Moon on the rise

Moon on the rise Heather Telford

‘Etched Branches’ is a beautiful new stamp from Penny Black`s latest release ‘Winter Wonderland’.  I used it to make a ‘moonrise’ scene but I can see myself placing it in a snowy scene very soon.

I used frisket film to mask the moon on watercolour paper. The film is new to me but I will be using it when I’m watercolouring and getting the paper quite wet. Post-it notes and masking paper can get too soggy if I apply a lot of water to the edges. After positioning the moon mask I painted the sky in stripes of pink and purple using the distress stains listed below. I let them dry a bit then painted more water and stain over the colours this created the watermarked edges which look a bit like clouds. I removed the mask and painted a few wisps of cloud over the moon area.  I stamped ‘Etched Branches’ in Versafine Onyx black ink then sponged the land below the coloured sky in purple grey and black. To complete the card I matted in white and added branches in purple and black cut with the ‘Natures Song’ die.

I was up a bit earlier than usual this morning to start on a birthday breakfast for my 14 year old and the sky was very pretty in pink and orange. The view from my kitchen is obscured by branches like those in the scene above but also by power lines which are not quite so picturesque.

Stamps:  Etched Branches (PB)
Creative Dies: Nature’s Song (PB)
Inks: Victorian VelvetSpiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord distress stains & Dusty Concord distress ink (Ranger) Memento London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Neenah Black 100lb, Neenah Avon Brilliant White,  Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper


18 Comments on “Moon on the rise”

  1. Rufus says:

    Happy Birthday to your 14 yr old. What I wouldn’t give to look over your shoulder as you do your cards! Just beautiful. While I’m wishing I’ll include that I’d love to have your stash of PB stamps and dies!

  2. Gabby says:

    Wonderful card! Love the moon and your colors and … 🙂

  3. Kim M. says:

    Oh . My. Gosh. This is phenomenal! Love the colours and that big bright moon. That stamp is amazing. Fantastic all around! 🙂

  4. Mildred Murphy says:

    Heather – i love this! Really beautiful! What exactly is frisket film?? Do you get it at de serres?

    Have a good day! Mildred

    Sent from my iPad


    • Heather says:

      Hi Mildred, the frisket film is clear vinyl with a low tack surface so it is easily peels off without damaging the watercolour surface. It works like the post-its with the added bonus of being waterproof. I just checked deSerres and they have some in rolls but not in pads.

  5. Gracie Girl says:

    Your work is so beautiful!

  6. ar0se4u2 says:

    Beautiful card! I’m interested in this frisket film. Is it reusable, is it low tack & did you worry about ripping your project?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Annie,
      The frisket film did not damage the paper at all and I did save the moon mask I cut to use again. I don`t know how many times it will be re-usable but even a couple of times would be a bonus. I will keep using it and provide information on the blog as I try more things.

  7. Liz Killian says:

    What a beautiful scene! Thank you for sharing Heather and giving us such a detailed explanation of how you achieve the design of your work. I dream of finding time to experiment with your processes because they are so beautiful!

  8. Lindsey says:

    Funny how we never put power lines or the like into scenes! This is a great scene… could be used as a subtle Halloween card.

  9. Yes, really beautiful scene! Love it so much!

  10. Debbie G. says:

    like the ‘super moon’ and the colors. definitely need to look into the frisket film for masking!

  11. Gery says:

    Never before heard of the frisket film and don’t know if we even have it here in Holland.
    Is it maybe more used by Artists in aquarel or oilpainting??
    Never the less, your card is stunningly beautiful.
    I know the colours of the sky can be like this and you made it so real on your card!
    Realy great to look at.
    Groetjes Gery

  12. Paulette S says:

    Beautiful, Heather! I love these Halloween colors for this moon rise scene. Such magic occurs, when you play!

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