Our graduate

 sunrise bird Heather Telford

A week ago we had the privilege of watching our older daughter graduate from university. She has worked very hard, achieved excellent results and is off to undertake a Master’s in September. I chose her card from a selection I made last year; it could be a sunset or sunrise and the bird is flying off into it. My first chick is leaving the nest! As you can imagine I am very proud of her but not looking forward to her being miles away. It will be a great excuse to travel and see her though.

sunrise bird side Heather Telford

The background sunrise was painted wet into wet so I could blend the pink and yellow.  I  lifted out some yellow in the centre to make it brighter to look like the sun.  As you lift the colour out it is important to rinse your brush and remove some of the water; you don’t want to return colour to your panel or create a watermark by dropping in extra water.  I waited for the background to dry before stamping grey and black foliage in the foreground and a bird in the sky.


Stamps: Pastoral, Spread cheer (PB)
Inks:  Hydrus Watercolour (Dr Ph Martin)  I can’t remember which grey and black inks I used?!?
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, grey cardstock, Neenah solar white cardstock


14 Comments on “Our graduate”

  1. Sharon says:

    Pretty card,,, beautiful daughter.

  2. Jan Castle says:

    Congratulations!!!! A wonderful accomplishment for your daughter – and I’m sure you gave a lot of help and encouragement along the way!!!! May she rise to heights never dreamed as she continues her quest! Lovely card Heather!
    Paper Hugs,

  3. Pitchoune says:

    congratulations! gorgeous card,

  4. Bonnie says:

    What a perfect card for your daughter’s graduation! She is beautiful! It’s hard when they leave the nest. Traveling to see her will give you something to look forward to!

  5. MAGGIE says:

    Your daughter is gorgeous!

  6. Marliese says:


  7. Beautifully painted summer sun! Love the stamps you chose for this as well as using gray in the background. Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation and wishing her all the success in the world.

  8. creatingincolors says:

    What a beautiful card. The little bird flying away tells the story. Best wishes to your beautiful daughter. Enjoy your travels when you visit her, and be proud as you watch her grow through this next chapter in life.

  9. Pat says:

    Congratulations to your clever daughter and what a fabulous card for the occasion. x

  10. Lindsey says:

    Congrats to your daughter! Amazing how quickly time passes, isn’t it? A beautiful card for her, too.

  11. Ronda says:

    Beautiful card for a beautiful girl. You must be so proud. Congratulations to both of you.

  12. wendy0322 says:

    Awwww…I know how you feel, my youngest just graduated from high school. What a beautiful card for a beautiful girl! Congratulations!

  13. memalagene says:

    Beautiful card for your beautiful daughter!

  14. CM Taylor says:

    Beautiful card and I love the one layer design. On the other hand you have a far more beautiful daughter. It is easy to see from the glow on her face that you did your best art out of the art room! Congratulations to Mom and daughter !

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