Orange blooms

Orange blooms Heather Telford

When I set out to create this card I knew I had stamped a similar layout with this stamp before but it wasn’t until the card was completed and I looked at the earlier card that I realised just how how similar! This one has a wee bit more going on and was painted with distress stains not watercolour pencils. I began by stamping the large ‘Softly’ stamp a couple of times. Each time I inked it I wiped off some of the antique linen ink so the two imprints would not interfere with each other too much. The antique linen ink is pale so I was able to paint inside the lines and have them disappear into the darker oranges and greens.

I had to repeat my mantra (walk away, just walk away) periodically through the making of this card because I was trying to follow the steps shown on this photo tutorial. I painted all the petals with a diluted wash of ‘dried marigold’ distress stain first. After it dried I added another layer keeping the colour undiluted. Once that dried I painted some darker areas with ‘spiced marmalade’, let it dry then finally added some ‘rusty hinge’. ( I have just discovered what a warm brown rusty hinge is; it works well with orange tones). After waiting once again for it to dry I added some details with the spiced marmalade and rusty hinge markers. I stuck with just ‘forest moss’ stain for the leaves but began by diluting for the first wash then increasing the intensity as I added shading.

When all the painting was finished I used the co-ordinating stencil ‘Promenade’ to sponge some background flowers before adding a sentiment and a green mat. This card is a little bigger than A2 (6.25″x4.75″) so I will need to hunt through my envelope supply to find a match.

Thank you so much for dropping by and for your kind comments. I have been interested to read about your opinions and experiences with the different watercolour powders I have been featuring.


Stamps:  Softly, Sprinkles & Smiles (PB)
Stencils:  Promenade (PB)
Inks:  Spanish Moss Versafine (Tsukineko) Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge, Antique Linen distress products (Ranger)
Paper: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Green textured cardstock

20 Comments on “Orange blooms”

  1. cherylquilts says:

    Ooh, Heather! This is gorgeous! I love the colors, and your coloring with the Distress Inks turned out beautifully! I always love your simple layouts with the perfect matting. Shows the artwork off so richly! Hugs, sweet friend, and thanks for always inspiring me!

  2. Deb Hall says:

    Beautiful card!!!!

  3. Bonnie says:

    So beautiful, Heather! I love the soft shadows behind the gorgeous blooms!

  4. Vicki B says:

    I really love this card. I have the stamp and I doubt I’ll be able to come up with something so beautiful, but I’m going to give it a try. Your cards are always an inspiration!

  5. Betty says:

    gorgeous card Heather – i think i like it better than your first one.

  6. kellypat39 says:

    I absolutely love this card!  It is a beautiful stamp and I love the colours you used!  They’re perfect.  I am going out to buty the supplies to try this ASAP!

    Sent from Samsung tablet

  7. Cath says:

    Just gorgeous. Definitely invokes the feeling “happiness”.

  8. Anita says:

    Oh Heather, this is gorgeous! The stamping and colouring, paired with the soft stencilling is heavenly. LOVE it! x

  9. Chris says:

    What a lovely card Heather, its so clean and fresh. Must get the stamp. Thanks for all the brilliant card ideas.

  10. Janine B says:

    I love the colours and soft look of some flowers – so pretty. Sentiment sets it all of a treat.

  11. Maria says:

    Love,love,love it !

  12. Lindsey says:

    After taking a quick look at the tutorial you referenced, walking away several times is definitely an important part of the success, I think! The finished card is beautiful.

  13. Jan Castle says:

    STUNNINGLY…and different even tho’ somewhat the same as your earlier card…love them both!!! I have not been very successful with my Bister and Color Brust experiments….would appreciate a step by step video as I really don’t know what I am doing wrong – LOL!
    Thanks for sharing,

    • Heather says:

      Bister and color burst are unpredictable which makes them a bit hard to work with I admit. This card was painted with distress stains so I had way more control! I will try and get a bister tutorial done some time soon. Thanks for your kind comment.

  14. Glenis Lyon says:

    Hello Heather, this is the first time I have seen your work. Wow, this is STUNNING!! Love love the colours in fact love everything about it. So professional. Glenis (Australia)

  15. Debbie P says:

    Another beautiful card. Your coloring is gorgeous. If only I could duplicate it!

  16. Tami says:

    Wow!! Stunning Heather!

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  18. Daria says:

    This is so beautiful.

  19. Mary B. says:

    I found a page online with multiple versions of cards made using this stamp. In seeing this card, I immediately said “that looks like a Heather Telford” and, sure enough….it was ! You have such talent; and and eye for color and style like no one else. I’m a huge fan.

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