Blue Skies

Smiling Heather Telford

Ottawa had a record snowfall this week so it is quite the winter wonderland outside. Today, however there is a clear blue sky, a bit like the one on the card above. This card shows a different colour scheme for the new ‘Passionate’ stamp I shared in purple tones a few days ago. I used the same technique as here and here to paint a blue sky first with Dr Ph. Martin Hydrus liquid watercolour paint. I splattered some masking fluid before painting anything so there are a few white dots here and there.

I inked with distress stains and used the misti to stamp a few times to build up the colour on the flowers. Anywhere I wanted a distinct line between colours I used  paintbrush to ‘touch it up’.


Stamps: Passionate (PB)
Dies: keep smiling
Inks:  mustard seed, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge, peeled paint, forest moss distress stains (Ranger)
Paint: Phthalo blue Dr Ph. Martin Hydrus
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, green cardstock

Another blue sky frames the blossom branches below stamped with the new ‘branch of grace stamp’. Once again I painted the blue first and let it dry before stamping.  Because of the fine twiggy detail on this stamp I used a mix of stains and markers to ink the stamp, choosing to ink only part of it in places so the branch would be narrower the second time I stamped it. I blended the grey and black inks with a paintbrush to give some dimension to the wood. The new geometric border added to the Asian feel of the card.

Cherry blossom Heather Telford

The ‘So Special’ reveal continues on the PB blog this week as the transparent stamps are featured and you still have a chance to win a shopping spree until Feb 28th.


Stamps: Branch of Grace (PB)
Dies: geometric borderfeel better
Inks:  Black soot, Hickory smoke, Frayed burlap, barn door, festive berries distress stains and markers (Ranger) 
Paint: Phthalo blue Dr Ph. Martin Hydrus
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock

7 Comments on “Blue Skies”

  1. Sherry Hammond says:

    Heather, both cards are so beautiful! Love love your work!

  2. Heather, I will never tire of seeing your cards! These are just gorgeous! You never disappoint! How I’d love to attend one of your workshops! Amazing cards and love that watercolor!

  3. creatingincolors says:

    This is beautiful, Heather. Love how you added the blue sky background.

  4. Lindsey says:

    These are, as always, gorgeous! The second card would be a perfect Lunar New Year card. (If it wasn’t already a get well card, haha.)

  5. Clelie says:

    After seeing your “fringed iris” card, I ordered Passionate. Now seeing today’s “keep smiling” card, I am so very excited to receive it and play, play, play! I want to play with a “sky”…and color shadings on the petals…with distress stains and markers, and I might break out my frisket that I bought and never got brave enough to try! Silly me…and, oh!…how fun to use the Misti (why didn’t I think of that?) to build the shades of color! Thanks, Heather, I am going to have a blast! 🙂 You are such a wonderful inspiration…I feel like a kid again ready to get “messy”.

  6. AJ says:

    You have such a way with watercolor and stamps – it is amazing. Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspirations with us.

  7. Sandy Dehon says:

    I am smiling and I love everything you do!!
    sandy xx

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