Little Secret

little secret Heather Telford

I’m playing with layers in today’s card, both layers of stamping and layers of painting. I used a couple of colours of distress stain to create the background on hot pressed watercolour paper. I painted with both chipped sapphire and stormy sky, keeping the colour dark on the left and pale on the right. After I had done one layer I dried it then painted another layer. While the second layer was still wet I stamped the ‘a little secret’ stamp in chipped sapphire ink, taking care as I inked it to leave the birds uninked. I let that dry and stamped again in chipped sapphire to get an image which didn’t soften and bleed. With the panel dry I dropped some water droplets onto the painted background then after a minute or so dried them with paper towel. The watermark left behind looks like light or a moon in the distance. To finish I stamped the full stamp in versafine onyx black ink.

little secret close up Heather Telford

You can see the deckled edge in the close up above. I buy quite a bit of hot pressed watercolour paper in large sheets and each sheet has two deckled edges which occasionally I incorporate into my projects. I mounted the panel on a white card base and left it without a sentiment.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: a little secret (PB)
Inks: chipped sapphire, stormy sky distress stains and inks(Ranger), versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
Paper: Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper


14 Comments on “Little Secret”

  1. Liz in NH says:

    It DOES look like a misty moon overlooking the precious little lovebirds. Love the multiple branch stampings. You do this so well, Heather, thank you for sharing your process. There’s a lot of emotion in this one. No greeting necessary.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Oh, this is lovely, Heather! I love the dark to light sky and the sweet birds and tree in silhouette!

  3. 3kidmama says:

    Such a STUNNING card. I adore the way you use color and water on your cards. This is just beautiful! You have me thinking through my stamp collection wondering if I have any twig/branch stamps. 🙂

  4. Lindsey says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous sky and layered images!

  5. lollthompson says:

    Hi Heather. Love the way you’ve create the light and dark sky with layering. And the same for the branches. Great tips. Thank you for sharing!!

  6. Pat says:

    Gorgeously atmospheric Heather and love the way the two birds on the branch are in the pretty moonlit side of the tree. x

  7. wendy0322 says:

    Wow Heather! This is just beautiful!

  8. Sal says:

    I ❤️ your cards and find you are generous to share all the directions. Thank you.

  9. Heidi says:

    Beautiful blue sky! Always a lovely sight to see.

  10. lollthompson says:

    Love the misty feel of this card Heather. Such a great technique.

  11. Verna Stevens says:

    I love the way you stamped the branches in blue and black. So soft. The blue is so beautiful. This card could be used for so many occasions. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

  12. Rebecca says:

    Blue is my favorite color. The combination of blue and the dreamy quality of your card leave me feeling so glad that I came upon it. Thank you for sharing your process, which now I can try to emulate in different ways. Stunning!

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