Watercolour sympathy card

Watercolour treescape

Remember the week or so before Christmas when just about every card I made had the “Before the Snow” tree stamp on it? Well, I have been missing that stamp so I have a card for you today featuring some favourite stamps of mine in a non-Christmas setting. My aim was to create a forest scene but not necessarily a snow scene. When working with watercolour it isn’t always possible to predict how your colours will blend and spread. That white area in my scene could be snow covered hills in the distance or it could be just mist in the forest. Take your pick.

I started with wet watercolour paper. If you have played around with watercolour at all you will know that painting (stamping) onto wet paper will give you a very different effect to painting onto dry paper. Perhaps I can do a tutorial some time showing some of the different ways to work with watercolours. For now just take my word for it; if you want plenty of misty, dreamy, blended colour them stamp or paint onto wet watercolour paper. The colours will start blending and spreading as soon as they hit the paper (but they might not go where you want them to).  I stamped green trees onto the right side of the panel, stamping and re-stamping without re-inking so I had dark and light foliage. I stamped a few tree tops over on the left hand side, again re-stamping without re-inking.  I added blue ink to the top of the panel with a paintbrush. When the paper was almost dry I stamped some more trees on the right hand side in a darker green and added the branches on the left hand side.

To complete the card I matted in black and tied on a little sponged and stamped tag  with silver cord.

This week’s One Layer Wednesday Challenge can be found over on Ardyth’s blog; it looks like fun and I hope to play along.


Stamps: Before the SnowWinter Ledge…wishes (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Northern Pine, Cottage Ivy, Nautical Blue & Versafine Olympia Green (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Silver Cord

30 Comments on “Watercolour sympathy card”

  1. Rene says:

    Just amazing Heather!!!
    Rene from OZ xo

  2. Marcy Bennett says:

    The prettiest card ever! Love it! What a wonderful sympathy card setting.

  3. Katherine says:

    Very pretty! Your stamped cards always look like they could be photos! Love this!

  4. Cathy R says:

    This is stunning Heather, thanks for sharing your technique, Cathy.

  5. Sue McRae says:

    Wow, that is one gorgeous card. Love the dreamy, wispy background.

  6. Mary H. says:

    A glorious card…so ethereal…Oh yes, please, please, when you have time…I learn so much from your tutorials. Appreciate your taking the time to do it, as I know you have plenty other things to demand your time. Loved this one. A perfect card for this occasion. Your recipient will be comforted – I hope – by the peaceful feel of the card. TFS

  7. Lindsey says:

    This is beautiful, Heather. Such a serene yet dramatic image.

  8. Darnell says:

    I, too, would love a tutorial, Heather! I “get” the idea of it, but it would be so great to see you in action with this technique. This one is so breathtaking that I think it would have been a stunning card without just a sentiment stamped right on it, or maybe nothing but that cool “sky” effect and nothing else!

  9. Vicki B says:

    Heather, that is a beautiful card! You are quite the artist!

  10. ednamburgess says:

    It turned out gorgeous. Wish my water color looked like yours does. Would love to see a video tutorial about water colors. Especially like the way you did the trees and shrubs. Great job. Edna B.

  11. Jan Castle says:

    Yes, an in-depth tutorial would be a real treat! This card is Stunning Heather!

  12. Miranda says:

    Gorgeous Heather! Beautiful colours and it’s such a beautiful technique, warm greet Miranda

  13. Marie says:

    Stunning card, Heather. I love water colour painting but have not made any cards with the techniques. This is an inspiration for me to try cards.

  14. Claudia says:

    Hi Heather, this is amazing as all your cards. I am following you since longer and I am so many times speechless about your wonderful cards – amazing.

    Hugs Claudia

  15. Clelie says:

    Oh, yes, please…would love to see your watercolor tutorial…it is a wonderful technique you do!

  16. Isabelle P. says:

    UNe carte fabuleuse !

  17. Marja says:

    FANTASTIC Heather. Soooo fabulous.
    lovely greet

  18. Elaine says:

    Love this – such depth of colour and landscape!!

  19. Kathy M says:

    Oh my goodness, this takes my breath away! I LOVE watercolor and you have created an amazing misty, dreamy background for this card. I just love it.

  20. Tanvi says:

    Heather I love the effect you have achieved in the background, absolutely stunning!

  21. Denise says:

    Lurve all your water colours, one of my fav mediums…this card is simply stunning! Popped this one into “my tuts to keep” folder…absolutely love it. hugs…Denise (UK) x

  22. KK says:

    This is stunning, Heather – beautiful work!

  23. Kathy Browns says:

    Wonderful card! Would love to see you do a tutorial on watercoloring – I have alrealdy learned so much from you – thanks!!!

  24. Pai says:


  25. Francie in Montreal says:

    What else can I add? Your other commenters have said it all. It’s a masterpiece and one of my all time, all artist favourites. I too would be most grateful for a tutorial on wet vs dry aquarelle paper. Beautifully done.

  26. nise says:

    Exquisite! If I get a vote, I vote for a watercolor tutorial, too. Thanks, Heather.

  27. Nyoka says:

    Totally beautiful!!! All your cards, to me, are works of art!!! Thanks for sharing your pointers.. God bless!!

  28. Mona_63 says:

    aaaa… wow! wow! wow!

  29. Gery says:

    Wow, great colours and composition Heather!
    Groetjes Gery

  30. […] Here is a list of other cards made using the technique shown in this tutorial. Noel, Watercolour Night Sky, Watercolour Snowstorm, Poppies in a Field, Watercolour Sympathy. […]

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