Vintage sunbursts

vintage sunbursts Heather Telford

I have two last cards to wrap up my vintage watercolour week. These differ from all the previous cards as they were stamped with solid or ‘silhouette’ stamps rather than outline stamps. The technique used on all my other cards involved pulling brown ink from the outline either into the image or into the back ground.

vintage sunburst closeup Heather Telford

With a solid stamp the inside of the image is already full of ink so I adapted my technique in order to get the same vintage brown & black effect. Because there were no petals or wings to be filled I didn’t incorporate watercolour pencils into these designs. On the ‘sunburst’ stamp above I inked most of the stamp with vintage photo distress ink but left the flower centres and the base of the stems to be inked with the elegant writer pen. I spritzed the stamp so the brown and black would blend into each other and the pink and green tones would bleed out of the black. I moved the colour around a little with a paintbrush.

vintage grasses Heather Telford

On the ‘nature’s paintbrushes’ stamp I inked first with vintage photo ink then added the elegant writer black on the seed heads of the grasses. I spritzed with water before stamping and also on the watercolour panel so the colour and image would bleed into the surrounding area.

vintage grasses closeup Heather Telford

When I was looking for some ribbon or twine to finish the cards I spied my black gingham and was surprised how much I liked it on the predominantly brown card.

Thank you so much for leaving me such kind comments this week; I glad some of you have tried the technique or plan to. I know many of you are not in my area but for those who are, I have a June class where we will be using similar techniques to make a poppy themed art square. (My first mixed media class!) All the details are on my upcoming classes page. I am also offering it at Crop A While in Orleans.

Poppy square banner scaled

Supplies:
Stamps: Sunbursts, Nature’s Paintbrushes, Happy Snippets, Treasured Sentiments(PB)
Inks:  Vintage Photo distress ink (Ranger) Elegant writer pen (Speedball)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, black and natural cardstock (Neenah)
Also:  black and white gingham ribbon

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9 Comments on “Vintage sunbursts”

  1. Lynn Leduc says:

    Love these.

  2. Heidi says:

    How lovely! The subtle variations in color makes them just beautiful!

  3. Clelie says:

    Every one of your vintage series has pulled my heartstrings! Today!…today, I have some “home” time and I hope to play with this technique of “pulling the color”! Thank you, thank you for feeding my “creative side” even when I haven’t been able to do so!! 🙂 A Hug to you!

  4. Pat says:

    Two more beautiful examples of this technique Heather and hope your upcoming class goes well. x

  5. Lindsey says:

    Two more pretty cards! While I will be in your area in early July, it will be to celebrate our 25th anniversary, so there might not be an opportunity for a stamping class. 😉

  6. Heather, you never disappoint! I love all four of these. I’ve tried this technique with some success but had to rework it with pencil! Yours are beautiful and I do love the vintage look!

  7. Heidi says:

    I was able to give your technique in the video a try yesterday and you must be a great teacher, because I got really nice results. I hope everyone who likes the look will give it a try! If I were closer, I would take your class, hope everyone who does has fun.

  8. nancy faith says:

    I love your techniques using the elegant writer pen. May I ask what size you use? I have been on a hunt for them and have found them in packs of various sizes. Do not want to go too small or too large. Thank you in advance.

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