Golden Poinsettias

gold poinsettia Heather Telford

As the title of this post suggests I embossed the poinsettia stamp from the ‘Winter Joy’ transparent set in gold. I also added gold wink of stella to the centres of some of the poinsettias. The colour painted in and around the poinsettias is distress stain. I kept the look loose and fluid by painting wet into wet.

gold poinsettia closeup Heather Telford

On the card below I began by inking the ‘red star’ stamp in red and green stain then stamping it onto the wet panel. Some of the colour ended up in the poinsettias, some outside. I used a paintbrush to paint the same stains into the petals to make the colour more intense.

deck the halls Heather Telford

I’m not sure that the camera picked up the gold and shiny factor as much as it could have; it’s pretty in real life.

deck the halls closeup Heather Telford


Stamps: Winter JoyHoliday Snippets, Red Star, (PB)
Inks:  Versamark, Versafine Olympia Green & Satin Red (Tsukineko) pined needles, crushed olive, festive berries, barn door distress stainsRanger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, green cardstock, red cardstock
Also: WOW metallic gold rich embossing powder, gold wink of stella brush marker


Painted poinsettia Heather Telford

I have pink poinsettias and a little hand lettering today. I am not doing too much lettering because it isn’t the best for my hand but I am practising here and there with both pointed pen and brush markers. These pointed pen ones are  more wonky than I wanted but I will keep zoning in on a style that works for me.

I stamped both poinsettias with the same stamp but obviously used different techniques to complete my designs. On the card above I stamped a pale image (no pine needles)  and used it as a guide to paint with brusho. I mixed brusho with water to dip the paintbrush into rather than sprinkling it directly on the paper. The stamp was my guide for the large pink petals then I added tiny red ones and green outer ones myself. The centre is gold added with a wink of luna pen and I finished with a generous bit of splatter and a matching mat.

The stamp is a semi-solid stamp so if I ink it with distress stains it holds quite a bit of stain. On the poinsettia below I inked with pink stains, used markers on the pine needles and added the yellow and gold to the centre after stamping. I added a few veins to the petals with a fine brush and softened the pine needles with water. These panels have been sitting around for a while so once again I am not absolutely sure which colours I used but I will take a guess and add them in the supplies list at the bottom of the post.

Stamped Poinsettia Heather Telford


Stamps:  Red Star (PB)
Inks: Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar distress stains (Ranger) angel pink memento ink, cottage ivy memento marker (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Green and red cardstock
Also: brusho powder, black ink, gold wink of luna pen

Bister Poinsettia

Bistre Poinsettia Heather Telford

I’m not trying to stress you out about there being only 155 days until Christmas. Besides 155 is a lot of days and even though I have the best of intentions regarding Christmas shopping I never get it done before December. I just needed to try this stamp out with some bister because I thought the two would be happy together. I stamped the petals only in spun sugar distress stain to get a pale impression then sprinkled some red bister into the ink. It takes several re-stampings with water to get the colour to spread around the petals so I used the misti.  I then moved onto the pine needles by stamping with bundled sage and dropping green bister. The centres of the flowers are yellow bister and black marker.

The panel started out bigger than this with a third shadowy flower at the bottom. I stamped the sentiment in crimson red versafine ink because the stamp has those nice little details and versafine does a great job with them. Versafine also takes longer to dry than dye ink so it is important to walk away, just walk away and let it dry! I didn’t. To my credit I managed to get the whole card stuck together without smudging the wet sentiment only to swipe my fingers right through it when I folded the card base in half at the end!

Hmmm…I quickly took it apart, trimmed off the smudged bit, restamped the sentiment and walked away.

Stamps:  Red Star, Hanging Treasures (PB)
Inks: Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed, Black soot Distress Stains (Ranger) Crimson Red Versafine (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb card stock, Red cardstock
Also: Bister powders

Pink & Gold Poinsettias

Pink & Gold Poinsettia Heather Telford

The panel pink panel on this card is one of the bits and pieces I had sitting around. When I was creating cards with the “Red Star” pointsettia stamp and distress stains I often stamped once or twice on a panel without re-inking. The distress stain pigment is intense and the liquid on the stamp is usually enough to get a few impressions. The panel on the card above would have been one of the third or fourth impressions, hence the pale watery pinks. (To see the more vibrant first and second impressions take a look at this card) I chose to embellish and mat with gold because there is a subtle gold sheen over the watercoloured panel made by spritzing with my pearl-ex interference gold spray (home made).

inside pink & gold poinsettia Heather Telford

The gold poinsettias are cut from gold wrapping paper using the “Joyful” dies. Before cutting I applied an adhesive sheet to the back of the paper so I could easily stick the flower and stem onto the card. The effect looks a little like gilding because the paper is so much thinner than cardstock. The word ‘joy’ is also cut from the same wrapping paper.

I’ve linked to  Simon Says Christmas challenge and Virginia’s View All Things Distressed challenge.

Stamps:  Red Star (PB)
Inks: Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed, Barn Door Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White 110lb card stock, Gold wrapping paper
Creative Dies: Joyful, World of Wishes (PB)
Also: Interference Gold Pearl-ex spray




Rejoice Poinsettias Heather Telford

Are you ready for a week of Christmas designs? Penny Black’s new “Season’s Greetings” release is available today so I will be featuring some of the new stamps here on Bits & Pieces during the week and the PB blog and Facebook will be full of projects made with the new stamps, dies and stencils too.

I have two poinsettia cards for you today. Poinsettias pop up at least  five times in the new catalog on stamps and dies. I have watercoloured both these cards but my methods were different for each one. The top stamp, Red Star, is a slapstick cling stamp with textured petals so I inked the whole stamp with distress stains and spritzed both the stamp and the watercolour paper. The pigment in distress stains is quite intense so I spritzed with water after the first impression, then stamped again to achieve a slightly paler image. The panel is splattered with gold “Wink of Stella”, distress stains and masking fluid. The masking fluid was of course splattered on the panel before I started stamping and removed when all the ink was dry.

Stamps:  Red Star (PB)
Inks: Victorian Velvet, Pine Needles, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Barn Door Distress Stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Olive Grove mix & match papers, Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb card stock
Creative Dies: Exultations (PB)
Also: Gold Wink of Stella pen, Winsor & Newton masking fluid

Poinsettia Heather Telford

The second poinsettia image is also a slapstick cling stamp but a line art image from the set Festive Florals. I inked the components of the design separately in distress inks and stamped on dry watercolour paper. I painted diluted distress stains onto the image and used a couple of watercolour pencils for the berries and stems. Again I added splatter and started with masking fluid splatter. The background is a pale wash of Memento summer sky and rich cocoa inks.

Stamps:  Festive Florals, Peace on Earth (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Rich Cocoa (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)  Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo distress stains  and inks (Ranger)
Pencils: Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils Dark Red 225, VanDyke Brown 176 (Faber Castell)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Sticks & Stones mix & match papers, Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb card stock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid