One Layer Simplicity #4

Across the miles Heather Telford

The challenge hosted by Ardyth at One Layer Simplicity this month is ‘Road Trip’ and can be about the travel method or the destination. I decided to feature a city far away on a Thinking of You card. Most of my family live in cities on the other side of the world, sadly not cities I can take a road trip to.

I have created city-scapes with this stamp before using more of a watercolour effect. I simplified the process for this one layer version. I masked a square with painter’s tape and inked the top of the stamp with tumbled glass distress stain. I stamped once, reinked the top of the stamp again and stamped below the first impression. I stamped a third time with blue then added a little memento potter’s clay ink for the last two impressions. I sponged the perimeter in blue and potter’s clay before removing the masks and adding a sentiment.

The challenge is open until April 24th so it is not too late to add your travel inspired card. My card also fits in nicely with the current Addicted to CAS challenge “Far Away“.


Stamps:  Skyline, Eloquence (PB)
Inks: Memento Potter’s Clay &  Versamagic Aspen Mist (Tsukineko)
Distress Stains: Tumbled Glass (Ranger)
Cardstock: Classic Crest Solar White 110lb smooth ( Neenah)

Playing with the skyline 2

Watercolour skyline 3 Heather Telford

Here are the third and fourth cards made with watercolour and the skyline stamp. Yesterday’s cards were done by stamping with Memento dye inks onto wet watercolour paper. Today’s cards were once again stamped with Memento dye inks but stamped onto dry watercolour paper. To create the top card I inked the top of the stamp and pressed it onto the panel at an angle to make sure I didn’t get more of the stamp than I wanted. I started with the blue stamping up the top and blended with a waterbrush immediately after stamping. I pulled the ink down blending with water to fade to no colour quickly. I then repeated the process with green ink then the other colours.

Watercolour skyline 4 Heather Telford

The lower card started out as wet into dry except for one swipe of water horizontally across the bottom of the panel. I inked the stamp with Memento markers, taking care not to ink to the bottom of the stamp. I stamped onto the panel so that the bottom of the stamp landed in the swipe of water then immediately pulled the ink down into the water. When I had blended the colour on the buildings and in the swipe it was fairly pale, not quite the impact I was after. I decided to add more colour to the buildings with distress stains so I swiped water horizontally again and then painted each building with a distress stain which was a similar colour to the ink I had first stamped with. I ended up with the basically the same design but the colour was more intense and the swipe was full of pretty blended colour.

(surprised and pleased to see my card when browsing Ellen Hutson’s instagram from CHA today


Stamps:  SkylineSummer Fun, Sweet Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Rhubarb stalk, Potter’s Clay, Danube Blue, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Distress Stains: Barn door, Faded jeans, Spiced marmalade, Vintage photo, Mustard Seed (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% & 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Playing with the skyline 1

Watercolour skyline 1 Heather Telford

As you can see I have been playing around with one stamp: Skyline, a Penny Black slapstick cling stamp. It took some trial and error to achieve four designs. There were another four that ended up in the recycling. As I have said before with watercolour there is a lot of trial and error.

Watercolour skyline 2 Heather Telford

For these designs I  stamped only the top part of the stamp each time. Today’s panels I initially stamped onto wet paper; tomorrow I will post the ones stamped onto dry paper. The paper was not soaking wet but damp enough for some bleed to occur. On the second card I used Memento markers in a few places when the paper was almost dry to darken the colour and add a few missing edges. I then blended the marker ink with a little more water. On both of these designs I painted a pale wash over the sky area after stamping the buildings.


Stamps: Enjoy Life, SkylineThanks, thanks  (PB)
Inks: Memento Elderberry, Rhubarb stalk, Danube Blue, Summer Sky, Dandelion, Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, Bamboo leaves, London Fog, Paris Dusk, Bahama Blue & Versafine Majestic Blue  (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% & 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper

Winter Cityscape


Today is day 2 of Winter Wonderland on the Penny Black Blog. Make sure you check back each day for wintry inspiration.

city in snow

Usually my snowscapes feature snowbanks, snow laden branches and gently falling snow flakes so this one is a bit of a departure from the norm. Living in Ottawa means that I get to see the city in snow which can be very pretty especially with Christmas lights and trees peeping out from under a fresh blanket of white.

The first step in making this scene was stamping the skyline stamp in versamark, then using a stamp positioner to move the stamp slightly lower and stamping it again in grey before embossing it in clear powder. By doing this I created a snowy edge on the top and sides of the buildings. Next I flicked some masking fluid over the panel and but not as I liberally as I would to make falling snow for a forest or woodland scene. The small drops that fell could just as easily represent stars as snowflakes. I also painted masking fluid over the buildings so that any sections that were not embossed would resist the sponging to follow. The sponged sky was done in yellow, pink and blue Memento inks mimicking the glow of the city at night. A few swirls suggest a snow storm is just beginning. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap that I trimmed from the top of the panel.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more snow!


Stamps:  Skyline, All is Bright, Winter Magic (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Angel Pink, Summer Sky & Versafine Smokey Grey, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also: Clear Embossing Powder, Winsor & Newton masking fluid