Beautiful branches

I’m over on the Foiled Fox blog today sharing these lovely stamps and vibrant Catherine Pooler inks. This set is definitely a set for all seasons!

The beautiful branches set from Concord & 9th has been sitting un-inked for months. It really shouldn’t have been; there is so much I can do with it. I decided to start with just two ideas; a fall card and a winter one but there are little flowers in the set so spring would be easy to put together too. The stamp set includes a bare branch then a bunch of different shaped leaves, berries, flowers and sweet sentiments. For both cards I stamped the bare branch in versafine vintage sepia ink which is waterproof. Even though I was planning to blend the leaves with water I didn’t want the branch to blend or bleed at all.

For the leaves I used Catherine Pooler inks, spruce, shea butter and green tea. I inked a roundish leaf with either shea butter and green tea or green tea and shea butter. I inked the whole leaf in the lighter colour first then rolled the edge of the leaf over the darker colour. I spritzed the stamp lightly then stamped over one of the little twig ends on the branch, gradually filling the branch with round leaves. After stamping each leaf I blended it with a paintbrush and water. I also stamped some second generation leaf images and blended them with water to create very pale leaves.

I dried the panel before adding the berries in CP juniper mist ink and blended them with water also. To finish the design I splattered some green tea and juniper mist inks over the panel but then noticed a leaf vein stamp in the set, designed to go with the round leaf. I didn’t want the veins to dominate the design  so I stamped them in green tea and re-stamped without re-inking to get even paler impressions. The last thing I did was add a sentiment from the same set in versafine majestic blue ink.

I decided to use the same technique for my winter branch but didn’t have a red CP ink so I pulled in festive berries distress ink which also blends nicely with water. I chose a longer thinner leaf stamp and inked it with spruce and juniper mist which, when blended made a deep bluey green. Once again I blended with water on the paper after stamping. The darker leaves are all first generation stamping and the others second and third generation. I started, as in the fall card, with a cold pressed watercolour panel splattered with masking fluid. I finished by splattering with juniper mist ink, dried it, then splattered embossing fluid and sprinkled silver powder over the top. My sentiment, from the C&9 Very Merry Sentiments set is stamped in Juniper Mist.

I was so happy with the possibilities of this set and the juicy goodness of the CP inks I almost went on to make the summer and spring cards right away but I do have more pressing projects so I’ll leave that for another day.

Let me know if you’ve found a stamp set that spans the seasons like this one.


Stamps: beautiful branches, very merry sentiments (C&9)
Inks: Catherine Pooler spruce, shea butter, green tea, juniper mist & Versafine vintage sepia, majestic blue & festive berries distress ink
Paper: cold pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white, red cardstock

Also: emboss it dabber, masking fluid, emboss it dabber, silver embossing powder, cutterpillar crop, cutterpillar glass mat

11 Comments on “Beautiful branches”

  1. Christine says:

    I love the technique you’ve used. The cards are lovely. Great colours. I will have to try this, thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Claire Lapierre says:

    This is just lovely!
    Thank you so much.
    Claire Lapierre
    St-Bruno, QC

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Dotty C says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Cheers, Dotty

  4. Pat says:

    What beautiful leaves Heather and both really pretty using two of the different shaped leaves and the blue is the perfect colour for the darker berries, and a nice DI bright red for the others. The red strip down the side really finishes each card perfectly. x

  5. Karen Jackson says:

    Wow what a treat Heather, two fabulous cards. I can almost smell the cool, crisp air in the fall card, the colours you have chosen are great together. I love the colour of the berries. I don’t think we have C P inks over here. The Winter card is just so elegant.

  6. sdelane3 says:

    I have this set and have not used it yet but now you have inspired me to get it out and get it inked. Your cards are just beautiful Heather!

  7. Heidi says:

    Both cards are just wonderful! It is amazing how lovely foliage is!

  8. Mariette Desrosiers says:

    I Heather, I love this card, the transparency of the autumn leaves that you created, but unfortunately this stamp (foliage) is discontinued ,I am disappointed that I can not order it !

    • Heather says:

      Hi Mariette,
      I am sorry to hear this stamp set is discontinued; it is such a versatile set. I didn’t realise that when I posted the cards. I shouldn’t have let the set sit un-inked so long.

  9. maureenchandler says:

    Lovely card Heather! It makes me look at my stamp sets and realize all the different possibilities! Thank you so much!

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