Vintage poinsettia

vintage poinsettia Heather Telford

Today’s card is a contrast to the sparkly bright poinsettias earlier in the week. I returned to a style I have featured on the blog several times this year, a vintage appearance. To achieve the aged look I stamp first in vintage photo distress ink then blend the stamped ink with watercolour pencils. I worked one petal at a time and used a wet paintbrush to pick up colour from the pencils. I chose a couple of reds, and a light green for the petals and a dark brown for the berries. Once the whole image was painted I coloured around the edge with a grey pencil to help ‘lift’ it off the page a little.

vintage poinsettia closeup Heather Telford

I matted the panel with textured burgandy cardstock and added a sentiment on one of the handy tags from the gift card pocket die (a set that gives you way more than just a gift card pocket; its full of tabs, tags, flowers, scalloped shapes…).

vintage poinsettia Heather Telford

As I finished editing this post it occurred to me that the vintage look on my poinsettia does give it a bit of a ‘dried up ‘cos I didn’t get watered look’. Now, how would I know that look I wonder?


Stamps: Scarlet Majesty, Holiday Snippets (PB)
Dies: Gift Card Pocket
Inks:  Versafine Crimson Red ink (Tsukineko) vintage photo distress ink(Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Burgandy textured cardstock
Also: Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Gold cord

Happy Birthday Crop A While


On Saturday I celebrated Crop A While‘s 3rd birthday along with 60 or so other people.


The celebration was a 12 hour crop complete with balloons, cake, prizes, loot bags and birthday cards.


There was even a surprise wedding anniversary celebration.

I enjoyed teaching a class, catching up with friends and working on a little stack of watercolour panels which will appear on the blog over the next few weeks. The crop was the first off-site crop for Crop A While, but judging from the overwhelming response it could be the first of many!

Golden Poinsettias

gold poinsettia Heather Telford

As the title of this post suggests I embossed the poinsettia stamp from the ‘Winter Joy’ transparent set in gold. I also added gold wink of stella to the centres of some of the poinsettias. The colour painted in and around the poinsettias is distress stain. I kept the look loose and fluid by painting wet into wet.

gold poinsettia closeup Heather Telford

On the card below I began by inking the ‘red star’ stamp in red and green stain then stamping it onto the wet panel. Some of the colour ended up in the poinsettias, some outside. I used a paintbrush to paint the same stains into the petals to make the colour more intense.

deck the halls Heather Telford

I’m not sure that the camera picked up the gold and shiny factor as much as it could have; it’s pretty in real life.

deck the halls closeup Heather Telford


Stamps: Winter JoyHoliday Snippets, Red Star, (PB)
Inks:  Versamark, Versafine Olympia Green & Satin Red (Tsukineko) pined needles, crushed olive, festive berries, barn door distress stainsRanger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, green cardstock, red cardstock
Also: WOW metallic gold rich embossing powder, gold wink of stella brush marker

Butterflies in blue

butterfly joy heather-telford

I am a guest once more of the lovely crew over at the Foiled Fox Blog. Check out their blog for details on this butterfly card and while you’re there take a look at the pretty cards from the Foiled Fox girls.

Berry Thankful

Berry Thankful Heather Telford

These berries are from the new Magic of the Season release but the season does not necessarily have to be winter. I have given a autumn feel to my card today to link in with the Canadian Thanksgiving season in October. I paired the ‘berry kissed’ stamp with the ‘script’ background stamp and stuck with green, orange and brown colour choices.

Berry Thankful Heather Telford

I began with a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper splattered with masking fluid. (The white dots on the leaves are a result of the masking fluid) I inked the stamp with crushed olive, mowed lawn and barn door distress stains then stamped it with the misti. I let that layer dry then inked the stamp again this time with markers so I could be more selective about where I put the colours. After stamping I blended the dark and lights with a wet paintbrush creating some shadow and dimension on the image. I painted around the image using a watercolour pencil as my ‘paint’. Once the panel was dry I splattered some dark brown stain and and swiped the edges with stain also.

Berry Thankful close-up Heather Telford

I stamped the script stamp onto the card base in vintage photo ink and blended some areas with water.


Stamps: Berry kissed, Grateful (PB)
Inks:  Versafine Vintage Sepia ink (Tsukineko) mowed lawn, crushed olive, barn door, gathered twigs distress stains, vintage photo, spiced marmalade, barn door, peeled paint distress markers (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: masking fluid

It’s how you look at it


I have three similar cards to share today with only slight differences in technique and layout. My initial plan was to have the branch on each card pointing in a different direction but I ended up with two upward facing. I would have peeled it off and turned it around but lately, in the interests of not having my cards fall apart when handled, I have started attaching watercolour paper with  sookwang tape on one side and regular adhesive on the other sides. Once you press that sookwang tape down you cannot pull it back up again. The card looked fine as it was so I left it that way. You can see in the card above I have the branches going side ways and below I have them reaching upwards.


On all three cards the branches are embossed. I used the misti to stamp first in versamark ink then moved the panel down a millimetre and stamped again but in versafine onyx black. I embossed in clear powder which covered the black branch and the versamark just above the branch. It’s a technique I have been using for years to get a little layer of snow on trees and branches but the misti does make it a whole lot easier. On some of the panels it looks like a layer of snow, on others it looks like the light of the moon.


The blues and purples on the middle card were painted in distress stain. On the other two cards I used Colorburst powders.


There are a few other subtle differences. I splattered masking fluid before embossing on the top panel, after embossing on the middle panel and not at all on bottom panel. Embossing powder sticks to masking fluid so it really is better to sprinkle it after embossing but it still ended up working the other way. The moon was masked with a frisket film circle.

Next time you are stamping something twiggy or branchy, even flowery, try turning it 90° and see what you think.


Stamps: Prancers, Berry Bevy (PB)
Ink: Versafine onyx black ink, versamark (Tsukineko) chipped sapphire, salty ocean, seedless preserves distress stain(Ranger)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah solar white paper
Paint: Indigo, Merlot, Crimson Colorburst powder
Also: Daler Rowney masking fluid, Grafix frisket film, WOW clear embossing powder

Down the Lane

down the lane Heather Telford

Thank you for all the lovely feedback you gave me about the tree cards. I hope the images and information inspire you to create some scenes of your own. Today’s card has the scene created already; all I did was decide on a colour scheme.

the lane Heather Telford

I chose some early fall colours, a bit like we will see very soon around here. The plants by the path are still green but the trees are getting a warm yellow tinge to them. To keep the definition of the detailed image I stamped first in versafine vintage sepia ink, then over the top with distress vintage photo ink. The versafine is a pigment ink so doesn’t bleed when I add water. The distress ink is very reactive with water so I was able to pull some brown tones into the surrounding area with a wet paint brush. I painted some blue, green and yellow over the sky, plants and trees using distress stains.

down the lane close up


Stamps: Down the Lane, April Showers (PB)
Die: Gift card pocket (PB)
Ink: Versafine vintage sepia ink, (Tsukineko) mustard seed, tumbled glass, broken china, mowed lawn distress stain & vintage photo distress ink(Ranger)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: linen thread