Warm wishes for a cold winter’s day

Birch trees Heather Telford

These birch trees are my favourite element of the intricate Winter Song stamp so I decided to isolate them for a scene of their own. I inked them with a weathered wood distress marker and left the rest of the stamp uninked. Weathered wood is a pale grey which is perfect for painting and drawing over the top. As usual I stamped on Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper. The background colour is distress stains painted on with a waterbrush. I defined the edges and markings on the trees with a black marker, painted some grey shading on the trunks then added the sentiment in black. I am fussy about the cardstocks matching so I mounted this panel on a thin burgandy card then made the card base from cold pressed watercolour paper which is the same colour as the panel but adds some texture.

Thank you for the kind Christmas wishes left on my blog and in my inbox. I appreciated them all. I hope your new year is off to a good start; mine has been pretty busy with a bunch of stamping and creating I can’t share with you just yet!


Stamps: Winter Song, Joy Filled (PB)
Inks: Barn Door, Dusty Concord, Victorian China, Aged Mahogany, Weathered Wood distress stains (Ranger) Tuxedo Black memento marker (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Strathmore cold pressed watercolour paper, burgandy cardstock

35 Comments on “Warm wishes for a cold winter’s day”

  1. Darlene Gabriel says:

    Heather this is really beautiful. I love the way you showcased these trees from the stamp and the way you used the black marker on them to enhance the markings and edges. the background is so pretty and the way you did the shadows on the snow is great. Can you tell I love this card?;)

  2. jancastle says:

    If it has to be cold, this is the view I would like to have!!!! Gorgeous card Heather!!!
    TFS and Happy New Year!

  3. Lynette says:

    This is so beautiful, Heather! Love the wonderful colors and your superb artistry. Happy New Year!

  4. Maria says:

    Very nice card Heather,I like birch,my favourite tree
    Nice colours too. Happy crafting 2015!

  5. ednamburgess says:

    Beautiful card. Love the simple trees and the background is perfect. Wish I could capture that effect. You do it wonderfully. Where do you get the hot press watercolor paper? I can’t find it anywhere. Looking forward to a new year seeing your great cards. Edna Burgess

  6. Chris R. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Happy New Year!

  7. jmhave44 says:

    Ooh, this is one of my favorites of all your recent cards I think (well, it IS hard to choose!). I love birch trees and so enjoy seeing this tree when we visit New England. You’ve done a fabulous job at capturing the exact look, and the surrounding colors really make the trees stand out so excellently. Had promised self I would scale back on my purchases for a bit, but think I shall have to collect this beautiful stamp. Happy New Year and Blessings to your family & yourself. Thanks for sharing all your awesome artistry with Blogland. Hugs

  8. Pat says:

    This is beautiful Heather and the colours you have chosen give it an early or late in the day feel, and such a great idea to isolate part of the stamp to use. I hope you too have a good and creatively fulfilling 2015. x

  9. Magnifique! Gorgeous! I love trees, all trees! Have a super and happy New Year! And many projects for 2015!

  10. Marcy Bennett says:

    Always a treat to see your cards – everyone is an amazing work of art! Keep them coming – one of these times I will end up with something that looks halfway decent. Practice, practice !

  11. Beverly Robinson says:

    Great use of this stamp. I would never have bought it, If I hadn’t seen your work. Thanks again. Happy new year.

  12. trishreddick says:

    This little piece of art thrills me. I love how you isolated the birch trees from the watercolored background. Your color sense is so refined and I admire the peaceful quality of this gorgeous card.

  13. Lee-Anne says:

    Absolutely stunning design, Heather! I love the colors and the tree shadows…simply brilliant!

  14. Fran Lujan says:

    WOW! Beautiful

    Sent from my iPhone


  15. Lindsey says:

    This is an absolutely gorgeous scene. I’ve been looking for a good birch tree image; but have a feeling my attempts would come nowhere near yours here. 😉

  16. Bonnie says:

    What a beautiful scene, Heather! I’m looking forward to lots more inspiration from you in 2015. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent!

  17. CC says:

    Lovely card! It makes me feel colder than I already am just looking at it! 🙂 It’s a snowy, winter day here and my feel are already cold! 🙂

  18. Joan B says:

    gorgeous, as always

  19. Gorgeous! Fab background colours. Happy New Year xxx

  20. Bobby says:

    I am fascinated by birch trees and this scene just takes my breath away.

  21. Rufus says:

    Simply gorgeous. I would love to see a video of you creating this card. How you get the edges so clean yet still have that lovely watercolor wash. Now this stamp has jumped to the top of wish list!

  22. KatieP says:

    WOW, this is such a beautiful scene.

  23. Betsy Wilson says:

    This is beautiful! Thanks for all the “how-to” details. I love the colors!

  24. Kelly Flaherty says:

    Heather this is truly beautiful. I am trying to improve my watercoloring skills and am fascinated by your work. The grey shading on the trunks is just so perfect, how do you know where to put the shading, how much to do, how dark to do it? Can you come to my house for a play date and teach me some of your tricks?

  25. Marianne says:

    Simply stunning, Heather, and such a great way to stretch your stamps. I have a large tree/background stamp by Hero Arts that I have never used as yet. I wonder if I can use it with some selective inking like you did… Thanks for the inspiration. Happy New Year!

  26. Kim M. says:

    This is gorgeous! What a fantastic use of that stamp. Love the colours you used too. Your work is always so inspiring! 🙂

  27. Tracy Ross says:

    Such a lovely card Heather. I so admire your talent!

  28. djkardkreations says:

    My new Heather Favorite! It really took my breath away!! Happy New Year, Heather!! Hugs, Darnell

  29. barbara lassiter says:

    Just had to comment because this is so beautiful. Love the wonderful water color look!

  30. Brilliant!!!! Such a super way to make that stamp more versatile. Love the colors you used.

  31. chriss58 says:

    Beautiful water coloring! Stunning!

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  34. Daria says:

    This is so beautiful! I love it.

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