Rejoice Poinsettias Heather Telford

Are you ready for a week of Christmas designs? Penny Black’s new “Season’s Greetings” release is available today so I will be featuring some of the new stamps here on Bits & Pieces during the week and the PB blog and Facebook will be full of projects made with the new stamps, dies and stencils too.

I have two poinsettia cards for you today. Poinsettias pop up at least  five times in the new catalog on stamps and dies. I have watercoloured both these cards but my methods were different for each one. The top stamp, Red Star, is a slapstick cling stamp with textured petals so I inked the whole stamp with distress stains and spritzed both the stamp and the watercolour paper. The pigment in distress stains is quite intense so I spritzed with water after the first impression, then stamped again to achieve a slightly paler image. The panel is splattered with gold “Wink of Stella”, distress stains and masking fluid. The masking fluid was of course splattered on the panel before I started stamping and removed when all the ink was dry.

Stamps:  Red Star (PB)
Inks: Victorian Velvet, Pine Needles, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Barn Door Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Olive Grove mix & match papers, Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb card stock
Creative Dies: Exultations (PB)
Also: Gold Wink of Stella pen, Winsor & Newton masking fluid

Poinsettia Heather Telford

The second poinsettia image is also a slapstick cling stamp but a line art image from the set Festive Florals. I inked the components of the design separately in distress inks and stamped on dry watercolour paper. I painted diluted distress stains onto the image and used a couple of watercolour pencils for the berries and stems. Again I added splatter and started with masking fluid splatter. The background is a pale wash of Memento summer sky and rich cocoa inks.

Stamps:  Festive Florals, Peace on Earth (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Rich Cocoa (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)  Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo distress stains  and inks (Ranger)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils Dark Red 225, VanDyke Brown 176 (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Sticks & Stones mix & match papers, Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb card stock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid

8 Comments on “Poinsettias”

  1. jmhave44 says:

    Each one is just magnificent! (I may be slightly prejudiced as I love, love poinsettias). I really like the techniques you’ve done on each card…so very beautiful. I’ve not worked with the stains much at all. Must try this on an older PB poinsettia that I have. Will be watching for these 2 new ones! TFS & Hugs

  2. Pat says:

    Heather, Your work is SIMPLY out of this world beautiful —- I wish I had 1/10 of your talent. Your work continues to AMAZE me — thanks so much for sharing your great talent. I love the second one ——LOL

  3. Paulette S says:

    Just Beautiful, Heather! I may have to get some masking fluid. I just love the extra depth it gives, with your fun water color and stamping techniques.

  4. Lindsey says:

    Both of these are gorgeous, Heather.

  5. Ingrid says:

    Heather, your work truly makes me smile. I love how you color the world with your art. Thanks for being an inspiration to me. 🙂

  6. Greta H says:

    Saw these on the PB Blog & had to come see them again! Love them both–love all your work, Heather! Do you actually dab the Distress Stains onto stamps? I bought masking fluid, but still haven’t used it. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  7. […] hence the pale watery pinks. (To see the more vibrant first and second impressions take a look at this card) I chose to embellish and mat with gold because there is a subtle gold sheen over the watercoloured […]

  8. Colleen M Taylor says:

    Spending time on your blog is so inspirational and relaxing. I have so many other things to be doing but spending time with you is very good therapy. Thank you for sharing your talent, art and inspiration.

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