Floral border

floral border Heather Telford

Between Christmas and New Year I did some major re-organising in my work room and changed the way I store my stamps. I am still working out a few details and wondering the best way to store my wood block stamps but other than that the new system seems to be working well. One benefit of doing some serious sorting was re-acquainting myself with my supplies. I pulled out a stamp from a few years ago and my Koi watercolour travel set to make this card.

floral border Heather Telford

The stamp is a bouquet of flowers in a vase but as you can see I left the vase out of the picture and just worked with the flowers to create a border. With masking I could have positioned the flowers even more closely but I was hoping to finish this card fairly quickly so I just stamped the flower part of the stamp with the MISTI then moved my watercolour panel and stamped again. I used distress ink to stamp so I could blend it while painting. To keep it simple I used two colours of paint on the petals switching back and forth between a pink and a pale orange. I painted olive green into the leaves but then went around the edges and over the stems with a marker. To complete the flowers I painted black dots and yellow centres.

dfloral border close up Heather Telford

It really was a fairly quick panel to paint, the time consuming part ended up being the way I mounted it between a strip of pink and a die-cut edge of pink. I should have just attached it over the top of a pink panel but I made it less bulky but more fiddly by cutting both the watercolour panel and the pink cardstock with the edge die then aligning them on the card base. The Happy Little Stampers challenge this month is watercolour with an optional twist of die-cutting, so I’m popping over to add this one in.

As I write this I am sitting beside an amaryllis which looks like it might just burst out in bloom today. It is a gift from one of my artsy accomplices and it has been growing very steadily since the new year. It’s nice to have a real flower inside when all outside is snow and ice!


Stamps: Centerpiece, words of kindness (PB)
Creative Dies: stitched edges (PB)
Inks: abandoned coral distress ink (Ranger) Olive grove memento marker, versafine Spanish moss (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock, pink  cardstock
Also:  Koi watercolor field sketch travel kit (Sakura)

18 Comments on “Floral border”

  1. Sherry says:

    Wow, so beautiful! I would love to buy this painted by you, let me know if you ever do sell. Just lovely!!

  2. Shauna Todd says:

    I can’t keep up with all your beauties! They are so wonderful!

  3. marilyn418 says:

    Amazing how different the flowers look on your card when compared to the original stamp! This is so special and from here, looks so realistic…which is appreciated since we’re getting drowned here in northern California! Thank you for taking the time to explain your process….I really appreciate it…

  4. Clelie says:

    Wow…the colors, the design…this is so very beautiful! I love that you used a ‘bouquet’ and did not need to mask; what a great tip! Any studio organizing tips??? 😀

  5. Tami says:

    Beautiful card Heather! Love your traditional watercoloring so much! I love that you have used an older stamp set – I love having new / more ideas for a stamp set! Thank you!

  6. Jan Castle says:

    Beautifully done – soooo SPRING, and we can all use that about now!!! Thank you for the inspiration Heather!
    Paper Hugs,

  7. Pat says:

    These are gorgeous flowers and beautifully coloured Heather and the pink card is really pretty and love the curved shape you have given the flower layer. x

  8. maureenchandler says:

    Lovely card – thanks so much!!

  9. Swh2013 says:

    What a beautiful card! I love the colors you used and a great reminder to look at our stamps in a different way! Awesome!

  10. kellyszafron says:

    Gorgeous card! I love the colors and your painting. Thank you for sharing it with us at HLS Watercolour challenge.

  11. elscoast says:

    Very pretty.  Wish I possessed your coloring skills.L

    Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone

  12. Lindsey says:

    I had to pop over to the Penny Black site to see the original of this floral stamp — um, wow! Such gorgeous detail you’ve added to this outline stamp!

  13. Rema DeLeeuw says:

    This is absolutely stunning! Thanks for playing along with us at HLS Water Colour Challenge.

  14. Irene Ryther says:

    So lovely. Now I will have to get some distressed paint and try to follow your instructions.Hope I can do half as well, but I know it will take some practice to do as well as you did. Thank you for your inspiration.

  15. Daria says:

    This caught my eye on Pinterest. It’s gorgeous. I enjoyed reading how you made it.
    (Excuse the prior comment. I was thinking of my son and signed his name instead of mine.)

  16. dottiejdavis says:

    This card is a beauty! I applaud your creativity and painting ability. I must say though that watercoloring is not as easy as it looks. I study and study them trying to learn but it’s slow going for this card crafter. Thank you for posting them so we can learn this popular form of painting!!!

  17. cherylquilts says:

    This is gorgeous, and I love how you’ve used this stamp…brilliant idea and a wonderful way to stretch our stamps! xoxo

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