A fringed iris

fringed iris Heather Telford

This pretty new stamp from Penny Black is called ‘Passionate’ and I think it might be a fringed iris but as I have said before my floral knowledge is limited. Penny Black gives whimsical romantic names to many of their floral stamps so I am not always sure if I have identified them correctly. The new collection ‘So Special’ is now available in the online store and the whole catalogue can be viewed here.

fringed iris Heather Telford

If your weekend was anywhere near as cold as ours you might enjoy some spring flowers today. We spent a large chunk of the freezing weather watching the shenanigans from the  NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto because we have a 6 foot basketball player in the house now!

fringed iris Heather Telford

I have tried two colour schemes with this large floral cling stamp. Today’s colours are similar to the irises I have in my own garden. (I’ll share the other colour scheme another day) The cards above and below are not that different but I wanted to show you yet another reason I love to stamp with distress stains. Inking the stamp directly with distress stains makes it quite wet so a second or third impression usually creates a couple of similar but softer images. The ‘knowing you makes me happy’ card above is the first impression inked with two purple and two green distress stains. I sprinkled a little water on the paper before I stamped so the colour would bleed more in some places than others. I added a bit more definition with a watercolour pencil and painted some green stain on the stems in the centre of the image where they were not distinct enough.

fringed iris 2 Heather Telford

The ‘happy birthday’ version of the card is the second impression; I didn’t add any new stain but did spritz before stamping to spread and blend the colour.

fringed iris 2 Heather Telford

I used a watercolour pencil to darken the centre of the flowers and add some splatter over and around the petals.

fringed iris 2 Heather Telford


Stamps: Passionate, Sentiment Collection, Snippets (PB)
Inks:  milled lavender, dusty concordbundled sage, forest moss distress stains (Ranger)
Pencils: Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,green cardstock, purple cardstock

17 Comments on “A fringed iris”

  1. Donna says:

    Wow! Heather these cards are stunning! Thanks for reminding us that spring is around the corner


  2. shirley says:

    Love, love, love!

  3. Chris R. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  4. Pat says:

    This is extremely pretty Heather and I love the colour and the loose washy look is terrific with this stamp. x

  5. Bonnie says:

    Both of these are gorgeous, Heather! I love irises and was happy to see some in the new PB release.

  6. ND says:

    More beautiful reminders of Maroo Street.

  7. WOW these are beautiful! What fabulous watercolor you achieved! I look forward to seeing all your work! Just gorgeous and maybe one day, I may succeed!

  8. Lindsey says:

    I like iris a lot, and these are beautiful, Impressionistic examples of them.

  9. Cathy M T says:

    Lovely! They make me long for Spring.

  10. wendy0322 says:

    What a great technique to spritz the paper before steaming with distress inks! Your cards are gorgeous!

  11. Annette says:

    Beautiful cards as always Heather. We are melting here in Brisbane, Australia. Taking a holiday in May to Canada and Alaska. Looking forward to some cooler weather. Annette

    • Heather says:

      Yes Brisbane must be hot right now. My husband is from Townsville so knows well what how hot February can be. We both grew up having summer birthdays now we’re in Canada we celebrate in the frozen winter! May should be a lovely time to visit Canada and Alaska.

  12. Em says:

    I love this stamp and your use of it. I will try using the Distress stains. I think this technique would work with so many of the Penny Black Flowers I have collected through the years. Hoping you will do a video of this sometime. Your work is what I aspire to do.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Em, I do use this technique with loads of the PB flowers. This would be a good technique for a video. I will keep it in mind. Thanks for your kind words.

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  14. Jan says:

    Just saw this and I love your techniques. I have some older Penny Black mounted stamps I want to work with so I am off to try !

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