Vintage Birthday

Vintage birthday Heather Telford

This is one of those designs that grew out of a vague idea not a definite plan. The popped up panel is watercolour paper which I taped down to my work surface. I spritzed water onto it before I stamped. I inked the stamp from “Delicate Florals” with Memento Dandelion, Tangelo and Olive Grove markers then spritzed generously before stamping. I restamped without re-inking a couple of times. Next I inked just the flower heads with the markers and stamped them a couple of times. Finally I stamped a little extra foliage. To highlight the flowers a little more I added more colour with the Potter’s Clay marker and the Venetian red watercolour pencil. The background colour is a combination of watercolour pencil splatter and Memento ink mixed with water. While the panel was still taped down I ran an olive watercolour pencil around the edge of the tape then blended it into the panel with a waterbrush.  I added a little extra texture and pattern with the text stamp from the new “Footnotes” transparent set. Once I removed the tape the panel reminded me a little of old postcards so I chose the sentiment from “Sentimental set” because of the vintage style font.

Supplies:

Stamps: Delicate Florals, Sentimental, Footnotes  (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Tangelo, Potter’s Clay, Olive Grove Markers, Olive Grove & Pistachio ink (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Olive Green 173, Venetian Red 190 (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock

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A Fresh Bunch of Flowers

Orange watercoloured blooms Heather Telford

This watercolour has been sitting in the block for months; I had forgotten about it until I opened the block to use it for a new project. Some of my watercolour cards involve splashes of colour and loose blending in and outside the stamped lines. This is not one of those but a more controlled watercolour. I stamped the image in Memento Desert Sand ink using a post-it note mask to overlap the flowers. I  then worked with watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to fill each flower with graduated colour. I drew stems and leaves to make a bunch, cropped the design, matted it and added a die cut sentiment.

Supplies:

Stamps: To You, (Penny Black)
Creative Dies: Celebrations
Inks: Memento Desert Sand (Tsukineko)
Also: Faber-Castell watercolour pencils  dark orange 115, olive green 179, brown ochre 182, raw umber 180 and a water brush


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.


Music and Blooms

Music & blooms Heather Telford

 

The new Pocket Treasures release from Penny Black features some wonderful new background panels. The music and canvas stamps on this card are two of my favourites. There are several more patterns you can see in tomorrow’s post.

This card is lot busier than my usual creations with none of my usual white space. I stamped the flower panel first on watercolour paper using distress inks. I inked the solid flower stamp from Petal Power and spritzed it with water before stamping to make a very loose blended image. I added some more colour with a waterbrush and continued adding colour with both the solid stamp and the co-ordinating outline stamp until I was happy with the result. I stamped the music over the top. I inked the canvas stamp with distress stain and spritzed it before stamping on the card base and added several large drops of water.

I did a little stamp surgery to create the sentiment. The original stamp from Edge to Edge says “you make my heart smile” but I found that I never used the whole phrase; it was often too big for my designs. So instead of avoiding the stamp I removed the ‘heart’! I also had to change the ‘my’ to ‘me’ which involved cutting off the tail of the ‘y’ and adding a loop with a marker. I don’t often slice up my stamps but I think I might use this one more often now.

Supplies:

Stamps: Petal Power, Edge to Edge, Footnotes, Textures (PB)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko) Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint  Distress inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Avon Brilliant White 110lb smooth Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock


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


Three Trees

Three trees brayered Heather Telford

When I was strolling past a homewares store in a trendy part of town the other night I saw lampshades featuring tree silhouettes with branches connecting around the cylindrical shade. I don’t have a picture but I did translate the idea into two different cards. The one above features a brayered background which I did in Memento Dandelion and Tangelo first and black trees stamped in Versafine Onyx Black over the top. I drew the borders with a black marker then trimmed the panel.

In the version below I inked the stamp with peeled paint, mustard seed and vintage photo distress stains, spritzed it with water then stamped on watercolour paper. I ran the distress stain along the top and bottom of the panel to create the border and pulled some colour from the trees and border with a waterbrush into the blank spaces to make them less stark.

It was fun to use the same basic layout and concept but change a few things for a different mood and message. The top one seems formal and the one below a little more relaxed.

Three trees watercoloured Heather Telford

Supplies:

Stamps:  Splendor, Amazing!, Friendship (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black & Vintage Sepia, Memento Dandelion, Tangelo & Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko) Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed & Vintage Photo Distress Stains (Ranger) 
Cardstock:  Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock


One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #7: Wave the Flag

Aust flag inspired Heather Telford

I am hosting the July challenge at One Layer Simplicity. In honour of Canada Day (July 1st) and American Independence Day (July 4th) I decided to make the challenge about flags.  I want you to take a look at your country’s flag and find some inspiration there. It could be the colours, the layout, the patterns or the images. I created two cards because I have lived my life in two countries. I was born and raised in Australia and lived there for the first 35 years of my life. I married my Australian husband and both my daughters were born there. When they were 4 & 6 our family moved to Canada and seven weeks after we arrived my son was born. We have lived here ever since which will be 14 years next month. The card above is inspired by the Southern Cross on the Australian flag. I miss seeing the Southern Cross when I look up into the sky at night.

Flag_of_Australia.        canada

I cut a card base from watercolour paper as I planned to make it quite wet with distress stains and water. To frame the stars I tore the edge off some masking tape and taped the card base to a cutting mat. Once taped I stamped stars of different sizes and the sentiment in versamark then embossed with clear powder.  I swiped three blue distress stains across the watercolour paper filling the whole space with colour. To blend it I spritzed a generous amount of water mixed with pearl-ex powder. You can see the sparkle of the pearl-ex powder below. After the panel had dried a little I stamped some more stars, this time in blue inks. When dry I removed the tape and ironed the panel embossed side down onto computer paper to melt and remove the embossing.

aus flag inspired detail Heather Telford

 

My second card is inspired by both the colour and the image on the Canadian flag. The beauty of the maple trees in autumn is something I look forward to every year. To create my second card I used the torn off bits of masking tape to make a narrow torn frame around the square front below. I then sponged red ink around the borders and stamped a maple leaf several times over the sponging.  I can’t wait to check out your flag inspired cards and see how many countries end up being represented in our challenge

Canadian flag inspired Heather Telford

 

Supplies:

Stamps:  Hello Winter , Sweet Wishes, To You, Foliage Fancy, Maple Leaf (PB)
Inks: Versamark (Tsukineko) Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass,  Broken China Distress Stains  and  Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean and Fired Brick distress inks (Ranger) 
Cardstock:  Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: clear embossing powder, Pearl Ex


Tweet Wishes

Tweet Wishes Heather Telford

It has been a while since I pulled out my watercolour pencils so it was fun to colour a simple outline image today. I stamped the branch from ‘Tweet Wishes’ in Versafine Onyx Black ink then painted the image using a waterbrush to pick up colour from my watercolour pencils.  I splattered a little colour around and painted a rough border of blue. To finish it off I added some natural cotton lace and a narrow blue ribbon.

Thank you very much for your kind comments about my daughter and her prom dress. We were both very pleased with how it turned out and very touched by your lovely words. It has now turned rather hot here so it was wonderful to spend yesterday relaxing with friends by a lake where there was a breeze and of course the water to keep us cool. I’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new One Layer Simplicity Challenge.

Supplies:

Stamps: Tweet Wishes (PB)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Apple Green 170, Pine Green 267, Rose Carmine 124, Prussian Blue 151, Gold Ochre 183, Blue Violet 137, Lemon 107, Light Carmine 127, Light Blue 147  (Faber-Castell)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth
Also: narrow grosgrain ribbon, natural cotton lace


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

 


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