Poppies with love

Poppies with love Heather Telford

I have another card featuring one of my favourite techniques, ‘watercolouring with distress stains‘. I worked on a panel of watercolour paper taped to a board and splattered with masking fluid. The stamp is an outline stamp which I inked with festive berries and ripe persimmon stain on the petals and peeled paint on the stems. I painted colour into the petals straight away so the outlines would blend with the colour in the whole petal. I drew a bud and a few leaves with a marker to fill the space more evenly. Once the flowers were almost dry I painted the background with desert sand ink and added some text also. I added black to the flower centres with a marker and blended with water to soften the edges a little.

When I removed the tape and the masking fluid I wasn’t entirely happy with the finished panel. Instead of trying to alter any part of the watercolouring I decided to add another element, the die cut flourish over the top. I tied the flourish in with a swirly sentiment and attached all the elements to a natural card base.


Stamps:  Efflorescence, Footnotes (PB) 
Creative Dies: Flourish, For You (PB)
Inks:  Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint Distress stains, Desert sand ink, Tuxedo Black, Northern Pine memento markers (Tsukineko)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah natural white cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid

16 Comments on “Poppies with love”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Another beauty, Heather! How do you get the different colors of stain on the stamp. I bought some stain and the applicator looks a little big to get it in little spaces.

  2. Vicki B says:

    The watercoloring is beautiful as usual and I really like the flourish you added to the card.

  3. Lindsey says:

    The flourish adds a great touch! As you say, it complements the sentiment as well. And of course, the poppies are gorgeous.

  4. Maria says:

    Love the card and the colours are great x

  5. Pat says:

    Beautiful poppies Heather and enhanced so prettily with the white die cut flourish and sentiment. The perfect finishing touch.

  6. Geri S. says:

    Gorgeous! Love it and thanks for sharing.

  7. craftytreen says:

    ooooooooo I love the swirls. I have looked and looked and cant find anything wrong with it. lol I love your work. I would love a video on this one especially. but don’t get me wrong, i’ll take what I can get. I love looking at your work.

  8. ND says:

    What is significance of number 9476?

    • Heather says:

      That is the number assigned to the blog post automatically when I neglected to give it a name. Once I saw that I hadn’t named it I updated it to ‘Poppies with love’
      It was my 947th post!

  9. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather, this is one of my favorites (recent ones anyway), because I love the roses and the beautiful layout with the flourish (that I recently purchased). What amazing watercoloring, and I love the background too. Stunning, my friend, and I have to try this one. Truly a work of art! Hugs!

  10. Elena says:

    What is not to love!!!! It’s gorgeous. The flourish is an added element and so elegantly. Love your work . So inspiring

  11. barbara lassiter says:

    This is lovely. I just bought some Arches Hot Press watercolor paper and wondered if you had some tips for painting since you used hot press with this card! I certainly love the way yours turned out!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Barb,
      Arches hot pressed is very good quality paper so I am sure you will enjoy painting on it a good way to get a feel for your paper would be to paint an abstract pattern of colours on a panel to see how the paints react with each other and more or less water. Try some salt on the painting too for fun effects. If you want to paint a stamped image you can either stamp with dye ink and watch it blend with your paint or with pigment ink which will give you an outline that won’t disappear.
      Have fun,

      • barbara lassiter says:

        Thanks. I will try some of these ideas! I love the look of watercolor and want to improve my skills.

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