Family Tree

family tree Heather Telford

This delicate tree stamp is called `tree heart`but it reminded me of a family tree. I tried turning it into my family tree with names along the branches but it did not look that good! Instead I used the emboss resist technique with colorburst powders.

family tree Heather Telford

I embossed the tree in clear powders on hot pressed watercolour paper then sprinkled a few different colours of powder over the panel. I kept the colours separate as I sprinkled knowing they would blend anyway as I started adding water. I spritzed first then used a small paintbrush to move and blend the paint.

family tree closeup Heather Telford

I love the way the emboss resist technique traps colours in little white borders. My next live class is a Watercolour resist class and, as often happens, I nailed two projects then took much longer to finalise the third. I was so happy to complete the designs I rewarded myself with some lettering playtime and made a bunch of custom black on white sentiments. I pulled out nine different banner, tag and label dies by Penny Black, cut them from black cardstock then used Dr Ph Martins Bleedproof white paint and a nib pen to write a sentiment on each one. The nib holder in the photo is an exclusive handmade holder sent to me by the lovely team at The Foiled Fox. It is delightful to write with. The bleedproof white paint is too thick for the nib straight out of the jar so I mixed some with a bit of water and it worked nicely.

hand written sentiments Heather Telford

Now I have a few sentiments in reserve ready to add to future cards.


Stamps: Tree-heart(PB)
Dies: Triple banner, Tagged, A Pocketfull (PB)
Paint: Colorburst watercolor powder (Ken Oliver) Bleed proof white (Dr Ph Martin)
Cardstock: hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Solar White
Ink: versamark (Tsukineko)
Also:  clear embossing powder (WOW)
Nib holder: Handmade by The Foiled Fox

16 Comments on “Family Tree”

  1. Shauna Todd says:

    So pretty! Love the colors.

  2. gorgeous emboss resist but also want to say I’m amazed at your penman (woman) ship. OMG if I could make mine half as good 🙂

  3. Wow, just wow and you never fail to amaze me, Heather! Followed you for years now and each talent you have just makes me wish I had an iota of that! Your calligraphy/handwriting is just amazing. I can’t get over that you write these! I did try calligraphy. I succeeded mildly after practicing for 30 days but never could achieve the consistency you have. Fabulous again!

  4. Susie Williams says:

    Oh wow, this is another jaw dropping gorgeous creation. Have I told you lately how much I love your work. Ahhhhh big happy sigh.

  5. Janine B says:

    This is so pretty – love the delicate look to it and the pretty colours – beautiful!

  6. maureenchandler says:

    This is just lovely and your banners are wonderful too! Thanks so much for sharing your artwork!

  7. Marliese Zimmerman says:

    Like the idea of making a batch of sentiments for future use. I just wish my penmanship was as good as yours.

  8. Liz C. says:

    Such a striking card! I am curious though, where in Ontario did you get Solar White paper? I’ve been looking and can’t seem to find it at a decent price.

  9. Pat says:

    I love this riot of beautiful colour and the heart tree is perfect with the clear embossing Heather. You are very skilled with the nib pen and your and your caligraphy is beautiful, and how lovely to make up your own sentiments, just so personal. x

  10. Bonnie says:

    Your family tree is beautiful with that background, Heather! I love the way the colors have burst! And your hand lettering is so amazing! I wish I could attend your Watercolor Resist Class! Such beautiful designs!

  11. Vicki B says:

    Very pretty! It is so fun to see the different results using powders.

  12. This is a definite ‘wow’ card! The resist embossing looks so cool with those awesome colours! Fab sentiment too. xxx

  13. Lindsey says:

    First of all, I really love this card with the colours and (as you say) the way the embossing catches the different colours. Second… could you tell me a little more about Spicers? I haven’t heard of it before, but it looks like there might be one north of Toronto, which would be handy for me. At least until next time I’m in Ottawa… 😉 Oh, and I almost forgot — your lettering looks amazing in the white on black!

  14. Kathy McGovern says:

    VERY nice, Heather. I don’t have the colourburst powders but achieved a similar result by shaving bits off my neocolor watercolour crayons with a craft knife and spritzing with water, as you do.

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