Playful Emboss Resist

I’m still playing with the emboss resist technique, hoping to inspire you to get involved in the Simply Irresistible challenge the Foiled Fox and I have happening right now.

The three cards I’m sharing today were made from panels left over after teaching a class a few months ago. I used gansai tambi paints on the top card and the middle card. On the top card I added gold shimmer to both the flowers and the petals with some Ken Oliver liquid metal.

On the card below I used brusho paints, a red and a green, sprinkled over the embossed panel then activated carefully with water.  In places the green and red blended creating some brown/orange tones.

I hope there are a few ideas here that might inspire you to do some emboss resist card making then link it up on The Foiled Fox blog.


Stamps: playful,  snippets
Dies: omg
Inks: versamark, versafine onyx black
Embossing powder: clear, white and silver WOW embossing powders
Paint: gansai tambi watercolours, brusho crystals, gold liquid metal (Ken Oliver)

Vintage Watercolour tutorial

vintage birdhouse 1 Heather Telford

I have a tutorial for you today (gasp) which I made for SplitcoastStampers. In it I show my technique for creating a vintage style watercolour. By vintage style I am referring to muted sepia tones in this case with some blurred script and watermarks to give it an even more aged look.

I chose a birdhouse from the Fly High set and paired it with the Playful stamp using masks to stamp all my elements before I started watercolouring.

vintage birdhouse 2 Heather Telford

The two examples above are fairly similar; I changed the sentiment and naturally the watercolouring is not exactly the same. If you visit Splitcoaststampers you can see the stepped out photo tutorial or you can watch my video tutorial below.


This video came together quite smoothly (with the help of my son and my husband) so here’s to more!

 vintage birdhouse 1 floral detail Heather Telford

Thank you for being so kind in your comments. You really are such an encouragement to me. I hope you try some vintage style stamping; all you need is some brown ink and a few watercolour pencils. The fun of the elegant writer pen is entirely optional.
Stamps: Playful, Fly High, Soar (PB)
Inks:  Vintage Photo distress ink (Ranger) 
Cardstock: Hot pressed Fabriano watercolour paper, brown cardstock
Also: elegant writer (Speedball)  Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils 142, 180 (Faber-Castell)

Roses & Poppies

poppies Heather Telford

Poppies and roses feature (of course) in the latest release from Penny Black. Poppies are a favourite flower of mine but then so are roses and tulips and of course daffodils and I can’t forget sweet little pansies or gorgeous blue cornflowers.   The poppies above have a matching die. I once again stamped in watersoluble brown ink so I could blend it with the pink and green stains I painted into the outline image.


Stamps:  Playful, Sentiment Collection (PB)
Inks:  Vintage photo ink, Seedless Preserves, Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn distress stains, Black Soot, Mustard Seed marker (Ranger) Vintage Sepia (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, brown cardstock

roses Heather Telford

The roses are from a transparent set, Gentle Day, which includes a couple more flowers, a bird/flower collage and a few sentiments. Make sure you take a moment to enter the give away on the Penny Black blog before it ends on February 28th.; you could pick up some of these new flowers for yourself.

Thanks for dropping in today. Do you have a favourite flower? Do you have one you love as a fresh flower but a different one you like to stamp or paint?


Stamps:  Gentle Day, Special Thoughts (PB)
Inks:  Vintage photo ink, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn (Ranger) Vintage Sepia (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, brown cardstock