Watercoloured Holly


A week of Winter Wonderland on the Penny Black blog starts today featuring the  snow scapes I love to create.

May peace be your gift

The first snow scape is a watercolour  featuring holly in the foreground and shadowy trees in the background. All but one of the cards this week feature falling snow made by flicking masking fluid onto the cardstock or watercolour paper before beginning any stamping or watercolouring. The masking fluid stays on the panel until all ink is dry at which point it is easy to rub off.

To make today’s cards I created one watercoloured panel which I then cut into two for a wintry scene and a holly background. I flicked masking fluid over the watercolour paper with a toothbrush and let it dry completely. I then wet the whole panel before stamping the holly stamp several times to fill two thirds of the area. The ink bled into the wet paper losing most of its definition. I added berries with a red marker then reinked parts of the holly stamp in green to stamp over the blended green of the first impression. To complete the snowscape I painted a blue watercoloured background stamping a little branch stamp to create a blurred distant wooded area behind the holly and snow. When I want to paint with Memento ink I press the ink pad onto an acrylic block so I can add water and pick up the ink with a paintbrush. Finally I removed the masking fluid,  matted both panels and added die cut holly to the card below.

holly background


Stamps: Flourish HollyA better worldGlad Tiding, Season’s Wishes (PB)
Creative Dies: Holly Berries die 51-019
Inks: Memento Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue, Love Letter & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black mix & match Spring Meadow
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

7 Comments on “Watercoloured Holly”

  1. Gabby says:

    GORGEOUS card! Beautiful coloring, Heather! I love the depth and the way the colors bled and then you stamped over them. 🙂

  2. Gabby says:

    Ooops! Forgot to mention that I love the blend of ink on the second card, as well. 🙂

  3. Karen says:

    These are stunning! I really love the dreamy watercolour effect you’ve achieved here. So beautiful!

  4. Doris Hubbard says:


    Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 08:04:58 +0000 To: dohubbard13@hotmail.com

  5. Mary H says:

    Two more beautiful watercolors. Really do love this technique you’ve been doing lately. So very pretty. TFS

  6. Lindsey says:

    These are beautiful, Heather… I must remember to try stamping on wetted watercolour paper, your results are always so gorgeous.

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