Tulip Festival

Tulip festival 1 Heather Telford

The Tulip Festival officially starts in Ottawa tomorrow, but as you can imagine the tulips have started celebrating ahead of the opening ceremonies. I decided to create a couple of tulip displays myself but on paper not in the garden. I do have two tulips in bloom which would make the ratio of blooming tulips to planted bulbs quite similar to yesterday’s sad daffodil ratio.

I worked on both these panels at the same time on the same piece of watercolour paper. They were only separated by a piece of masking tape which explains why there are little splatters of red on the panel below even though I intended to keep that one clean and white. When I finished these panels I was a bit ho-hum about them; they were ok but not exactly what I had hoped. Adding mats and sentiments made the difference. The one below had a blue watercolour border that I ended up cutting off to add a red border and sentiment instead. The blue border was too soft on an otherwise crisp contrasting card. On the one above the border was created by the tape so I decided not to add another colour cardstock for the sentiment but remove it with a die cut instead leaving a subtle but readable cream coloured sentiment.

Tulip Festival 2 Heather Telford

Both cards were stamped and painted with distress stains over ‘masking fluid-splattered’ hot pressed watercolour paper. The top one got the extra spritz and splatter treatment at the end to make the tulips explode a little whereas the lower one was left with the colour inside the lines.

Supplies:

Stamps: Blooming Garden(PB)
Creative Dies: Many ThanksFor You (PB)
Inks: Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth, Neenah chilli cardstock
Also:  Stick it adhesive sheets,  dimensional adhesive, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints

 

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12 Comments on “Tulip Festival”

  1. Once again, it is beautiful Heather! Just beautiful! Love it!

  2. oh these are just lovely 🙂 great work!

  3. Both quite different and both gorgeous! xxx

  4. jmhave44 says:

    So lovely. Brilliant idea to use the negative space on #1 for the sentiment. Both of these are wonderful. Enjoy your Tulip Festival. TFS & Hugs – Happy Mother’s Day too.

  5. Ellie Knol says:

    WOW, I love them both!

  6. Pat says:

    Two wonderful lots of tulips Heather and I particularly love the more defined finish to the second card. Enjoy your Tulip Festival. x

  7. Roxy says:

    Wow the only thing to say is Gorgeous. Love these colors

  8. Lindsey says:

    I’m so glad the tulips are cooperating in time for the Festival; even your two! These painted/stamped tulips are just as gorgeous as the ones set for the weekend, I’m sure.

  9. memalagene says:

    Beautiful cards!

  10. Jacquie Holt says:

    I love the ‘just for you’ card – I love how loose the colour is

  11. Robyn Oliver says:

    Beautiful cards Heather – I love your techniques


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