Happy News

Happy News Heather Telford

Penny Black has a mini release out today and you can see projects featuring the new stamps and dies on the blog and facebook all this week. I have two cards for you featuring the rest of the faux marble watercoloured panel I made last week. It was inspired by Sandy Allnock’s video of her faux glass technique. I used a bird & branch die called ‘Happy News’ from the new release. Rather than use only the die-cut or the negative I wanted to use both so I didn’t lose any of the pretty patterned panel. To raise the bird and branch above the background I stacked six die-cuts out of navy cardstock then stuck the watercoloured die-cut on top. This panel has proved quite hard to photograph; I’m not sure why but it is hard to get the greens to look like they do in real life. I switched to a grey background which lessened the contrast but it still isn’t quite what I see. (blue, green, gold, white-who knows?) To make it easier to stack the die-cuts I stuck scrapbook adhesive sheets on the back of my cardstock before cutting. To finish I matted it on gold cardstock then on a deep blue panel.

Happy News detail Heather Telford

With my last little scrap of the faux marble watercoloured panel I created a CAS card on a kraft base which picked up the gold details. The ‘thank you’ die is another from the new PB release. I stuck the die-cut words inside the card.

Thank you on kraft Heather Telford

Thank you for all your kind words about my poppy series. Let me know if there is another PB stamp you would like me to play around with and I will see if inspiration strikes!


Creative Dies: Happy News, Many Thanks (PB)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock, gold , navy and kraft cardstock
Also:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints 38, 50, 55, 56, 62, 66, 91 and gold wink of stella brush

19 Comments on “Happy News”

  1. Rosemary says:

    Loving these latest blog posts from you. As usual, so inspiring. Thank you!

  2. Louise W. says:

    Your cards are truly works of art…which would look lovely hanging on my wall. Beautiful as always.

  3. Peet says:

    so fabulous! love it!!

  4. halligan1247 says:

    Heather, the card today is absolutely stunning. It looks like stained glass – beautiful.


  5. Julie Blake says:

    Stunning. I would love to see more ideas with the bird stamps – the humming bird and flowers and the one with two little did on. I have both stamps, but am not home at present.

  6. Gretchen Wilson says:

    WOW!!!!! Absolutely Stunning!!!!!

  7. Pat says:

    Love this faux marbling technique Heather and the colours you have used are gorgeous and the gold really makes a difference. The die cut bird on a branch is so pretty too and such an unusual way of using a die cut. x

  8. jmhave44 says:

    Oh, Marvelous! My set arrived today from Amazon, (fast shipping!) so I can’t wait to have a play. TFS such beauty & imagination today. Even if this photo doesn’t show what you yourself see, it’s just gorgeous! Hugs

    • Heather says:

      Hi Mary,
      That’s great that you have your paints now; I will be interested to hear what you think and see what you create with them. I am really enjoying the colours; they are very rich and vibrant but can be diluted to soft values easily enough. Thanks for all the lovely comments you leave here; your are very generous with your time in visiting and encouraging me.

  9. Diana says:

    I so love looking at your work. Quite stunning. I wish I lived in Canada to take some of your card classes – however, I like my weather in Florida better!

  10. Lindsey says:

    I love the art and drama of the first card, but not surprisingly, the CAS design of the second speaks to me!

  11. Who knew there was a place beyond exquisite! Heather these are both gorgeous creations.

  12. debbieg2014 says:

    Heather, this watercolor is stunning; on its own, it’s a beautiful watercolor work waiting to be framed! I’m going to have to take out my Kuretake watercolor paints pronto!

  13. cottagerca says:

    great spin off designed piece, gorgeously done

  14. staceylovespaper says:

    I love the background, a video of your process would be awesome!!

  15. staceylovespaper says:

    thanks for the link!! I must have missed it.

  16. Jill D says:

    WOW! What fabulous colors…so nicely done…thanks for the link…going now to check it out!

  17. Both these are awesome! xxx

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