Today I have a ‘vintagy’ lamp-post card to share. ‘Vintagy’ because it is a different to my recent ‘vintage watercolour’ cards; it has more colour. My vintage style cards are often brown + black + one more colour but this one still looks a little old despite its red, blue, green and yellow inks.

I worked on a hot pressed watercolour paper panel with some masking fluid splattered over it. I stamped the lamp post in black and brown distress inks then blended the colours with a paintbrush on the paper. Before stamping I wiped the ink off the candle inside the lamp so I could use lighter ink later to paint it later. To create the swag decorating lamp I stamped the end of a branch from the woodland beauty set in gathered twigs distress ink. I drew red berries with a barn door distress marker and painted little pine needles in, yes, ‘pine needles’ distress stain then drew the candle in smokey gray and spiced marmalade distress markers.

To give the sky some depth I used three blue stains to paint around the lamp, leaving a small snowy hill white at the bottom of the panel. I blended some of the orange from the candle flame with water to fill the lamp and surrounding area. The edges are sponged in ‘vintage photo; and the sentiment stamped in vintage sepia all in keeping with my goal of a vintagy card!

It’s winter watercolours on the blog each day this week so I’ll see you tomorrow with some berries.


Stamps: Cones & Berries, Woodland Beauty,  Yuletide wishes (PB)
Inks:  Versafine Vintage sepia ink (Tsukineko)  tumbled glass, broken china, salty ocean, pine needles distress stains, barn door, spiced marmalade distress markers, vintage photo, black soot distress inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: masking fluid

10 Comments on “Lamplit”

  1. Shauna says:

    I love the way you did the lamp post and the background just set it off so nicely! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Barb Chmura says:

    I love your watercolor cards, Heather!

  3. Pat says:

    This is a beautifully designed card Heather and the pretty colours with the addition of the sepia certainly give that vintage feel to it. x

  4. Micheline Jourdain says:

    My Godness… just amazing… just a beauty ! Thank you so much !

  5. So beautiful! Love the vintage feel! xxx

  6. creatingincolors says:

    Ah, so beautiful! Your colors are amazing, especially the blue background and the light around the lamp. ost.

  7. Bonnie says:

    Such a beautiful Christmas card, Heather! Thanks for sharing all the details!

  8. jacki says:

    A truly gorgeous vintage card, Heather!

  9. Another beautiful card, I live your work.
    Love Alli Xx

  10. Lavonne Sylvester says:

    Such a beautiful card. I really love it! You do such nice work Heather. 🙂

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