glimpse of birch trees Heather Telford

You have probably already caught up with the fact that Penny Black has two new collections of stamps and dies. When I first receive new stamps my head fills with ideas and designs to try and this time was no exception. I had a little pile of bookmark sized watercolour paper strips on my table so I decided to try some of my ideas on mini projects rather than full sized panels. That way I was able to play with a few stamps and several ideas in a short space of time. The strips I worked on have become the cards I’m sharing today and tomorrow. I have also had a chance to develop some of the designs into full sized panels. On the strip above I used an old favourite, the little tree stamp from the ‘Prancers’ set as background for the new birch trunk stamps.

birch closeup Heather Telford

I stamped the two trunks from the new ‘Nature’s silhouettes’ transparent set on watercolour paper already covered in spots of masking fluid. I masked the trunks with post-its while I stamped the fir tree in the background then painted colour at the top and bottom of the panel with a combination of brusho and distress markers. I added some shadow and twigs to the trunks to make them look more tree like.

Glimpse of twigs Heather Telford

On my second mini panel I masked a moon with masking tape then used distress stains to paint a blue and green sky over the splatters of masking fluid. I turned this into a little scene by adding the ‘Into the Sky’ stamp in blue and black ink. I love this delicate stamp of branches and decided to stamp it on both the bases for today’s cards. It mimics the twiggy branches on the birch trees above and continues some of the upward reaching branches in the panel below.

twigs closeup Heather Telford


Stamps: Nature’s Silhouettes, Prancers, Into the sky, Snippets (PB)
Paints:  Brusho powders (Colourcraft)
Inks:  Versafine Majestic Blue & Onyx black ink (Tsukineko) Black Soot, Rusty hinge, Spiced marmalade, Peeled paint distress markers, Evergreen Bough & Blueprint sketch distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah epic black cardstock
Also: masking fluid, masking tape

24 Comments on “Glimpses”

  1. WOW! I had to study these for quite a while, taking in the coloring and composition! Love the branches stamped on the card front. This is gorgeous, Heather! Thanks for sharing your work!

  2. CM Taylor says:

    I agree with Nancy Stislow( . It takes a bit to take it all in. Beautiful work.

  3. CM Taylor says:

    WOW! What a great layout. The artwork presentation is so different on each panel and I love each one. TFS

  4. creatingincolors says:

    Amazing how you turn a pile of strips sitting on your table into such gorgeous cards!

  5. Jan Castle says:

    BEAUTIFUL cards Heather!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  6. karenajo says:

    Your cards are beautiful – love how you extended the branches beyond the panels. Very striking cards ! Thanks for the inspiration !

  7. Absolutely beXxiful Cards. I love how you share your techniques and when I read them I want to go and try them. I hope my efforts look even half as fantastic as yours.
    Love Alli Xx

  8. Anne Sweeney says:

    Heather , OMGOSH ..These are beautiful .. Is it two stamps or one? Yours in Christ and ink Anne

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. Em says:

    Those are stunning stamps and your use of them is absolutely eye-catching.

  10. Michele F says:

    LOve the birch, but those Winter branches are so brilliant! Gorgeous little masterpieces, as always…

  11. Pat says:

    The two versions using these stamps Heather are fabulous and such a great way of using up leftover pieces of card. The designs are both beautiful and I love your colour combinations. x

  12. Betsy Wilson says:

    i love the grays and yellows!

  13. Shauna Todd says:

    I love the beautiful vignette style of card!

  14. myrna sweet says:

    Wow, your new cards are wonderful!

  15. dlweldon says:

    Wow….these are so very beautiful!!!

  16. Lindsey says:

    These are outstanding! I really like the new birch tree stamps, but part of that may be how you’ve presented them… 😉

  17. maureenchandler says:

    These cards are beautiful – love them both!!

  18. Bonnie says:

    I love these CAS scenes, Heather! Gorgeous Fall colors in the first one and a serene Winter scene!

  19. Lonnie says:

    Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Karen Kilgo says:

    Heather, these cards (artwork) are beautiful. It amazes me how real these scenes look.

  21. Brenda Lilley says:

    Beautiful! Anyone receiving one of your creations should be ecstatic! Thanks for sharing your process. 🙂

  22. What a gorgeous scene! Love your card, Heather.

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