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!

    • Heather says:

      I left mine unused for a while too but I’m really happy with how easy it was to make a couple of pretty branches. I’m sure you’ll have fun with yours.

  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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