Two snowscapes

Snowscape watercolour sky scaled

Now that it’s the weather for  jackets and boots I can think about stamping snowscapes. If you have been browsing here at Bits & Pieces for a while you will know that I enjoy creating snowy scenes with ink and stamps. I created these two scenes at one sitting; one ended up quite formal and the other more relaxed. I worked on my small watercolour block. (A watercolour block is a pad of watercolour paper which is attached on all four sides with just a small area near one corner unattached so you can tear the piece off when your painting is completed.) The block is 5″ x 7″ and for these panels I divided it in two with a piece of masking tape.

To create the scene above I stamped the tree twice in versamark, then stamped it again but lower in Versafine Olympia Green. I then embossed the trees with clear powder so they would resist when I added the watercoloured sky.  I wet the panel with water first but only in the area where I wanted the coloured sky. I then added blue and pink ink with a paint brush. The colours blended in the wet area but did not bleed into the dry part of the panel. I repeated this technique to create the two lower snow banks. ( I hear you; a video would be helpful )

Snowscape chalk sky

To create the second snowscape I used the same double stamping technique mentioned above but moved the pine silhouette stamp only very slightly lower by using a stamp positioner when I stamped in green.  I again embossed in clear powder then sponged blue over the branch which revealed the thin outline of  snow on some of the pine needles. The snow hill and banks were done by sponging over post-it note masks with Versamagic chalk inks. Although I often create snow banks this way I don’t think I have used chalk for the sky and snow shadows before. It worked well but required extra ‘polishing’ to remove any chalkiness from the embossed branch. Both panels are popped up with dimensional tape.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the One Layer Wednesday challenge


Stamps:  Pine & Star, Glad Tidings, Pine Silhouettes, Season’s Wishes (PB)
Inks: Memento Sweet Plum, Danube Blue, Olive Grove & Versafine Olympia Green & Versamark & Versamagic Aspen Blue,  Aegean Blue(Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Clear Embossing Powder

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Masking Fluid & Brayered Sky 2

Masking fluid 2 colour brayered sky

Another snowy scene for you today using masking fluid; I know many of you have purchased masking fluid and are trying it out or waiting for a chance to play. I have one more masking fluid card to post tomorrow so I might set up inlinkz so that you can link your cards if you get a chance. I could love to see what you create.

I used a brayer for the sky and  applied grey ink from one edge and pink from the other so they would blend in the middle. I sponged the snow banks in both pink and grey.

To see why I keep creating snow scenes check out the photos below taken when I looked out my windows this morning.


Stamps:  Pine & StarSilent Night(PB)
Inks: Memento Angel Pink, London Fog(Tsukineko)
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid


This morning I woke up to this out my back door:


and this out my front door:


Pine tree

Something a little different from the past few days but not entirely without a musical connection. There is really nothing to the making of this card and I’m sure it could be done in a different colour scheme such as grey/black or dark green/light green. I used Summer Sky and Nautical Blue and, as I did not have the exact blue card stock to mat the panel with, I sponged Summer Sky onto the card base to frame it above and below.

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Stamps:  Pine & Star, Silent Night(PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Nautical Blue(Tsukineko)


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