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

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CAS(E) this sketch #70

CASE this sketch 70 Heather Telford

Playing along with CAS(E) this sketch is getting to be a habit but I am not just playing along this week; I am privileged to be the guest designer for sketch #70



Seems like this sketch was made just for me. You won’t have to look far through my blog before you spy one or two layouts along the same lines. I pulled out an old favourite from my stamp collection and paired it with my new favourite technique, flicking watercolour paint! I stamped the Queen Anne’s Lace first in a mix of Memento Cottage Ivy ink and Peeled Paint Distress stain. Next I positioned post-it notes as masks to create the central square and flicked colour from three different watercolour pencils with a water brush. Finally I removed the masks and added the sentiment.

Make sure you visit the CAS(E) this sketch challenge blog to see all the wonderful creations from the design team.


Stamps: Queen Anne’s LaceWishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Cottage Ivy (Tsukineko) & Peeled Paint Distress Stain (Ranger)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano Hot pressed 25%cotton watercolour paper

How-to with Large Scale Stamps

Delightful & Verdant Heather Telford


All through this week Penny Black is showcasing their new large scale stamps and co-ordinating stencils.The week kicked off with an inspiring video blog hop featuring seven guest designers and their impressive array of projects. During the rest of the week the PB design team are sharing their projects all with a “how-to” tutorial.

My project is a pictured above and the process is outlined in a photo tutorial on the PB blog . It is unusual to see a kraft card from me but I have to say it makes the perfect background for the new Memento Luxe ink and the Radiant Neon inks.

title graphic days 2 thru 5



Stamps:  Delightful, Special Wishes (PB) 
Stencils:  Verdant (PB)
Inks:  Memento Luxe Wedding Dress, Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Electric Green & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Paper: Kraft, Black, White
Also: Gingham ribbon

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

Gathering Together

Gathering together Heather Telford

I used the emboss resist technique to add my warm tones to this collage image from Penny Black. After embossing the image in clear e.p. I stamped the same image over the top with Wild Honey distress ink to give a slight shadow.  I sponged Wild Honey over the top two-thirds of the image and walnut stain distress ink over the lower third. I then  used watercolour pencils to add some details to the butterflies’ wings. To create the background on the card base I inked the Letter Background stamp with the same two distress inks then stamped it several times to one side of the card base.  On the other side I stamped the flourish from “Twirls”  also in two colours. Before sponging over the background I positioned a mask which was slightly larger than the matted panel to be added later. This way I ended up with a pale border around the popped up matted panel.

Enjoy your day.


Stamps:   Gathering Together, Letter Background, Twirls (PB)
Inks: Memento  Espresso Truffle & Versamark (Tsukineko)  Distress Wild Honey & Walnut Stain (Ranger)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Sepia & Venetian Red(Faber-Castell)
Also: Clear Embossing Powder

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

Stenciled Leaves

Stenciled Leaves Heather Telford

Today’s ‘hint of a rainforest’ card was made primarily with a couple of stencils from the new Happy Everything release.  I used watercolour paper in case I wanted to blend some colours but I could have stuck with smooth cardstock just as easily. I started by sponging Pear Tart ink through the Verdant stencil with a sponge, moved the stencil and sponged with Bamboo Leaves ink. I then switched to the Promenade stencil and sponged Sweet Plum ink on the hanging blooms and Olive Grove on their stems and leaves. I picked up Pear Tart, Olive Grove and Sweet Plum ink on a paint brush and flicked it happily across the panel before adding the sentiment in Olive Green ink. For a dark edge I ran the Bamboo leaves ink pad along the edges of the panel then matted with Olive Grove paper.


Stamps:  Cupcake Day (PB)
Stencils:  Promenade, Verdant (PB)
Inks:  Memento Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Sweet Plum (Tsukineko)
Paper: Olive Grove Mix & Match paper (PB)Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Faux Burlap Wired Ribbon


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