Watercolour butterflies

watercolour butterflies Heather Telford

I have more water colouring for you today but I didn’t use my pencils this time. I used three colours of Memento inks and a large acrylic block. I stamped the ink pad directly onto the acrylic block and then picked up ink with a aqua painter . The aqua painter already has water in it so the ink immediately diluted a little.  Any way I am jumping ahead with my description.

Back to the beginning…I stamped the butterflies in versamark and and embossed in clear powder onto watercolour cardstock. At this point I hadn’t decided how to use the butterflies so I taped the panel down on my work table so it wouldn’t warp once I started painting. I worked on one butterfly at a time, painting it with water first then adding colour blue, green and purple to different sections of the butterfly and watching the ink blend. As the ink dried and the intensity of the colour decreased I added a bit more here and there with markers which I then blended with water.

Once I decided to cut around all three butterflies I knew I would not attempt to cut our their antennae ( you know I am not a “fussy cutter”).  The Less is More challenge this week is to use beads so I found some tiny beads which matched and started searching for thin wire to thread them together. I ended up using a discarded violin string (not uncommon around here) but it was too thick so I unwound the very fine wire which is tightly wound around the inner wire. Too much information? Anyway it worked and I made little four-bead bodies with another bead for each antenna.

watercolour butterflies closeup


Stamps:  Free FlightIn my Thoughts (PB)
Inks: Memento Elderberry, Cottage Ivy, Nautical Blue & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano Hotpress 25%cotton watercolour paper
Also: Clear embossing powder, tiny beads and wire from a violin D string


Tag time

Susan’s OLW challenge this week is to take inspiration from something on her Pure Inspiration board on Pinterest. I picked the line up of tags below as my inspiration then had to work out how to make it one layer.

tags    Free to use in your PERSONAL artwork. Please do not sell in anyway.

To keep it one layer I punched a tag mask out of a post it note and sponged a base of Wheat Chalk ink inside the mask. All the stamps are from the Free Flight set except the tiny sentiment. I used the collage stamp to add background to each tag and then used the bird and butterfly as well as the lace edge and the postal part of the collage to be feature images.

Unfortunately when adding the last image to the last tag I smudged ink on the card base. Not wanting to start again I changed the size of the card and continued by adding a sentiment above the tags. It ended up crooked and really did not look good so I began again and ended up adding a tiny sentiment inside a tiny masked tag, then threaded the ribbon through a whole in the card base.

I was happy with my one layer card but didn’t want to waste the tags from my original attempt so I punched them out and made a layered card.


Stamps: Free FlightWishes, Hello GorgeousLetter Background (PB)
Inks: Memento Rhubarb stalk and Desert Sand, Wheat Versamagic Chalk ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Fall Festival
Also: Ribbon, Cord

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.

Birthday Butterflies

There are birthday cards to enjoy on the Penny Black Blog today. I made one in a summery yellow colour scheme featuring the one of the butterflies from the new Free Flight set. The challenge at Less is More this week is Yellow so this one fits the bill.

I used one of my favourite layouts and techniques. This layout is scattered throughout my blog. I masked with post-it notes and then embossed the butterflies in clear before sponging in  yellow.  I added a few butterflies in yellow, then sponged in a pale orange, more butterflies, some text and then removed the masks. To finish off I added a two tone butterfly and a two tone sentiment.

The new OLW challenge is up on Jennifer’s blog; check it out.


Stamps: Free Flight , Letter Background, Flourish Birthday (PB)
Ink: Memento Daffodil, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also: Clear e.p.

When time is of the essence

It just so happens that I have quite a few things to achieve over the next few days; some by the end of today. But I also wanted to participate in a couple of challenges. The One Layer Wednesday challenge returned yesterday and as some of you noticed Cheryl and I have joined  Susan and Jennifer on the hosting team. Thank you to those of you who have left me such kind messages expressing your excitement over the challenge and my involvement; I am really looking forward to it.  So I really couldn’t miss the first challenge with the new team. The other challenge that appealed this week is the Less is More challenge because that sketch had my name all over it!

I have managed to create a card for to enter in both those challenges but more importantly a card I can send my mother for Mothers’ Day. As my mother lives on the other side of the world I really need to think ahead and the truth is, I rarely do.  My parents read this blog so I don’t like to post their cards here on the blog before they have received them but this will have to be an exception. (Perhaps, Dad, you could just not show her this one!)

The OLW challenge is to make a card for a woman in your life. I have used my mother’s favourite colours and a stamp with a little postage/correspondence theme happening. My mother has been a faithful correspondent since I left home, I less so.  It looks like I made a clever collage of script and postmark, butterflies and birdcage but no, I just used the clever collage  stamp from the new Penny Black Free Flight set. (To see more cards made with this set and the rest of the set visit the Penny Black blog today.)  Of course I masked and sponged first but you already know that about me don’t you? The Less is More challenge was a sketch with either a centered square or circle leaving plenty of white space all around.

Thanks for dropping by; I must get back to the daily tasks.


Stamps: Free Flight  (PB)
Ink: Memento Summer Sky, Lulu Lavender & Grape Jelly, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)