Sun Catcher

Waterwashed Poppy Heather Telford

Today is our older daughter’s birthday; she has left her teens behind. For ten months we had three teens in the house. For her card I decided to try something I have been thinking about for a while. For a change I used cold pressed watercolour paper; it has more texture than the hot pressed. I taped it to a cutting mat and then swiped distress stains across it. I spritzed with water and my pearl-ex spray (pearl-ex interference gold mixed with water) to blend the colours, then let it dry.The blended stains dried with the ‘S’ shaped watermark so I lined up the edge of the petals on the stencil with the watermark to make the most of the ‘sunburst’ look. Really does look like a ‘sun catcher’. I taped down the stencil and dabbed at the poppy image with a baby wipe. It took a while to dilute the colour but it worked and it paid not to rub the paper as that causes pilling. The stems were trickier; you can see they look a little rough.

I stamped the sentiment in gold first but it was a little pale so I stamped over the top with sepia and the effect is a muted gold edge to the text.


Stamps: Flourish Birthday (PB) 
Stencils:  Suncatcher (PB)
Inks:  Versafine Vintage Sepia & Encore Gold (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Stains: Barn Door, Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed Distress Stains (Ranger)
Paper: Cold pressed watercolour paper  Neenah Natural White 110lb
Also: Pearl Ex spray Interference Gold


9 Comments on “Sun Catcher”

  1. This is gorgeous! The light is fantastic and I love the colours xx

  2. jmhave44 says:

    Stunning, once again. Love the effect you achieved with the baby-wipeoff technique. Must try that one. These colors are so lovely together, and worked perfectly for the flower stencil. Happy Birthday to your daughter as well. TFS & Hugs.

  3. Beverly says:

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing techniques, as always.

  4. This is absolutely beautiful!

  5. Char says:

    I’ve been following your blog and Pinterest boards for some time, and I must say this is one of my favorite of your cards. The colors just make me so happy! Thanks to your great directions, I am going to try these techniques.

  6. Janine B says:

    This is lovely. Happy Birthday to your daughter.

  7. bonnielynnh says:

    Absolutely gorgeous heather!

  8. Very interesting and love the colors. I am going to try this myself today.

  9. Lindsey says:

    Wow, Heather, this really is incredible. Absolutely beautiful.

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