Three Trees

Three trees brayered Heather Telford

When I was strolling past a homewares store in a trendy part of town the other night I saw lampshades featuring tree silhouettes with branches connecting around the cylindrical shade. I don’t have a picture but I did translate the idea into two different cards. The one above features a brayered background which I did in Memento Dandelion and Tangelo first and black trees stamped in Versafine Onyx Black over the top. I drew the borders with a black marker then trimmed the panel.

In the version below I inked the stamp with peeled paint, mustard seed and vintage photo distress stains, spritzed it with water then stamped on watercolour paper. I ran the distress stain along the top and bottom of the panel to create the border and pulled some colour from the trees and border with a waterbrush into the blank spaces to make them less stark.

It was fun to use the same basic layout and concept but change a few things for a different mood and message. The top one seems formal and the one below a little more relaxed.

Three trees watercoloured Heather Telford


Stamps:  Splendor, Amazing!, Friendship (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black & Vintage Sepia, Memento Dandelion, Tangelo & Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko) Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed & Vintage Photo Distress Stains (Ranger) 
Cardstock:  Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock

14 Comments on “Three Trees”

  1. Janet Castle says:

    Such a lovely card with two different looks…nicely done Heather!

  2. Bahb says:

    I love how the second one has sunlight shining through the trees and how you always manage to capture the pleasures of each season, almost unwittingly, as if it just happened without you doing anything but marking your stamp and spritzing once. Genius artist at work!


  3. Graciellie says:

    I like your cards very much, always have. I do receive your newsletter and enjoy to read it, and today I took a minute to stop by and comment! I love both cards, but my favorite is the second one, because I love how you played with the light and the result is stunning… It’s like sunshine coming through the trees. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Betsy Wilson says:

    They are both Very nice! I really like the sunset colors of the first one, but then again the sunlight shining thru the trees makes the second!

  5. Both these are wonderful! I adore trees and these cards look beautiful xx

  6. Pam B says:

    Beautiful cards. Love them both!

  7. stamping sue says:

    Heather I like that you took one idea and created two cards. the first card is striking and the second one is relaxing. both are tree-riffic!
    stamping sue

  8. Karen Petitt says:

    Heather, both of these are fabulous! I especially love the first card – such an elegant card with a beautiful pop of colour! Thank you for sharing Karen x

  9. Mary H. says:

    Both versions of the trees are lovely. I think I’m particularly drawn to #1 because of the sunset colors, but #2 is wonderful with the watercolor effects. Well done on interpreting your inspiration. TFS & Hugs

  10. Janine says:

    I love these cards! I’m going to have to find a tree stamp as soon as possible!

  11. Anita says:

    These are lovely, Heather. Why not link up at ‘Less is More’ as their challenge this week is ‘Earthtones’ x

  12. Lindsey says:

    These are both beautiful, but the look of sunshine through the leaves on the second card is absolutely amazing!

  13. Karen says:

    So pretty! I especially like the second – it looks like wonderful warm sunlight on a magical afternoon. Neat to see what rubber and ink can do, isn’t it!

  14. Nancy L. says:

    Love them both equally!!!! Very nice job!

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