Winter Cityscape


Today is day 2 of Winter Wonderland on the Penny Black Blog. Make sure you check back each day for wintry inspiration.

city in snow

Usually my snowscapes feature snowbanks, snow laden branches and gently falling snow flakes so this one is a bit of a departure from the norm. Living in Ottawa means that I get to see the city in snow which can be very pretty especially with Christmas lights and trees peeping out from under a fresh blanket of white.

The first step in making this scene was stamping the skyline stamp in versamark, then using a stamp positioner to move the stamp slightly lower and stamping it again in grey before embossing it in clear powder. By doing this I created a snowy edge on the top and sides of the buildings. Next I flicked some masking fluid over the panel and but not as I liberally as I would to make falling snow for a forest or woodland scene. The small drops that fell could just as easily represent stars as snowflakes. I also painted masking fluid over the buildings so that any sections that were not embossed would resist the sponging to follow. The sponged sky was done in yellow, pink and blue Memento inks mimicking the glow of the city at night. A few swirls suggest a snow storm is just beginning. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap that I trimmed from the top of the panel.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more snow!


Stamps:  Skyline, All is Bright, Winter Magic (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Angel Pink, Summer Sky & Versafine Smokey Grey, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Also: Clear Embossing Powder, Winsor & Newton masking fluid

9 Comments on “Winter Cityscape”

  1. Shirley-bee says:

    Oh, this is stunning, Heather! I love the night sky and the snow on the buildings. The swirls in the sky make it look windy as well as festive. It just feels exciting!

  2. Gabby says:

    Love the shimmery skyline and the swirling snowy night sky! Terrific card, Heather! 🙂

  3. I am without word! Je suis sans mot! De toute beauté! Just you Heather, can think to do it!

  4. Lou says:

    Love your untraditional approach! Great design and technique. Excellent card!

  5. Saloni says:

    I am totally in awe of this work. Heather you are a genius…… Love looking at your creation every morning.

  6. Jan Castle says:

    As I said on the PB blog….PERFECT in every way Heather! You really are a wonderful artist!!!!

  7. Janine says:


  8. Just amazing! What a delgiht and feast for the eyes and so much easier on the waistline!

  9. Lindsey says:

    You do cityscapes as perfectly as landscapes! And I must try the double-stamping for the snowy look you achieve.

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