The distress oxide trials

The trials have begun. Shauna at The Foiled Fox sent me some distress oxide inks to try. I have been intrigued by the videos and projects I’ve seen around the place so was keen to play with them myself. I started by mixing some diluted ink on a craft mat then swiped different papers through it. I chose bristol cardstock, hot pressed watercolour paper and neenah solar white 110lb cardstock.

The card above features the bristol cardstock. It picked up the colour well, the inks blended and the watermarks from splattering made nice light patches with dark edges. I used two main colours, a pink and a blue (what a surprise!) then I splattered a little yellow at the end of my experimenting.

The panel below is made from the hot pressed watercolour piece. The results were very similar but the blending was even smoother between the colours.

I chose not to make a card from the sample on  neenah solar white. It worked but the colours did not blend or spread as nicely in my opinion. These are just the beginning of my experiments of course and only three colours but there is more to come. The inks blended just as beautifully as the original distress inks but dry opaque or semi opaque, perfect for a solid background.


Stamps: delicate flowers, stitched flowers, happy snippets
Dies: flower frolic, tagged
Inks: faded jeans, worn lipstick, fossilized amber distress oxide inks (Ranger) versafine majestic blue (Tsukineko)
Papers: hot pressed watercolour paper, bristol paper, stardream blue cardstock, black cardstock


With love, my friend

Delicate blooms Heather Telford

I made this for a close friend of mine who unexpectedly ended up in hospital this week. I am pleased to say she should be home by now. I began by painting a background with blue and red watercolour paints which I left to dry completely. During the whole painting and and stamping process I had the panel turned vertically but when it came to make the card I preferred it in landscape orientation. I inked the brambles stamp in mustard seed distress stain, spritzed it then stamped. The flower heads of the ‘delicate florals’ stamp, I inked in barn door distress stain and the stems in memento espresso truffle marker, spritzed and stamped. The flower heads were quite watery so I let them dry and stamped again over the top to add some details. I ended up keeping the frame made by the tape placed around the panel and popping it up on a card base made from watercolour paper. I have mentioned before how the whole matchy-matchy thing is very important to me so sometimes the card base has to be exactly the same not just close which is what it would be if I used a different card stock.


Stamps: Delicate Florals, Gratitude, Bramble (PB)
Inks: Mustard Seed, Barn Door distress stains, Black Soot distress marker(Ranger) Expresso Truffle memento marker, Versafine Majestic Blue & Vintage Sepia (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Vintage Birthday

Vintage birthday Heather Telford

This is one of those designs that grew out of a vague idea not a definite plan. The popped up panel is watercolour paper which I taped down to my work surface. I spritzed water onto it before I stamped. I inked the stamp from “Delicate Florals” with Memento Dandelion, Tangelo and Olive Grove markers then spritzed generously before stamping. I restamped without re-inking a couple of times. Next I inked just the flower heads with the markers and stamped them a couple of times. Finally I stamped a little extra foliage. To highlight the flowers a little more I added more colour with the Potter’s Clay marker and the Venetian red watercolour pencil. The background colour is a combination of watercolour pencil splatter and Memento ink mixed with water. While the panel was still taped down I ran an olive watercolour pencil around the edge of the tape then blended it into the panel with a waterbrush.  I added a little extra texture and pattern with the text stamp from the new “Footnotes” transparent set. Once I removed the tape the panel reminded me a little of old postcards so I chose the sentiment from “Sentimental set” because of the vintage style font.


Stamps: Delicate Florals, Sentimental, Footnotes  (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Tangelo, Potter’s Clay, Olive Grove Markers, Olive Grove & Pistachio ink (Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils Olive Green 173, Venetian Red 190 (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock

Watercolour background

Delicate Floral with watercolour background Heather Telford

The background was the starting point for this card. I squeezed three colours of distress stain directly onto an acrylic block then pressed the block onto watercolour paper creating a pink, blue and green abstract background. Next I chose the stamp from Delicate Florals and stamped it in a couple of stages. First I inked only the blooms with Victorian Velvet distress stain and stamped them a couple of times. When the paper was dry I inked the whole stamp with versafine onyx black and stamped over the pink blooms. I inked in black again but selectively to stamp parts of a second spray of flowers on the left.

On the card base I stamped the same image a few more times in VersamagicWheat chalk ink.

Drop in on the Penny Black blog this week to enjoy the “How-to Hop” featuring the new large scale stamps and co-ordinating stencils. I will be sharing a card and tutorial mid-week.
Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: Delicate FloralsSpecial Wishes  (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black & Versamagic Wheat (Tsukineko) Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Three square layout

Three square layout in green

Quite some time ago I stamped the spray of round blooms from the Delicate Florals set on water colour paper. I stamped it three times in different colours and with different amounts of water added each time. The panel has been sitting around waiting for further inspiration. I sliced off the green section of the panel yesterday because I was inspired by this card of Sarah’s. I really like the squares lined up on the extreme right and the sideways sentiment. I didn’t cut my squares quite as small as Sarah because I wanted as much of the image as I could fit.

It’s been a while since I stamped the panel but I think it might have gone something like this:

1. paint a green wash on the watercolour paper
2. ink stamp in green and stamp onto the green wash while it is still damp
3. add letter background in grey
4. when dry stamp the branch in grey slightly offset from the green image.


Stamps: Delicate Florals,  Letter BackgroundThanks, thanks (PB)
Inks: Memento Bamboo leaves, Pear Tart, London Fog & Versafine Smoky Grey (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Vintage collage

Vintage collage

Once again I hesitate to try and describe the process involved in creating this card because it is a combination of experiments and errors!

I started with a large piece of watercolour paper on which I was stamping all the flowers from the Delicate Florals set and experimenting with ways to colour them. The tulips above were stamped with Memento Angel Pink and Bamboo leaves. I then did the colouring with gelatos. I made a little watercolour paint by colouring with the gelato on a plastic sheet then blending in some water. I also picked up colour directly from the gelato with an aqua painter as well as applying gelato onto the tulip then blending. At this point I had a circle made from two tulips and no plan in place. I cut it into a square, masked the tulip flowers and added the letter background. I think it was about this point that I tipped over the bamboo leaves ink pad onto the panel creating some of those random lines you see on the right hand side. (It was also around then that I knocked tomorrow’s OLW card over onto an inked stamp and ruined it but that’s another story.)

So after dragging the edge of the ink pad over the panel a few times to add more vintagy effects I decided to add a little corner of Divine Pattern and a whole lot of pink sponging. Almost happy by this time I settled on one more element: one corner of the frame stamp. The panel was a square but I decided not to make a square card; instead I sliced it up and laid it out on a 5½” x 4¼” cardbase. Even after spacing it out there was still empty space which didn’t look quite right so I created the oval tab, slipped it under the last panel and decided to make a smaller card with the tab sticking out.

Thanks for dropping by; I will be back tomorrow with hopefully my fourth and final attempt at this week’s One Layer Wednesday challenge card.


Stamps: Delicate Florals,  Letter Background,  Divine Pattern, With Florish, Eloquence (PB)
Inks: Memento Bamboo leaves, Angel Pink, Love letter
Cardstock: Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,
Also: Faber Castell gelatos

Emerging Butterfly

 Emerging butterfly

Yet another card from me which ended up looking totally different to the original plan! But never mind that, I ended up with a card which fits the Less is More challenge this week to use Lime Green and Black.

I began by masking the sides of the vertical strip with post-it notes. In the strip I repeatedly stamped a flower from Delicate Florals then sponged over the top getting gradually darker towards the bottom. The Soft Wings butterfly was stamped five times in grey before the final one and the sentiment were added in black.


Stamps: Soft Wings, Delicate Florals, Thinking of You (Penny Black)
Ink: Memento Pear Tart, London Fog & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)

Watercolour butterflies

The Penny Black blog is featuring watercoloured cards today and once again the designers have come up with a diverse selection of styles. My card features watercoloured butterflies. I began by stamping the three butterflies in pale blue. I then applied all the wing colour with watercolour pencils and blended it with water. Next I embossed in gold over the top of the colouring and added a sponged, stamped and watercoloured background with some paint dropped here and there in the colours of the butterflies.


Stamps: Free Flight , Delicate Florals, Gratitude (PB)
Ink: Memento Summer Sky, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves & Grape Jelly, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano Hot Pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Fern Green & Purple Mountain
Also: Gold e.p.

Thinking of You

The Penny Black blog is featuring sympathy cards today. I chose a colour scheme I don’t usually use to create my card, but I am quite happy with the warmth of brown and coral together. The floral sprays and sentiment are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and the letter background in Memento Desert Sand .  I coloured the flowers with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

Thanks for dropping by; I’ll be back with a One Layer Wednesday card tomorrow.


Stamps: Delicate FloralsLetter Background,  Gratitude (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa  & Desert Sand, Versfine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Coral Reef, Grand Canyon
Also: Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

Spring Fling

Spring has definitely sprung here and on the Penny Black blog; there are two weeks of spring inspired projects to enjoy if you pop over there. The tulips are up in my garden but not blooming yet, so here are a few in bloom.  After deciding to leave the tulips as outlines I wanted to add something a little fancier to my card so I embossed the whole card front in clear embossing powder using the Penny Black Damask Pattern background stamp. I was quite happy with the subtle result, it really looks like…well, linen damask! The close up below gives you an idea.

For the tulip card I used Delicate FloralsGratitude and Damask Pattern. The inks are memento and the cardstock Penny Black Mix and Match papers Summer Sun, Fall Festival & Fern Green.

The daisies below were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on a brayered panel and then coloured with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.  The stamps are from  Flowers Sweet and the very useful sentiment set, Gratitude and the cardstock Fern Green Mix & Match papers

Thanks for dropping by.