Berry Speckled

This branch, ‘berry speckled’, is definitely one of my favourites from the new Penny Black release ‘Be Merry‘. It is pretty on its own but will combine well with other Christmas foliage I’m sure. I decided to watercolour with it, and used a stamp positioning tool to help me add colours one at a time. I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper with masking fluid lightly splattered over it. First I inked the berries in festive berries distress stain and stamped them, next I did the pine needles in peeled paint distress stain and finally the twigs in gathered twigs distress marker. I dried all the initial stamping then added the background blue by painting water close to the edges of the stamping then adding stormy sky distress stain to the wet areas.

Once all the ink and stain was dry I added definition to the berries with a candied apple distress marker. I removed the masking fluid to reveal little white dots, added the sentiment in smokey gray versafine ink and matted the panel in red.


Stamps: berry speckled, peace & love (PB)
Inks: festive berries, peeled paint, stormy sky distress stains & candied apple, gathered twigs distress markers (Ranger) smokey gray versafine (Tsukineko)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, red cardstock
Also: masking fluid

9 Comments on “Berry Speckled”

  1. Lynn Leduc says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  2. gorgeous, this might be an expensive month with all those beautiful stamps 🙂

  3. Pat says:

    This is really beautiful Heather and I love the colour of the sky in the background which gives it a slightly more moody and dramatic feel, the foliage is really pretty too. x

  4. Stunning! Love the stamp! xxx

  5. Jan D., FL says:

    Always so beautiful….have a wonderful day.

  6. Charmaine Fuglsby says:

    Heather I love your watercoloring as well as Penny Black stamps. This beautiful and so versatile. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Karen Jackson says:

    Fabulous card Heather. I have ‘Berry Speckled’ on order and can’t wait for it to arrive. What inspiration! Thank you.

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