks: Memento London Fog, Cottage Ivy & Olive Grove Memento markers (Imagine Crafts Tsukineko), Worn Lipstick distress stains and ink (Ranger)
Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium (Faber Castell)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paperPB Mix & Match Coral Reef Paper
Also: Tulle, Satin, Staple

 

and now for something completely different…

 

The stamps and dies in the Pocket Treasures release are not just for scrapbooking. I went in a very different direction when using some of the new products on a card. I can hardly bear to keep my soft romantic rosy scrapbook page and my neon grunge style card in the same post they are so contrasting. To create my card I used a brayer to apply blue and pink ink onto white cardstock then cut out a piece with the “By the Numbers” die. I used the same Radiant Neon inks to apply pale blue and pink to a white card base with the brayer. I featured yet another background stamp to add arrows along with canvas in grey ink. I then wiped the grey ink pad along the edges of card base for a distressed look. I stamped arrows from “Let’s Chat” in black and the sentiment from “Remember This” also in black. Finally I cut a speech balloon from “A Pocket Full” set out of brayered pink cardstock and stamped words in black ink.

Best day ever Heather Telford

Supplies:

Stamps:  Textures Let’s ChatRemember This (PB) 
Creative Dies:  A Pocket Full , By the Numbers (PB)
Inks: Memento London Fog ink, Radiant Neon Electric Blue, Electric Pink, Versafine Onyx Black(Imagine Crafts Tsukineko)
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock.

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Birthday Lanterns

Birthday Lanterns Heather Telford

We celebrated my younger daughter’s birthday and the World Cup final yesterday. German friends of ours hosted a party which was a lot of fun. My daughter was very happy to watch the final on her birthday with friends, family and great food.

To create her card I used a technique I have seen on Karen’s blog many times; she is a master at it and I have been inspired to try it. I inked one side of an embossing folder with distress stains, spritzed with water then pressed a piece of watercolour paper onto the embossing folder and closed it. I didn’t run it through the die cut machine this time; I’ll try that another day. I used blue, yellow and green stains which blended with each other and varied in intensity. I trimmed the panel and matted it with Sea Breeze paper from Penny Black and added the die cut lanterns and branch. I trimmed the flowers off the branch for this card and added little bows with a fine tip marker.

Supplies:

Stamps: To You (PB)
Dies:  After Glow, Dancing Blooms (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)  Mustard Seeds, Evergreen Bough and Broken China  Distress stains (Ranger)
Markers: Pitt Artist Pen (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Avon Brilliant White 110lb smooth Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper


The reason why

Lanterns Heather Telford

June has been a busy month for our family leaving very little time for stamping and cardmaking. Today I finally made it back to my craft table and found a watercoloured panel from a class I taught a few weeks ago. To create the panel I taped a piece of watercolour paper down and wet the whole panel. I then painted distress stains onto the wet surface and tilted the panel to let the colours run and blend. While it was still wet I sprinkled salt over the panel resulting in the patterns you see below. For the class we stamped over the patterns but I decided this leftover panel would be perfect for the little lanterns from the “After Glow” die cut set.

Lanterns detail 2 Heather Telford

I used Radiant Neon Electric Blue ink to create the background below. My intention was to create an abstract sky so I used a wavy mask cut from masking paper and sponged over it numerous times. When I started arranging the lanterns I changed my mind about the sky and turned the blue panel on its side and added bamboo as a side border.

Lanterns detail 1 Heather Telford

I added strings for the lanterns with Pitt Artist Pens and popped up the lanterns with dimensional tape. I found a sentiment I wanted to add but there was no room on the front so I will add it inside.

Lanterns closeup Heather Telford

Supplies:

Stamps: Bamboo Branch (PB)
Dies:  After Glow (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Radiant Neon Electric Blue (Tsukineko) Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seeds  Distress stains (Ranger)
Markers: Pitt Artist Pen (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Avon Brilliant White 110lb smooth Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

 

Even though I have not been making cards over the last week or so I have been busy creating. My daughter went to her prom last night in a dress I made for her. The bodice is a pale pink textured brocade and the skirt is four layers of tulle over satin.  I did enjoy sewing again but perhaps I should allow a little more than 12 days next time I take on a formal gown!

ABT(scaled)


Fronds over at Simon Says Stamp

I am guest designing over at Simon Says Stamp Blog today.  To see the whole card and a description of the process pop over there.

Fronds card detail 2

 


Summer Sun Collaboration with Faber Castell

Fuchsias with sentiment Heather Telford

All this week there is  a special collaboration occuring between Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Penny Black.  There are projects on the PB blog using Paper Crafter Crayons and Double Scoop Gelatos AND you’ll find projects from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft designers on their blog featuring PB stamps.  Visit both Penny Black and Faber Castell Memory Craft for details of giveaways.

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I decided to create a mixed media panel, a rare occurrence for me. I really enjoyed playing with the Textural Accents and the gorgeous colours in the Paper Crafter crayons and gelatos. (if you click on the tutorial pictures you will see more detail)

​I started by painting a stiff cardboard base with gesso. When dry I painted with Gel Medium and attached tissue paper. I scrunched creases into the tissue and coated it with more Gel Medium.
Fuchsias process 1 Heather Telford
I applied colour using ​lemon, butter cream, green tea and pistachio gelatos.

Fuchsias process 2 Heather Telford

Next I spritzed with water and blended the colours with my fingers.

Fuchsias process 3 Heather Telford

Using stencil plastic I created a stencil using the Fresh Breeze die. (I can’t find the packaging for the stencil plastic so I am not sure what brand but it was sold specifically for creating your own stencils. In order to cut it with a Big Kick I used a metal shim in the sandwich) I applied colour through the stencil with gelatos.

Fuchsias process 4 Heather Telford

Next I spritzed with water and blended the greens with my fingers through stencil.

Fuchsias process 5 Heather Telford

​I created another stencil using the Fuchsia die and applied colour to tissue paper with  lime, lavender, grape and guava gelatos, then blended with my fingers.

Fuchsias process 6 Heather Telford

​I stenciled some Fresh Breeze leaves with ​green ​gelatos on tissue paper and attached both tissue panels to the  main panel with Gel Medium. The gelatos on tissue gave the flowers a background misty look that was exactly what I was after.

Fuchsias process 7 Heather Telford

​I die cut some fuchsias from 140lb cardstock and lay down some base colour  with Faber Castell’s new Paper Crafter crayons. On top of that I melted crayon wax directly onto the die cut fuchsias with a heat gun.

Fuchsias process 8 Heather Telford

​I then covered the  fuchsias with parchment paper and ironed over them to spread crayon wax over petals.

Fuchsias process 9 Heather Telford

​To finish the fuchsias I painted them with Glaze. Once dry I heated the tip of a yellow Paper Crafter Crayon then dabbed it onto of fuchsia stigmas. I flicked Gesso over the panel before arranging the fuchsias and attaching them with Gel Medium. Finally I stamped a sentiment in co-ordinating ink, smudged gelato colours around the edges, painted glaze over it, matted it and attached it to the fuchsia board. I am not sure that I will keep the sentiment on the board as I yet to decide how I will use my mixed media panel.

Fuchsias Heather Telford

In other related and creative news, there is likely to be another lull here on the blog in the next few weeks. My daughter’s prom is in two weeks and the dress making countdown starts today! If I have a chance I will update you otherwise please understand that I am creating with tulle and silky fabric instead of paper and cardstock for the next little while.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Truly Great (PB) 
Creative Dies:  Fuchsia, Fresh Breeze (PB)
Gelatos: Faber Castell
Paper Crafter Crayons: Faber Castell
Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium, Glaze (Faber Castell)
Paper: Thick natural coloured cardboard, White 140lb smooth, Tissue paper, PB Mix & Match Periwinkle Paper


Nature’s Song

Green heathers Heather Telford

I know there has been very little activity here lately. The season of track meets, soccer tournaments and end of year events is upon us!  I created this one a while ago thinking it could squeak by as a masculine card. I know it has flowers in the background but the colour scheme is more about foliage than petals!

I inked the ‘Heathers’ background stamp with Memento Pistachio & Olive Grove inks, spritzed them so they would blend a little then stamped on a white panel. I cut the branch from Olive Grove paper using the ‘Nature’s Song’ die and added a sentiment in Olive Grove ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies:

Stamps: Heathers, Wishing You  (PB)
Inks: Memento Olive Grove, Pistachio  (Tsukineko)
Creative Dies:  Nature’s Song (PB)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth, Penny Black Olive Grove Mix & Match paper

 


Family & Friends

This week it’s all about Family and Friends on the Penny Black Blog and Facebook. Visit both for a chance to win stamps and get inspired. The design team have family and friendship themed projects prepared for the week. I’m sharing a card today with a message I’ll be happy to send to one of my family or friends.
Dotted Fusion Die Cut card Heather Telford
There are two main processes in making this card. First I created my own patterned water colour paper. Secondly I die cut a bunch of images and arranged them into a design for the card.

I swiped three different colours of distress stain across a piece of watercolour paper, spritzed and tilted it to let the colours blend then let it dry. Once dry I painted water onto the Dotted Fusion background stamp and pressed it onto the watercolour paper. Nothing shows up immediately but as it dries you can see a watery print of the stamp.
Dotted Fusion background water stamped Heather Telford
After the ‘water print’ dried I stamped Dotted Fusion again, this time in blue and green stain. Once the watercolour paper was totally dry I die cut flowers, leaves and swirls from the panel and arranged them on a pale purple background. You can just make out a pale print of the Dotted Fusion on the background also. (I made two water colour panels using the same technique but the stains were spread differently)
Dotted Fusion background Heather Telford

I also added some half pearls coloured to match with Spectrum Noir markers.

Dotted Fusion Die Cut detail Heather Telford

As you can imagine there are countless possibilities with this technique. Let me know if you try it I’d love to see what you come up with.

Supplies:

Stamps: Dotted Fusion, Amazing (PB)
Dies: Tweet Things, Dots & Swirls, Pinwheel (PB)
Inks:   Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Broken China Distress Stains (Ranger) Memento Paris Dusk (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth, Periwinkle Mix & Match Paper ( PB), Fabriano 100% cotton Hot Pressed Watercolour paper
Also:  Half pearls


Flourished Twirls

Flourished twirls Heather Telford

I think navy and white can be very elegant. I was aiming for simple but elegant when I created this card. The flourish pattern from the Penny Black “Twirls” set is stamped in Chipped Sapphire distress stain (I stamped off on scrap paper first so the imprint wasn’t too wet). To finish I flicked a little stain over the pattern after stamping, added a navy strip of card stock and the die cut sentiment. This design might work as a wedding card especially if you knew the colour scheme to follow.

Using navy and white reminds me of a polka dot dress when I was nine; I loved it. I wouldn’t mind having a navy and white polka dot dress again. Perhaps something like this one I pinned recently:

navy and white dress

 

Supplies:

Stamps: Twirls (PB)
Dies: Celebrations (PB)
Inks:  Chipped Sapphire Distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth, Navy cardstock


Ten Tulips

Ten Tulips Heather Telford

The Tulip Festival finishes tomorrow so I am glad I can slip one more tulip card in before the end. I worked on this one latish last night and all did not go according to plan. I stamped the tulips first on watercolour paper and they were fine. It was in the finishing off that I had problems. But I will go back to the beginning and explain my process.

I began by inking just the flower heads in Memento Dandelion and Cantaloupe using markers. I spritzed before stamping them at the top of the panel. I stamped just the tulip heads twice, one set under the other and the third time inked the stems and leaves as well.  I was happy with the whole panel even the bit that is now covered by a large sentiment banner. I matted with Olive card stock and decided to attach the three strips of lace; I am still not sure if I like the lace there but I decided to stick with it. The panel is long and thin as you can see so it was difficult to work out where to put a sentiment on a 4.25×5.5 inch card base. I tried a sideways sentiment or a small sentiment beside the lace but neither looked right.  Anyway, to make a long story a little shorter I stamped the sentiment on the tulips, messed it up and had to either cover the mess or crop the panel. I decided to cover it with a die cut banner and make a very narrow card so the points of the banner could go over the edge.

“Over the Edge” just happens to be the current challenge at Addicted to CAS and it’s a birthday card featuring May Flowers so I will join in at Seize the Birthday as well.

Ten Tulips Detail Heather Telford

This morning we were down town having a coffee before church and I snapped these tulips in the sunshine.
Ottawa tulips.jpeg

Supplies:

Stamps: Promise Me, Tweet Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves & Olive Grove markers (Tsukineko)
Creative Dies: Triple Banner
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Classic Crest Avon Brilliant White 110lb smooth, Penny Black Olive Grove Mix & Match Papers 
Also:  Crochet Trim ribbon (May Arts Ribbon)


Two Tulips

Two Tulips Heather Telford

When I set out to make this card I had two things in mind. I wanted tulips to mark the beginning of the Tulip Festival here in Ottawa and I wanted to use the current sketch at CAS(E) this sketch. I did not plan to make it one layer at all; the sketch really looks like at least a two layer to me. I made a stencil in masking paper (removable grocery sticker paper) with the new tulip die from Penny Black. It’s called ‘Dainty’ and I can see myself reaching for it often. I stuck the mask down and painted with a waterbrush picking up colour from watercolour pencils. I did not lay down too much ‘paint’ or water; the card base is not watercolour paper so I didn’t want it to warp or soak through to the back.

My daughter came along at this point and commented on my ‘floating tulip’. It did need grounding; I just hadn’t worked out a method at that point.  Anyway, I left it as I had promised to take my daughter shopping for a dress to wear to her Academic Dinner on Thursday. We arrived at the mall at 4:30 clueless that it was going to close at 5:00! First store, second dress, happy girl, thankful mother.

I came back to my card, masked and sponged a frame around it then looked for a suitable sentiment. My plan was to stamp the sentiment in green so it would double as some grass but none of my green inks matched the leaves. I was about to settle for less than the best green when the it occurred to me that a dark blue might work. It did.

And the card just happens to also work for the One Layer Simplicity challenge, Fabulous Flowers.

Supplies:

Stamps: Sweet Wishes PB)
Dies: Dainty (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Danube Blue (Tsukineko) 
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils Vermillion 117, Sap Green 167 (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth


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