Walking Home

On the town Heather Telford

I have been wanting to create a little scene ever since I received the transparent set “On the Town” from Penny Black. I took a break from stamping in autumn colours so I could pull out the masking fluid and create a snowy stroll. After masking a rectangle on my watercolour block, I flicked masking fluid onto my watercolour paper and let it dry completely. I then stamped the lamp post and the three trees in grey and black inks. I spritzed the stamp and the paper with water so the colour bled immediately into the surrounding area. I waited a short while before I added distress stains to the background and sky area. I didn’t want the stamped images completely dry so that the blend between trees and sky would be soft. I used two blue stains and a yellow for the sky/background area. (colours are listed below) I inked the stamp of the people in both grey and black ink so the right side would look more in shadow. I added some shadows to the snowy path with a paintbrush in both blue and grey.

To finish I rubbed off all the masking fluid flecks, matted the panel in navy cardstock and popped it up over a navy satin ribbon.

Thanks for dropping in today.

Stamps:  On the Town (PB)
Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Mustard Seed distress stains & Black Soot distress ink (Ranger) Memento London Fog ink (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Navy satin ribbon

38 Comments on “Walking Home”

  1. Wow Wow Wow… A have no words!!! Les mots me manquent!!! MAGNIFIQUE!!!

  2. Pat says:

    Heather, YOU are a simply amazing artist. I check my email each day to see what new image you have created. I love your work. You continue to give me inspiration each time I view one of your creations. Wish I lived around the corner so we could have a play day (LOL). Thanks for sharing your great talent.

  3. Francie says:

    I hardly ever have time to comment, although I am always wow’d by your cards. By this, I mean “really knock your socks off” kind of wow’d. Today, I could not let this card pass without telling you how much I love it. You have truly outdone yourself. P.B. is very lucky to have you showcase their stamps. Thank you for your works of art and for your step by step instruction. Inspiring!

  4. ednamburgess says:

    Love it! Always like creating scenes. Had not seen this stamp set and will have to get it. Thanks for the great idea. Edna

  5. mustavcoffee says:

    Fabulous Heather, what a talent!!! 😀 xx

  6. Clelie says:

    Incredible!!! That is exceptionally done! I just keep studying it and studying it…how did you get the light to diffuse so beautifully???

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Clelie, I was pretty happy with the way the light worked. I added the lighter blue with a brush and left space around the lamp to add the yellow. I really didn’t want the yellow and blue to mix and make green.

  7. Heather, this is over the top gorgeous! Your generosity with your techniques is SO appreciated! This is unbelievably gorgeous! That stamp is first on my winter wish list after seeing this amazing work of art!

  8. Enfys says:

    When I saw this in my inbox, I just had to come here to say WOW! This is just fabulous, I love the way you’ve captured the light, the whole scene has real atmosphere. Well done and thanks for sharing

  9. Bev J. says:

    What a great use of that set….really great scene you created!

  10. ar0se4u2 says:

    Breathtaking…great color choices.

  11. Bfrenda L. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Wow – what more can I say? Thank you so much for sharing your amazing ideas and talent!

  12. Saloni says:

    This is just jaw dropping Heather! You have done an incredible job watercoloring this scene. Truly amazing!!

  13. B. GAYLE says:


  14. Wow. Wow. Wow.
    Congrats on the Penny Black Facebook feature.
    This is a stunning example of your stamping talent!!

  15. Betsy Wilson says:

    Wow, that is way cool!

  16. canadiancaroline says:

    Beautiful job! Even thought I don’t want to think winter just yet 🙂 You make me want to try messing around with that masking fluid…

  17. Mary Prasad says:

    Another lovely card! Thanks for the kind comment on my blog as well – I appreciate you taking the time to have a look! I love Penny Black stamps (some are on my blog – I tend to use the cute little hedgehogs or other characters).

  18. Linda Carson says:

    Holy cow! You could put Hallmark out of business with this gorgeous scene! Each detail is exquisite with shadows and shading! Saw it on FB and had to come leave a comment!! It just has that WOW factor!

  19. Ruth says:

    This is far too gorgeous to be a card. It should be a painting…..framed and hanging in a place of honor! Really nice work.

  20. Just fabulous – you should frame this – such a stunningly beautiful card!

  21. J. Pike says:

    I am amazed by your artistry Heather! Love love love this card!

  22. Jaya says:

    OMG.. this looks like a real scene you would look at of your rain soaked window the night before Christmas. Absolutely stunning 🙂

  23. Jayne Mercer says:

    This is a beautiful card, it brought back so many memories of when I lived in the UK. Thank you for creating it and sharing it with your readers.

  24. Mildred Murphy says:

    Hi Heather – this is a beautiful scene!


  25. nise says:

    Exquisite! I am not ever ready for winter and s-n-o-w, but your creations make it seem dreamy. Sure wish there was a way to take a class with you. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Gail says:

    Just Gorgeous

  27. Lindsey says:

    I’ll just echo everyone else… wow. 🙂

  28. ND says:

    All the comments you have received to date say it all. You have revealed in this card a gift that you have that is not always seen in your cards. It is the gift of the artist which in this comment I distinguish from the gift of the designer.

    It is good to see the artist let loose, free from some of the constraints which I suspect constrain the designer from time to time.

    One of your great cards.

    With love.


  29. jmhave44 says:

    I think everyone else has used all the compliments I would say, so I’ll just add that this is one of the best cards I think you’ve done (and that’s saying quite a lot). Very awesome watercolor & a beautiful use of the PB stamps! TFS

  30. alexandra s.m. says:

    Gorgeous card Heather!
    Thank You~

  31. Gabby says:

    Absolutely LOVE this card, Heather! It’s a beauty. 🙂

  32. […] fun with the “On the Town” set, this time with Memento inks and sponges instead of the watercolour approach I took in my last attempt. I did start with by flicking masking fluid onto my panel which is Neenah Solar White cardstock. I […]

  33. Tamara K. says:

    Truly gorgeous, Heather. This is the answer to my “How do I use this stamp set” dreams. You are so talented!!

  34. […] Card design inspired by Heather Telford’s work as seen HERE and HERE. […]

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