Reach for the stars

Reach for the stars Heather Telford

Today’s card reminds me of photos I have seen taken with a fish eye lense so the world all leans into the photograph. I could have added the colours of northern lights as I sometimes would but I stuck to the more common blues of a night sky. It was a fairly simple card to make. I positioned a circle mask then splattered masking fluid on a piece of watercolour paper, once the masking dried I painted blue gansai tambi paint in circles around the moon to fill the panel. To finish the card I stamped black trees and a sentiment, matted and added the panel to a black card base.

We have had some beautiful sunset skies lately; I haven’t taken many photos but I have tried to imprint them on my mind to recreate with paint and ink at a later time. It is weird to be into December and not have snow or even the need to wear gloves yet. No-one in our house is complaining about the lack of shoveling but my son is wanting to start on the outdoor rink and my husband is keen to ski. What does it look like where you are? White Christmas or green?


Stamps: Prancers, Eloquence (PB)
Inks: Black Soot ink (Ranger) Versafine Onyx Black (ImagineCraft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Neenah Epic Black cardstock
Also:  Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints

11 Comments on “Reach for the stars”

  1. Jeanne says:

    I absolutely love this one! You have the eye of an artist.

  2. Lisaj says:

    Gorgeous! Love It!
    I’m in Pennsylvania, USA. It’s gonna be a green Christmas. By this weekend, they’re calling for high’s of near 60 degrees (F). I’m waiting for my Lilacs to start blooming…………

  3. canadiancaroline says:

    This is brilliant, Heather! I love how the trees surround the scene, and the Van Gogh swirls in the sky…
    It really is a GREEN Christmas so far, isn’t it? The grass is confused and is still growing, it seems, unlike most snowless drab Decembers…

  4. Dewi Lam says:

    Wow it is true, fantastic idea. i have taken long bulb photograph of stars however not fish eye lens, and it is like what u made! Stars do move fast so within 2 minutes of exposure it starts leaving trails, and wow, the blue circling u made… very real. love it!

  5. Ingrid says:

    Gorgeous! I love the perspective of it. We had a few weeks of a little white…but it was followed by some warmer weather….so green here. I’m ready for snow and cold.

    It’s a bit chilly today, so I’m decorating and have a fire going. Love your forest vantage point. Will have to try it! 🙂

  6. luluvision says:

    Heather, this is beautiful!! I love it!!

  7. Lindsey says:

    Perhaps a simple card for _you_ to make… 😉 I really like the fish-eye perspective of this.

  8. Pat says:

    I love the fish eye effect you have given this pretty scene Heather and the colours are beautiful. Here in the UK it is very mild for the time of year but unfortunately some areas have had heavy rain and bad flooding which is horrid! We here in the south west after some rainy days have had some nice sunshine over the last couple of days which has been nice. x

  9. AJ says:

    Gorgeous. Love the angle at which we are looking. Beautifully done.

  10. maureenchandler says:

    Lovely card!! Here in southern NH, it is mild and green!! Where is the snow?? It feels so much more like Christmas with snow!

  11. kdunbrook says:

    how awesome is this!! amazing card mf.

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