Christmas berries

I’m hanging out on the Foiled Fox blog today, one of my favourite places to be. They have a bunch of lovely new stamps & dies from Penny Black; if you haven’t had a chance to browse their new arrivals, you really should. Christmas berries is one of the new rubber cling stamps and I have filled out my panel with extra branches from a handy set called ‘winter branches‘.

I used a stamp positioner so I could work on berries separately from leaves and twigs. I stamped the berries in ‘festive berries’ ink (imagine that) and blended on the paper with a paint brush. I let the ink dry before painting some ‘aged mahogany’ onto the shadowed areas of the berries.

I inked the leaves with pine needles distress ink at one end and peeled paint at the other. After stamping I blended the two colours together with a damp brush. I stamped all the branch and twiggy bits with ground espresso distress ink which is a nice dark brown and used the same colour to paint details onto the berries. I used the ‘Winter Branches’ stamps to fill out the design but first I stamped the Christmas berries stamp on post-it notes so I could cut some masks to cover the berries while I stamped the branches over the top in the ground espresso ink.

I switched to versafine vintage sepia ink for the sentiment because it prints fine detail so well. To make the colour closer to the depth of ground espresso I just stamped several times in the stamp positioner.


Stamps: Christmas berries 40-626(PB), winter branches 40-637, Joyful wishes 30-434
Inks: pine needles, peeled paint, festive berries, aged mahogany, ground espresso distress inks & vintage sepia versafine ink
Paper: hot pressed watercolour

Also: stamping platform

15 Comments on “Christmas berries”

  1. bonklassgmailcom says:

    Beautiful contrasts of color on each part of the image! A beautiful Christmas card, Heather!

  2. Mariette Desrosiers says:

    very beautiful card, I like the choice of colors that focuses on berries, very beautiful together, thank you for sharing this technique

  3. Pat says:

    This is stunning Heather and love the colours on the beautiful foliage and berries, and a great sentiment too. x

  4. Clelie says:

    Wow Heather…you just want to reach out and touch that leaf!♥♥♥

  5. Karen Jackson says:

    This is wonderful Heather and so clear & sharp, without background colour. Less is more.
    Love it!

  6. Christine says:

    Lovely card. I just love the berries and the branches especially.

  7. Daria says:

    Lovely. What a wonderful Christmas card. The colors are beautiful.

  8. memalagene says:

    Very Pretty coloring! Love the layout!

  9. Barbara Lindsey says:

    Very beautiful.

  10. […] card was the result of a thought I had after making a Christmas themed card featuring the berries seen on this one. The Penny Black berry stamp is called ‘Christmas […]

  11. Jill Clark says:

    This card is stunning. The colors are perfect. What are the deminsions of this card?

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