CAS watercolour challenge: Spring

tulips Heather Telford

Back in January I was honoured to be ‘top pick’ of the CAS watercolour challenge. Today I am excited to be back as a guest designer for their March challenge.


Apparently spring has sprung in some places! I don’t expect to see tulips for a couple more months but that didn’t stop me from using the new ‘first waltz’ stamp from Penny Black to create my CAS project for the challenge.

tulips Heather Telford

This tulip panel was created at the end of a morning of experiments. I wasn’t particularly happy with any of them but before I moved on to a different stamp I tried again with some second and third generation stamping and came up with these soft pink impressions. I inked my stamp with distress markers then stamped it on a piece of paper. Without reinking I spritzed the stamp and pressed it onto a hot pressed watercolour panel, again without reinking I spritzed and stamped again. The spritz of water was enough to dampen the ink remaining on the stamp and create a soft watery image. I did keep the original ‘first generation’ stamped image so that might turn up on the blog another day.

tulips close up Heather Telford

Make sure you check out the CAS Watercolour design team ‘Spring’ cards and you have 24 days to add one yourself


Stamps: First Waltz, Spiritual Snippets(PB)
Inks:   worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, peeled paint, ground espresso distress markers (Ranger) versafine Spanish Moss (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: neenah natural white cardstock,  fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper 

13 Comments on “CAS watercolour challenge: Spring”

  1. lollthompson says:

    Your tulips are so soft and delicate, Heather. Great idea to use watercolour spritz with second and third generation stampings. I will have to give that a try! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this month at CAS Watercolour! xx

  2. creatingincolors says:

    I love beautiful and soft coloring. Great results from your technique.

  3. Your 2nd and 3rd generation watercolour stamping gave your tulips such a beautiful soft watercoloured look. TFS each step, Heather. It is so wonderful having you as our Guest Designer this month. I am sure there will be more techniques we will be learning from you.

  4. harrietskelly says:

    This is so beautiful Heather. I love the generational stamping! It is great to have you as our guest designer this month!!

  5. Susan B says:

    Lovely soft colours, Heather – I’m so glad you explained how you got that effect. I must try it. You’ve created a perfect card for the CAS Watercolour “Spring” challenge – thanks so much for being our Guest Designer!

  6. susanbri says:

    Such beautiful soft spring colours, Heather. I’m so glad you explained the technique you used – I must try that one day. You created a perfect card for the CAS Watercolour “Spring” challenge – thanks so much for being our Guest Designer!

  7. Colleen M Taylor says:

    Can’t wait for them to start popping open here in the desert! Really getting Spring Fever when I see your beautiful flowers. Congratulations and as always . . . keep them coming. I love your art.

  8. Shauna Todd says:

    So soft and pretty!

  9. Bonnie says:

    What gorgeous softly colored tulips, Heather! Pink is my favorite shade of tulips! Another gorgeous watercolor card! Thanks so much for joining our team this month!

  10. Mac Mable says:

    So delicate, so pretty and love the softness of the 2nd and 3rd generation stamping…will be giving this a go. Thank you for the inspiration x

  11. Pat says:

    How soft and pretty using the 2nd and 3rd generation inking Heather. A gorgeous card. x

  12. kdunbrook says:

    Fantastic card Heather…waiting anxiously to get my PB stamps!
    xx Karen

  13. Di says:

    Beautiful card Heather! So soft and very pretty too. XX

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