Bloom Heather Telford

A card I made a while back but a sentiment appropriate for a new year. I coloured this panel when I first bought my zig clean color real brush pens. There are a few areas where the colour breaks out of the lines but I don’t let that worry me. The colours in the basic set I bought are very vibrant. I stamped the flowers in pink and green then coloured with the markers. Laying down and blending all the colour for the background with a brush pen was time consuming so I won’t being doing it often but I like the dark and light of the wash and watermarks. The stamp is a winner because you can bend the stem and make it look like you have a bunch of different stamps.

This card is inspired by my parents.  My parents have been married for 54 years and have lived in ten different homes in those 54 years. They have planted and cared for a garden alongside all of those ten homes. Sometimes they started from scratch; other times they carried on the gardening work of the previous occupants. Our family enjoyed the beauty of their flower gardens and the produce from their fruit and vegie growing. In all those ten homes they have also nurtured relationships with those in their community; they have bloomed where God planted them. Below is a photo of their current garden.



Stamps: Enamor, Friendship flowers (PB)
Inks: memento bamboo leaves, rosebud (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Markers: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Kuretake)
Cardstock:  Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, green cardstock

Flowers on circles

flowers on circles Heather Telford

Before I made my previous card, the coloured balloon one, I did an experiment with leftover scraps of frisket film. Frisket film is masking paper for watercolour and other ‘wet’ mediums. I taught a class a couple of months back where we used a large circle cut from frisket film to mask the moon. I kept the negative scraps of film that I had cut many moons from. Just for fun I lay them on a piece of watercolour paper, overlapping here and there to create a random arrangement. With the film in place I dropped some blue and green color burst powders over the panel then spritzed with water. I used enough water to activate the powder but not so much that it ran everywhere. The result was the circles on the card above. I picked a simple outline stamp and coloured it in completely then added a sentiment which I curved to follow the stem of the flower.

These colours are much brighter than the bister and just as much fun. Can you tell I am really enjoying these paint powders?


Stamps: Snippets, Enamor (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx black (Tsukineko) 
Cardstock: Neenah Epic Black 100lb smooth , Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Color Burst powder, Prismacolor Premier fine line marker, Grafix extra tack frisket film

Flowers on flowers

Flowers on flowers Heather Telford

The other day when I was happily stamping background stamps over papers sprinkled with bister powder I made this print with ‘floral tapestry’. I can’t remember exactly what I used to stamp. I think it was mainly water on the stamp and mahogany and yellow bister on the dry watercolour paper. I may have used a pale distress stain; I’m not sure. I was using the Misti so I did stamp multiple times in order to spread the water over the whole panel. Sadly you can’t see it in the photo but the water had some pearl-ex powder mixed in so the pattern has a pretty sheen to it. While trying not to make the panel too busy I did want to have something more defined in the foreground so I stamped several flowers with brown inks and coloured them with watercolour markers using pearl-ex water to blend so they too have a shimmery sheen.

Dina Kowal posted an informative video this week with so much inspiration for using different watercolour powders. She also has two posts on her blog, one about the powders and the other about papers to use with the powders. Dina is a fabulous artist and has compared, tested and created with the powders. Now we can all benefit from all her research. Thanks, Dina.


Stamps: Floral Tapestry, Snippets, Enamor (PB)
Inks: Versafine Crimson Red (Tsukineko) Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs  Distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 110lb smooth , Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Zig clean color real brush markers


pink and blue floral 2

Enamor is a new transparent set of floral stamps from the  Sunshine and Smiles collection; it includes both outline and solid stamps. I have featured one of each in today’s projects.

pink and blue floral 1

pink and blue floral step 1 Heather Telford

To make these two clean and simple cards I created a ‘wet into wet’ watercolour panel by dropping three colours onto a wet piece of watercolour paper then sprinkling some salt crystals here and there.

pink and blue floral step 2 Heather Telford scaled

Once the panel was dry I brushed off the salt and stamped twice in colours which matched the background.

pink and blue floral step 3 Heather Telford

I then spritzed the stamped images and let them bleed into the surrounding area. Once the panel was dry again I stamped again in black then cut it into two pieces.

pink and blue floral step 4 Heather Telford

I picked an outline stamp to stamp over the patterns created by the salt on the second piece. I added black mats and sentiments to tie everything together.


Stamps: Enamor, A Sweet Day (PB)
Inks: Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough distress inks (Ranger) Versafine onyx Black (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Epic Black & Solar White cardstock
Also: Kuretake gansai tambi watercolour paints