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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


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!


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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.


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

Stamping Techniques Class

There are spaces available in a Stamping Techniqes Class I am teaching Thursday, June 12th in the evening at Crop A While in Orleans.

Please contact Crop A While  for details and to register.

Stamping Techniques 1 Heather Telford


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.


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


Stamp & Doodle


Stamp & Doodle Heather Telford

I created this card from a stamped panel that was sitting around on my work table waiting for inspiration. I stamped the “Floral Tapestry” background stamp in Distress stains on watercolour paper. After stamping once I spritzed the stamp and stamped again on another piece of paper, then did it again so I had several panels sitting around, each one a little paler than the previous one.  I think this one was the palest panel but it still had plenty of colour and the negative images of the flowers and leaves were clear enough to doodle around. If you watch the video you will see my doodling process. I did not have a plan; I just defined the flower shapes and added leaves, twirls and squiggles in and around them.  When I was almost finished I decided a few gold highlights would be nice so I added them with a Wink of Stella pen.

I trimmed the floral panel and criss-crossed some gold cord over it. I added two gold half pearls in each place where the cord crossed and stuck the cord down with glossy accents. The cord did not want to stay in place but with a little pressure on top it finally did!  After die-cutting the banner I decided to trim the dark brown mat and cardbase to co-ordinate.


Stamp & Doodle detail Heather Telford



Stamps: Floral Tapestry, Amazing! (PB)
Dies: Triple Banner (PB)
Inks: Versafine Vintage Sepia (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seeds  Distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Avon Brilliant White 110lb smooth Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour 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.


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


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