Sunset Forest

Forest sunset Heather Telford

I completed this forest scene months ago but left it unposted. I showed it to a friend recently and she encouraged me to share it here. It is an example of a ‘no card left behind’ project. I was showing my friend how I did the lake on this card. It took us both a few attempts to get our backgrounds looking the way we wanted and the panel below was one of my cast-offs because of the water bloom under the shoreline trees. I pulled the panel out again at a later date and turned it on its side and made the shoreline trees one tall tree instead. I used both painting and stamping to fill the panel with trees. There was a bit of fiddling around with the tree stamp and the layers but I kept adding until it looked forest like! The little white flecks are of course, masking fluid.

So you see you should not throw things away immediately after you ‘mess them up’; set them aside perhaps and come back another day to take a second look. Flip it upside down or 90° just in case you have a lake you can turn into a forest!

Forest sunset before pic Heather Telford


Stamps:  Nature’s Friend (PB)
Inks: Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Dried Marigold, Broken China distress stains & Vintage Photo, Forest Moss distress ink (Ranger)
Cardstock:  Brown cardstock,  Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid

Autumnal grove

Autumnal Grove Heather Telford

I have another card made with the beautiful new ‘snowy grove’ stamp. I filmed myself painting the trees on periscope so if you are quick you can catch that before it disappears forever. I intend to save some of my periscope videos and share them for longer on another site but I didn’t click the right button for that this morning. And maybe just as well because it was my first attempt and not my classiest presentation!

Anyway the technique is fresh in my mind so I will describe it here. I inked the stamp randomly with both walnut stain and rusty hinge ink. I stamped it on watercolour paper then used a waterbrush to blend the colour up and down all the trunks. The stamped impression wasn’t perfect but it didn’t matter because I painted over the trunks anyway. Once I had done that I painted the forest floor with the same inks and plenty of water. When it was all dry I sponged the background working in antique linen, wild honey and walnut stain, getting darker the further I moved from my ‘light source’.

Thanks for your lovely comments about yesterday’s card; can you tell I like this stamp!?


Stamps:  Snowy GroveSnippets  (PB)
Inks: walnut stain, rusty hinge, antique linen, wild honey distress inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Canson hot pressed watercolour paper, brown  cardstocks

Hidden Lane

Trees & Fence Heather Telford

Hidden Lane is a new scenic stamp which easily will transition from season to season. I chose autumn for my first stamping with it but I know I will reach for it when creating wintry and perhaps spring scenes also. I did the colouring for this little scene with several different mediums; the sky and grass were painted with watercolour paints, the trees and foreground were a combination of distress stains and bister and final details were added with watercolour pencils. The watercolour paper had been splattered with some masking fluid which gives the whole scene a slightly aged look. I think the sentiment which was probably intended for Christmas works equally well for Autumn which is a wonderful time of year and very beautiful where I live. Not that I’m wishing for it; as I’ve said before summer can stay as long as it likes!


Stamps:   Hidden Lane, Season’s Gifts (PB)
Inks: Vintage photo, Spiced Marmalade, Pine needles, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton cold pressed watercolour paper, brown cardstocks
Also: Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Bister, masking fluid

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!


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

Snow Berries

Snowball branches Heather Telford

I have another snowy card for a sweltering day (here in Ottawa anyway!) Perhaps gazing at that frosty landscape will help you feel cooler??

The branches above were stamped with, ‘Berry Bevy’, a new stamp from the ‘Especially for You 2015’ collection currently being revealed on the Penny Black blog. I created a wintry moonlit scene by masking a piece of watercolour paper with both circular and hill shaped masks of frisket film. With the masks in place I painted a distress stain sky;  the snowflakes you see were made by masking fluid splattered onto the panel before I began. I removed the moon mask before stamping the Berry Bevy stamp in versafine ink. Once the main image was stamped I removed the hill mask and painted a shadow for a foreground snow bank, masked it and added a few more twigs poking out of the snow. When it was all dry I painted each of the ‘berries’ with the pearly white paint from my gansai tambi watercolour set. It has a nice shimmer and looks silver or white depending on the angle of the card. There are more inspiring projects on the PB blog today including Mimi’s beautiful take on this stamp and some stunners from Jill.

Stamps: Berry Bevy (PB)
Inks:  Broken China, Tumbled glass, Seeded preserves, Dusty concord distress stains/inkpads (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper & black card
Also: Kuretake gansai tambi watercolour paints, Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Grafix frisket film

#Pink Coat in New York

Pink coat in NYCHeather Telford

I have another card for you created back in the dead of winter for a Dirty Dozen gallery on Splitcoaststampers. I had already created a NY skyline card the previous month but this I did this one when the theme was ‘For the love of friendship’ and it has a little story to go with it. I made other cards with the theme of friendship in mind but this card was made for one special friend.

When I found out my husband and I were going to  New York City for our 25th wedding anniversary (the trip was a gift from our children) I asked my friend, Nan if I could borrow a coat. Despite living in Canada for 14 years the only coat I own is a ski jacket and I was not going to New York with my old ski jacket. My friend Nan, on the other hand has the most extensive coat collection I have ever seen. I borrowed a bright pink wool coat and it was freezing in NYC when we visited so I wore that coat all day long for four days. We took pictures on the Empire State, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Saks 5th Ave and in Central Park. I put some of them on my instagram with the #pinkcoatinNYC so my friend could see the fun her coat was having. Sadly I handed the coat back after the trip with this thank you card. The coat on the card actually turned out looking like the real thing. In real life though my husband is taller ;)

I created this scene on watercolour paper generously splattered with masking fluid so I could get the snow storm effect. I inked the stamps with memento markers then added shading and blending with a paintbrush and watercolour pencils.

It’s bizarre to post this card while it is 31°C outside!


Stamps:  Skyline, On the town (PB)
Inks: Memento London Fog, Dandelion, Tuxedo Black, Danube Blue, Rose Bud, Northern Pine, Summer Sky(Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hotpressed watercolour paper, Epic Black cardstock(Neenah)
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Kemper spatter brush, Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils

Winter Sunset

winter sunset Heather Telford

I have another wintry scene today created back in January when it really did look like this outside! I used painter’s tape to mask the edges of the watercolour panel then frisket film to mask the snow while I painted the sky with colour picked up from my watercolour pencils. I stamped some trees before moving the frisket mask down to create more snow banks. Before I moved the frisket film each time I added twigs and scrub in the snow banks by stamping parts of the ‘Etched Branches’ stamp. Frisket film is a plastic film which is waterproof and sticky on one side making it perfect for masking with wet mediums like watercolour.

Occasionally I am asked in classes what to do when paint seeps under the masking tape around the edges of a panel. You can see it did so in a few places on the one above. Often I will do nothing and it will have some uneven edges to add to its uniqueness. If it looks too messy or unbalanced I sometimes trim or add a die cut to cover the offending area.

Don’t forget to keep checking the PB blog if you are interested in the new products from the ‘Especially for You 2015’ release. There are new cards everyday and a chance to win some new stamps and dies.


Stamps:  Etched Branches, AmazingPrancers (PB)
Inks: Walnut stain distress ink (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hotpressed watercolour paper
Also: Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Graffix frisket film





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