Winter Berries

The Penny Black blog is posting Designer Spotlights all this week and today is my day. I thought this card summed up some of my favourite techniques and preferences. I often make one layer cards and love to use sponging and masking; this card is an example of all those things along with my favourite image to stamp, a tree.  If you want to know a bit more about me there is a profile on the Penny Black blog.

To make this card I stamped the tree twice, first in versamark and then in both versamark and colour applied with markers. The coloured image was stamped a tiny bit lower than the first image and then I embossed it all in clear embossing powder. Next I positioned a mask to separate snow and sky and sponged the sky in Memento Bahama Blue. I used several hill masks to sponge snow drifts then stamped the three slim tree trunks for a shadow.

This post is up a bit late because I arrived back from PEI last night around midnight after 17 hours on the bus! Thank you to all of you who wished my daughter well in the National Track and Field Championships; she had a great time and came home with a gold and a silver medal as well as a personal best time in her hurdle race. When I have had time to catch my breath I will have some photos to share. I thought Prince Edward Island was beautiful and, although I didn’t fit in much sight seeing, I did go to the beach for a short while everyday and swam in the Atlantic Ocean.


Stamps:  Winter Berries, A Wish for Peace(PB)
Inks: Memento  Danube Blue, Rhubarb Stalk,Tuxedo Black, Versamark(Tsukineko)
Also: clear embossing powder

36 Comments on “Winter Berries”

  1. Pam B says:

    Wow! What a beautiful card! Thanks for all the inspiration you provide.

  2. Anita says:

    Wow gorgeous card. Well done!!


  3. Beverly says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love how you sponge on the color. When I first looked at this card I thought WOW!!

  4. Debbie says:


  5. Deborah Yoder says:

    Question on the double stamping — do you use the markers over the versamark on the stamp?� If so, doesn’t the versamark make the marker tips get funky?

  6. CarolQ says:

    how beautifful. love your shadowing effect with the blue in the snow.

  7. conil says:

    Your cards are truly fabulous. Love your blending technique.

  8. Angela Martin says:

    Hi Heather! 🙂 I love your blog and check it regularly for inspiration (thank you). I have found that stampin up white cardstock is not v. good for one layer cards such as this one. I was just wondering have you discovered a fab white cardstock for one layer cards such as this one?

  9. Judy says:

    Stunning! Your coloring is really lovely. I would love to see a tutorial on how you blended color
    and achieved the dimension to make it really look like snow drifts.

  10. Shirley-bee says:

    Wow, another stunner! I love how you’ve used the whole of the card area for this image, yet it’s still so clean and simple. And I love the depth you’ve achieved with the sponging. Congrats to your daughter, great achievement.

  11. Mary H. says:

    Heather, your sponging techniques are so AWESOME! I’m trying very hard to learn to do this, also to get a similar effect with copic airbrushing. Until one tries this technique, one doesn’t really appreciate just how supremely well YOU do it! Superb card, and I love every bit of it! THanks for explaining how you did this. Must find this stamp. Love those PB stamps!!! TFS

  12. Sara Mac says:

    Heather this card is stunning! Perfect in every way. Thanks so much for explaining your steps. I just need to practice my sponging technique. Thanks for the amazing inspiration to keep working at it:)

  13. Jennifer says:

    Oh my this is Beautiful!!

  14. debbie says:

    such a gorgeous card!

  15. raski says:

    Simply gorgeous!!! Would love to see you do a demo of this card.

  16. Maureen Chandler says:

    Absolutely lovely card – thanks so much!

  17. Catherine Andronicou says:

    This is such a stunning card Heather, your detailed instructions are perfect! Congratulations to your daughter on winning her track and field medals, you must be so proud.You deserve a well earned rest after that long coach journey!

  18. sue says:

    You never fail to amaze me. Never. It’s always a surprise when you have a new post. This card took my breath away. The way you shaded your sponging, the way you eased off any sponging to the right side of the card to give the sentiment its own space, the “icy” look of your tree, the bright berries, the tree’s shadow, all came together to make this just absolutely stunning. You can almost feel this bright winter day, with the new-fallen snow. Hats off to you, Heather; you are simply amazing.

  19. Lindsey says:

    Wow, your daughter did really well! So great that you could be there, and I agree, PEI is a beautiful province.
    Your card is a beauty — and a classic Heather design. 🙂

  20. Hello!

    Your cards are so beautiful! It was great fun to read your profile! I Love learning all of the different fold options for cards! Wishing you a happy day today!


    Barbara Diane

  21. Mary H. says:

    Heather, a question on how you sponge your ‘snow’? Do you achieve this look with just the blue shading, or are you using any ‘white’ stamping ink to get some white for the snow? I’m guessing you start with white card stock, use the blue, but would love to see a video – IF you have the time…showing how you do this. It’s so effective and especially on this most recent card. I’ve seen it on some of your others also…it’s beautiful, and I’d like to try it!!! Thanks so much

  22. Rosemary says:

    As always, the ‘Winter Berries’ card is beautiful, Heather. I’m delighted that I have just bought the stamp. Thank you for your truly inspirational blog.

  23. Julie B.x says:

    Your cards are amazing, I’ve been hopping round your blog for ages, you have filled me with inspiration and emptied my purse at the same time. LOL! I can’t wait for my delivery of inks! Thank you so much!.x

  24. Stephanie says:

    Goodness me, you really have all those techniques mastered Heather – such an amazing card!

  25. You created such a beautiful scene! Love the “snow drifting” the way you did it. Awesome card!

  26. I just had to leave another comment. Since this was a new blog to me I just spent a long time scrolling down through all your posts. WOW! I am so impressed with all of the cards I saw. You have a wonderful talent and I see a lot of examples of ways to use stamps that I would never have purchased…………but now you have inspired me to try some of these techniques you have used. You are now among my “favorites”.

  27. Gorgeous card, Heather!! Absolutely love LOVE the shadowing on the hills and stems. LOVE!!

  28. Karen B. says:

    I am blown away by the beauty contained in this single masterpiece. Your colors are so bold and saturated, and to have created a landscape out of a single piece of paper is outstanding. Gosh, I think I’m going to loose the next hour looking through your blog!

  29. Kez says:

    Heather, I swear your OLW sponged cards get more gorgeous and amazing every time I see them. You are so inspiring, many thanks for sharing your talent.

  30. Magee says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I learned more from this site than anywhere on the internet! Your technics Heather are amazing. You are a talented designer and all your accolades listed on your blog are WELL DESERVED. Thank you for keeping all the tutorials and past designs in your archive for newbies like me. Fantastic inspirations 🙂 PS First discovered you on Pinterest!

  31. Jenny Martin says:

    Your sponging and masking is fantastic. The depth is just so natural. This reminds me
    of Scotland at Christmas 2 years ago. I would love to see another video making a landscape card – I really enjoyed your 1st video!

  32. Betty Myers says:

    Lovely card. What is your web site

  33. Ann Y. says:

    This is gorgeous. There is so much depth. Your shadows on the ground are wonderful – something I struggle with.

  34. Judy says:

    Please, please make a video on how you make your snowdrifts so realistic. I am blown away with the beauty of your winter berries card and other snowy scenes. I’ve never seen this technique done with such perfection.

  35. Sylvia Johnson says:

    This is beautiful. I am trying to find the Winter Berries stamp with no luck. Do you know where I can get it online in the states?

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