Wintry Trail

Wintry Trail Heather Telford

The new ‘Wintry Trail’ stamp from Penny Black is one that you can add a lot of colour step by step or a little colour behind black silhouette stamping. I chose the silhouette style for this winter scene. I painted a deep blue sky and a paler snowy or icy ground. As I painted I intended the ‘ground’ to be covered in snow but as I look at the photos I think it looks a little like the ice of a frozen pond reflecting the colour of the sky.

Wintry Trail closeup Heather Telford

I have seen skies as blue as this one while ski-ing in the Gatineau hills. The contrast of  snow and trees is dramatic and beautiful. To make my version I stamped the scenic stamp on hot pressed watercolour paper in versafine onyx black ink.  I painted the sky first in turquoise and cobalt blue brusho and let that dry. I used a more diluted turquoise and diluted black brusho to paint the ‘ice’ and shadows. You can see there are little dots of white over the panel which means I started by flicking masking fluid over the panel.

Wintry Trail Heather Telford

The tiny tag is from the Gift Card Pocket die set and was just the right size for one wee word!

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments about this week’s winter watercolours. I’m glad you enjoyed them and would love to hear if you tried any of the same techniques.


Stamps: Wintry Trail, Holiday Snippets (PB)
Dies: Gift Card Pocket
Ink: Versafine onyx black ink, blue lagoon ink (Tsukineko)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah epic black paper
Paint: Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, Black brusho powder
Also: Daler Rowney masking fluid, Silver cord

14 Comments on “Wintry Trail”

  1. Susie Williams says:

    I took such a sharp intake of breath on seeing this that DH thought I was having a asthma attack LOL. Heather I don’t think I have ever seen anything more jaw dropping stunning.

  2. Beautiful! I haven’t tried ant of the techniques yet but definitely will be, thank you! xxx

  3. Sharen Dyck says:

    Beautiful card. You are so talented.

  4. Pat says:

    This Wintry Trail silhouette scene works fantastically with that bit of added colour Heather. I love the bright blue sky and the icy water look, so atmospheric and pretty. I haven’t got any wintry foliage stamps at the moment but have something in mind which I could use instead, so will be giving that a try. x

  5. Anne Miller says:

    Really beautiful, she has done a few very impressive ones lately.


    Sent from my iPad


  6. Stunning! But then, I’ve come to expect nothing less from you, Heather. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Carol L says:

    This beautiful card took my breath away! It looks more like a photo than a card! Phenomenal!!!

  8. Your cards are beautiful little works of art that capture my heart time and time again.
    I really appreciate your work and am always searching for videos instructing us on how to achieve this magical look. Please do another soon.

  9. Shauna Todd says:

    I never know what to say, other than…. breathtaking!

  10. Mary says:

    Beautiful card Heather. I would loved to have seen a video on this beautiful creation!

  11. littledebbie4 says:

    another amazing card – where do you buy your skills from ?

  12. Annette Sigler says:

    That is a beautiful card. So glad it was shared!

  13. Carol Eshleman says:

    Heather I follow you all the time, I almost feel like a stocker. You have such an amazing style. I want to be just like you. Penny Black has always been one of my favorites and you are the perfect asset to their company. Your calming voice in your utubes is perfect for teaching by example. BUT. Please let me tell you, this card outdoes it all. You hit it perfect with your choice of mediums and colors. I am sooooo going to try and copy this. I can’t wait to have time to try it. Keep doing the utubes. PS I am always so disappointed when you do a card with out the video. But I can’t even imagine how time consuming the videos are to make. Please if you have time, would you please do a video of this card? Please, Please? Thank you so much for sharing.

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