Journey home

I pulled out of few old favourites for this card, both stamps and techniques. I began by tearing a post-it note mask and positioning it across the bottom of the watercolour paper panel. I then stamped the large tree in onyx black versafine overlapping the mask at the bottom and the boy and sled also in onyx black just above the mask (the stamps and supplies are all listed below). I cut a circle from frisket film and placed it firmly over the tree branches then painted water across the panel from left to right where the sky would be.

I sprinkled yellow brusho sparingly into the water and blended it to create a ‘glow’ in the sky. Above and below the yellow I painted blue brusho then, while it was still wet, stamped trees in memento Danube blue ink. As the background was damp the impressions have soft blended edges. I mixed a little blue brusho with water on a palette then painted a line of blue below  the stamped boy to create a shadowy area where he was walking. I used water to dilute the colour as I extended the colour up towards the horizon. I added more blue below the boy and the tree and diluted that with water.

To create the shadow of the boy and his sled I inked the stamp with memento Danube blue and stamped it onto an acrylic block. I stamped the block into the damp watercolour paper where it created a blurred mirror image. I painted straight shadow for the tree also in Danube blue ink. When the ink and paint were dry I removed the moon mask and attached the panel to a natural white card base.


Stamps: spread cheer, nature’s friends, joy to all

Inks: versafine majestic blue, memento Danube blue ink

Brusho paints: lemon, cobalt blue

Hot pressed watercolor paper

Also: stamping platform, frisket film, post-it note


10 Comments on “Journey home”

  1. Clelie says:

    Wow…your ‘reflection’ work is absolutely incredible! ♥

  2. creatingincolors says:

    This is so beautiful.

  3. Liz in NH says:


  4. Pat says:

    The blue tones are glorious Heather and the silhouette tree and boy and dog with sled make a great winter scene which is so atmospheric. I love the areas of yellow and the large moon too. x

  5. LaVon C Hall says:

    This is one of your very best creations and you have so many wonderful things! Love it! Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful Creative New Year!

  6. konarose says:

    My mouth is hanging open, Homer Simpson fashion. Thank you for explaining your brilliant techniques with us!!!

  7. memalagene says:

    Beautiful winter scene, love your shadows!

  8. Tish says:

    You are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing this for us this Christmas season. It is a blessing to see your work and know that your work brings us all such joy.

  9. Karen Jackson says:

    Bbrrrr….this really is a masterclass in creating a winter scene Heather. I hope that the boy has a warm drink when he gets home! Thank you for the techniques you pass on to us.

  10. lollthompson says:

    This is such a sweet card Heather! xx

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