For the grad

Graduation 2 Heather Telford

I’m playing with the whole “sailed off into the sunset and lived happily ever after” idea on this card. Of course it would have to be “flew off into the sunset” and although graduation is the end of one adventure it is usually the start of an even bigger one. Regardless I have a bird flying free over a watercoloured sky, painted of course with my new gansai tambi paints.

To create the watermarked look or ‘back runs’ I blended colours then let them dry a bit before adding more paint. I worked from blues to pink, red, orange then yellow in the bottom left hand corner. When it was all dry I stamped the two images and sentiment from the transparent ‘for the grad’ set.

There are celebratory cards on the PB blog all this week.


Stamps: For the grad (PB)
Inks: Versafine onyx black ink
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Epic Black 100lb cardstock
Also:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints

13 Comments on “For the grad”

  1. Swooning over your background – absolutely stunning!

  2. wow… magnifique. superbes couleurs! Love colors!

  3. Pat says:

    This works beautifully Heather and a great idea for a graduation card I adore the lovely rich colours you get with these paints. I think I need some of these! x

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful card … I like the open cage and the bird flying free denoting the next phase of life after graduation. The colours in the background are lovely. Elizabeth xx

  5. Jan Castle says:

    Stunning!!!!! Heather, your art is Amazing!!!!
    Paper hugs,

  6. halligan1247 says:

    Beautiful watercolours Heather! I’m tentatively playing with mine now. I love them!


    Helen Halligan Sent from my iPad


  7. Lindsey says:

    I’m chuckling… I’m ordering a set with cute kitties and mortar boards for the grad card I need to make… and this is what you make. This is truly beautiful. Love the background!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous background

  9. Laura Holm says:

    Heather, thanks for sharing such a wonderful card!!! I would love to try something like this! Your artwork is so beautiful! Thanks again!!! Hugs, Laura

  10. memalagene says:

    WOWZERS! Awesome sky!

  11. Stunning! The sky is awesome – so vibrant! xxx

  12. Anke says:

    WOW WOW WOW absolutely stunning.

  13. Laura Holm says:

    Heather, Thank you so much for sharing this very cool watercolor technique. My friend and I got together yesterday to stamp (we call it a stampfest). We were inspired by your wonderful card and made some watercolor backgrounds. I made 2 cards and Lynette made the backgrounds. I posted our stuff on my blog, giving you credit for our inspiration.
    Your artwork is exquisite! It is so kind of you to share it on your wonderful blog!
    hugs, Laura

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