Wish for peace and happiness

pink poinsettia Heather Telford

I shared a more defined version of this pretty poinsettia recently, painted in vintage tones. Today’s card features a looser image in pinks with a few touches of brown. As is often the case when I am after a watery softy image I used distress stains applied directly to the stamp. I started with worn lipstick and gathered twigs stains on the stamp and some water drops on my watercolour panel. The image was soft and some of the edges bled when the water droplets blurred into the petals.

 pink poinsettia Heather Telford

Next I added marker in darker colours to the stamp then pressed it onto the still wet panel. Once it dried I splattered a few water droplets over the petals. I did like the soft look of it at this stage but it wasn’t until I added the sentiment over the top that I felt it was finished. Do you sometimes stare at a project because you know it still needs something but you’re not sure what? (if all else fails in these circumstances I add the letter background stamp!)

pink poinsettia Heather Telford

I would usually be hesitant to cover so much of an image with text but the contrast of dark and light as well as blurred and sharp seemed to work. To complete the card I added both brown and burgandy mats plus a little gold thread.


Stamps: Scarlet Majesty, Yuletide Wishes (PB)
Inks:  Versafine Vintage Sepia ink (Tsukineko) worn lipstick, gathered twigs distress stains, festive berries, gathered twigs, ground espresso distress markers(Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, red cardstock, brown cardstock
Also: Clear wink of stella brush pen, Gold thread

12 Comments on “Wish for peace and happiness”

  1. Susie Williams says:

    Oh wow Heather, this is so beautiful, I have been sitting here for the longest time taking it all in. Thank you so much for all the details and the tip about adding a letter background stamp when a card needs something.

  2. Clelie says:

    I realized something tonight…every time I visit your blog post and scroll down to see what you have created, the first word out of my mouth is “OH……….”! I am struck dumb by the beautiful image before me and then my mind starts taking in all the details!…I am just so blessed by the beauty of your work and appreciate so very much your sharing it with all of us!

  3. Tami says:

    Absolutely beautiful Heather! I adore your soft watercolor art so much! I love that u take the time to describe your steps on the card making process – I can’t express to you enough how much I appreciate your time. I always love your watercoloring with the distress stains!! Stunning work.

  4. Ronda says:

    You have knocked one out of the park again. This card is beautiful.

  5. creatingincolors says:

    So beautiful! I love this “looser” image and the colors you chose just grab me. I also like how you finished off your card with the gold thread to the side. Wonderful!

  6. Pat says:

    This is gorgeous Heather and the loose watercolour look with the pink and brown looks wonderful, and the lovely sentiment does finish it beautifully. x

  7. Ooh beautiful card! The softness and colour tones are amazing! xxx

  8. Yet another masterpiece. Red is my favourite colour and your card is so beautiful in shades of red.
    Love Alli Xx

  9. Colleen M Taylor says:

    So pretty and the stamping across the top just right. You helped me save one – I thought was a throw away! Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Gorgeous! And so inspiring too. Elizabeth x

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