Sky’s the limit

 OLS Sky's the limit Heather Telford

Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first of January which means it is the first day of a new challenge at One Layer Simplicity. I am hosting this month and the challenge is to make a one layer card inspired by the phrase ‘the sky’s the limit’. You can make the sky the focus of your card like I did, be inspired by the phrase itself or come up with an idea of your own. Link your project over on the One Layer Simplicity blog any time before January 24th.

To create my great big sky card I first flicked some masking fluid on watercolour paper then taped it down to keep it from warping when wet.  I stamped the sled carrying passengers in versafine onyx black ink. Underneath the sled I positioned frog tape to mask the toboggan hill. To mask the children and dog I used my new Molotow masking pen. With all of that masked I was able to paint the rest of the panel with brushos to create a pretty blue and pink expanse. Once the sky dried I gently removed the masking over the stamp and coloured the image with watercolour pencils. Finally I removed the tape and added a sentiment.  The panel did warp a little so I ironed it. Are you surprised to see people on my card today? Yep, me too!

Thank you for your response to my two ‘Top 10’ posts; you were very kind and encouraging. I am excited to share some new products and techniques in the coming year as well as continue using and describing some of my favourite tried and true methods and materials.

Stamps: Gleeful, Holiday Snippets (PB)
Mediums:  Brusho powders, Versafine Onyx Black ink
Cardstock: Hotpressed Fabriano watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking fluid, Molotow Masking pen

All is calm under a brusho sky

Brusho Silent Night Heather Telford

I have painted quite a few expansive coloured skies lately. On Saturday I taught the last of my Merry & Bright class which included a bister night sky over a die cut tiny town. As I demonstrated the technique all of my skies were different and class participants also created unique and beautiful skies. Today’s card is similar in layout to the class card but instead of bister I used brusho and instead of die cutting I painted the little street with the help of a stamp from the ‘Gleeful’ set. I stamped the town first in versafine vintage sepia then added brusho and water to the sky area. I didn’t need to use much because the powder is so potent. I blended the blue and green with a brush and painted right up to the roof tops then let it dry. I used brown, blue, green and yellow brusho to paint the buildings and trees then finished the foreground with black brusho which separates into several colours. I added a tiny sentiment in versafine onyx black, removed the masking fluid to reveal stars then matted with a couple of co-ordinating colours.

Thanks for dropping by; I hope you have a great week.

Stamps: Gleeful, Holiday Snippets (PB)
Mediums:  Brusho powders, Versafine Onyx Black ink
Cardstock: Hotpressed Canson watercolour paper, Neenah avon brilliant white, brown and teal cardstock

Inch by Inch 5: Christmas Village

Christmas village Heather Telford

I hope you have enjoyed the Inchie Arts projects this week. My final one (for now) is a door handle decoration, a little panel with a winter scene on six 1.5″ squares.

Christmas village on door Heather Telford

To create this panel I began by splattering masking fluid on six squares then, when the fluid had dried I placed them edge to edge in a 2×3 array on masking paper to hold them together while I stamped and coloured. I stamped the village from the transparent set, “Gleeful” on an array of tiles in versafine onyx black. Using a waterbrush I picked up blue from a watercolour pencil to paint the sky. With a selection of watercolour pencils I coloured and blended the buildings and trees in the stamped image.  Once the watercolouring had dried I rubbed off all the masking fluid to reveal the ‘falling snow’. I used ultrafine sharpie markers to highlight some features on the fillage and a clear wink of stella pen to make the windows glisten. With a white gel pen I drew snow on roofs, window trim and around doorways to finish off the picture.

To assemble the decoration I cut a corrogated cardboard base using the ‘Frame’ die and a green mat for the squares then painted the frame edges with white gesso and the green card with wedding dress luxe ink. I mounted the art squares on the green with a small margin between each square then finished it off with a blue and white polka dot ribbon.

Make sure you visit the Penny Black and the Inchie Arts blogs for more Inchie inspiration and for a chance to win some stamps and art squares.

Christmas village detail Heather Telford


Stamps:  Gleeful (PB)
Creative Dies: Frame and Pattern (PB)
Inks:  Versafine Onyx Black (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Green cardstock, Natural corrogated cardstockInchie Arts 1.5″ white square
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, polka dot ribbon, white gesso, white gel pen, clear wink of stella pen, ultrafine sharpies