Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon dark Heather Telford

The lovely foliage stamps in the new Penny Black release are perfect for creating stamped landscapes. There are some new transparent sets as well as a couple of slapstick cling stamps that I will use winter, spring, summer and fall.  Both these cards are very simple in design using only one foliage stamp to suggest the landscape.

The card above was a “no card left behind” project as it didn’t go quite as planned. I decided to paint a watercolour moon inside a negative mask cut from frisket film. The aperture was wider than the moon you see above. After I had painted the moon in golden orange distress stains I dried it completely (or so I thought). I swapped the negative mask covering the moon for the circle mask which left the rest of the sky to be painted in darker tones. When I started painting the darker distress stains onto the paper the colours seeped in under the mask. They didn’t spread over the whole moon just around the edges. When I removed the mask it did not look like a realistic moon any more.  To save my scene I cut a smaller moon mask, stuck that over the watermarked moon then  sponged a darker sky around it to cover the seepage. I finished the scene by stamping the branches from “Nature’s Gifts” several times across the bottom and tying on a little tag.

Having learnt from experience I placed the mask on dry unpainted watercolour paper for the panel below. I painted the sky with distress stains and there was no seepage. (I will do more experimenting with the frisket film and let you know what I discover) When I removed the mask the moon was too white and flat so I painted and sponged some pale yellow and brown ink around it until it looked more realistic. I stamped the gorgeous etched branches across the base in black to complete my scene.

Both cards are around 5 inches square so I have been having fun with a friend’s envelope maker making custom envelopes out of pretty designer paper in my stash from long ago.

These cards make me think of one of my favourite songs, Helpless, by Neil Young. It’s the line, Yellow moon on the rise that keeps popping into my head. I have liked that song for many years. Little did I know as a teenager back in Australia I would one day live in Ontario (also mentioned in the song) and see Neil Young in concert twice. Do you ever get inspired by songs or performers?  I know Ardyth has a thing for David Bowie but I’m definitely more of a Neil Young girl!

Harvest Moon light Heather Telford


Stamps: Natures Gifts, Etched BranchesSpecial Wishes (PB)
Inks: Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard seed, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen distress stains &  Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Black Soot distress inks(Ranger) 
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White 110lb, Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, rust cardstock

17 Comments on “Harvest Moon”

  1. Wouhaaaaa!!! Tellement beau!!! So so so beautiful! Thank you Heather!

  2. Stephanie says:


  3. ar0se4u2 says:

    Your mistake turned into a beautiful piece of art.

  4. swanlady21 says:

    These are stunning Heather. Love the texture you created for your moons.

  5. Both cards are amazing!

  6. Both are stunning! So realistic! I adore Neil Yound and David Bowie, I have very wide musical tastes. I saw Neil Young at a festival in London a few years ago, he was awesome! He did a long set as the headline act, it was only him we had gone to see, and we were blown away by his energy and passion. He rocks! xxx

  7. Janine B says:

    Good to hear that you have to ‘save’ the odd project – both are great though. I often ‘save’ to the WPB!

  8. Francie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You have a beautiful way with colour and a brush. Thank you for sharing these two beauties.

  9. Beverly says:

    I’m a Neil Young fan, too. Beautiful cards. How do you cut the frisket film?

  10. Lindsey says:

    All I needed was the title of your post to have Neil start singing in my head. 😉 I love the darker colours of the first one; it could easily have been a Halloween card, but is perfect as you’ve used it, as well. The second one is beautiful, and the more delicate branches suit the lighter colouration perfectly.

  11. Mary H. says:

    These are both plain gorgeous! Loved reading about the wonderful ‘save’ on the frisket moon. Each card is so pretty. Well done. I learn so much from your ‘saves’, so thanks for sharing those & how you fix.

  12. nise says:

    Beautiful! That “saved” moon is sorta eerie, but it looks fabulous. I am always impressed by what you and your inks can accomplish.

  13. brandon says:

    These are beautiful card!

  14. Vicki B says:

    WOW! Wish my “saves” turned out that great! The first one may not be what you had planned but it is a beauty!!! I love all of your cards because you are such an artist!

  15. Nancy L. says:

    Heather….Wow! These are incredible!!!

  16. J. Pike says:

    Beautiful cards Heather!

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