By the lake

By the water Heather Telford

I did a little watercolour painting today with a stamped image as my starting point. The image was stamped on a piece of acetate so I could work out the positioning for another card panel I was creating. I decided to stamp the acetate onto a scrap of watercolour paper I had lying around. Can you guess which stamp I used from the new Penny Black “Winter Wonderland” release? My image is of course a mirror image as it was stamped from the acetate. It is also a patchy imprint because the ink beaded on the plastic and did not transfer a complete image onto the watercolour paper. I ended up using half the stamped image, masking off the side which is now blue.

Looking at the incomplete imprint I could see a tree with spreading roots so I started by painting the trunk, branches and roots. I used distress stains, keeping them intense in some areas and blending in other places with extra water. I decided to keep the card base tall and thin like the panel and was in two minds whether to add a sentiment or not. I ended up choosing a little sentiment which helped complete a visual triangle with the rest of the black stamping.


Stamps:Woodland Wonder,  Joy Filled (PB)
Inks: Broken ChinaVintage photo, Mustard seed, Spiced Marmalade, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint distress stains (Ranger) & Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock:   Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

17 Comments on “By the lake”

  1. jmhave44 says:

    Absolutely marvelous! What an inspiration you are. Love this! TFS

  2. jancastle says:

    Beautiful watercolor Heather….would never have thought to use the mirror image from the acetate…bet that was a challenge!

  3. Rufus says:

    Another lovely card. Always look forward to seeing what you create. I’d love to watch over your shoulder!

  4. Pat says:

    Heather —– You are AWESOME simply beautiful. Keep them coming Please.

  5. chrissieann says:

    This is stunning Heather, the mix and blend of colours is beautiful!
    A wonderful picture.
    Chrissie x

  6. Laura Holm says:

    What a gorgeous card! Your watercolor artwork is fantastic! It’s museum quality!!! Love it! Thanks for sharing! hugs, Laura

  7. Vicki B says:

    You don’t just make a card…………you really create ART!!! Beautiful!

  8. Susan says:

    Stunning card!

  9. Bobby says:

    Stamping with acetate? How unique. And what a beautiful finished project. I love your watercolored cards.

  10. shirley-bee says:

    Another work of art, Heather! I love all the scenes you’ve been creating lately.

  11. Lindsey says:

    While it would have worked without a sentiment, I think you were right to add that visual balance. What a beautiful focal image!

  12. Pam B says:

    Another beautiful card! I love your work and look forward to each new post!

  13. Pat says:

    I was looking at some PB cards on Pinterest and came across one of your fantastic winter scenes from early October so have been looking through the rest which brings me up to date. They are all fantastic Heather and your use of colour is amazing. I love the strength of colour you have achieved in this piece and transferring the image from acetate gives just enough of an outline without overpowering so with all that glorious colour the lines are not visible. A wonderful piece of art. x

  14. Paulette S says:

    It’s beautiful, Heather! Just like a crisp, sunny day at the lake in perfect Fall weather!

  15. ND says:

    As I have said before – I love seeing the artist let loose.
    I especially enjoy the colours.

    With love.

  16. Connie Schulz says:

    Love the card. A class idea maybe ??? 😉

  17. Maria says:

    Absolutely beautiful,I love it!

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