Spring Things

Sun fire Heather Telford

I pulled out one of last year’s floral stamps for this card and tried the co-ordinating die from this year’s release.  I painted a pale background first and let it dry before I did any stamping. I inked the stamp directly with distress stains, spritzed, stamped then blended with a waterbrush and a clear wink of stella pen. The petals were inked in seedless preserves and dusty concord so there would be some light and dark purple to blend. On the main panel I added a few wink of stella highlights once I had blended the petals but on the die cut lily I did all the blending with a clear wink of stella so it has a subtle shimmer when it catches the light. The dots on the petals and the filaments get a bit lost when inked with distress stain so I went over them with a marker once the petals were dry.

I completed the card by matting the main panel in green and popping up the die cut lily over the top. I added a simple sentiment but I am realising now that this would have made a nice easter card. I guess I can stamp an easter sentiment inside.

Sunfire detail Heather Telford

Believe it or not I still have a few snowy scene  card ideas bouncing around in my head. How about you – are you just stamping all things spring these days?

I’ve never entered Darnell’s cool NBUS challenge but I am eligible with my never before used ‘sun fire’ die so I will link up over there and at the Work it Wednesday Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp blog.


Stamps:  First DanceSnippets (PB)
Creative Dies: Sun fire (PB)
Inks: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Ripe Persimmon, Forest Moss Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, green cardstock, Neenah Natural white cardstock

Watercolouring the Lily

All this week on the Penny Black blog you can check out the designers’ favourites from the new Happy Everything collection. It will come as no surprise that I chose a brushstroke stamp that lends itself to the watercolour technique.


To create the pink card below I inked the ‘First Dance’ lily with a combination of distress ink and memento markers then stamped onto dry watercolour paper. I created a mask to cover the centre lily then stamped another lily on either side. With three lilies in a row I spritzed the panel with water and let the dark and light pinks blend a little. I used memento markers to draw over the stamen and stems and to redo the dots on the petals. To finish I picked up with a paintbrush a little diluted pink ink to paint around the top edges of the panel and some green around the bottom.

Pink Lilies Heather Telford


Stamps:  First Dance, Every Happiness (PB)
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Potter’s Clay, Pear Tart  (Tsukineko) Worn Lipstcik Distress Ink  (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black mix & match Fuschia Fantasies paper

The yellow and green lily below was created using the wet into wet technique. It is most apparent where the ink has bled from the stem and leaves. It also bled from the petals (Memento Dandelion) making them quite pale so I used Mustard Seed distress stain to paint over them and intensify their colour. The background panel is stamped with one of the new ‘Twirls’ border stamps.

Yellow & Green lily Heather Telford


Stamps:  First DanceSpecial Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Potter’s Clay, Espresso Truffle, Pear Tart, Bamboo leaves  (Tsukineko)
Distress Stains: Mustard Seed(Ranger)
Creative Dies: Feather & Frames
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black mix & match Olive Grove

First Dance

First Dance Heather Telford

When  I first received the lily stamp from Penny Black I was not aware that it was named “First Dance”. The name does seem perfect when you look at it swaying in the breeze. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I used a watercolour technique to make this card! I inked the stamp with markers and stamped it on dry watercolour paper. I then spritzed sparingly with water and added more colour to petals and leaves with a paintbrush. I added little dots with a marker then re-stamped the stamen in brown.

The inspiration from the “Happy Everything” collection continues on the PB blog today with Jill’s gorgeous creations.


Stamps:  First DanceSpecial Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Dandelion, Potter’s Clay, Tangelo, Pear Tart  (Tsukineko)
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black mix & match Fall Festival paper