Two Tulips

Two Tulips Heather Telford

When I set out to make this card I had two things in mind. I wanted tulips to mark the beginning of the Tulip Festival here in Ottawa and I wanted to use the current sketch at CAS(E) this sketch. I did not plan to make it one layer at all; the sketch really looks like at least a two layer to me. I made a stencil in masking paper (removable grocery sticker paper) with the new tulip die from Penny Black. It’s called ‘Dainty’ and I can see myself reaching for it often. I stuck the mask down and painted with a waterbrush picking up colour from watercolour pencils. I did not lay down too much ‘paint’ or water; the card base is not watercolour paper so I didn’t want it to warp or soak through to the back.

My daughter came along at this point and commented on my ‘floating tulip’. It did need grounding; I just hadn’t worked out a method at that point.  Anyway, I left it as I had promised to take my daughter shopping for a dress to wear to her Academic Dinner on Thursday. We arrived at the mall at 4:30 clueless that it was going to close at 5:00! First store, second dress, happy girl, thankful mother.

I came back to my card, masked and sponged a frame around it then looked for a suitable sentiment. My plan was to stamp the sentiment in green so it would double as some grass but none of my green inks matched the leaves. I was about to settle for less than the best green when the it occurred to me that a dark blue might work. It did.

And the card just happens to also work for the One Layer Simplicity challenge, Fabulous Flowers.


Stamps: Sweet Wishes PB)
Dies: Dainty (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Danube Blue (Tsukineko) 
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils Vermillion 117, Sap Green 167 (Faber-Castell)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth

8 Comments on “Two Tulips”

  1. Gorgeous! I love the placement of the image – so different and the colouring is sublime! xx

  2. mich3ll3w says:

    Amazing, Heather! This card is wonderful, and I loved reading of how it was made!

  3. Helen G. says:

    Simple yet gorgeous!!

  4. SuzLong says:

    I have been admiring your beautiful work for some time now. I find myself saying I want to try that very often. I am not familiar with “removable grocery sticker paper” Is there something else I could use? Perhaps a different term would get me thinking in the same direction.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Suz,
      You can buy masking paper or use post-it notes. The grocery sticker paper is excess from a grocery store which a friend sent to me.

  5. Lindsey says:

    So very pretty! The tulips are perfect. I hope the real live tulips are catching up to our late spring for the tulip festival!

  6. Leigh Penner says:

    Oh, this is beautiful! Wonderful take on the sketch!

  7. So light and airy! I love this card! Congrats on the Penny Black FB mention! 🙂 HUGS!

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