Sweet sails

It is all about the scenery on the blog right now, I hope you don’t mind. I made five scenic cards back in June not knowing I would be making an unscheduled trip to Australia. I haven’t made any cards since June! I hope I remember how. This lovely sailboat stamp from Penny Black is called ‘sweet sails’ and I created a scene following a similar procedure as for my previous cards. With my watercolour panel in a stamp positioner I first inked the horizon line and water area in versamark and coloured the sailboats with distress markers (black soot, candied apple, fossilized amber) then stamped. I embossed the water with clear powder so the little dashes in the ocean would look like white caps. I painted over the embossing to cover the ocean area with salty ocean ink. Moving on to the tree, I inked with old paper, peeled paint and forest moss inks to build up depth and shadow. I used gathered twigs and ground espresso markers for the trunks and branches then did the grass with forest moss, mowed lawn and peeled paint inks.

As with my recent scenic cards I let all the image stamping dry then inked the stamp with versamark and embossed in clear. This ‘seals’ in all the colour so I can paint sky and sand over the top. I used diluted salty ocean ink for the sky  and fossilized amber, tea dye and gathered twigs inks for the sand.

I’m back in Canada now fighting off my jetlag one coffee at a time. Thank you for the kind messages many of you left in my comments over the last few weeks, I very much appreciate your thoughts and prayers.


10 Comments on “Sweet sails”

  1. Pat says:

    Another beautiful scene Heather and personally I could never tire of these beautiful scenes you make and the colours are always so fresh and pretty. I hope the jetlag doesn’t last too long. x

  2. June says:

    Loved it. Thanks for all the tips for making my water scenes more interesting.

  3. Betty Farrington says:

    Beautiful card! BTW, it is great to read your commentaries. You know how to write, using good grammar and spelling! Hard to find anymore and that includes so-called professionals….

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Clelie says:

    I’m speechless…this is absolutely gorgeous…just Perfect…the white caps, the sky, the light coming through the tree leaves, the grass and shadows under the tree and the detail of the sailboats…I LOVE what you created!♥♥♥ I hope you have the time to rest and re-coup mentally and physically after this time in Australia. My thoughts are with you and my prayers are over you! ♥

  5. Janet S. says:

    So Beautiful!! Thank you once again for describing in detail your creative process. You are a gifted teacher and artist. Praying for your abiding time that it may refresh you in just the right measure. Take care dear one.

  6. Karen Jackson says:

    Another lovely card Heather. You capture everything so perfectly, the sea, the sky the light. I just want to go there and chill for a while.Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  7. […] you have read about how I made my recent scenic cards (outback, canoes, oceanside, sailboats) then you already know the drill for this one. I inked and stamped the trees , ground and horizon […]

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