Spring in the city

City in spring Heather Telford

I created this card way back in the dead of winter when I was using the ‘soft whisper’ tree stamp to create snowy scenes. I set it aside and it got buried under other projects. I need to post it now as Ottawa seems to have had its 15 minutes of spring and marched straight in to summer.

There is a lot going on in the scene so I had to think through my order of operations. I used the MISTI to stamp the tree several times adding black, grey and pink ink separately. When the tree was finished I stamped again with versamark then embossed in clear so I could easily paint a wash over the tree. I kept the variegated wash in the top half of the panel merging from blue to pink to apricot then stamped a skyline of grey buildings below it. I filled in the space around the buildings with pale grey ink then added black trees in the foreground.

City in spring closeup

I hope you are enjoying some pretty scenery where you are.

Stamps:  Soft Whisper, Skyline, Prancers (PB)
Inks: Memento Angel pink, London fog, Tuxedo black, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Paint: Dr Ph Martin’s Hydrus watercolours
Cardstock: Canson 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock
Also: clear embossing powder

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9 Comments on “Spring in the city”

  1. WOW! My jaw just hit the floor! Your layered stamping is amazing! The colors gorgeous. That tree looks more like a photograph than a stamped image. Heather, this one is a masterpiece!

  2. Lynn Leduc says:

    Very nice.

  3. creatingincolors says:

    So that’s how you did it! Thanks for sharing the steps on how you created this beautiful scene.

  4. Lindsey says:

    Some people create little scenes on their cards; you create entire cityscapes. This is gorgeous.

  5. Clelie says:

    Wow…the colours are so striking…love the pink to apricot! What a beautiful card!

  6. Pat says:

    Another beautifully put together scene Heather and I love the colours especially that peachy pink and yellow which adds such pretty light to the background. x

  7. Barbara says:

    Brilliant watercolor and composition!


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