Imagine Heather Telford

I am enjoying my new watercolour paints and have watched some recent watercolour videos by the very talented Sandy Allnock. She has been playing around with the same paints (Kuretake Gansai Tambi) and posted a video last week where she created a faux glass panel inspired by vase she saw. I used some of the same techniques and made a faux marble panel. I painted blues, greens and purples on a piece of watercolour paper and let them blend. I dried them with a heat tool then added more layers leaving some pale and others dark and intense. When I was happy with the colours I painted some thin lines of gold onto the panel and blended them out on one side with a very wet paint brush. This gave me a soft edge and a hard edge I also splattered some gold paint over parts of the panel. The piece on the card above is less than half the watercoloured panel so I have some more to play around with another day.

For the sentiment I stacked four diecuts of the word ‘imagine’ each with ‘stick it’ adhesive on the back to make them easier to stick together. The gold cardstock I used was slightly duller than the gold paint so I brightened it up with my gold wink of stella pen. I did the same with the sides of the card base so it would all match. I am thinking it might make a good graduation card.

Imagine die detail Heather Telford


Creative Dies: Envision (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  gold cardstock
Also:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints 38, 50, 55, 56, 62, 66, 91 and gold wink of stella brush

57 Comments on “Imagine”

  1. Geri S. says:

    Gorgeous! I Imagine the universe being formed! – it’s so beautiful!

  2. Rufus says:

    Beautiful, simply beautiful! Reminds me of photos of a distant nebula.

  3. KatieP says:

    Oh my, another work of art. I LOVE your colors!

  4. Carol L says:

    This is just fabulous with rich color! I love the gold tones mixed within this wonderful creation!

  5. Gorgeous… look like sky storm… love it!

  6. Sharon Leonard says:

    amazing artwork, inspiring…

  7. AJ says:

    I know it has been said before, but I will say it again – this is a gorgeous card. Love the colors and the touch of gold to match the sentiment.

  8. OMG – that is out of this world!!!!! I guess I have to watch tat video now… Stunning, stunning card!!!!

  9. Maria says:

    Hi Heather,
    Wonderful colours. It’s like looking in a cave with water glistening
    in all it’s glory. Love your work/art

  10. D.Ann C says:

    Oh, WOW! That gold just makes this FAB!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. BeverlyBL says:

    So beautiful!

  12. marilyn says:

    Stunning! Is the gold watercolor paint too?

  13. maureenchandler says:

    This is just amazingly beautiful for any kind of card! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work and inspiration! 🙂

  14. canadiancaroline says:

    Wow–so rich and beautiful and COSMIC! Thanks for the links to Sandy Allnock’s tutorials. She is amazing, too.

  15. Connie Schulz says:

    Beautiful card. Really cosmic looking. Love it.

  16. Lindsey says:

    May I just say… whoa. What an amazing background! The card is gorgeous. I agree, this would be a perfect graduation card. (Unless you know someone on the shortlist for the Mars trip, I suppose…)

  17. Absolutely stunning! Awesome technique, thank you for the link! xxx

  18. Dorina D says:

    Stunning. Love the colors, layers and the gold touches. This is so inspiring and so beautiful. Nice work.

  19. jmhave44 says:

    Heather – thanks for the link to Sandy’s video. I watched it, and while SSS & EHutson were out of the 36 set that I have been waffling about, Amazon had it. So it’s been ordered. I loved what Sandy did, but I’m loving this blue tone piece as well. Was interested to see that you used the gold paints in your Gansai set to add the gold lines. Saw what Sandy used, and was wondering about ordering that mica paint. Think I’ll wait & try the Gansai first, and hope I can do something that even looks remotely this beautiful! I always enjoy your techniques so much. TFS

  20. Miriam Prantner says:

    This is stunning! Love this!

  21. Irene says:


  22. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! Love the dramatic background – fabulous work. Elizabeth xx

  23. bowbates says:

    OMG. What a beautiful card. Took my breath away when I clicked on your blog.

  24. Debi says:

    just stunning!!!

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  26. Roxy says:

    Soo beautiful you just want to stare at it for quite a while. Wow

  27. Shirley says:

    Beautiful…totally agree…could be a great graduation card!

  28. kaymonty says:

    Just gorgeous! I do stained glass and this looks just like some of the glass in my studio. You have created a beautiful card.

  29. mjurda says:

    Just a stunning and beautiful card. I read a couple of posts about it being a grad card and I totally agree!

  30. beaumama says:

    Okay now. This is complete, fall off my chair, stunning.

  31. sueymem says:

    Stunning, gorgeous, ethereal.

  32. […] I had it done to my liking, I saw this blog post and thought it looked SO much better with the gold which gave more of a nebula look, so I added […]

  33. Lola G. says:

    Words could never do this justice. I’m truly stunned at all of the beauty you managed to contain and create in this piece. Thank you.

  34. Julie Heyer says:

    Gorgeous card and thanks for the links to the tutorial!

  35. […] I had it done to my liking, I saw this blog post and thought it looked SO much better with the gold, which gave more of a nebula look. So I added […]

  36. I think this is just amazing Heather. You totally inspired me!

  37. Dayna Lum-Akana says:

    this is gorgeous!! and inspiring. Mahalo for sharing

  38. Janine says:

    Omg! Amazing us an understatement

  39. maria f. says:

    Absolutely stunning, Heather.

  40. Heather this is so beautiful — excellent creation

  41. Lieve says:

    Wow, what a great card !!!

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  43. Judi Szyndrowski says:

    My first thought was, like others here, of photos of deep space. I have returned to this one 4 or 5 times. It is mesmerizing.

  44. Kathy brown says:

    Oh by gosh!!! I thought this was a picture from the hubble telescope! Unbelieveable!!! You need to make a video and post it!!

  45. myrna sweet says:

    I can see why this is a fan favorite!

  46. Pat Davidson says:

    I watch your videos and examples, they are all wonderful designs and colours. It’s great that you are Canadian -makes me proud. I aspire to be able to design and paint like you. I buy Penny Black stamps and dies because of what you do with them. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! Pat D from Ladysmith, B.C.

  47. Laurel says:

    Wow! This is stunning!

  48. Teri Smith says:

    Heather, another pleased Canadian from Vancouver Island is jumping in to say that when I saw this card on Pinterest, I thought it was done with alcohol inks. To see this incredible beauty can be accomplished using those watercolours is unbelievable. I am such a fan of the blue spectrum & this card just draws me in to all that beauty. Thanks so much for posting it.

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