A little bird

Birds on trees Heather Telford

Do you recognise this little scene? It is a portion of the large “Winter Song” scenic stamp. I was experimenting with ways to the colour the stamp back when I made this card. I wasn’t happy with the whole panel but cropping it gave me a smaller scene I could work with. Coming up with a layout that worked I’m sure took me as long as the original painting. I tried portrait but really wanted landscape orientation. A partial red mat didn’t overwhelm the panel and the words provide balance and carry the red highlights across the card. It wasn’t until I was searching for a sentiment that I realized that these three word stamps positioned in the right order have built in framing. It only took me about ten practices off the card base to get the positioning right!. I embossed them in clear powder so they have a pretty shine.

I guess I should mention how I coloured the panel. It was weeks ago so I am guessing a bit. I stamped the whole scene in memento summer sky first; you can see it at the base of the panel looking a bit like a shadow. The summer sky ink served as a guide so I could paint the scene with distress stains. I selectively inked the stamp to restamp after the painting, adding brown to the lower branches and black for the birch trees.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: Winter Song , Joy Filled (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, London Fog, Rich CocoaVersafine & Satin Red (Tsukineko) Barn Door, Broken China, Peeled Paint
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb, Neenah Chili Red 100lb 

11 Comments on “A little bird”

  1. Judy Cox says:

    I like it. However, I think I would have liked the half frame in red either narrower and all the way around or like it is on the top and come out farther on the bottom. I know what you mean, I start a project and am not really pleased with it. I usually put it aside and do what you did and crop it and use it differently that I had planned. I rarely ever throw the whole thing away. I love your cards. Can’t wait to see the next one.

  2. Lindsey says:

    Eek! I really love this one!

  3. jmhave44 says:

    Love it! Actually, I like the red frame just as you did it. It emphasizes the red on the bird so much more, and I love that layout. Will have to try it myself…it really pops your blues of the winter scene. Very clever way to save your project, as it is truly stunning. TFS

  4. Rufus says:

    I like the red partial frame. It pops the scene, It ties to the red bird and on to the red words. Very effective layout. Now I don’t know if I like this one or the original better. They look so totally different!

  5. Pam B says:


  6. earlybird1 says:

    I agree with Rufus; the red frame really ties the bird in and makes the whole thing pop. Really beautiful!

  7. Maria says:

    Beautiful Heather. I like that red frame it fits.The love,joy peace I would
    have done in the same colour( it’s look lighter)

  8. Gabby says:

    Nice card! Like the “style” of the watercoloring. Great sky and trees. Pretty, “fluffy” bird and great-looking realistic branch, too. 🙂

  9. Ellie says:

    Your card is amazing Heather!

  10. Super cool technique!! The results are awe-inspiring!

  11. Jukie says:

    This is just a stunning card! and I like the red mat, it makes the red on the Robin’s breast really pop!

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