Inch by Inch 4: Vintage Skyline

Vintage city Heather Telford

From a snowscape to a vintage cityscape my Inchie experiments continue. I never would have guessed when I first saw this skyline stamp that it would become such a favourite. Working on a 3″square splattered with masking fluid, I stamped ‘Skyline’ several times, never a full impression just the top of the buildings and without reinking so that the foreground images were darker than the background. I added colour with several earth tone watercolour pencils layering and blending colour until I was happy with the values and shadows. I mixed a blue and green to make a dark colour for the sky then added brown over the top to make it more muted. Finally I removed the masking fluid to reveal the cream flecks which I think make it look like an old damaged photo.

Deciding what to turn it into was difficult. I would have liked to create a notebook but time was not on my side so I made a card. I tried a patterned background, a portrait oriented and a landscape oriented rectangular card and two different sentiments before deciding less was once again more. Don’t forget more inchie arts inspiration on the Penny Black and the Inchie Arts blogs.


Stamps:  Skyline (PB)
Inks:  Memento Rich Cocoa (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock, Inchie Arts 3″ cream square, Penny Black mix & match Sticks and Stones paper
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid

16 Comments on “Inch by Inch 4: Vintage Skyline”

  1. Once again, I fell off my chair!!!!!!!!! (my husband help me to translate my favorites French expressions). J’adore cette étampe de Penny Black. Et cette carte est merveilleuse! I love this PB’s stamp. And the card is fabulous! Stunning!

  2. Francie says:

    You never fail to amaze! I am in awe once again. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous creation.

  3. Ginny says:

    Simply amazing!

  4. Maria says:

    Lovely,just lovely Heather!

  5. Clelie says:

    Please, please consider doing a video tutorial! This is so beautiful and my mind is so boggled how you accomplished this! You always inspire and excite the creative senses…oh, I just bought a spatter brush! Thanks to you I have much fun ahead!!! (Video on this please???)

  6. Gabby says:

    FABULOUS art Heather! Looks like a wonderful painting! I second the request that you consider making a video for us. 🙂

  7. stonevab says:

    Your cards are always lovely. Great vintage look .

  8. Carolyn says:

    Your work is always stunning!
    Best wishes

    Carolyn Ahearne

    Mobile 0414 403 769
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    Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:48:02 +0000

  9. Marliese says:

    Wow! That’s spectacular.

  10. Lindsey says:

    The combination of colours, intensity and masking fluid makes for a perfect vintage look. Perfect.

  11. Lisa Lee says:

    Heather – this is simply spectacular. I have absolutely been blown away with all the things that you have created this week – and to think that you have hosted your own week with Art Squares has been just incredible…thank you 🙂

  12. Christine Kosmak says:

    Love the idea of the masking fluid, and this card is very creative and different!! TFS!!

  13. Susan Achter says:


  14. Bobby says:

    Another beauty.

  15. nancy faith says:

    I too would love to see you do a video tutorial. This is just gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful masterpieces

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