May Flowers

May Flowers Heather Telford

April showers bring May flowers so they say. There are a few peeping up in my garden but not a lot to show for the April showers yet. The tulip festival starts in Ottawa next week so hopefully we’ll have plenty of flowers by then. I have been running by the canal where some of the tulip displays have been planted and last time I looked the bulbs had pushed up some green leaves but I couldn’t see buds. But enough about tulips I have orchids today stamped with the lovely big ‘gentle whisper’ stamp. I only stamped part of the image so I could fit in a second bloom and a bit of leaf.

The paper is cold pressed watercolour paper for a change. I know I always say it is best to stamp on hotpressed watercolour paper because it is so smooth but with a big brushstroke stamp like this one cold pressed worked just fine. I inked the stamp with distress stains, spritzed it with water then stamped on paper which already had a fine splatter of masking fluid over it. I blended some of the distress stain with water and a paintbrush adding some more colour here and there to create more dimension. I used a gold wink of stella to highlight the centres of the orchids then splattered a fine mist of green, purple and gold before adding the sentiment in black.

You will find May Flowers on the Penny Black blog all week as design team members share their projects.


Stamps: Gentle Whisper, Sprinkles & Smiles (PB)
Inks: Seeded Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage distress stains (Ranger) Versafine Onyx Black (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Canson cold pressed watercolor paper, PB Fuschia Fantasies mix & match paper, Neenah Natural White cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, gold wink of stella pen

15 Comments on “May Flowers”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    It’s beautiful, Heather. Love the colours of the flowers. Elizabeth xx

  2. Absolutely beautiful!!! I love that card!!!

  3. Mary Ann says:

    I am always thrilled to see that there is a new entry in your blog because I know it will be another gorgeous creation to take my breath away. The orchid card is just beautiful. Thanks especially for taking the time to explain the steps you took to create it!

  4. Carolyn L says:

    Thoroughly gorgeous! The step-by-step is inspirational and very helpful as well. Many thanks.

  5. Pai says:


  6. CherylQuilts says:

    Oh, Heather, this is gorgeous! I love this image, and your colors is stunning! You always delight me in your beautiful and elegant cards!! Hugs!

  7. memalagene says:

    WOW! This is Gorgeous! Stunning work!

  8. Roxy says:

    Really beautiful

  9. karrenj says:

    Beautiful! So soft and pretty.

  10. Lynette says:

    So stunningly gorgeous!!!

  11. Pat says:

    I love this stamp Heather and the stamping using using the distress stains and then spritzing with water is something you have perfected and you make it look so easy although in reality I am sure it isn’t easy to get such a perfect end result. I love the colours too. x

  12. Lai-Yoke says:

    Simply gorgeous with all the stamping and spritzing, Heather! I just find it so difficult to achieve this result!

  13. Lindsey says:

    We were in Ottawa this past weekend, and I have to admit, I was hoping to see more tulips! The warm weather this week must be helping. Your orchids look as ethereal as the real thing.

  14. Greta H says:

    This is just stunning, Heather! One of my favorite cards!

  15. Naisula says:

    Simply gorgeous!

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