Astral defined with pencils

Astral with pencils Heather Telford

The new release from Penny Black includes several negative space stamps, meaning stamps with a lot of solid rubber where the image is the part that does not stamp. This one, ‘Astral’ is the most  solid of them all and I have been playing with ways to add colour and texture to the large solid area. I stamped the one above weeks back when I created this card, but it was cast aside. When I picked it up again I decided to add shadows to the sides of the trees with coloured pencils. The background colour is a mix of memento inks, distress stains and bister powder. When adding coloured pencil I used a bit of black but mainly chose colours already appearing the in the background. I used the pencils here and there to deepen the colour and define the edges.

 Astral in greens Heather Telford

I stamped and painted another one in green yesterday and filmed on periscope while doing so. (To watch me on periscope you can download the ap for your phone then search for me by name or watch on the web here. In both those places the videos are available for 24 hours.) On the green one I added detail with watercolour pencils and splatter with a white wink of stella pen. It is quite a large stamp; I cropped the panel for the blue and pink card to fit a 5.5’x4.25″ card base but kept the whole image plus a border for the green card.

Supplies for pink card:
Stamps:  Astral, Snippets (PB)
Inks: Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean, Stormy sky distress inks (Ranger), Memento Summer Sky, Versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Bister watercolour powder, Interference Blue pearl-ex spray, Faber Castell polychromos pencils

Supplies for green card:
Stamps:  Astral, Snippets (PB)
Inks: Broken China, Salty Ocean, Crushed Olive, Pine Needles distress stains (Ranger), Memento Cottage Ivy, Northern Pine, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: White wink of stella pen, white embossing powder, green machine embroidery thread, Faber Castell watercolour pencils

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2 Comments on “Astral defined with pencils”

  1. AJ says:

    Both of your cards are fabulous. Love the water-coloring.

  2. Pat says:

    These are so pretty Heather and love the colours. x


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