Demure but sparkly

Happiness day Heather Telford

Are you ready for some brand new Penny Black prettiness? The new release is being revealed today on the Penny Black blog, facebook and website and there will be projects on the design team members blogs featuring new products for the new few weeks.

I first played with the new stamps around Christmas, finishing up several cards before the new year so they could travel off to CHA and join in the fun there. I am happy to be sharing some of those cards over the next week, especially as I have been too sick and too behind to do any new stamping lately. I can’t believe January is drawing to a close and I have only posted two new cards on my blog this year!

Before I got sick I did manage to create a few new cards but you will need to pop over to to view them. The reason they are there and not here is quite exciting; I was invited to join the Dirty Dozen and began my six month term on January 15. I feel very honoured to involved with such a talented and committed group of artists and look forward to doing all sorts of fun things with Splitcoast in the months to come. Many projects will be featured here on my blog but each month the Dirty Dozen fills a themed gallery with projects available to fan club members only so there will be six new cards from me there each month. January’s theme is “All Cooped Up” and believe it or not I came up with six cards for the theme despite not owning a single chicken stamp!

But back to the card at hand. This one was my favourite from the eight I created for CHA. It is hard to see in the photo but it is covered in shimmery sparkliness. I began by wetting the watercolour panel and dropping Victorian Velvet, Ripe Persimmon and Tumbled glass distress stains into the water. I also sprinkled Camargue salt onto the wet areas to create patterns as it dried. All the little dots in the background were created by the salt absorbing moisture and colour. You can try it with any salt you have on hand but different salts will give you different results. When the background was dry I stamped the flowers in Spiced Marmalade distress ink, the stems in Peeled Paint and the little seeds in Dusty Concord. I used both Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon stains to paint the flower heads, spritzing with pearl-ex spray here and there to make the colour bleed and shimmer. The sentiment and mat strips do look black in the photo but they are both purple to co-ordinate with the seed heads. See that cute little shaped edge? There are two new edge dies in the “Bring on the Happy” release and I hope they will be the first of many. That edge does add that certain something don’t you think?

Oh, Happy Australia Day!


Stamps: Demure, Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Inks: Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass distress stains (Ranger) 
Creative Dies: Stitched Edges (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, purple cardstock


21 Comments on “Demure but sparkly”

  1. Gabby says:

    So sorry to hear you have been ill. Hope you are better and will stay well. Congrats on being selected as for the SCS DD gals. I look forward to seeing what you will share. Lastly, this is a GORGEOUS card! Love the bkgrd and the flowers are beautiful! 🙂

  2. Carolyn says:

    Love the card. Happy Australia Day to you also! Xx

    Sent from my Windows Phone ________________________________

  3. Godelieve says:

    Wow, such a fabulous card! Love the vibrant colors. Your watercolor cards are always amazing.

  4. Bonnie says:

    Hope you’re feeling better, Heather. I love this card! The colors and composition are like a beautiful painting.

  5. I love it. You are a master! Happy Australian day to you!|

  6. stonevab says:

    Everything you do is beautiful .

  7. Pat says:

    Glad you are feeling better now Heather, and it is so lovely to have you back showing your beautiful creations. I love the way you have dropped all those gorgeous colours on to the wet paper and the flower stamp is so pretty. x

  8. Michele says:

    Wow! I Amazing watercoloring. love your color choices.I hope you feel better.

  9. jmhave44 says:

    Sorry to hear you are still a bit under the weather, but so hope you are feeling more on the mend. Am loving the look of this card, and perfect colors. The salt brand is one I don’t know (and I’ve never tried the salt technique, but it does provide some stunning results!). Just saw the designer’s cards on the PB site, and am I drooling. I was already listing the new dies I want, but now the flower stamps are out. I love flowers! Congrats on your DDozen assignment. Can’t think of a better designer to add to their team. Big hugs, TFS & get all well soon.

  10. Monny says:

    Beautiful card; thank you so much for sharing

  11. Lindsey says:

    Sorry to hear you have been sick; I came down with my own head cold this weekend. 😦 But enough of that — congrats on being asked to be a mamba of the Dirty Dozen! This is a beautiful and artistic card… I am sure it really does shimmer in real life. Happy Australia Day to you!

  12. Neha Bhatt says:

    Love your cards…they are breathtakingly beautiful.

  13. KatieP says:

    This card is gorgeous. I would love to see a how to video on this. Congratulations on your new assignment!

  14. Terry DuMoulin says:

    Beautiful card !

  15. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous card, I love the soft images!

  16. Sandi says:

    Love your card,Beautiful. Would love to see a video on how to create your card.

  17. ednamburgess says:

    Gorgeous! Love it. I would like to see a video also. Congratulations on being on the Dirty Dozen. Edna

  18. Bobby says:

    Get well soon so you can get back to creating more of this gorgeousness.

  19. maureenchandler says:

    Beautiful card and I hope you feel better soon! Thanks for all the inspiration you share!! 🙂

  20. Karen says:

    The Dirty Dozen!!! That is sooooo exciting! Congratulations 😁I hope you enjoy your term with the Dirty Girls. So exciting!

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