Iris Shimmer

Iris shimmer Heather Telford

I am having all sorts of fun with brushstroke stamps at present while teaching my March class. Not only have I been experimenting with all my floral brushstroke stamps and a range of mediums, I have been  inspired by the creativity of the class members also.

 Iris shimmer wb Heather Telford

In my most recent class someone created a beautiful burgandy iris with the “pure iris” stamp and some merlot colorburst powder. Her petals could not have looked more life like! I tried the combo at home and added some pearl-ex spray and some yellow gold liquid metal. My camera did catch some shimmer in the photos so you can imagine how much there is in real life. I took a little video of it shimmering in the sunlight and posted it on instagram.

shimmer iris detail Heather Telford

Stamps: Pure Iris, Special Wishes (PB)
Mediums:  Colorburst powders, Liquid Metal (Ken Oliver) Versafine Onyx Black ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, Burgandy cardstock
Also: gold metallic thread



CAS Mix up Challenge

CAS Mix up Heather Telford

There is a new challenge on the block and it is definitely worth a look. It has been dreamed up by the very talented, Bonnie Klass and Loll Thompson and it’s called the CAS Mix up Challenge.
In their words:

Is CAS your style??  Do you love the look of clean and simple designs with lots of open space??  And have you seen all those fabulous mixed media techniques and products popping up all over and want to give them a try??  Then this is the challenge for you!
There are three elements to each challenge and for this one I had to use
  1. stamping – no problem
  2. watercolour – absolutely
  3. my choice – a die cut

watercolour background & daisies Heather Telford

I splashed some water on my watercolour paper then added some Tangerine colourburst powder and some Copper liquid metal. I let the colour move and blend and tilted it to almost fill the paper then let it dry. I had to do a little fussy cutting to mask one daisy before I stamped the other but I seemed to have survived the ordeal. I used the notebook die from the ‘pocket full’ set to cut  the top of the panel then popped it up on the card base before adding a sentiment. I tried to do the artistic-messy-thread-stuck-behind-the-panel trick but did not succeed. Maybe it was just as well because the challenge specified three elements not four!

daisies detail Heather Telford

Pop over to the challenge and check out the entries; it is a feast of inspiration.

Stamps: Love Art,  Soar (PB)
Die: A Pocket full (PB)
Mediums:  Colorburst powders, Liquid Metal (Ken Oliver) Versafine Onyx Black ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Cold pressed Fabriano watercolour paper

Color Burst Birthday

Birthday burst Heather Telford

It was my son’s birthday yesterday so I wanted to make a card he hadn’t seen rather than reach into the stash. Unfortunately I am dealing with a sore wrist/hand/thumb at present and of course holding pens, paintbrushes, scissors seems to be the worst thing for it. I needed a technique which didn’t require me to over use the right hand. Working with color burst powder was great because it creates its own magic with the help of some spritzed water. I should have stamped a single sentiment instead of stacking die cuts though.

I created the coloured panel one powder colour at a time by spritzing water, then dropping powder. I tried to take it slowly so I could see how much each colour was going to react before I added the next spritz or sprinkle. I love the way the larger drops of water have their own darker border and then there is a fine splatter of colour around them.

Creative dies: Oodles of love (Penny Black)
Inks:  Color burst watercolour powders(Ken Oliver)
Cardstock: Canson hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah epic black cardstock
Also: Stick it adhesive sheet (Ken Oliver)


Color burst poppies

Color burst poppies Heather Telford

This watercolour powder experiment  displays on one card some of the different effects you can get with color burst powders. Depending on how much water you add you can get fine dots of colour or very watery blends of colour. I sprinkled the powder on a piece of watercolour paper and spritzed lightly at one end but more generously at the other. The fine dots must have got hardly any water, the little irregular shapes a bit more water then the purple and blue areas were fairly saturated. All the purples and shades of blue came from only pink and blue powders.

I die cut poppies from the watercoloured panel and some from foam as well then attached them all together with stick it adhesive.


Stamps: Snippets (Penny Black)
Creative dies: Poppy Pair (Penny Black)
Inks:  Color burst watercolour powders(Ken Oliver), Salty ocean distress (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano cold pressed watercolour paper
Also: Stick it adhesive sheet (Ken Oliver)

Bister burst balloons

bistre burst balloons Heather Telford

I have added another powdered watercolour paint to my collection so the fun continues. You can see in the card above there are some bright colours alongside the muted earthy gold tone. I picked up four bottles of Color Burst powder from our wonderful local scrapbooking store. I just chose four favourites out of the six available (blue, pink, purple & green). This card is for my younger daughter who is celebrating her 19th birthday today. Her favourite colour is yellow so I needed to include some bister yellow but the rest of the colours are color burst. The powders did play well together so the possibilities are looking endless!

I die cut circles from frisket film and used scissors to cut the little tie end outside the balloon shape.  I pressed the large frisket mask (the negative part) down firmly, added a little crescent shape to mask the highlight then sprinkled powder inside the balloon shape. I spritzed pearl-ex spray over the top of the powders. I did move them round a little with a paintbrush just to make sure the whole area was coloured but then I left them alone to work their color magic. When the paint was dry I removed the negative mask and covered the balloon with the positive mask while I added two smaller balloons behind.

The sentiment was die cut from a watercolour scrap and the balloon strings were hand drawn with fine tip sharpies. Yes, you can see sequins on a card of my making, strange though that might seem to you. My girl likes a little sparkle!


Creative Dies:  Doodles (PB)
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Bister powders, Color Burst powders, Grafix frisket film, sequins, homemade  shimmer spray made by adding pearlex powder to water.