Fancy Foliage

Blended leaves Heather Telford

I can’t leave the leaves alone! I am very much a seasonal stamper when choosing my themes, colours and images. Of course I do stamp Christmas and winter images before the season arrives and spring designs are needed before the snow melts but when looking for inspiration I often choose what I see outside.

I embossed these leaves and watercoloured inside with Zig clean color real brush markers, two different reds and a brown. I coloured randomly and roughly then blended the colours with a waterbrush. I also added gold wink of stella to the mix and blended that with water. This gave the leaves a warm shimmery sheen which you can just see in the photo. (I shared the colouring and blending on a periscope here)

When it was all dry I coloured round the edges of the leaves with a grey clean color marker and blended that out with water also. To finish the card I matted with burgandy and added some gold thread and a sentiment.

Thank you for the kind words about my wrist; it turns out it is arthritis at the base of my thumb so I will be looking for ways to work smarter with both time and tools to ease the stress on the joint 😦


Stamps: Foliage Fancy, Sprinkles and Smiles (PB)
Inks: Versafine Crimson Red (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Markers: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Gold Wink of Stella (Kuretake)
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White 110lb, Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, textured burgandy cardstock
Also: clear embossing powder, gold embroidery thread

Leaves and canvas

Leaves and canvas Heather Telford


I am not anxious for summer to end but I am enjoying playing with autumn stamps and colours. The Foliage Fancy set I used for this card has solid leaf stamps and outline/vein leaf stamps. I started by applying two colours of distress stain directly to the solid leaf, spritzing it and stamping on watercolour paper. I changed the colour mix slightly for each leaf. While the stain was still a bit damp I inked the outline stamp with rich cocoa memento ink and stamped over the solid leaves. I painted tumbled glass distress stain around the leaves and when that was dry splattered a little of each leaf colour over the top.

Before cutting out the watercolour panel I ruled lines down either side of the panel letting the leaves cross the lines for added interest. I stamped the canvas background directly on the cardbase in rich cocoa ink then added a sentiment.

I must admit I am looking forward to autumn a little because I went thrift shopping this week and came home with a 100% cashmere sweater in great condition for $7.99! It will be cosy when the weather turns cold.


Stamps: Foliage Fancy, …smiling, Textures (PB)
Inks: Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass distress stains (Ranger) Rich Cocoa Memento ink (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Pencils: Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Cardstock: Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb, Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Gold leaves and sharpies

Leaves with Sharpies Heather Telford

I tried something new on today’s card, colouring with Sharpies. If you visit here often you know I do most of my colouring with inks, watercolours and pencils but there was a 24 pack of Sharpies at Costco recently on sale for $9.99 and it called out to me. I have done very little colouring with markers so this was quite experimental and I thought I was less likely to make a mess with a simple design of leaves. To help me “keep inside the lines” I embossed the leafy stamp, “Wondrous” in gold powder first. I used the three greens below plus a touch of yellow. I began with the lightest green on one side of each leaf then added the middle green, then went back over both with the lighter green. I was pleased to see the darker colours did not stain the tips of the lighter colours. When I was finished I added a thin strip of the darkest green to a few leaves. The gold marker was used to make a border around the whole panel which I popped up on a white card base with dimensional tape. The sharpies don’t seem to have colour names or numbers so I added a photo of the ones I used below.

While the “Wondrous” stamp was out on my table I made another card in a very different style which I will share tomorrow. Thanks for your kind words about our “lights” cards yesterday; I shared your comments with my son.

Sharpies used on Leaves card


Creative Dies: Wondrous, Foliage Fancy (PB)
Inks: Versamark (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110lb, Black cardstock
Also: Gold Sharpie, Green & Yellow Sharpies, Gold cord, Gold embossing powder

World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day.   Penny Black is joining in the celebrations so I participated in a sketch challenge as part of the fun. Penny Black will be celebrating the occasion “here” all day with prizes, give-aways and wonderful opportunities.

I hope you find a little card making time yourself.


Stamps: Foliage Fancy , Music Background (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Potter’s Clay, Tangelo, Cantaloupe, Dandelion (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Fall Festival

Harmony leaves

I am enjoying making Gratitude cards and had fun experimenting with patterns and colours for this one. I used the background stamp, Harmony, which I randomly inked in three colours and stamped on white cardstock. I then embossed the leaves in clear and sponged over the whole panel, in brown and orange.  Combining leaves with a tapestry style pattern is a bit unusual but I think it works here.

Cards made for Gratitude challenge: 4
Cards mailed for Gratitude challenge: 0 (Better get on that! I bought postage stamps today so that’s a step in the right direction.)


Stamps: Harmony, Foliage FancyGratitude (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Rhubarb stalk, Morocco, Rich Cocoa & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Fall Festival

Simple Foliage

Susan is hosting the One Layer Wednesday challenge and has challenged us to join in her Gratitude Campaign for 2012. In her words:

The Gratitude Campaign is my annual attempt to save Thanksgiving from the commercial limbo between Halloween and Christmas. I resent that Thanksgiving only gets an end-cap at Target. Those of you who read my other blog know how important an attitude of gratitude is to me, and it’s just sad that Thanksgiving has become an excuse to over-eat rather than an opportunity to jump in a big pile of autumnal gratitude and roll around in it. 

I wholeheartedly agree with her so have created two gratitude cards today. The challenge for me is not creating them; it’s mailing them. I’ll keep you posted on my success rate!

The Less is More challenge this week is to create a one layer card featuring Foliage so I combined the two challenges and created the card above.

I used Memento dewdrop inkpads to apply ink directly to the stamp, first a pale orange, then a darker one around the edges of the stamp. I then added text to the leaf stamp by inking the letter background stamp and pressing the two stamps together (often called the ‘kissing’ technique).

I liked the look of the blended leaf so I stamped several more then cropped one out to make a single popped up strip on the two layer card below.


Stamps: Foliage Fancy (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Potter’s Clay (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Grand Canyon

New Leaves

ThePenny Black blog has started featuring brand new stamps from their Christmas and Halloween catalogs. My card today is made using the new Foliage Fancy set which includes outline and solid stamps in three different leaf shapes along with three sentiments.

I embossed the outline leaf with clear embossing powder first then inked the solid leaf with yellow, green and a touch of orange before stamping over the embossed images. I finished the panel with some sponging before matting it and attaching to the card base.

Just because the fall and Christmas stamps are out does not mean I am finished with summer.  I am loving the weather, the activities and the slightly more relaxed pace. I’m in no hurry for September to roll around!


Stamps: Foliage Fancy (Penny Black)
Inks:  Memento Daffodil, Cantaloupe, Pear Tart & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Grand Canyon & Olive Grove
Also: Clear e.p.