Love is..

Love is by Heather Telford

Although not designed as a Mother’s day card this one featuring the well known passage from 1 Corinthians 13 would be perfect to give my Mother as she has modeled the characteristics listed in this passage throughout her life. It could also work for a wedding or a special friend.

This panel was a very experimental one. I stamped the verse stamp from ‘Love Chapter’ in clear powder on cold pressed watercolour paper. I was aiming for an incomplete impression so I wiped off a bit of versamark before I stamped. I set aside the embossed panel while I worked on another panel using a single stamp but many distress stains. Each time I reinked the stamp I wiped the distress stain off on a baby wipe. The baby wipe ended up being quite saturated with pinks, yellows and greens but in quite a pretty, not muddy way. I lay the stained wipe over my embossed panel then soaked it with water so the colours transferred to the paper.

The large flower stamp is from the transparent set ‘To You’. I inked it with red, orange and pink stains, spritzed it with water then stamped over the embossing. Before it could dry I used a damp brush to draw the colours into the petals.

I hope you are having a happy Mother’s day. I am feeling well fed and well loved by my sweet family.


Stamps: Love ChapterTo You (PB)
Inks: Forest Moss, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries Distress Stains(Ranger) & Versamark  (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% Cotton cold pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Avon Brilliant white, Burgandy cardstock
Also: Clear embossing powder


Well behaved watercolour

Well behaved watercolour Heather Telford

I just realized as I uploaded this photo that today’s card has exactly the same layout as my previous card. As the title of the post suggests my water-colouring technique for this one is very controlled and restrained. It is all inside the lines. As you may have guessed from previous posts my preference is for the wilder wayward watercolours that bleed and blend outside the lines. I still like these flowers though because the watery variation of colour can be seen the the petals where I added more colour in some places and blended with extra water for paler tones.

I began by stamping the bottom left flower then covered it with a mask I stamped and cut from masking paper. I then stamped the other two flowers and drew some leaves here and there. The flowers were stamped in Memento ink which dried fairly quickly. I used watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to add all the colour.


Stamps: To YouSweet Wishes (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Love Letter ink & Cottage Ivy marker, Versafine Satin Red (Tsukineko)
Also: Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and a water brush