Poinsettia gift set

poinsettia set Heather Telford

Although I had posts popping up on the blog while I was away for a month all the projects had been created and photographed before I left for Australia. I did take some art materials with me and spent a little bit of time creating this gift set for my sister-in-law. I was able to catch up with her a couple of times, once for dinner and a concert where she lives and again for my last day in Australia, a girls day out in Sydney. We had a great time together and I was happy to have finished this little set as a thank you gift.

red green poinsettia Heather Telford

I only took two stamp sets with me, one stayed uninked but the poinsettia from ‘winter joy’ was perfect for this set of cards. I stamped it on some label paper and cut it out so I would have a mask to enable me to layer the images and stamped all but one design in vintage photo ink. The one pale card was stamped in antique linen so I could create ‘white’ poinsettias.

pink green poinsettia Heather Telford

I did my colouring with a mix of watercolour pencils and peerless watercolours on hot pressed watercolour paper. Because I hadn’t taken any sentiment sets with me I hand lettered all the sentiments, some more neatly than others! I picked up some kraft coloured square cards and envelopes from Eckersleys art store and raided my parents’ stash of coloured cardstock to create some mats. Even though I was working with minimal supplies I still managed to spread myself over half the dining room table at mum and dad’s house!


Stamps: winter joy (PB)
Inks: vintage photo, antique linen distress ink (Ranger)
Paints: Peerless watercolours, Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Markers: Tombow fudenosuke brush pen, Artline Stix brush pens
Cardstock: fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper, Kaisercraft card & envelope pack

20 Comments on “Poinsettia gift set”

  1. Shauna Todd says:

    I just love these!! They are so beautiful…but your cards always are!

  2. These are lovely and beautiful cards! Great idea for gift!

  3. trinkababe says:

    These are beautiful! Your sister-in-law is one lucky gal. The poinsettia leaves are so delicate and lifelike. I can so relate to one simple card taking over an entire room.😂

  4. Donna Taylor says:

    These are just amazing, you are s very gifted artist and wonderful calligrapher too. I am always so impressed with your naturallly beautiful pieces.

  5. Carol B says:

    Wowzer! Your cards are always lovely, but these took my breath sway. If I could hand letter as beautiful as you have done I would never buy another sentiment set ever.

  6. Pat says:

    I love the shape of this poinsettia Heather and the mix of watercolours and watercolour pencils has worked beautifully also your hand lettering is fabulous! x

  7. Helen Jones says:

    Wow – stunning! I was wondering where I could buy the script greetings, I couldn’t believe that you wrote these yourself!

  8. Lena Beck says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  9. Chris R. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous cards!! Those sentiments should be stamps for those of us that are not calligraphers!

  10. Bonnie says:

    What a wonderful gift, Heather! These are gorgeous!

  11. These are absolutely gorgeous and even more amazing that you created them with minimal supplies! How lucky is your sister-in-law to receive this fabulous gift. Your white poinsettias are incredibly gorgeous!

  12. These are absolutely beautiful and your hand lettering is impeccable!! I’m a bit jealous. Lol!

  13. ND says:

    Yes! You did spread a bit. But was a joy to see your creativity at work. And now the house looks a little bare without you.

  14. Lindsey says:

    What a lovely card set… and beautiful calligraphy on them for the sentiments! I’m also quite impressed that your parents just happen to have a stash of coloured cardstock at their home.

  15. Maarit says:

    A wonderful set of cards Heather, the subtle colouring of the Poinsettias is so beautiful.

    Love and hugs

  16. Beautiful coloring and your hand done sentiments are wonderful!

  17. If I could do hand lettering like you, I’d never stamp a single sentiment 🙂 Wonderful cards, lovely colored, one more beautiful than the next.
    Thank you so much for sharing
    Tamara 🙂

  18. Your set looks like it would be found in a high-end boutique, Heather! And to think you made these up while not in your craft room! I’m in awe! They are breathtaking! Glad you had a great holiday and you made new memories with your sister! Hugs, Darnell

  19. Ellie Knol says:

    They are more than beautiful!! Handlettering hmmm?! You have ART in your fingers.. I think your SIL was very happy with these!

  20. maureenchandler says:

    WOW! These are beautiful – glad you had such a nice trip too!! Merry Christmas!

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