Warmth on a cold day

Roses Heather Telford

When it’s -25°C outside the best thing to do is stay inside and make pretty things. The weather here continues to be bitterly cold and I keep reading of places in the states where the kids have had a week of snow days. A week! No snow days here. My daughter caught the bus to work this morning and said if she kept her eyes open they froze but if she closed them the skin on her eyelids stung too much!

I used the rose from the new transparent set ‘Efflorescence’ to make this card and it will be a bit tricky to give you all the how-to details. I stamped and painted, left it, came back, spritzed it, left it, came back, stamped again…you get the idea. Basically I stamped with distress stains to give me a wet outline image from which I pulled in colour to fill the petals or leaves. I spritzed the painted images to let some of the colour bleed into the background. I let it dry before masking the first rose so I could stamp a second behind it plus some extra leaves. I wanted a little rosebud in there too so I painted my own. I created the border with a watercolour pencil then added a splatters of blue and orange before adding a little sentiment and a matching mat.

I don’t know about you but I have had to look up a few of the new PB stamp names in the dictionary. Efflorescence means the action or process of developing and unfolding as if coming into flower. Effulgence means  radiant splendor. Ebullient means having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm. So there you go; stamping is expanding my vocabulary.


Stamps: Efflorescence, Snippets (PB)
Inks: Ripe Persimmon, Iced Spruce, Chipped Sapphire distress stains (Ranger), Memento Paris Dusk marker (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Navy paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock

17 Comments on “Warmth on a cold day”

  1. Connie Schulz says:

    Beautiful card. Need the warm colours on these cold days.

  2. Jan Castle says:

    GORGEOUS card and colors Heather!!!

  3. jmhave44 says:

    Love it! Roses are my favorite, and I’ve not seen this new PB set. They’ve really developed some extremely pretty sets recently. Here goes my wish list! Stay warm. TFS

  4. Maria says:

    Beautiful card Heather! always love the way you making your cards
    with stamping and spritzing.Thanks for taking the time to explain
    what they mean with PB’s new stamp names TFS.
    Oh you do have it cold in your parts 🙂 much better then the
    wet and raw we got in the uk 😦 Take care,

  5. naylogan says:

    love your style..thanks for sharing your art!..

  6. Pat says:

    I love these pretty peach roses and the watercolour techniques with more stamping over the top to add a certain amount of definition works really well. I adore the defined edge with some leaves trailing over too. x

  7. My Goodness… it is a masterpiece ! So so so beautiful! Just you can do this Heather!

  8. jillianfoster82 says:

    You’ve been creating so much beautiful art with this new release! Congrats on the tweet from Penny Black! (PS: Loved the vocab lesson.) 🙂

  9. Vicky says:

    You do such beautiful work. It is cold & icy here.Stay in &made some scones & several stamped cards. Where do you leave?

  10. Vicky says:

    I just looked, you are in Canada. My daughter has a friend in Ottawa.
    They are always talking about how cold it is there.

  11. Jodi says:

    So very Beautiful.. Thank you!

  12. Bobby says:

    Worthy of hanging on a wall.

  13. Lindsey says:

    I have been doing my best to just stay inside, definitely. 😉 Your roses are beautiful! They look a little like the state of my V-Day roses, except mine are red, of course.

  14. Paulette S says:

    Breathtakingly Beautiful, Heather!

  15. Rita M says:

    So delicate and ephemeral-looking. Just beautiful, Heather!

  16. diane says:

    My gosh this is just stunning

    Hugs Diane

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