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

59 Comments on “Softly, softly”

  1. CherylQuilts says:

    Oh, Heather, this is absolutely gorgeous and stunning! Your colors are so soft and what a delicate feel to this card! Wow!!

  2. Beverly Railey Robinson says:

    I love how you share your thoughts. I lean toward the simplicity myself. Adding any of the touches you mentioned wouldn’t hurt, but I like it plain. Just beautiful. Thank you.

  3. Janet Castle says:

    Absolutely perfect as is!!! , lovely coloring Heather.

  4. mirschiefer says:

    It’s perfect just the way it is! I would not have added anything else… just gorgeous!

  5. I agree, perfect as it is! Love the colours and the stamp looks gorgeous hanging down xx

  6. Ginny says:

    When to stop. It puts me in a stew quite often. The only thing I know to do is make a second one ( if you can stand to) or a similar one and add another feature to see if you like it. Your card is beautiful as is! I love your blog!

  7. Robyn says:

    I’m glad you stopped when you did, it’s simple, elegant and perfect. No bling required.

  8. karenajo says:

    I think your card is exquisitely beautiful just the way it is !!!

  9. diana says:

    Lovely as is! I have this stamp now, but I’m still waiting for my stencil to arrive. 😉

  10. Lercy Rubin says:

    It is perfectly perfect. .. 😎

  11. Char says:

    It is beautiful as is. I might try to CASE and add a bit of bling to give the illusions of water drops. Glad you left your beautiful card the way it is though.

  12. Ellen says:

    This card is absolutely beautiful just the way it is!!! You have an amazing talent!!!’

  13. swldebbie says:

    omg, no — it is perfectly beautiful, just as it is.

  14. Judy says:

    I love this one! Actually, I love all your cards and the techniques you use to create them. I agree with you that less is more. Appreciate the fact that you tell us how you created them and what tools and products you used. Thank you. Keep them coming.

  15. Sherry W. says:

    Wouldn’t change a thing. It’s beautiful.

  16. Debbie best says:

    It’s perfect!!!

  17. Judy says:

    Your card is lovely, Heather, and just perfect as is!! I think adding anything else would take away from the lovely image and your beautiful coloring.

  18. bonnielynnh says:

    So often I don’t stop soon enough and end up spoiling my card! This card is lovely

  19. dsmiles2 says:

    how lovely, Heather. So soft, peaceful and feminine, with wonderful color technique!

  20. Pai says:


  21. Janine says:

    It looks perfect just the way it is.

  22. Michel E says:

    Love this project.

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  23. Doris Hubbard says:

    Love this!!

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  24. Amber McGary says:

    This card is beautiful the way it is but I have to add bling or a card is not done. Maybe 3 pink gems of graduated size in one corner. I’m not sure it would work but I would try it and then take them off if it didn’t. I love your cards-so different from everyone’s. Keep up the beautiful work!!

  25. Joan B says:

    Gorgeous. Not a card for bling at all. Perfect the way it is.

  26. Brenda stallings says:

    I think this is my personal favorite! It is so sincere in the colors, design and verse combination!

  27. nise says:

    This one is stunningly perfect just the way it is.

  28. Gabby says:

    Gorgeous flowers! Lovely card. 🙂

  29. Clelie says:

    NO! It is exquisite!…and its simplicity took my breath away!

  30. Vikki W says:

    Wow Heather! Your card is stunning and I know exactly what you mean about stopping and I’m so glad you did because your card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing…

  31. Niconick says:

    So beautiful, just as it is. Lovely!

  32. Cathy says:

    I think this card is beautiful just the way it is

  33. This is gorgeous! I absolutely adore the pale delicate technique which gives that translucent look of an early morning. Looking at it a few times, on and off, it may possible seem a little flat and maybe darkening the sentiment would just give it a little more depth. But honestly, I wouldn’t add anything to it, you will spoil it and art is so subjective anyway. I think it is gorgeous as it it . Remember don’t be tempted to tweak and tweak…that’s always my downfall and once done it’s too late……..

  34. Elaine says:

    It is beautiful in its simplicity. So interesting to follow your thoughts about this.

  35. Laura Jane says:

    As the name suggests, SOFT and LOVELY!

  36. Marianne says:

    Gorgeous, Heather! So glad you restrained yourself LOL. I might have been tempted to add a little soft glitter with my Wink of Stella brush marker, since this marker is very addictive, as other card makers will testify…

  37. Janet Germann says:

    How subtle and soft looking. You knew just when to say enough 🙂

  38. carole says:

    Love it just the way you did it. Since you didn’t mention wetting the paper , I assume it was dry. You always give the best directions of any of the bloggers I read.

    Your cards are my favorites too!

  39. Mary H. says:

    Heather, you are so funny! This is lovely – just as it is. And yes, I probably would have kept going, and truly, it does NOT need one more thing! I never know when to stop..Love the soft colors – love this stamp. What you’ve achieved is just perfect. I’m glad you didn’t add another thing to it. TFS & Hugs

  40. Liz says:

    Beautiful card, per normal. I love your work and explanations. You’ve taught me so much. Only thing I might have added is a very narrow soft color border around the edge to define the space.

  41. Vicki B says:

    This is gorgeous! Love the soft colors!

  42. Robyn Oliver says:

    As always Heather your card is simply stunning…you inspire me immensely. Have a wonderful crafty week

  43. Sue (suen) says:

    Heather, it’s PERFECT just the way it is!! It’s soft, delicate and stunning! Your watercoloring is such an inspiration!

  44. Jasleen says:

    This is a beautiful watercolouring, Heather. I think it’s just perfect the way it is.

  45. Leigh Penner says:

    Oh, this is gorgeous!

  46. Pat says:

    It is simply beautiful as it is. Your creations are ALL ways stunning. Thanks so much for sharing your talent. I am inspired by you all the time.

  47. jen p says:

    simple elegance, no need to add a thing.

  48. Nancy L. says:

    It’s Perfect!!!!

  49. Jeanne says:

    I am a stamper, you are an artist.
    Enough said.

  50. craftytreen says:

    i love it just the way it is. its so lovely, it doesn’t need another thing. I love the idea of stamping with pale ink that doesn’t compete with the other colors you are using. your blending is so lovely. its really stunning.

  51. lesliekmiller says:

    With an image this large and beautiful I would have left it just as is. I might have been tempted to do something with the background, but I’m glad you didn’t and, therefore, showed us how beautiful it can be with the clean white space. It’s perfect for these delicate flowers. Love the downward, hanging orientation. I wouldn’t have even known this stamp was meant to be any other way. I love the large stamps for filling up the card and releasing me from my compulsion to fuss over the rest of the design. Sometimes I just want to color, you know?

  52. Leigh says:

    lovely card, so soft and elegant and it doesn’t need anything added.

  53. Tanis Scott says:

    I’m glad you left it alone! It’sw simply perfect.

  54. Susan Raihala says:

    I’m so glad you left it alone, too. With such a beautiful image and such beautiful watery colors, anything else would take away, not add. You are amazing, Heather.

  55. konarose says:

    Complete bliss. A really good artist has the intuition to know just when to stop. I have a long, long way to go if and when I get to that point 🙂

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