Watercoloured Sprigs

Watercolour Sprigs Heather Telford

I had a card idea in my head yesterday and I did several trials and variations with the stamps from the transparent set ‘Sprigs’ but my original idea did not end up working. I set the experiments aside and designed a totally different card. Today when I looked at yesterday’s experiment I came up with the card you see above. The problem with the panel before I die cut dragonflies and a sentiment out was that is did not really have a focal point. The colours were pretty and some of the watercolour effects were pretty (others were messy) but it all looked too similar. By cutting the dragonflies to reveal the blue cardstock behind, the focus is taken away from the watercolour panel and transferred to the bold images and letters. I could have just as easily popped dragonflies on top but I like the cut-away look. The features I liked in the original panel are no longer trying to be the stars, they work better as back up. Next time you cast aside a stamped panel because it’s not working the way you thought consider whether it just needs to be in the background and let another element take centre stage.

To create the panel I inked up three of the ‘sprigs’ stamps with a mix of blues and greens. I inked each stamp with one colour using a large stamp pad then added another colour with a marker. I spritzed each stamp, stamped them on watercolour paper then, when I had stamped all the images, spritzed the paper.

I can’t always turn my experiments into finished cards, often the watercolour panels just get turned over so I can use the other side. Sometimes I wonder if the recipients of my cards ever see the backs of some of my panels, hopefully the adhesive holds and the rejected side stays hidden!


Stamps: Sprigs (PB)
Creative Dies: Deco Frame, Flutters (PB)
Inks: Nautical Blue, Teal Zeal, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves Memento ink (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper, Blue cardstock

8 Comments on “Watercoloured Sprigs”

  1. konarose says:

    I love the outcome, Heather. The sprigs mottled together from the water reminds me of a beautiful forest behind the sweet dragonflies. I seldom think of cutting out images but it’s a marvelous look!

  2. Pat says:

    This is really lovely Heather and the colours are wonderful. The idea of cutting into the watercolour the shapes of the dragonflies and the sentiment works really well, and sends the watercolouring into the background more. I’m sure we have all had something in mind which didn’t work and have either changed it into something else by adapting or have turned it over and started again, but this is really pretty and certainly deserves it’s place here. x

  3. Fabulous! Such a cool idea to rescue the piece in such an awesome way! xxx

  4. Jan Castle says:

    Great Rescue Heather!!! Love it!
    Paper Hugs,

  5. Liz in NH says:

    Heather, lovely depth in the watercolor. Love the colors, too. Mist in the background. I learn so much from you.
    Now, you must have some dreamy dragonflies and a matching greeting. Hmmm?
    Thanks for showing us!!

  6. jmhave44 says:

    Heather, it’s stunning! How encouraging to read that even an ‘expert’ like yourself, sometimes is not happy with what results in a craft session, and ends up using the blank side. What you salvaged on this one, is just so pretty with the bold areas of blue with the watercolors too. I think it looks much nicer the way you’ve done the die cuts rather than ‘popping up’ the elements. (and now you have some dragonflies & letters to use on another card too!). TFS & Hugs

  7. Lindsey says:

    I really like the solidity of the dragonfly silhouettes against the watercolored background. Beautiful!

  8. Doris Hubbard says:

    I love this!!

    Sent from my iPad


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