Spring Things

Sun fire Heather Telford

I pulled out one of last year’s floral stamps for this card and tried the co-ordinating die from this year’s release.  I painted a pale background first and let it dry before I did any stamping. I inked the stamp directly with distress stains, spritzed, stamped then blended with a waterbrush and a clear wink of stella pen. The petals were inked in seedless preserves and dusty concord so there would be some light and dark purple to blend. On the main panel I added a few wink of stella highlights once I had blended the petals but on the die cut lily I did all the blending with a clear wink of stella so it has a subtle shimmer when it catches the light. The dots on the petals and the filaments get a bit lost when inked with distress stain so I went over them with a marker once the petals were dry.

I completed the card by matting the main panel in green and popping up the die cut lily over the top. I added a simple sentiment but I am realising now that this would have made a nice easter card. I guess I can stamp an easter sentiment inside.

Sunfire detail Heather Telford

Believe it or not I still have a few snowy scene  card ideas bouncing around in my head. How about you – are you just stamping all things spring these days?

I’ve never entered Darnell’s cool NBUS challenge but I am eligible with my never before used ‘sun fire’ die so I will link up over there and at the Work it Wednesday Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp blog.


Stamps:  First DanceSnippets (PB)
Creative Dies: Sun fire (PB)
Inks: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Ripe Persimmon, Forest Moss Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, green cardstock, Neenah Natural white cardstock

17 Comments on “Spring Things”

  1. Beautiful! Just beautiful!

  2. jmhave44 says:

    Truly lovely, and I like the extra dimensional detail of the added lily. These are some rich colors too. TFS

  3. I adore the lilies in the Seedless Preserves/Dusty Concord, Heather! Fabulous dimension from the die cut lily!

  4. Pat says:

    I love this Heather and the colours are beautiful. The pretty sky you have made in the background with the softish blue and the peachy shade is so gorgeous, and the added die cut lily looks great over the top. x

  5. Rufus says:

    Each card is more beautiful than the one before it. I’d love to be a ghost to hover around your studio to watch you create all these incredible pieces!

  6. Roxy says:

    Wow this is wow beautiful one you wish you did on a big canvas and hung it on the wall. Such rich colors

  7. Janine B says:

    Love the colours and the hint of sparkle – great card

  8. Jill D says:

    Stunning card! Your flowers look so pretty, great colors! This is one fabulous card!

  9. Chris R. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Now, how wonderful this is? Lovely coloring, great colors, perfect design… 🙂
    Have an awesome day!

  11. This is wonderful! I like the delicate background and the ‘pop’ of those awesome flowers! I make whatever sort of card takes my fancy – I don’t go with the time of year – just what is in my head at the time! xxx

  12. lindseymp says:

    Very pretty. Love the purple against the pale background.

  13. Anne Sweeney says:

    Gosh Heather , I would love to see a step by step tutorial

  14. I’m so happy and honored to see one of your incredible works of art in the NBUS gallery, Heather! Thank you so much for playing! You know I find all of your cards to be masterpieces, worthy of framing or shadow boxing (well, that sounded wrong, but you know what I mean), and this card is no exception. Whoever gets this beauty with its warm jewel tones (for whatever occasion), will want to use it as room decor!

    It’s always a good idea to keep doing snow and winter cards all year long for that Christmas stash, but here we went right into summer, so it’s hard to think of Christmas. I should think of Christmas, as that was my goal, but I’m failing miserably!

    Enjoy your day and thanks again! Hugs, Darnell

  15. Connie Haecker says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Mary Lehett says:


  17. MelanieR says:

    I love every single one of your cards. Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent.

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