Stamping the stories: Lord of the Rings

Lothlórien Heather Telford

I don’t understand it but none of my children seem to have inherited my love for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘The Hobbit’. I think they all read the latter but I am not sure that any of them finished all three LOTR. I have read them several times and thoroughly enjoyed them so when challenged with a fantasy and imagination theme the delightful forest of Lothlórien came to mind. I pulled out some tree stamps, some green inks and gold thread to create a representation of the magical forest realm of the elves in middle earth.

I used some sponging for the golden light of the sky, painting and stamping for the trees and grass and a little gold die cut popped up on gold thread as an embellishment. I stamped some of the trees wet into wet to create some misty atmosphere but added some more defined stamping once the paper dried. I think the little bit of script helps give the middle earth look. The speckled look is from a fine splatter of masking fluid applied before I started and removed once all the paint and ink were dry.

Have you read any JRR Tolkien? Are you a fan? What about the movies? Years ago my husband and I were watching ‘The Fellowship of the Ring”; we did not know one of our girls was still awake in next room. All she could hear was music then battle sounds, then talk, then battle sounds over and over. She finally asked us to turn it down; it was too scary to listen to. Poor thing. The movies are a whole lot of walk, talk, walk, fight, fight, fight, walk, talk, walk, fight, fight…


Stamps:  Splendor, Fantasy, Butterfly Party (PB)
Inks: Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves, Espresso Truffle, Pear Tart, Olive Grove(ImagineCrafts/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, green cardstock, Neenah natural white
Dies: Leaflets (PB)
Also: Gansai Tambi paints, gold embroidery thread, masking fluid

Snowy Fantasy

Snowy fantasy Heather Telford


I know my Winter Wonderland week on the Penny Black blog is officially over, but I do have a snowscape or two still to share.

This panel was done on water colour paper with a mix of Distress stains and Memento inks. I positioned a hill mask first before I stamped the tree in Versamark then inked only the trunk and branches in dark brown and stamped it again a little lower. I filled the rest of the sky with snow by repeatedly  inking and stamping only a corner of the Fantasy stamp in versamark. I then embossed the tree and snow in clear powder. To create the sky I wet the top of the panel with water and started blending dusty concord and broken china distress stains. I stamped the flourish several times in Memento sweet plum while the paper was still damp. I then removed the mask and painted shadows with diluted distress stains to create the snow banks in the foreground.

Apparently another snow storm is heading our way tomorrow so it will continue to look like a winter wonderland  around here!


Stamps: Fantasy, Dancing Deers, White Christmas (Penny Black)
Inks :  Memento Sweet Plum, Espresso Truffle, Versamark (Tsukineko) Dusty Concord, Broken China Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Fuschia Fantasies, Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Clear embossing powder

Casing Patsy Collins

Tree Thank You

Edited to correct the name of the cardmaker. My apologies to Patsy Collins who is the creator of the lovely cards that inspired mine.

I have a card for you today inspired by card pinned on my Handmade Cards board. Usually I browse those cards and get a few ideas. This time I pretty much copied the card. I loved the combination of colour, text and tree image which Patsy Collins used in her cards.

I stamped the letter background first, then brayered and sponged the colours before adding the tree. Thanks Patsy for the inspiration.


Stamps: FantasyThanks, thanks (Penny Black)
Inks :  Memento Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Tangelo, Morocco, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Fall Festival

A thank you for all seasons

The Penny Black designers are gleaning inspiration from Pinterest again, this time in order to make Gratitude cards.

I scanned through my own Art Inspiration board to find inspiration and settled on this tree painting.

My art class used this painting and several other similar paintings as the starting point for some watercolours we created last year.

To create my card I inked the trunk of the tree in black memento marker and stamped it on a white panel using a stamp postioner. I then cleaned it off and inked one quarter of the tree with Pear sprout memento marker and stamped that. I did each section with markers taking care to keep the stamp postioner in place so that at the end I had a black tree and four different colours of dots. I then stamped over the whole  image with versamark and embossed with clear powder.

I sliced the panel into four sections before sponging and finished by matting in black and pairing it with the cool repetitive thanks stamp.

This card did take a little while and a steady hand with the stamp postioner but I love that tree stamp so you will be seeing it again for sure!


Stamps: Fantasy, Thanks, thanks (Penny Black)
Inks & Markers:  Memento Dandelion & Cantaloupe, Pear Sprout & Cottage Ivy, Summer Sky & Danube Blue, Angel Pink & Lady bug, Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Storm
Also: Clear embossing powder