Summer birthday

Lakeside happy birthday Heather Telford

My husband and I both have February birthdays which meant hot summer days for the first 35 years of our lives. Now we celebrate in the bleak mid-winter!

For his birthday card this year I have gone with the warm tones of summer for inspiration. I managed better with this card than the anniversary card; I wrote in it and gave it to him before posting it here on the blog. To create this scene I started by flicking masking fluid onto my small watercolour block. Even though this isn’t a wintery scene some little flecks of white add interest and dimension to the scene. After the masking fluid dried I wet the whole panel and painted the trees and reflections in the distance, the sky and the water with brushes. In the foreground I stamped several stamps from the ‘sprigs’ set onto the wet paper and let them bleed into the surrounding area. When the paper dried a bit I stamped a couple more sprigs which stayed more distinct. I die cut a tag and splashed some of the same colour over it before adding a sentiment and ribbon.


Stamps: Sprigs , Sprinkles & Smiles (PB)
Creative Dies: Tagged (PB)
Inks: Dried marigold, forest moss, frayed burlap, crushed olive distress inks (Ranger) Versafine Spanish Moss (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper, Olive green cardstock & ribbon

23 Comments on “Summer birthday”

  1. Heather… my heart is stopping… TOO BEAUTIFUL! Sooooooooooo charming!!!

  2. jmhave44 says:

    Love the hot summer scene on a gray, icy winter day. Your masking flecks of white did add a lot of texture to the sunshine feel of the pale blues & greens. Loved the added interest of the stamped branches at the bottom too. TFS & Hugs

  3. Maria says:

    Wonderful scene with the trees reflecting in the water.
    Beautiful card!

  4. ednamburgess says:

    Turned out beautiful. Love it. Edna

  5. shirley-bee says:

    Oh, this is beautiful! I love the reflected trees and sky.

  6. Bridget says:

    Heather, this is breath taking because of the way you’ve captured light and the way the colours are so softly natural – dreamy and beautiful!

  7. Linda KENNEDY says:

    Just amazing, you never seize to amaze me.Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!!!😊 🆒

  8. Jan Castle says:

    Absolutely STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL card Heather!!! Would love a video on this one…hint, hint!
    Paper Hugs,

  9. ar0se4u2 says:

    Beautiful Heather, he is one lucky guy 🙂

  10. This is just dreamy looking Heather!

  11. Pat says:

    This is beautiful Heather and I love the fresh and pretty colours you have used and the foreground sprigs complement the background scene perfectly. I love the sentiment placed on a tag too. Your husband must have been so happy to receive this! x

  12. Darlene Gabriel says:

    What a stunning scene. Beautiful colours. I do like the effect of the masking fluid – gives it a vintage look, I think, I hope you and your husband enjoy your February birthdays. My husband’s birthday is also in February and so is our wedding anniversary:)

  13. Sally H says:

    A stunning creation, Heather! wonderful colours and brilliant water colour effect. I tend to make cards to match the season, but am making a concerted effort to make my cards unseasonal this year!

  14. Lindsey says:

    Definitely brings to mind a lakeside setting in summer… beautiful!

  15. I am swooning over your card! You should frame it – LOVE it, such a fabulous scene!

  16. Gunilla says:

    You creat the most beautiful cards and this scene is stunning!

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  18. Michelle says:

    Absolutely beautiful

  19. Pitchoune57 says:

    gorgeous card and happy birthday

  20. naylogan says:

    thanks for sharing you beautiful art.. love your technique!

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  22. jan metcalf says:

    Beautiful!That is where I would like to spend the day!

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