Nature Walk

I am over on the Darkroom Door blog today sharing cards made with the gorgeous new ‘Nature Walk‘ set. The flowers and foliage in this set have incredible detail; the first time I stamped them I was blown away by how delicate the images were. For their debut on my blog I wanted to make them as artsy as possible but I will be back showing them off in all their delicate simplicity another day. This first one is my favourite of the three in this post; it reminds me a little of trees in some of Sydney Long’s paintings.

To begin I splattered some masking fluid over hot pressed watercolour paper and let that dry. Next I wet most of the panel with water and repeatedly stamped the round topped wildflowers in bundled sage and iced spruce distress stain. Distress stain is a liquid so it doesn’t stamp a sharp detailed image; stamping it onto partially wet paper resulted in soft background colour with a few shadowy flower heads appearing. I let the panel dry then inked the stamp with chipped sapphire, seedless preserves and dusty concord stains then stamped it several times across the panel. When the panel dried I rubbed off the masking fluid, added a sentiment embossed in white on co-ordinating cardstock and attached the panel to a white card base.

For the autumn toned card I once again I started with a hot pressed watercolour panel splattered with masking fluid.  I spritzed the panel with water, sprayed some crushed olive distress stain onto my glass mat then swiped the wet panel through the stain. I repeated the same process with forest moss stain but tilted the panel to stop the forest moss overtaking the crushed olive. While the panel was wet I stamped another of the wildflower stamps in rusty hinge stain to get soft background images then dried the panel completely before stamping the same stamp in versafine clair shady lane ink. I finished it off with some twine and an embossed sentiment.
Card number three began the same way with a splattering of masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper. I like to splatter quite a few panels at once and set them aside for future projects. To create the dramatic sky I spritzed water over the panel then dropped some aged mahogany and victorian velvet stains onto the wet panel and started tilting and turning it as the stain moved across the panel. When I had developed some interesting patterns I laid the panel down again and added some antique linen stain with a paintbrush and let the panel dry completely
I stamped the grasses in golden meadow versafine clair ink a little up from base of panel then in chianti versafine clair ink a little lower down but still overlapping the previous stamp. When the stamping was completely dry I removed the masking fluid and wrapped twine around panel, added a mat panel in a co-ordinating cardstock and stamped another tiny sentiment on the same cardstock in versamark so I could emboss in white.
I like the pairing of loose painted backgrounds with sharp stamped foreground in these panels and I’m so happy to have these new stamps in my collection. Stay tuned to see them again.

Supplies

Stamps: nature walk (DD)

Stains: bundled sage, iced spruce, chipped sapphire, dusty concord, seedless preserves (card 1)
 
crushed olive, rusty hinge, forest moss (card 2)
   
antique linen, aged mahogany, victorian velvet (card 3)

Inks: versamark & shady lane, chianti, golden meadows versafine clair,

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural cardstock, burgandy cardstock, rust cardstock

Also: Cutterpillar glass mat, white embossing fluid, masking fluid, twine,

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11 Comments on “Nature Walk”

  1. Mary Ann says:

    All three cards are gorgeous, but I agree that the top card is my favorite. Love the color combo!

  2. memalagene says:

    WOWZERS, these are gorgeous! I agree the first card does remind me of the trees in Sydney Long’s paintings!

  3. Pat says:

    These three cards are so atmospheric Heather, and the watery backgrounds work beautifully with the DD stamps. You have used some quite different colours and the look you have achieved with all three is magical. x

  4. bonklassgmailcom says:

    Three beautiful cards, Heather! Love the watery look of all of them! The combination of colors and that beautiful sky in the meadow card make me add this stamp to my want list!

  5. Karen Jackson says:

    All three cards are wonderful Heather. After much thought I think my favourite is the first one. The colours are just lovely, but I also love the sky in the last one .

  6. swanlady21 says:

    All gorgeous, but the first really caught my eye. Love the soft edge of flowers too.

  7. Godelieve says:

    How gorgeous are these cards! Love the stamps, and the way you used them. Stunning!

  8. Jacqueline Groff says:

    Beautiful, beautiful watercolor cards.

  9. maureenchandler says:

    These are just gorgeous – thanks so much for explaining the process! I have distress stains and never use them – but I will now!!
    Thanks too for the lovely card you sent – it’s a treasure!


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