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.


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


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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