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Delightful & Verdant

Delightful by Heather Telford

I’ve been having fun playing with background techniques lately. This one was done on wet watercolour paper with distress stains. After taping the panel down to a craft mat I wet the whole panel then painted three colours of distress stain across it in horizontal stripes. Next I spritzed some water and tilted it to let the colours and water blend. (Related tangent: When I first bought distress stains I was a little annoyed that the sponge applicator didn’t come off to allow me to access the stain. I tried to force it but I could just see myself ending up with stain all over my project, desk and clothing so I gave up. Yesterday I learned that you can in fact take the sponge applicator off without disastrous consequences. See video here.) I removed the sponge applicator from the Broken China stain and not only flicked some stain on the panel with a paintbrush, but also used the applicator which was covered in ink to stamp some circles. To finish I sprinkled salt on the panel and let it dry.

When it was dry I brushed the salt off to reveal the speckled effect and positioned the Verdant stencil for sponging with Radiant Neon Electric Blue and Memento Luxe Pear Tart. After I had sponged I stamped the co-ordinating stamp “Delightful” in Encore Gold ink and added some gold wink of stella dots and highlights also. Photos don’t always pick up the sparkle so trust me it does have some. Deciding how to mat it was tricky but I pulled out some wide organza ribbon which was originally around a bunch of flowers and cut some to fit the card base. I was getting ready to photograph the card when I remembered that you can do the ‘ink flicky thing’ with wink of stella pens…

Delightful detail Heather Telford

Supplies:

Stamps:  Delightful, Sweet Wishes (PB) 
Stencils:  Verdant (PB)
Inks:  Memento Luxe Pear Tart, Radiant Neon Electric Blue & Encore Gold (Tsukineko)
Stains: Broken China, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Organza ribbon, Gold Wink of Stella pen

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6 Comments on “Delightful & Verdant”

  1. Cath T says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for the tips.

  2. Gabby says:

    Pretty card, Heather! Great bkgrd. Thx for the “how to.” Nice stenciling, as well. 🙂

  3. Lindsey says:

    Wow, such a beautiful background and card!

  4. Greta H says:

    I never use my Distress Stains, but you’ve inspired me with this beautifully created background!

  5. lesliekmiller says:

    Beautiful with the colors you chose and the gold glittery Wink! Love how you made the mat with ribbon. Looks fabulous!


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