Holly Sprig

I have another new brushstroke stamp to feature today and I’ve used one of my favourite mediums to colour it: distress stains. I began as in my previous card with a panel already splattered with masking fluid. I painted a pale yellow wash over the panel then dried it. I inked the ‘holly sprig’ stamp with peeled paint and festive berries distress stains, spritzed the water colour panel and stamped. Because the panel was wet the images bled into the surrounding area giving me blurry background images. I dried the panel before stamping the foreground images in the same colours along with pine needles stain for some variation in the leaf colour.

After the panel dried I added some definition to the berries and leaves with distress markers and some green splatter. Finally I removed the masking fluid, die cut ‘Tis the Season’ from red cardstock and framed the panel with a matching red mat.


Stamps: holly sprig (PB)
Die: tis the season
Inks: festive berries, peeled paint, pine needles, scattered straw distress stains & candied apple, peeled paint distress markers (Ranger)
Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, red cardstock
Also: masking fluid

9 Comments on “Holly Sprig”

  1. ahappyscramper says:

    Oh I love this Heather!~ Such a beautiful effect.

  2. memalagene says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!

  3. Lynn Leduc says:


  4. Liz in NH says:

    Such soft winter magic.

  5. Pat says:

    Hollty leaves and berries are the ultimate Christmas greenery and I love the mix of softer images with the more defined areas Heather and the pretty creamy yellow is perfect for the background. x

  6. Nyoka Smith says:

    Love it, Heather. Would love to know when you are going to be making another Youtube video. I love to watch you work!!

  7. myrna sweet says:

    Love this one Heather. It is so lovely and could certainly be used for more than a Christmas card. We hope to be back attending your classes soon.
    hugs Myrna – Belleville

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