Berry Kissed


This pretty new berry stamp doesn’t have to be saved for winter cards; I’ve already used it in fall colours and could see it popping up in a spring bouquet also. Even today’s card, which I will use at Christmas time, is not in traditional red and green.


I began with a watercolour panel splattered with masking fluid. If you are wondering how I splatter masking fluid I have a video on my youtube channel showing my method. I taped the panel to a firm surface and painted water over the whole area. I inked the stamp with milled lavender and bundled sage  distress stains then stamped onto the wet paper. The colours immediately diluted and once dry I was left with pale shadowy background images. I inked the stamp again, this time with ground espresso, seedless preserves and forest moss distress markers. I stamped over the shadowy background then painted extra forest moss distress stain onto the leaves to create dimension. Once the ink dried I removed the masking fluid, added a partial sentiment in brown and a dark green mat.



Stamps: Berry kissed, Festive Cheer (PB)
Inks:  Versafine Vintage Sepia ink (Tsukineko) milled lavender, bundled sage, forest moss distress stains, seedless preserves, forest moss, ground espresso distress markers (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, olive green cardstock
Also: masking fluid



Today I have a ‘vintagy’ lamp-post card to share. ‘Vintagy’ because it is a different to my recent ‘vintage watercolour’ cards; it has more colour. My vintage style cards are often brown + black + one more colour but this one still looks a little old despite its red, blue, green and yellow inks.

I worked on a hot pressed watercolour paper panel with some masking fluid splattered over it. I stamped the lamp post in black and brown distress inks then blended the colours with a paintbrush on the paper. Before stamping I wiped the ink off the candle inside the lamp so I could use lighter ink later to paint it later. To create the swag decorating lamp I stamped the end of a branch from the woodland beauty set in gathered twigs distress ink. I drew red berries with a barn door distress marker and painted little pine needles in, yes, ‘pine needles’ distress stain then drew the candle in smokey gray and spiced marmalade distress markers.

To give the sky some depth I used three blue stains to paint around the lamp, leaving a small snowy hill white at the bottom of the panel. I blended some of the orange from the candle flame with water to fill the lamp and surrounding area. The edges are sponged in ‘vintage photo; and the sentiment stamped in vintage sepia all in keeping with my goal of a vintagy card!

It’s winter watercolours on the blog each day this week so I’ll see you tomorrow with some berries.


Stamps: Cones & Berries, Woodland Beauty,  Yuletide wishes (PB)
Inks:  Versafine Vintage sepia ink (Tsukineko)  tumbled glass, broken china, salty ocean, pine needles distress stains, barn door, spiced marmalade distress markers, vintage photo, black soot distress inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: masking fluid

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