Birch in snow

Birches in snow Heather Telford

I wish I could tell you the beauty of yesterday’s snowfall inspired this little snowscape but the reality is having this photo edited and ready inspired this little post! I made this card months back but misplaced it somewhere in my spotless workroom!

The ‘nature’s silhouettes’ transparent set includes two long birch trunk stamps. One is a little slimmer than the other so when stamping them you can shape them, turn them upside down, ink them partially and add branches to get a range of different ‘birchy’ looks. I also discovered a little trick you might like. The wider of the two trees just happens to be the same width as narrow painter’s tape which makes masking a snap.

Birches in snow close up Heather Telford

I inked the birch trunks in versafine onyx black for this panel as I didn’t want the watercolour painting to blur the trees at all. Before stamping I splattered some masking fluid and positioned some hill shaped post-it masks at the base of the panel. I stamped the trunks so the base overlapped the post-its. I used the narrow masking tape to mask two of the trunks and cut a narrower mask for the other trunk. I removed the masks from the base of the trees but kept the trunks masked while I painted snow banks and sky with a couple of blue brusho paints. To get the shadow of the snow banks I paint a curved line then soften it with water above but keep it fairly sharp and unblended below. Once the paint was complete I removed the masks from the trunks and add a line of grey down one side of the trunks with a marker.

Even though this particular card wasn’t inspired by my backyard, the beauty of a fresh snowfall is what keeps me creating these snowy scenes.


Stamps:   Nature’s Silhouettes, Hello Winter, Into the sky (PB)
Paints:   Brusho powders (Colourcraft)
Inks:  Versafine onyx black ink, London fog memento marker (Tsukineko)
Cardstock:  hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: masking fluid

13 Comments on “Birch in snow”

  1. Pat says:

    So pretty and love the blue for the sky and shadows in the snow. Birch trees always look amazing in a snowy scene. x

  2. Debbie Lahaise says:

    lovely card – v easy to lose things in my craft room – wee bit messy

  3. littledebbie4 says:

    lovely card

  4. tish rowe says:

    The richness of the blue is incredible. Some days I am sure the sky in contrast to the white snow can appear to be this rich blue. Thanks for sharing and details.

  5. wendy0322 says:

    WOW! What a gorgeous wintry scene!

  6. Bonnie says:

    A beautiful, peaceful scene, Heather! Thanks for sharing the details! A real snow would be lovely!

  7. myrna sweet says:

    Heather, did you hand draw the “branches” or use a stamp?

  8. bonnielynn says:

    This is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen!

  9. jmhave44 says:

    Saw this on Facebook, and just had to come over for a closer look. So very beautiful, with your usual signature style of artistry! TFS & Merry Christmas

  10. Daria says:

    Beautiful, calm, serene. I love this card.

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