Limberlost card

Limberlost card Heather Telford

Earlier in the week I posted my art journal page inspired by ‘A Girl of the Limberlost‘.  After completing the page I wanted to create a card with a similar feel. When I created my first book inspired journal page (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) I created the card first then expanded the scene into a double page. This time I am working the other way round.

I created the butterflies the same way as shown on the video but directly on the watercolour panel. I used gold embossing powder and changed the colour palette for the wings. I stamped the butterflies again on label paper and cut them out to make masks to protect the painted butterflies while I stamped and coloured the background foliage. This panel was my colouring for day#3 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day colouring challenge.

Limberlost card detail Heather Telford

I used the large leafy outline stamp, Wondrous, inked with forest moss distress stain to fill the background with leaves then painted forest moss stain in and around the leaves. I painted extra layers around the edges of the butterflies to lift them a little. When that all dried I stamped on of the new ‘time’ stamps and spritzed it so it would bleed into the background. To finish the background I splattered some dark brown stain and some water.

limberlost card side Heather Telford

The panel was already quite large so I decided not to mat it in a co-ordinating colour. Instead I chose to string some beads on a gold thread and attach that down the side of the card. Thank you for all your generous comments this week. I am thrilled you enjoy what I share here and always love to hear from you. I was very interested to read that several of you enjoyed ‘A Girl of the Limberlost” as much as I did.

bead detail Heather Telford


Stamps: Butterfly trio, Time, Wondrous (PB)
Ink: Versamark ink, (Tsukineko) vintage photo, forest moss distress ink and stain
Paints: Colorburst alizarin crimson, merlot, tangerine, phthalo green and liquid metal yellow gold, iron oxide (Ken Oliver)
Paper: hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, Neenah Epic black cardstock, vellum
Also: gold embossing powder, gold thread, seed beads


28 Comments on “Limberlost card”

  1. KellyRae says:

    Your card is gorgeous and totally rocks the Limberlost ‘vibe’. That book (and its prequel “Freckles”) was on my yearly reading list and I was tickled to see you mention it on your Art Journal post). This card definitely evokes the dappled light through the leaves that I would imagine in my mind’s eye as I read. I’m so glad you shared this card…I’ll be reading several GSP books this weekend 🙂

  2. Heidi says:

    Just gorgeous! I love the soft background with the brightly colored butterflies in gold!

  3. creatingincolors says:

    Beautiful card – and I love your stories of the background of your cards!

  4. Lynn Leduc says:

    Very beautiful.

  5. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather, this cannot get any more GORGEOUS! You are amazing, and I could look at this card forever! Hugs!

  6. desperatehousewifecraft says:

    Just simply breath taking. Each of your cards are really a work of art!

  7. Liz in NH says:


  8. Connie Schulz says:

    Love the card! Could easily be a class card (hint).

  9. Rufus says:

    As much as I like your Limberlost journaling page I like this card even more! The background is simply incredible, would love to see a video of how you created it. Actually would love to be a fly on the wall of your studio to watch how you create all of your awesome artworks!

  10. Clelie says:

    Oh, Heather…there is so much Wonderfullness 🙂 going on here, I can’t pick just one thing out! The colors are wonderful…the design work incredible…it all works together in the most amazing background and focal! You must have enjoyed the entire creative process; every little detail fits the whole effect! I am in awe of your Gift…thanks so much for sharing it! 🙂

  11. craftytreen says:

    This latest line of work is fabulous. i’m REALLY enjoying them. I
    need to get a copy of the book and read it soon. Wow, all of the details you add and it doesn’t ever seem to be too much. You tip toe right up to the line and stop. lol. Amazing. I avoided mixed media so long because it looked messy to me. My feelings about it are really changing quickly. I had shelves put up around the tops of the walls in my studio and I am now working on creating things to go up on the shelves to inspire me. My organizational ideas are good, but they had driven the room to look a little too industrial for me. I’m retaking the room, lol and i’m not afraid to go clear up to the ceiling to do it. I really want to thank you again for inspiring me in so many ways. Hugs, treen

  12. ireneaddison says:

    Stunning! The subtle details in this card just take it to another level! The addition of the beads is brilliant!

  13. Pat says:

    Totally gorgeous Heather and the depth with the shading is fabulous. I also love the colours and the beautiful background stamping too and the beads are a wonderful finishing touch. x

  14. WOW!! This is just stunning! Love love love it!

  15. lesliekmiller says:

    Absolutely stunning in a dreamy, artful, natural, garden lovers kind of way!

  16. lvich says:

    This card is absolutely STELLAR!

  17. Bonnie says:

    AWESOME! These butterflies are magical and the dimension you’ve created is wonderful! You are such an inspiration!

  18. Cath says:

    Truly wondrous. Love every little detail. Had to go back to catch up with the previous works and love them just as much. So much fun to see you do art journaling. Looking forward to the wonders to follow.

  19. peachnlime says:

    beautiful!! everything about this card is gorgeous!!

  20. Marti_L says:

    Your work blows me away! I agree with one of the previous commentators that I loved your Girl of the Limberlost journal page, but this butterfly card is over the moon beautiful. Your work never disappoints…..thank you for the inspiration 💕

  21. memalagene says:

    Oh my goodness! This over the top GORGEOUS! I’m headed to my craft room right now to try it!

  22. Lesliediana says:

    O My to the G on high! I just stumbled upon your blog post via Pinterest. This is a stunning card. I will be watching more of your work. Thank you for sharing what and how.

  23. Kia says:

    Another stunning creation, thank you for sharing your techniques Heather.

  24. Michele F says:

    Heather I am just blown away … every single time I’m drawn to your blog while spotting one of your gorgeous creations on Pinterest I’m here, and gasping at so many other cards! You are an artist, in every sense of the word … gorgeous, phenomenal, and stunning!

  25. Itzamitzi says:

    Wow! I love your work and have been “lurking” on your site for a while now. This card just shouted out to me. I haven’t done b-flies in gold and am certainly going to now! I mainly use distress products and am going to try a similar background. I also work at our local library and will be looking for the Limberlost book next time as I’m not familiar with it. Keep sharing your beautiful work and inspiring me!

  26. Charlotte says:

    I am glad you mentioned The Girl of the Limberlost. I just read it and Freckles. How did I miss those great stories growing up? I love your card and look forward to your emails with more great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Daria says:

    Your card is beautiful. I love all the details you included. I’m definitely going to check out the book you mentioned and the prequel another commenter mentioned. Thank you.

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