A Very Merry

 Pine boughs Heather Telford

On the Penny Black blog for the remainder of August you can see one new product after another as the ‘Especially for You 2015’ release is revealed. This week is all about new dies and there are a whole stack of new word dies featured on the PB blog today. One of the new word dies happens to be ‘A Very Merry’ on my card above. The pine bough is a new stamp too but I can give you details about that another day. There is a giveaway to coincide with the new release too so pop over to the blog.

If you have visited here before you will know my watercoloured cards range from quite neat and controlled to rather free, watery and loose. This is one of those loose ones that almost didn’t make the cut. However there was something about it, just enough definition in a couple of pine needles and cones to keep me from tossing it. It is stamped and painted on watercolour paper splattered with masking fluid. Before I stamped any images I spritzed some water and some spots of distress stain over the panel. I painted some tumbled glass distress stain also to fill in parts of the background. I let it dry a little before inking the pinecone stamp with distress stains and stamping it three times. It was quite wet so I dropped some bister powder into the wet areas to give some extra depth of colour. When it was almost dry I stamped over the initial images to add more definition in a couple of places. To complete the card I attached the panel to a dark brown card base and die cut the sentiment out of the same colour.

Stamps: Brush Pines (PB)
Creative Die: A Very Merry(PB)
Inks:  Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo, Tumbled glass, Black soot, Gathered twigs distress stains/markers/inkpads (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper & Brown card
Also: Blue and Green bistre powder, Winsor & Newton masking fluid.

3 Comments on “A Very Merry”

  1. Bonnie says:

    So pretty, Heather! Just enough definition! Love that die and can see that it will be at the top of my list!

  2. Pat says:

    This is extremely pretty Heather and I love the new word die which is a lovely size. The colours and the lovely loose style to this are gorgeous, certainly not for the bin. x

  3. Lindsey says:

    You continue to tempt me with your bister beauties! I really don’t like the exchange rate right now, though. I guess you’ll just have to keep up the inspiration until I cave…

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