Blossom in DecemberPosted: December 9, 2015 Filed under: Delicate Blossoms | Tags: Fabriano Watercolour Paper, Penny Black stamps, Ranger Distress stains, Tsukineko Memento inks 17 Comments
I made this card back in spring when there was blossom on the trees here; now they are bare and everything is looking a bit drab outside. I worked wet into wet with distress stains to ink the stamp. Once the stain was dry I added definition to the flower centres with a marker. I added a bit of loose background colour and some splatter then finished it off with a brown sentiment and narrow mat.
Despite posting a very unChristmassy card I have progressed in my seasonal decorating. Not only do I have a wreath up but the sideboard and mantle now feature red berry garlands and candles instead of thanksgiving cards and my son’s October birthday cards! I don’t usually have a tree up before Dec 15 because I love to keep it up for a while after Christmas. I should go outside and snip some greenery considering the temperatures are way above zero. Are you decorating?
I am still receiving lovely feedback about my ‘stamping the stories‘ series including a few requests for more. I really did enjoy making those cards and definitely have more favourites to inspire me so perhaps I will continue in 2016. I wouldn’t necessarily need to restrict the books to fantasy next time; that way ‘Anne’ could be featured. Way back in my childhood I would never have thought I would one day be living in Canada just like Anne with an ‘e’.
Stamps: Heartfelt, Delicate Blossoms (PB)
Inks: Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass Distress Stains (Ranger) Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa, Cantaloupe Memento markers (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Natural White, Dark brown
So beautiful. ..I love the light feel to it. Did most of my decorating yesterday. Nutcrackers, Pyramids, and Smokers are up. Little knick knacks are out and our gorgeous tree has lights.
Tomorrow. …lit up houses and ornaments. 🙂
Beautiful card…so I understand…did you “wet” the stamp and then drop color onto the wet stamp before putting it on the paper? Our tree will go up this weekend and other bits next week. My first thought when I read you might do some more stories was…you guessed it!…Anne of Green Gables! Have a Merry Christmas, Heather!
I used a ‘wet’ medium, distress stain and stamped onto damp paper so the colour didn’t spread too far.
Heather, could you please give a product name for your “WET MEDIUM”. I am in love with your work and I try to do my best with your techniques. I sure wish I could take one of your classes, but, alas I live in California… nice – but to far for your classes. Thank you, Heather. Oh, and Merry Christmas to YOU and yours!
Refreshingly beautiful Heather….I can almost smell the fragrance, and reminds me that blossoms will once again bloom in a few months. Thank you for sharing your artistic talent!
This is stunning!!!
Oops…forgot to answer your question – NO decorations up yet, BUT, hopefully this week – we have a tree farm – Nobels – so it smells like Christmas every time I walk outside….most are 30 feet or more tall as we planted them (12 feet apart) for reforestation, not as Christmas trees to sell, although there are some 6′ trees for the neighbors to cut. They have been limbed up so people can walk in the forrest on the top level of the hill, and when it snows the kids sled down the steep hill where the rest are planted. May you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year Heather.
It sounds like you live in a ‘Christmas card’, Jan, trees, sleds and snow.
This is So beautiful Heather!! Got the Christmas Decorating done on the 1st of December thanks to my Daughter coming home and helping:)
This is such a pretty card. I love the colors and softness. I have finished decorating, but I have kept it simple. I’m trying to enjoy the season without the usual “to do” lists and pressures.
It’s always refreshing to see a springtime card in December! This is so pretty. As far as decorating, the garland is up on the stair rail, and all my Dickens Christmas stuff is out. We’ll likely get our tree on Friday.
Fabulous. Love this springtime card. The blossoms are beautiful.
I really love your style, Heather. I’m living outside of Vancouver, BC now but am originally from Ottawa where I’ll be spending Christmas this year. When I was out for my walk two days ago I saw a blooming cherry tree! I have the photos to prove it. So there can be blossoms in December in Canada!
This is so delicate and pretty Heather and I love the loose watercolour look you have given it. x
So beautiful and a fresh change from Christmas cards! Loved your story cards too! We are decorated except for packages under the tree. I still need to shop and wrap.
Oh, my, Heather, I have been too long away! Your work always leaves me in utter awe! Your Stamping the Stories series was magnificent!! Happy Holiday Hugs! Darnell