Winter Tree

It is hard to believe I haven’t shared this beautiful tree stamp already. It is a large rubber cling stamp called winter tree and it looks snow laden when stamped. It is a very detailed tree but my treatment has it looking a little more impressionistic. To create the card above I lay the tree stamp on my cold pressed watercolour paper and positioned masking paper around the edges of the stamp. When I lifted the stamp there was a tree shaped space exposed.

I splattered masking fluid over the panel so there were lots of drops in the shape of a tree. When I removed the masking paper I splattered a few more drops of masking fluid around the tree. I placed the panel and stamp in my stamp positioner and dotted distress stain on the stamp. For this tree I used mustard seed, mermaid lagoon, pine needles and blueprint sketch. I stamped a couple of colours at a time until the tree was completely stamped albeit in a loose and watery way. To fill in the background I wanted the same colours but more diluted so I put stain on my glass mat so I could pick it up with a paint brush.

I painted around the tree with water touching the edges of the tree with the paintbrush so the colour would bleed into the sky. To fill the sky I picked up extra colour from my glass mat. When all the paint was dry I removed the masking fluid and added a die cut sentiment and a matching mat.

I followed the same process for the second card but used hot pressed watercolour paper and more colours of distress stain. I also stamped a few trees in the background using a tree from the ‘prancers‘ set and peacock feathers distress ink.

When snow completely covers our Christmas lights the colour does look a bit blurry shining through the snow. That’s what these cards remind me of.

Not that there are any Christmas trees or lights up around here yet. There are members of this family with strong feelings about Christmas decorations!


Stamps: winter tree, prancers

Stains: mustard seed, blue print sketch, peacock feathers, pine needles

Die: merry Christmas (PB)

Paper: cold pressed watercolour paper, deep blue cardstock

Tools: MISTI, T ruler, stick-it adhesive, glass mat

15 Comments on “Winter Tree”

  1. Lynn Leduc says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Shauna Todd says:

    This is soooo lovely!

  3. nancystiz says:

    Wow, both cards are amazing and yes, it does look lit through the snow flurries. This tree is now on my wish list! I must try this. The effect is amazing. Thanks for describing your process in detail too!

    • Heather says:

      Thanks for leaving me such a sweet note. It is a beautiful tree stamp. Even though it is very detailed I am yet to stamp it and not end up blending half that detail away! It’s a habit of mine…

  4. Beautiful samples! The techniques you used to create snow and lights is just so pretty. I think I have some masking fluid…I’m going to try this!

    • Heather says:

      My inspiration was a painting I saw on pinterest but can’t find now. I just liked the blur of the bright colours all over the tree. Hope you have fun with the technique.

  5. creatingincolors says:

    I LOVE these cards!

  6. Pat says:

    Two fabulous trees Heather and love the multi colour look and both backgrounds are so pretty, and I love the soft watery trees in the background of the second card, and with two beautiful sentiments too. x

  7. Karen Jackson says:

    These are wonderful trees Heather and so exactly reminiscent of outdoor lit trees in winter. Thank you for the detailing the process. The second card is so cold and crisp you can almost smell the air. I agree it is too early for Christmas decorations to be up, ours go up the weekend before Christmas, but there are houses near to me that are all aglow already, indoors. I would be tired of them by Christmas. Well done on these two trees.

    • Heather says:

      I tend to leave my decorations up for quite a while after Christmas so I don’t start until some time after mid December. Thank you for your sweet comments.

  8. Debbie Lahaise says:


  9. I love this card, but cant understand the description if how you made it, sorry!

  10. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous cards, they do look like lit trees out in the front snowy yard!

  11. Liz Chartrand says:


  12. Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh says:

    These are lovely. I have to admit to being drawn to the first. Maybe it is the Monet-like colour combinations that evoke a feeling of lightness and joy?

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