Love art poppies

Love art poppies Heather Telford

My inspiration for this panel came from my garden. I only have one colour of poppy in my garden, orange. I didn’t quite capture the colour; but it was a good colouring exercise. To create the collection of poppies I had to mask several times then stamp over my masks. Fortunately the cutting required for a mask of this poppy wasn’t too fussy!

love art poppies above Heather Telford

I used zig clean color real brush markers and worked with one orange, one yellow and one red. The colours remained bold and bright because I blended with very little water and just worked with a combination of red and orange or orange and yellow. The centres are purple and black. The background is also zig markers, a mix of blue and light green with water marks to break up the brightness and give a little texture.

love art poppies reflection Heather Telford

When I photograph my cards I sit them on a piece of glossy cardstock; I like the strong reflection I got this time.

 love art poppy close up Heather Telford

I fully intended to add a sentiment in that big empty space in the top right corner but didn’t notice I hadn’t until I was editing my photos. I will wait and see who I send it to and add a sentiment later.

Stamps: Love Art (PB)
Mediums:  Zig Clean color real brush markers(Kuretake) Versafine Onyx Black ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, Neenah Epic Black cardstock

Alcohol ink backgrounds

 in the garden Heather Telford

Yesterday I shared some alcohol ink abstract panels; today I have more abstract panels but these ones have become backgrounds for dies or stamps. The one above looked so forest-like I had to pair it with trees. It is a fairly dark mix of colour so I think it must be dusk or dawn. The ‘in the garden’ die was perfect for turning the blue-green panel into a scene and the new ‘serenity’ tree die just added to the woodland feel.

in the garden close up Heather Telford


Dies:  Serenity, In the Garden (PB)
Ink: Alcohol inks (Ranger) 
Paper: glossy photo paper, Neenah Epic Black 100lb cardstock, blue cardstock

green and gold day Heather Telford

The colours in this panel again determined what I would add. Orange, yellow and green patterns seem an appropriate background for a daisy. I used archival ink which gave a crisp fast drying print. There was another card made from this background but I made the mistake of laying a stamp on top of the panel for positioning before inking the stamp. The natural stickiness of the stamp on the glossy paper lifted the surface off the paper removing the alcohol ink (not in a cool resist type way!). It didn’t happen on the daisy card because I just inked, stamped and hoped for the best.


Stamps:  Love Art, Special Thoughts (PB)
Ink: Alcohol inks,  Jet black archival ink (Ranger)
Paper: glossy photo paper, Neenah Epic Black 100lb cardstock, Neenah solar white cardstock


Irises and blue

blue panelled iris Heather Telford

I am enjoying teaching a batch of Alcohol Ink classes at present and we have been having so much fun. The depth and impact of alcohol ink colour is quite something. I chose to use these two similar colour panels as background for iris stamps from the Love Art transparent set.

 iris panel closeup Heather Telford

I blended a few blue alcohol inks on photo paper for these two panels. The circle pattern on the one below was achieved using a stencil. I dabbed through the stencil with blending solution to remove colour but also printed the stencil back onto the paper once it was covered in pale blue ink.

Stencilled iris Heather Telford


The sentiments and flowers are stamped in jet black archival ink.

stencilled iris close up

I am just going to squeak this stencilled card into the second challenge at CAS Mix Up; there are twelve whole hours left to participate. The challenge this month is below; I used alcohol inks as my choice.



Stamps:  Love ArtSpecial Thoughts, Snippets(PB)
Inks:   Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
Alcohol Ink: pool, denim, indigo, alcohol blending solution (Ranger)
Paper: Kirkland photo paper, Neenah SolarWhite 110lb cardstock, Blue cardstock

CAS Mix up Challenge

CAS Mix up Heather Telford

There is a new challenge on the block and it is definitely worth a look. It has been dreamed up by the very talented, Bonnie Klass and Loll Thompson and it’s called the CAS Mix up Challenge.
In their words:

Is CAS your style??  Do you love the look of clean and simple designs with lots of open space??  And have you seen all those fabulous mixed media techniques and products popping up all over and want to give them a try??  Then this is the challenge for you!
There are three elements to each challenge and for this one I had to use
  1. stamping – no problem
  2. watercolour – absolutely
  3. my choice – a die cut

watercolour background & daisies Heather Telford

I splashed some water on my watercolour paper then added some Tangerine colourburst powder and some Copper liquid metal. I let the colour move and blend and tilted it to almost fill the paper then let it dry. I had to do a little fussy cutting to mask one daisy before I stamped the other but I seemed to have survived the ordeal. I used the notebook die from the ‘pocket full’ set to cut  the top of the panel then popped it up on the card base before adding a sentiment. I tried to do the artistic-messy-thread-stuck-behind-the-panel trick but did not succeed. Maybe it was just as well because the challenge specified three elements not four!

daisies detail Heather Telford

Pop over to the challenge and check out the entries; it is a feast of inspiration.

Stamps: Love Art,  Soar (PB)
Die: A Pocket full (PB)
Mediums:  Colorburst powders, Liquid Metal (Ken Oliver) Versafine Onyx Black ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Cold pressed Fabriano watercolour paper