Home through the birches

I really enjoy creating winter scenes and today’s card features stamps that lend themselves very well to scenic stamping. I used the PB ‘birches’ stamp and the boy from an older PB set, ‘spread cheer’. I began by embossing the large birch stamps on either side of a panel of hot pressed watercolour paper in versafine clair nocturne ink and clear powder. Next I splattered masking fluid over the panel to later look like snow.

I painted water across the panel from left to right skipping the tree trunks, added distress stains, faded jeans and barn door, then blended the colours to create a winter sky. I painted some diluted blue stain on the tree trunks for a bit of shadow then let everything dry. I stamped the boy and his dog in nocturne inks several times to get a very solid black image over the embossing and stain that was already on the panel. After the black ink dried I painted some shadow with the same stains used for the sky.

Once all the ink was dry I removed the masking fluid to reveal all the little dots of snow. I trimmed the panel to fit on a navy card base (although it looks black in the photos) and will add a white insert for writing my message inside.


Stamps: birches, spread cheer (all PB)

Inks: nocturne versafine clair,

Stains: faded jeans, barn door

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, navy cardstock

Also:  embossing powder, masking fluid, MISTI

11 Comments on “Home through the birches”

  1. Vicki B says:

    Heather, I love the scene you created! I have all the right supplies but would never be able to come up with the same look you have.

  2. Liz Jones in New Hampshire says:


  3. Pat says:

    Another of your fabulous snowy scenes Heather. I love the foreground birch trees and the silhouette image looks like it was meant to be there and the shadows on the snow and the trees are just perfect. x

  4. Chris R. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Perfection!! It looks like the Northern Lights.

  5. Karen Jackson says:

    Your love of winter scenes comes through in all your winter cards Heather. The skies you paint are wonderful and wide and the colours are reminiscent of the Northern Lights. It was good to see that little boy again, trudging home for tea. 🙂

  6. ednamburgess says:

    Love this card.
    So quick and fairly easy and can be used for so many occasions.

  7. Carolyn L says:

    Fabulous scene, Heather….again! Thank you for the steps on how to recreate it. Can see this is one to CASE. (Is there an acronym for “Thanks Heather, I Tried.”)

  8. debsmart says:

    I absolutely love the sky your created! Thanks for sharing how you did it – I’m going to give it a try. A stunning card, such a peaceful scene.

  9. creatingincolors says:

    You are so good at creating these scenes! The colors and shading are beautiful!

  10. ND says:

    Reminds me of silver birches at Donholme, but the weather is most unseasonal – mid thirties again today.

  11. memalagene says:

    Fantastic scene! I love the sky, looks a bit like northern lights!

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