Irises and blue

blue panelled iris Heather Telford

I am enjoying teaching a batch of Alcohol Ink classes at present and we have been having so much fun. The depth and impact of alcohol ink colour is quite something. I chose to use these two similar colour panels as background for iris stamps from the Love Art transparent set.

 iris panel closeup Heather Telford

I blended a few blue alcohol inks on photo paper for these two panels. The circle pattern on the one below was achieved using a stencil. I dabbed through the stencil with blending solution to remove colour but also printed the stencil back onto the paper once it was covered in pale blue ink.

Stencilled iris Heather Telford


The sentiments and flowers are stamped in jet black archival ink.

stencilled iris close up

I am just going to squeak this stencilled card into the second challenge at CAS Mix Up; there are twelve whole hours left to participate. The challenge this month is below; I used alcohol inks as my choice.



Stamps:  Love ArtSpecial Thoughts, Snippets(PB)
Inks:   Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
Alcohol Ink: pool, denim, indigo, alcohol blending solution (Ranger)
Paper: Kirkland photo paper, Neenah SolarWhite 110lb cardstock, Blue cardstock

13 Comments on “Irises and blue”

  1. lollthompson says:

    Hi Heather. I love the vibrancy of the alcohol inks too … such amazing colours. So cool how you sponged through the circle stencil to create the bokeh background! I’m going to give that a try. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  2. Suzane says:

    These cards are gorgeous.

  3. Chrystal Lewis says:

    Hi Heather, have I missed the list for the class tomorrow? What should I bring?


  4. Connie Schulz says:

    Love the blues!!! Looking forward to next Saturday’s class.

  5. Beverly Railey Robons says:

    My favorite flower and my favorite color! Wish I lived closer to you, so I could take your class.

  6. Beverly Railey Robinson says:

    My favorite color and flower. A great use of alcohol inks. Wish I lived close enough to take your classes.

  7. Bonnie says:

    What a wonderful technique with the stencil, Heather! And an amazing result! Love those irises! The real ones are blooming here and they’re so pretty! Love the first card too. A lovely layout and one that I don’t think to use. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  8. Reblogged this on Spreading Sunshine with Paper & Ink and commented:
    Oh my, Wow, these alcohol inked cards by Heather are stunning!

  9. Wow, wow, wow! Heather, your cards are stunning!

  10. Ingrid says:

    Love them both – the first – love the way you split it up, one of my favorite things to do! The second – stencil and bokeh….love! I bought blending solution, and the little swipe pads once thinking it was for distress…lol. Still have to get my inks. You make me want them more and more…..Enabler! 🙂 🙂

  11. Pat says:

    Two gorgeous cards Heather and I adore the blue tones you have used and the Iris is so pretty. x

  12. Lindsey says:

    Wow, these are awesome! I may have to stop looking here for a while… you keep making me want more stuff! I managed to miss the Mix-Up challenge by a day, so good for you!

  13. Gery says:

    Both look gorgeous, Heather!

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