Sweet, fresh poppies

fresh poppies Heather Telford

‘Fresh’ is one of the new slapstick cling stamps from the Penny Black “Bring on the Happy” release. I have been chasing deadlines all week so yesterday after getting all my ‘dirty dozen’ projects finished I pulled this nbus stamp out. I created two separate panels in different colour schemes using slightly different techniques. I started both the same way by stamping on watercolour paper in distress stain. Because distress stain is a liquid the stamp does not always ink up evenly but once stamped it does stay moist for longer than it would with the average dye ink. This gives me longer to pull colour from the stamped outline in to fill the petals, stems and buds (or whatever image I’m stamping). As you see in the stamp image below this is an outline stamp and I began by painting each petal,  blending the colour with water to create light and dark shades within the petals. Although you wouldn’t know it to look at it now all the colouring was inside the lines!


At this point I chose to go for a much freer look and spritzed the flowers with water several times. I waited until the image was almost dry before adding a little yellow and finally black to the poppy centres. You have probably guessed already that the white specks and spots were made by splattering masking fluid on the paper before I began.

fresh poppies detail Heather Telford

I trimmed the panel so all that white at the top could to balance all that colour at the bottom. The current sketch from CAS(E) this sketch helped me position my sentiment and then I played around with the pink mat for a little while before settling on a very narrow strip on each side. I will turn my other panel into a card in the next few days so you can see the more controlled ‘inside the lines’ approach.


Stamps: Fresh , Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Inks: Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Festive Berries, Scattered Straw distress stains (Ranger), Memento Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves inks (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% & 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Coral Reef mix & match paper (PB)

17 Comments on “Sweet, fresh poppies”

  1. Shilpa says:

    Wow, absolutely gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing technique.. i must try this 🙂

  2. Love the ‘free’ feel of this piece – the colours are gorgeous too! xxx

  3. I LOVE your watercoloring technique Heather!!! This card is WOW !

  4. Liz in NH says:

    This is going to be so much fun to CASE, and another leap in my distress stain “skill” set.
    Lovely on another snowy day–thanks, as always so beautiful, Heather.

  5. Terry says:

    I don’t comment enough on your blog and marvelous work Heather.
    I love your talent. Your take with using whiteout is wonderful….
    Thank you.

  6. Wow! This is gorgeous! Love that water colored effect!

  7. Cindy C. says:

    Wow beautiful water colour effects!!

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  9. Pat says:

    I love this very loose watercolour effect Heather and such pretty colours too. x

  10. Jacquie Holt says:

    I love all things ‘poppy’ and this is no exception – beautiful work

  11. Bobby says:

    So gorgeous, Heather. I love the looseness of the painting. I’m not quite there yet but I will be trying to be more free with my inks.

  12. Leigh Penner says:

    Oh, this is gorgeous! Fabulous take on the sketch!

  13. Michele F says:

    Oh my goodness, Heather… I am so happy I saw this on Penny Black’s Facebook post tonight… absolutely stunning!

  14. chriss58 says:

    Oh, gorgeous!

  15. Lindsey says:

    This is so pretty, and so nice to see on a COLD day. 😀

  16. Kate says:

    Love the way you coloured the poppies!!

  17. Margaret S says:

    I just love the vibrant poppy colors and the watercolor technique. Beautifully done!

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