Time Out Challenge

Light through leaves Heather Telford

I am honoured to be a guest at Time Out Challenges today. The card above is the inspiration for their current challenge. When I designed this card over a month ago I was not seeing such lovely colours in the local leaves, but now they are looking beautiful. To created the blended mass of leaves above I stamped with distress stains and distress inks on watercolour paper. I used yellow, orange and green and each time I stamped repeatedly without reinking the stamp. Once I had a tangle of leaves  stamped I then spritzed the paper and watched the clean edges of the image blur and blend. I used a waterbrush to fill in some of the leaves with the stain they were stamped in. When all was dry I sponged orange and yellow around the edges leaving a white area to look like the light shining through.  My sentiment is three die cuts glued together, a process I find fiddly but I like the 3D result.

I hope you do take time out to visit the Time Out Challenge Blog to see what their design team came up with and to get inspired to participate yourself. I am looking forward to visiting through out the next two weeks while the challenge lasts.

Stamps:  Wondrous (PB)
Creative Dies:  Wishes (PB)
Inks: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint distress stains & Spiced Marmalade distress ink (Ranger) Memento Dandelion ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb, Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

28 Comments on “Time Out Challenge”

  1. Miranda says:

    Wow, this is so lovely, the light is beautiful and some leaves are so transparant! Great work Heather(as always) warm greet,Miranda

  2. Sandie says:

    Thank you so much for this inspiration for us today Heather. I wondered how you had made this. I have another card for next week and had a go at doing the background and leaves but used a different way…wish I had read this first! I just love the way the sun appears to be shining through the leaves, it gives a glowing warmth!

  3. craftyowljen says:

    Wow!! It is absolutely beautiful!! I can’t sleep tonight and saw this and now I know what I can do! I hope you win the challenge because this card is gorgeous the white light coming through does a lot for this card!! Thanks for showing us!!

  4. Gorgeous! The stamped leaves looked amazing and I love the colours. The way you give the illusion of light is wonderful xxx

  5. Laurie says:

    Such a lovely card and appreciate your helpful comments about how to go about re-creating a look like this. Just beautiful

  6. Wendy says:

    Truly one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. J. Pike says:

    Stunning! I love everything about this card!

  8. Elaine says:

    Wow really is the word. You’ve got this perfectly. I hope you frame it.

  9. DebGem says:

    Fabulous card – it’s positively glowing! Love the rich, warm colours. Congrats on being the inspiration for the Time Out challenge!

  10. jmhave44 says:

    Absolutely glorious representation of beautiful fall leaves with the sunlight streaming through them. Love it! TFS

  11. Rene says:

    Your work is simply the best. I really love this card. Thank for making your explanation so clear, about how to recreate this card.

  12. ednamburgess says:

    Your leaf card turned out beautifully. Nice effect with the colors and water. Edna

  13. Nonni says:

    Thank you for providing us with so great inspiration, Heather! The look of light in this card is very beautiful. I love all the DT cards, I think everyone was very inspired. I’m planning on making a reminder card where I combine the inspiration from this card AND one another card by you from one of your recent posts… Stay tuned! 🙂 We post the reminder cards next Thursday in the challenge blog, maybe you’ll want to visit us and have a look at the second cards by some of our DT members! Thanks again and have a lovely rest of the week. Nonni

  14. Beverly Robinson says:

    I’ll bet he’s cute. B

    Sent from my iPad


  15. Lindsey says:

    You are so good at leaving the impression of light when you sponge a card, I always find it amazing. Perfect fall card.

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  17. Gabby says:

    Pretty card Heather! I love the cards you make that seem to show “light” as in this one, the light “behind’ the leaves. So pretty. 🙂

  18. Judy1223 says:

    Heather, this card is an absolute work of art…GORGEOUS!

  19. Sue N says:

    Absolutely stunning card! I LOVE it!

  20. Your card looks like it should be framed and on a wall somewhere, a real piece of art! Really enjoyed having your card to CASE this week and will be so exciting to see how your card inspires all the entries. So nice to have you with us!!

  21. Caryn says:

    It is amazing how you captured a light source that seems to have all the warmth and intensity of the sun.

  22. Darlene G says:

    Heather, your card is so beautiful. I have the feeling of walking along a path in a deep forest and can see the light coming through the leaves. So beautiful. I have a question though of how you stamp with distress stain. Do you apply it directly to your stamp from the bottle or do you put some of the ink on your desk top and dip your stamp in or maybe something else? Thank you for your help,

  23. maria f. says:

    Heather, this card is phenomenal. It lives and breathes.

  24. Rahmat says:

    Heather, its a beautiful card, I had fun while case-ing your card at the TIME OUT.

  25. Bonnie says:

    So beautiful……

  26. Michele F says:

    Hi Heather! Love your card… it looks just like my woods at the moment! So gorgeous!
    =] Michele

  27. Cheryl says:

    Heather, as I was commenting on this months OLS challenge, I came across your gorgeous card and challenge. I thought I would stop by and say hello. Your work is such an inspiration to so many of us. It’s always a treats to stop by your blog for a visit. Happy fall!

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