Winter Sky

Winter Sky

A couple of days ago my husband and I went X-Country skiing. After two big storms the woodland we skied through looked beautiful. I took a few photos but the weather was too cold to take my mitts off and fiddle with my camera for long. As we were heading back to the car the late afternoon sky was turning pink and apricot where it met the expanse of untouched snow in front of us. I took a mental picture rather than freeze my fingers and then tried to recreate it this afternoon with stamps and ink.

I masked the horizon first so I could sponge the sky in pink, yellow, grey and blue. I also dotted some grey twigs along the top of the hill. After removing the mask I partially inked the Winter sky stamp with a grey marker so I could make a little patch of brush in a hollow of snow. When the masks were removed I stamped the complete stamp in grey then black.


Stamps: Winter Sky, Enjoy Life (Penny Black), 
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, London Fog, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Storm, Rosegarden

49 Comments on “Winter Sky”

  1. Happy New Year Heather! Beautiful[as usual] – I really love the small “hole” you did. Looks so realistic!!

  2. Valerie says:

    So, so beautiful Heather, the colors in the sky are amazing!
    Happy New Year
    Val x

  3. Ellen Boulerice says:

    You are talented beyond belief!!!!! This card is absolutely gorgeous, and there is nothing I would like more than to recreate it but I know I could never make anything this lovely!!!

  4. Sharon Block Taft Harris says:

    Beautiful! I just signed up to follow you an hour or so ago. beutiful work and lots of techniques for me to learn.

  5. Caroline says:

    Heather, You are so amazing! This is beautiful. Thanks for re-creating the mental image.

  6. Sally H says:

    Stunning card, Heather! you have captured the atmosphere beautifully – I can almost feel the cold! I love skies like this and regularly describe them in terms of Adirondack shades! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year

  7. Barbara Taylor says:

    Breathtaking, the hollow in the snow is so realistic. Having a place in CO I’ve seen hollows like this and the sunset. I have enjoyed all your snow cards and the techniques. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Carol L says:

    Your beautiful scenery cards leave me breathless! What a fabulous creation!

  9. Barbara says:

    I just found your blog. It’s wonderful..
    I love your sky and snow tech.
    Barbara in Nova Scotia, Canada

  10. Doris says:

    This design really looks like a photograph! I have the same stamp which has been sitting on my table waiting for just such inspiration. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

  11. Penny says:

    So beautiful. the sky and snow hollow are amazing. I made some of my Christmas cards in the ‘Heather style’ so thank you for the inspiration.

  12. Sue McRae says:

    What a lovely card! The soft sky colours are so peaceful and pretty!

  13. Tamara Killick says:

    Truly incredible Heather! I am so going to try this! Happy New Year and thank you for all that you’ve shared.

  14. debbie says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  15. Jackie says:

    That is just breathtaking! Your sponging is impeccable and someday I hope to be half as good. Happy New Year!

  16. nise says:

    Oh My! This is gorgeous! You did a very realistic job with your stamps and ink. Thank you so much for making me like snow, at least on paper. Happy New Year!

  17. Jan Castle says:

    This is the most beautiful card yet Heather…thank you for sharing how you did it!!!! Simply GORGEOUS!!!!
    Paper Hugs and a Happy New Year,

  18. Judy says:

    Amazing! The snow looks so real.

  19. pattisj says:

    This turned out really pretty, Heather. I’ve seen those colorful sunsets and you captured it beautifully. Love that stamp with the twigs.

  20. mandee125 says:

    Beautiful card. It gives a cold yet warm fuzzy feel (if you know what I mean). Thanks for sharing.

  21. Cheri Weston says:

    Stunning, Heather!! It looks like so many scenes I’ve also seen while out skiing or snowshoeing in the winter.

  22. Lindsey says:

    Perfect! Just like a late afternoon winter sky. When it’s been sunny, of course. 😛

  23. Natalie H says:

    Oh wow! This is breathtakingly gorgeous!

  24. Beverly says:

    Love all your work, but this one is an extra special “WOW!” TKS for sharing all your beautiful cards.

  25. Marja says:

    Happy New Year Heather. I wish you all the best for you and your family.
    Your card is so adorable again dear Heather.
    lovely greet Marja

  26. Absolutely beautiful 🙂

  27. Elaine says:

    A really beautiful card. The colours in the sky are so beautifully blended and the shading and masking of the snow so perfect. You recreate a landscape so perfectly I feel transported there. Happy New Year. Elaine

  28. Denise says:

    How lovely, superb colours, beautiful landscape..hugs..Denise x

  29. Vicki B says:

    I absolutely love the colors on this one and that little “hollow” you created. Great card!!!

  30. Marg Montgomery says:

    Just beautiful. I do remember days like you described.

  31. jmhave44 says:

    One word: Breathtaking. You have so exactly replicated the evening sky that I sometimes see, but can never capture with my camera. I hesitate to say this, BUT I think this is my most favorite scene that you’ve done to date! (I’ll probably have to say that again later!) Happy New Year and thanks so much for sharing your most marvelous creativity. Hugs

  32. shirley-bee says:

    Ooh, Heather, this is stunning! I adore sunsets, and this snowy one is fantastic. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  33. Marianne Lait says:

    Really beautiful, infact all you work is beautiful!!!
    Are you self taught or did you receive tuition???
    Love your work so much, please keep them coming???
    Marianne x

  34. Lin says:

    Oh so beautiful!

  35. Anne says:

    Oh WOW! I mean WOW! I don’t know how you do it! Well…I know HOW you do it, I just don’t know how you DO it! Beautiful observation and application. Reminds me of the fim ‘Girl with a pearl earring starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson where he asks her to tell him what colour the clouds are…’s a beautiful arty film. I am so inspired by your work and am having a go myself as you are teaching me about observation, application of colour and interpretation. Hope to develop my own style one day! Beautiful work, TFS! Bonne Annee!

  36. Gabby says:

    Absolulte beatiful card! Love the pink, creates a lovely hue. 🙂

  37. rdhhall says:

    These colors are so beautiful. I would not have thought you could create such a wonderful sunset scene using that palette. I think I will have to check out more sunsets. Love it!

    On Tue, Jan 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM, bits & pieces

  38. Cat Craig says:

    Just beautiful. Was driving through Pennsylvania today, seeing lovely snow scrapes…they reminded me of your cards.

  39. Jennifer says:

    Wow! This is amazing!! You are a true artist! Beautiful!

  40. Karen R., Ontario Canada says:

    Simply beautiful!

  41. Gery says:

    Heather, this realy is a supercard.
    You can almost see the sun at the end of the horizon, what a great use of the colours!!
    Groetjes Gery

  42. Kelleylikes says:

    Very Pretty! Can we have a tutorial or layering directions as to which to do first please? Thank you

  43. Lola G. says:

    This is so lovely – the depth you created is really impressive!

  44. This one is so beautiful! and I nearly forgot, Happy New Year to you and your family! xx

  45. moonbud says:

    Everybody has said it already – absolutely gorgeous card. Wish my sponging was a quarter as good, Heather

  46. Mirka says:

    This is gorgeous! so realistic, love that sky!

  47. I’ve come to vist your blog from Mary’s Carolina Cards. WOW your scenes are just magical. Off to grab a coffee and have a browse.


  48. rene766 says:

    I love all of the cards you create, but I just found this one. I think it has become my favorite! Thank you forvgraciously sharing you wonderful talents!

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