Christmas berriesPosted: September 14, 2018 Filed under: Christmas berries | Tags: Penny Black stamps, Ranger Distress inks, Tsukineko Versafine inks 15 Comments
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
Beautiful contrasts of color on each part of the image! A beautiful Christmas card, Heather!
very beautiful card, I like the choice of colors that focuses on berries, very beautiful together, thank you for sharing this technique
Thank you Mariette for taking the time to leave me such an encouraging comment.
This is stunning Heather and love the colours on the beautiful foliage and berries, and a great sentiment too. x
Thank you Pat, for your kind words and all the lovely encouragement you leave for me here on the blog.
Wow Heather…you just want to reach out and touch that leaf!♥♥♥
Thank you Clelie, I was happy with those leaves. They were not hard though, one colour each end and blend with water in the middle!
This is wonderful Heather and so clear & sharp, without background colour. Less is more.
Lovely card. I just love the berries and the branches especially.
Lovely. What a wonderful Christmas card. The colors are beautiful.
Very Pretty coloring! Love the layout!
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This card is stunning. The colors are perfect. What are the deminsions of this card?
Thank you for your kind words. I don’t have the card any more but I remember it being quite tall. Probably 6″x4.75″ is my guess.