Mid winter sky

mid winter sky Heather Telford

The sky has been very pretty around dusk lately, not the deep colours in today’s card but a soft apricot glow on the horizon along with yellows, pinks and blues. I used Colorburst powders to create this sky and the shadows between the snow banks. First I positioned a torn post-it mask across the watercolour panel and stamped the ‘into the sky’ branches over the mask. I removed the mask and repositioned it lower down and stamped some more branches on the right then finally placed the mask even further down the panel and stamped the tips of the branches on the left, all in versafine black ink.

mid winter sky Heather Telford

Once the ink was dry I painted the sky in the top portion of the panel making sure I kept the paint above the bottoms of the branches. I tilted the panel to let the pinks and blues mix into patterns and new shades. I did the same behind the remaining branches but did not paint right up to the top of the snow bank above.

winter sky close up Heather Telford

I mixed the paint powders in a palette and added platinum liquid metal for a little shimmer and sparkle. I hope the beauty around you inspires you today.


Stamps:   Into the sky, Amazing (PB)
Paints: Alizarin Crimson, Indigo & Ultramarine Blue Colorburst powders (Ken Oliver)
Inks:  Versafine onyx black ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock:  hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah epic black cardstock
Also: Platinum Liquid Metal (Ken Oliver)

13 Comments on “Mid winter sky”

  1. Bonnie says:

    What a beautiful winter scene, Heather! I love the soft colors of the sky!

  2. This is so beautiful! Love the sky colours. I have just bought that stamp with some Christmas money so am inspired, thank you! xxx

  3. creatingincolors says:

    What a beautiful scene!

  4. wendy0322 says:

    I agree with all above. The sky colors really drew me in. Great techniques you’ve shared!

  5. tish rowe says:

    Gosh, Heather,another beauty. You do so much with just one stamp. Question: when you did the colorburst–do you add water to paper first–then colors?? Or do you just do the colors in the well…and then paint???
    Whatever you did is fantastic.
    Thank you,

  6. Pat says:

    What a fabulous effect Heather and I love the mix of colours using the Colourburst powders, and the bare branches and sentiment in black really stand out. x

  7. Nancy Ste. Croix says:

    I so love this card! and have never worked with the colour burst powder or liquid metal. This would make a lovely card class, hint, hint.

  8. Nadine says:

    Je suis à chaque fois en admiration devant vos cartes!
    C’ est magnifique !

  9. Beautifully done, love the colors and the glow of them reflecting on the snow!!

  10. Susie Williams says:

    Another jaw dropping, breath taking creation Heather. Ohhhhhi could look at this all day long. TFS

  11. Lindsey says:

    Wow, you have such control over your powders! So so pretty. 🙂

  12. memalagene says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!

  13. Tami says:

    Wow!! Love this winter tranquil scene Heather! Absolutely stunning work!

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