One Layer Foliage

Stencilled Leaves Heather Telford

Yesterday I took time to play along with the new Less is More challenge to make  a one layer card based on the theme of foliage. I pulled out my watercolour block and taped a strip of painters tape down the middle of the 9″x12″ page to mask off a portrait oriented card base.

I used a hand-cut stencil a friend gave me to make this card. The cutting is quite intricate around the edge of the leaf; I’m not sure that I would have the patience or steady hand to replicate this design. I sponged  three colours onto the panel taking care not to blend them or overdo it with the colour because I wanted the texture of the sponge to show. Usually I sponge until the coverage is uniform but I was after speckle this time. I splattered with three watercolour pencils and a little gold “Wink of Stella” on each leaf also.


Stamps:  Flourish Thank You (PB) 
Stencil: Hand cut maple leaf 
Inks:  Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Love Letter, Peanut Brittle (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer  Burnt Ochre 187, Pompeian Red 191, Pale Geranium Lake 121(Faber Castell)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Gold “Wink of Stella” pen

10 Comments on “One Layer Foliage”

  1. chrissieann says:

    This is super Heather, the overlap in the inking is great and I love the speckled effect!
    The thumbnail on LIM hasn’t appeared yet… did you link it up?
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”

  2. Janet Castle says:

    Oh sooooooo pretty Heather!!!

  3. jmhave44 says:

    My what a detailed stencil this was, and what patience the cutting of it must have taken. I like the texture you’ve left with the sponge, and of course love the blazing colors of this fall leaf. As with all your sponging cards, this is another magnificent piece of work. TFS

  4. mustavcoffee says:

    Lovely textures and colours on your leaves Heather, 😀 xx

  5. joy meadows says:

    beautiful sponging and the colors are SO vibrant! Love this card.

  6. Sid says:

    Heather, I just love your bold colours on this card !!

  7. Sarah says:

    Love your card Heather,
    superbly striking colour and an image to die for
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  8. Lindsey says:

    That stencil is incredibly detailed for being hand-cut. Your sponging is beautiful.

  9. Stargroves (Anne) says:

    Sorry to be so late commenting, what a fab foliage card Heather! Amazing stencil you made
    Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More
    LIM Designer

  10. djkardkreations says:

    Congratulations on the well-deserved showcase at LIM for this stunning card, Heather!! Hugs, Darnell

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