Light a candle

lantern and lake Heather Telford

The second in my ‘Winter Warmth’ series again features a simple watercolour background with watercoloured die-cut images in the foreground. For yesterday’s card I stamped the background image on cold pressed watercolour paper so there would be a bit of texture showing through. It is even more evident in today’s card; stamping a solid image on cold pressed paper results in the speckled look of the lakeside scene. I inked the stamp in stormy sky distress ink all over and on a second stamping added chipped sapphire across both top and bottom. After stamping I used a wet brush to paint over the whole panel. This technique softens the scene and pulls colour from the stamped areas into the blank areas. While it was still wet I dabbed colour out of one area over the water so I could add a little yellow ink.

lantern and lake Heather Telford

I used two separate die sets to create the lantern in the foreground. I cut the lantern using a die from the new set ‘winter lanterns’. I cut one from watercolour paper and one from black cardstock. The black one I painted with a thin coat of silver watercolour paint and clipped out the candle. The lantern cut from watercolour paper I coloured with distress markers then blended with water. I attached the black lantern over the watercoloured one so the candle appeared behind the black frame. I cut the lamp post from black cardstock using a die from ‘the gathering’ die set then trimmed it to fit the card base and overlap my painted background. Once again I used sentiments from ‘festive snippets’.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: on the lake, festive snippets
Dies: winter lantern, the gathering
Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries distress inks (Ranger)
Paints:Finetec Artist Mica watercolour paint
Cardstock: hot and cold pressed watercolour papers, neenah epic black

9 Comments on “Light a candle”

  1. Susie Williams says:

    How peaceful and absolutely beautiful. Ahhhhhh big happy sigh at seeing your wonderful cards Heather.

  2. Beautiful card! Love the soft light from the gorgeous lantern. xxx

  3. Shauna Todd says:

    How you did the lantern is brilliant! The card is simply beautiful.

  4. creatingincolors says:

    I am loving your “Winter Warmth” series. This is beautiful. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  5. Pat says:

    Another gorgeous scene Heather, and I love the way you have kept the background to shades of blue and just introduced that yellow glow around the lamp with that little touch of red for the candle which is perfect! I sentiment goes really well too. x

  6. Bonnie says:

    This is Gorgeous, Heather! Such wonderful detail with the soft watercolor! Wonderful contrasts and interest!

  7. Lindsey says:

    Beautiful shading of the background. Really sets off the candle-lit lantern.

  8. […] to paint my ‘fire’. The lantern was done in two pieces just like I did on the ‘lakeside card‘ and yellow ink was added on the panel behind to make it […]

  9. Vicky S. says:

    I really like this card. Simple to make but elegant looking.

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