One Layer Blooms

One layer blooms Heather Telford


I have a one layer card for you today made using watercolour techniques. I often set out to make one layer cards by starting my stamping on a masked and scored card base. But if something goes wrong I end up cropping out the image and putting it on a second layer. For this card I masked around all the edges of the card front with masking tape. This not only framed my image it also kept the watercolour paper from warping too much when it got wet. The paper does warp but I keep it taped until it dries completely by which time it has flattened out again. I inked the roses with two pinks, spritzed with water and stamped. While the image was still wet I added a little more of the darker pink in a few places and blended the image a little more in a few places. I used the same technique with the green inks on the leaves and stems. I finished with plenty of ink flicking on this one and a sentiment in the darker green ink.

The Penny Black blog will be featuring one layer cards all week so pop over there each day to see what the other designers created. The One Layer Simplicity challenge for April continues for a few more days so there is still time to add a “road trip” themed card. I finally got one made and will have it up as soon as I get it photographed.


Stamps: Petal Power, Friendship FlowersSpecial Wishes (PB)
Inks:  Memento  Angel Pink, Pear Tart & Memento markers Rose Bud, Bamboo Leaves(Tsukineko)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper


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Tulip Garden

Tulip Garden Heather Telford

I am not seeing any tulips around here yet. We had 25°C on Monday then snow and ice again on Tuesday!  To create this tulip garden I used a stamp from the new transparent set Garden Blooms. I stamped it three times in a row with Memento Dandelion ink. I used watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to add the colour beginning with a loose yellow wash over all the flowers. I then added some light and dark orange tones and painted it on in the shape of the tulips. I painted with green over the stems and flicked some colour over the whole panel. The sentiment is stamped on a scrap of watercolour paper and popped up on the panel with a strip of organza ribbon across the top.

_DSC3163 Tulip Garden detail Heather Telford

The finished panel was wider than 5½”, the size of card I usually make so I looked for an envelope which would fit a larger card and cropped the panel accordingly. The envelope I found just happened to be vellum so I my tulips stayed on display even when in the envelope. (below) I added a white sticker so I could address it clearly and put it in the post to Australia. I think I have mentioned my postal problems here before. I am not very good at getting cards in envelopes and equally bad at getting envelopes in the mail. So I am excited to think that this one may have arrived at its destination already for a friend whose birthday is today.

Tulip garden in vellum envelope Heather Telford


Stamps: Flourish BirthdayGarden Blooms (PB)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Orange Yellow 109, Light Orange 113, Vermillion 117, Moss Green 168 (Faber-Castell)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Olive Grove (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Organza ribbon

Sunny Hello – Painting with stamps

Sunny Hello Heather Telford

I have a mini tutorial today showing you how I “paint with stamps”. Sometimes I want to change something on the stamp I am using, perhaps add a stem or leaf, or leave something out. It is possible to do this with masking or, if I am watercolouring and the initial stamped image will be pale and watery it is possible to wipe some of the ink off the stamp before I stamp it onto my panel.

sunny hello 1

The photo above shows how I tape my watercolour card base down to prevent too much warping when it gets wet. I cut the card base to the finished size to begin with; the tapes create a border for the finished picture. After taping I painted water onto the panel.

sunny hello 2 Heather Telford

I inked the sunflower heads with memento cantaloupe ink and stamped them three times. I used a pale colour because I was creating an outline image to paint.  Before stamping the top and bottom flowers I wiped a bit of ink off the centre of the flower to allow me to change the flower a little when adding colour later.  The leaves are inked with memento bamboo leaves ink. Rather than cut masks for the leaves I inked the stamp then wiped off the ink where it was likely to overlap with another leaf. I began adding colour to the petals with a brush, picking up ink from a watercolour pencil. I painted all the petals in yellow with fairly loose brush strokes not worrying if the colour stayed inside the lines.

sunny hello 3 Heather Telford

When adding the colour to the petals you can see I left an oval space on the top flower where I wanted to change the shape of the dark centre. I kept the waterbrush nice and wet as I painted to create a watery blended effect on the petals. When I was happy with the yellow petals I reinked the petals on the stamp with memento tangelo ink, stamped over the colouring I had done and blended a bit more with colour from an orange pencil.

sunny hello 4 Heather Telford

The stamp features petals which cover most of the flower’s centre as you can see in the middle flower. I did not want the flowers to be identical so I drew an oval centre on two of the flowers with watercolour pencil. I blended the darker colour and added definition by dipping the pencil tip into water before drawing with it.

sunny hello 5 Heather Telford

I painted the leaves the same way picking up colour from a watercolour pencil with a wet paintbrush. I added more colour to the lowest leaf which is shadowed by the other too. When the flowers were almost dry I painted water around the edge of the petals then added blue to the background area blending with water to fade it out on the right hand side.


Sunny Hello Heather Telford

I am not very happy with the arrangement of my flowers. The poor things need stems! Its as though they have heads and shoulders but no necks! I wouldn’t follow my example in the layout of the images if I were you, but I hope you have fun with the technique.

Stamps:  Sunny Hello (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Bamboo Leaves (Tsukineko) 
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Light Orange 113, Orange yellow 109, Indian Red 192, True Blue, 148, Moss Green 168 (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper


Butterfly on a Wall

Butterfly and wall Heather Telford


I sat and coloured with watercolour pencils the other night while watching Skyfall. I started with the butterfly stamped in Memento Angel Pink to give me a pale outline for colouring. Once the colouring and blending was finished I restamped the butterfly over the top, this time in Memento Grape Jelly. I wasn’t sure what to add as background so I painted a grey wash first then sketched a shadowy stem with leaves. It still wasn’t quite what I wanted so I added some bricks by masking the butterfly and stamping the brick wall stamp. Of course I splattered a bit of blue, orange and grey around too. I realize now that either the butterfly is huge or the bricks are way in the background.

The panel I had created was basically square so I decided to make a  larger than usual card for me. I added just one strip of orange then framed it with a purple cardbase.  Ardyth just reminded me the current Card Concept challenge is a butterfly one so I will link up there. I am not sure that this card fits neatly into a particular style but the closest is probably shabby chic & vintage.

Stamps:  Soft Wings,  SentimentalBrick Wall
Inks: Memento Grape Jelly, London Fog, Angel pink (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Blue Violet 137, True Blue 148, Medium Grey 197, Prussian Blue 151 Light Orange 113 (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Purple Mountain mix & match paper, Summer Sun mix & match paper (Penny Black)

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

Watercolour background

Delicate Floral with watercolour background Heather Telford

The background was the starting point for this card. I squeezed three colours of distress stain directly onto an acrylic block then pressed the block onto watercolour paper creating a pink, blue and green abstract background. Next I chose the stamp from Delicate Florals and stamped it in a couple of stages. First I inked only the blooms with Victorian Velvet distress stain and stamped them a couple of times. When the paper was dry I inked the whole stamp with versafine onyx black and stamped over the pink blooms. I inked in black again but selectively to stamp parts of a second spray of flowers on the left.

On the card base I stamped the same image a few more times in VersamagicWheat chalk ink.

Drop in on the Penny Black blog this week to enjoy the “How-to Hop” featuring the new large scale stamps and co-ordinating stencils. I will be sharing a card and tutorial mid-week.
Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: Delicate FloralsSpecial Wishes  (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black & Versamagic Wheat (Tsukineko) Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Just Add Water

Just Add Water Heather Telford

I can’t believe how long it has taken me  to play along with Karen’s ‘Just Add Water challenge’ at One Layer Simplicity. Considering how often I use watercolour these days I should have several cards linked by now! Seems they have all been more than one layer lately.

Using watercolour paper as my card base I taped off a panel in the centre of the card front. I pulled out a stamp I hadn’t tried before, ‘Noble’ from the PB Happy Everything release, inked it with Memento markers and spritzed it with water. I added a few highlights to the leaves, a three sided border with a watercolour pencil and flicked a little extra colour around also. I decided the sentiment could be all watery too so inked it with two greens, spritzed it and stamped.

If you haven’t already played along head over to One Layer Simplicity now; you still have a week to get involved.


Stamps:  Noble,  Thinking of You (PB)
Inks:  Memento Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Angel Pink, Lilac Posies (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Olive green  (Faber-Castell)
Paper: Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

CAS(E) this sketch #67

Two Tags Heather Telford

I rarely participate in sketch challenges but here I am playing along with CAS(E) this sketch for the second week in a row. I had several watercoloured tags lying around that had been completed a while ago so I chose the rose and map one for this card. I stamped the same tag on the card base in Memento Desert Sand then masked the edge. I had my camera handy so photographed the next step. (It was only after I had taken two photos that I realized I had no photos of the tag painting process which is probably what you are more interested in!)

two tag 1

I sponged around the edges of the masked area then crumpled up a piece and used it to stamp more Desert Sand ink around the edges.

two tags 2

Before removing the masks I drew around the edge with a Faber-Castell watercolour pencil and blended it with a waterbrush.

Now for the hard part. I don’t exactly remember how I did the tag way back when. I think I must have stamped the tag with Versafine Onyx Black because the image hasn’t bled at all. Then I probably wet the watercolour paper and started adding colour. Not sure what the inks were… Sorry about the lack of information; I am now trying to remember to take notes as I create in case it is a while before I finish a project or write a post.


Stamps:  Blooming Tags Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento  Desert Sand & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Van Dyke brown 176 (Faber-Castell)
Also: Gold ribbon, black twine

Pansy Bouquet

Pansy birthday Heather Telford

Today I am featuring yet another beautiful botanical stamp from the new Happy Everything collection. To create this panel I stamped the leafy border stamp from the Twirls set as background. I inked the pansy bouquet with markers, stamped it, then spritzed with water. Using a waterbrush and memento inks stamped on an acrylic block as a palette I filled in the pansies and leaves. When the panel was almost dry I added yellow centres with a marker. I splattered some light blue and green colour from watercolour pencils to complete the panel.

Readers in the Ottawa area might be interested to know I am offering some classes in March. You can view the projects and register on my new Classes page.


Stamps:  Pansy Bouquet Special Wishes, Twirls (PB)
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Elderberry, Summer Sky (Tsukineko)
Pencils:  Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils Moss green 168, Light Blue 147 (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black mix & match Spring Meadows paper

Watercolouring the Lily

All this week on the Penny Black blog you can check out the designers’ favourites from the new Happy Everything collection. It will come as no surprise that I chose a brushstroke stamp that lends itself to the watercolour technique.


To create the pink card below I inked the ‘First Dance’ lily with a combination of distress ink and memento markers then stamped onto dry watercolour paper. I created a mask to cover the centre lily then stamped another lily on either side. With three lilies in a row I spritzed the panel with water and let the dark and light pinks blend a little. I used memento markers to draw over the stamen and stems and to redo the dots on the petals. To finish I picked up with a paintbrush a little diluted pink ink to paint around the top edges of the panel and some green around the bottom.

Pink Lilies Heather Telford


Stamps:  First Dance, Every Happiness (PB)
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Potter’s Clay, Pear Tart  (Tsukineko) Worn Lipstcik Distress Ink  (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black mix & match Fuschia Fantasies paper

The yellow and green lily below was created using the wet into wet technique. It is most apparent where the ink has bled from the stem and leaves. It also bled from the petals (Memento Dandelion) making them quite pale so I used Mustard Seed distress stain to paint over them and intensify their colour. The background panel is stamped with one of the new ‘Twirls’ border stamps.

Yellow & Green lily Heather Telford


Stamps:  First DanceSpecial Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Potter’s Clay, Espresso Truffle, Pear Tart, Bamboo leaves  (Tsukineko)
Distress Stains: Mustard Seed(Ranger)
Creative Dies: Feather & Frames
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black mix & match Olive Grove


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