Umbrellas Heather Telford


The snow is practically gone here and the rain has come. The latest challenge at The Card Concept is to use an umbrella. I dreamed up a little idea last week but it has taken me until today to get it finished, only just in time to enter it in the challenge. The inspiration from the design team is incredibly varied and creative; definitely go and visit if you haven’t already. I decided to make a water colour sky with the distress stains and pearl-ex spray I have been playing around with lately. I flicked a little masking fluid over the panel before adding any colour then, when it was dry, swiped three blue distress stains back and forth across the piece of watercolour paper. To blend the blue distress inks I generously spritzed water with pearl-ex in it over the whole panel. It had plenty of time to dryas I took days to get back to it. I embossed four little umbrellas in black and added the sentiment in black before popping the panel up on dimensional tape. Because my background was swiped painted I am also linking to the City Crafter Paint it challenge.

I tried taking photos at several different angles to capture the shimmer of the pearl-ex but it wasn’t easy. The best example I have is the close up below. It really does have a pretty shimmer when it catches the light.

Umbrellas detail Heather Telford


Stamps: April Showers, Summer Fun (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko) Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Brilliant White 110lb smooth Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: black detail embossing powder, Pearl Ex, Masking fluid

24 Comments on “Umbrellas”

  1. jeanmanis says:

    This is fabulous! Your sky is incredible!

  2. jmhave44 says:

    Heather, the shimmer does come through on your photo. I know what you mean, though, about the camera not capturing the sparkle so much. This is another super card. Love your umbrella arrangement. TFS

  3. Janet Castle says:

    Beautiful card….love the sky!!!

  4. Clelie says:

    Heather…I love the design, concept and technique! How do you mix your spray??? What size mister? how much water? how much pearl-ex? Would perfect pearls powder do the same? I love the cluster of umbrellas at the bottom; it is a wonderful card! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!!!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Clelie,
      I have a 50ml bottle which I half filled with water then added maybe 1/8 teaspoon of pearl ex. A little goes a long way. I think perfect pearls would do the same thing; I just wanted to use what I had on hand.

  5. ar0se4u2 says:

    WOW! That is picture perfect. Great job.

  6. konarose says:

    This is so whimsical and lovely – great techniques and perfect card!

  7. Heather this is so fantastic, love that sky! Thank you so much for sharing with us the Card Concept!

  8. Love your card, really neat idea having the umbrellas at the bottom. I’m behind you in the Card Concept challenge. Cx

  9. Gabby says:

    LOVE this card! The coloring and variation of the sky and the awesome umbrellas look sooo COOL! 🙂

  10. pat says:

    what is the pearl ex spray you mention? I don’t see it mentioned in supplies. thanks for any help you can provide. I’d love to experiment with it. pat in Florida

  11. Ardyth says:

    This is so fantastic – I love the ‘crowd’ of umbrellas, just like a downtown city streen on a rainy day. So glad you joined us at The Card Concept!

  12. Maureen Chandler says:

    Your cards are amazing and this one is particularly beautiful. Would you ever consider making a video to show how you did this one? I just love that sky! Thanks so much!!

  13. Karen Petitt says:

    Fabulous use of colour, I love most of your creations but I LOVE this one! Such gorgeous inkiness! Karen x

  14. shirley-bee says:

    Fabulous, Heather! You get the feeling of the huddle on a yucky wet day. Love the sky.

  15. laurie says:

    I love that technique you did for the turned out awesome!

  16. Lindsey says:

    As with you, our snow is _practically_ gone… I’m glad the umbrellas help ensure that the masking fluid specks are rain and not snow! A stormy sky indeed. Great design.

  17. Paulette S says:

    Heather, I love this! You inspire me to play with my water color paper and inks and stamps.

  18. char says:

    Stunning background! Love your card! Thanks for linking up this week at CCCB 🙂

  19. Cathy R says:

    Fantastic card Heather, I love the stormy sky you’ve created, so effective with the huddle of umbrellas! Cathy x

  20. Ros Crawford says:

    Absolutely fabulous card!! Thanks o much for playing along at CCCB!!

  21. Bobby says:

    I can see why you’re a winner at Card Concept. This card is fantastic!

  22. Michelle Bala says:

    Wow! Fabulous card!

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