Bister Poinsettia

Bistre Poinsettia Heather Telford

I’m not trying to stress you out about there being only 155 days until Christmas. Besides 155 is a lot of days and even though I have the best of intentions regarding Christmas shopping I never get it done before December. I just needed to try this stamp out with some bister because I thought the two would be happy together. I stamped the petals only in spun sugar distress stain to get a pale impression then sprinkled some red bister into the ink. It takes several re-stampings with water to get the colour to spread around the petals so I used the misti.  I then moved onto the pine needles by stamping with bundled sage and dropping green bister. The centres of the flowers are yellow bister and black marker.

The panel started out bigger than this with a third shadowy flower at the bottom. I stamped the sentiment in crimson red versafine ink because the stamp has those nice little details and versafine does a great job with them. Versafine also takes longer to dry than dye ink so it is important to walk away, just walk away and let it dry! I didn’t. To my credit I managed to get the whole card stuck together without smudging the wet sentiment only to swipe my fingers right through it when I folded the card base in half at the end!

Hmmm…I quickly took it apart, trimmed off the smudged bit, restamped the sentiment and walked away.

Stamps:  Red Star, Hanging Treasures (PB)
Inks: Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed, Black soot Distress Stains (Ranger) Crimson Red Versafine (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb card stock, Red cardstock
Also: Bister powders

16 Comments on “Bister Poinsettia”

  1. OK – I give – I will just hire you to make all my Christmas cards. Your written descriptions are wonderful, but I am so visual – I can never seem to get the timing down right, and I get an epic fail. Or at least dissappointing result. Please please do a video….you would save me tons of watercolor paper, and ink.

  2. Vicki B says:

    I agree with the previous comment. I’d LOVE to see a video of you doing this. You are always so creative and your cards are always BEAUTIFUL!

  3. Pat says:

    Another gorgeous creation Heather and I love that the colours are not too bright as Christmas cards often end up overly blingy and bright but this is just perfect and the sentiment is pretty and stylish. x

  4. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather, this is beautiful, and I love the amazing results! I so appreciate reading your successes (and how you overcome the oopsies – that we all make!), but it is truly a beauty! I have yet to play with Bisters (no less purchase any), but you sure continue to tempt me. At this moment I too am working on my first Christmas card (yay!!). Thanks for continuing to inspire and share your experiences with us. I so appreciate it. And someone is going to LOVE this card! Hugs, sweet friend!

  5. Clelie says:

    Gorgeous…but would love a video of the process (and Misti use), too!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Heather, this is beautiful! I love all that you have created with the Bisters which I’m thinking are similar to the Brushos I have. I’m so going to try to create something similar just as soon as I can find some time 🙂 Elizabeth xx

  7. chrystal lewis says:

    Love the Bister so much that I had to go and get the colour burst from Crop a While. Do you prefer one over the other. Are there any pros and or cons?

    • Heather says:

      I think I like the muted colours in the Bister a bit better than the really bright color burst. There are 6 new colour burst bottles out now though, which look appealing. I like the way the color burst bottle helps restrict how much powder comes out. The bister powder crystals are not uniform size which some might see as a con but I quite like the irregularity. I am dreaming up some class projects with one or the other or both…

  8. Sylvie says:

    I live what you do! I would love to know where you get the Bister powder. I’ve been trying to find some unsuccesfully 😦

  9. ednamburgess says:

    Very beautiful and would like to try it, but don’t understand how you got the colors to stay within the stamped image. Would love to see a video of the process. Thanks. Edna

  10. AJ says:

    Gorgeous holiday card. Love it.

  11. Ingrid says:

    Heather this is an absolutely gorgeous card! I’m so in love with it. 🙂

  12. Lynne Phelps says:

    I would love to see a Bister video showing this technique and some of the others, where you are getting the perfect marriage of stamped image and Bister! I have these powders but I am not happy with the effects I’m getting, I lose the image or make mud!

  13. Lindsey says:

    The two were definitely happy together. 🙂 What a pretty poinsettia card!

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