Powdered snowflakes

powdered snowflakes Heather Telford

The keyword for the January challenge over at CAS watercolour is snowflake and there are a few days left to participate. I have very simple looking cards to share but they are not quite so simple to make. There is a bit of trial and error involved in order to avoid a colourful mess. To create these two little cards I used what I like to call the ‘water stamping technique’. I stamped with only water then lightly sprinkled colorburst powder over the water stamped image. I left it alone to dry then shook off any extra powder that hadn’t been activated by the water.

powdered snowflake Heather Telford

The problem comes when you have too little or too much water. Too little gives you an incomplete image, too much and you get a mess! I applied water to my stamp with a paint brush rather than a spritzer and stamped on watercolour paper. It’s a fun technique to try and won’t really deplete your supply of materials too much!


Stamps: All is bright, Soft Grace (PB)
Paint: Colorburst watercolor powder (Ken Oliver)
Cardstock: hot pressed watercolour paper

Watercoloured snowflakes

Watercoloured snowflakes Heather Telford

I just keep switching from winter to summer and back to winter again here on the blog. I might mix it up a bit more next week and throw in some autumn! This card features one of the new transparent sets from Penny Black called ‘Soft Grace’. I used three of the nine stamps in the set and embossed them on watercolour paper, hot pressed works best for intricate patterns like these because it is so smooth. After embossing I taped down my watercolour panel and added water then distress stains to create a blended pattern in a few of my favourite colours. I also sprinkled some salt for further patterning. I let it dry then brushed off most of the salt; some had adhered itself to the paper which gave it a twinkling effect. The sentiment is from the new transparent set, ‘Season’s Gifts’.

When this card was featured on the Penny Black blog someone noted that I had only used six-pointed snowflakes. I am a little fussy about my snowflakes as they are always six-pointed in real life. Since living in Canada I have had the delightful experience of seeing the intricate pattern of snowflakes when they have landed on my gloves and also taken a look with a magnifying glass. They truly are tiny works of art and never two the same! There are several eight sided ‘snowflakes’ in the set too which will make lovely stars and patterns 😉

Stamps:  Soft Grace, Season’s Gifts (PB)
Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Seeded Preserves distress stains (Ranger), Versamark, Majestic Blue & Imperial Purple Versafine (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Clear embossing powder