Snowy saplings

Every year I make some snowy forest scenes, with stamps that are old favourites and with new ones destined to be favourites. These trees are from a new PB set called ‘saplings’ and they are so easy to work with!. I placed my hot pressed watercolour panel in the stamp positioner and placed a hill shaped frisket film mask across the base of the panel where I wanted to preserve white space for the snow. I could probably have used a couple of layers of masking paper as I didn’t end up getting the panel very wet.

I inked one or two trees at a time with different combinations of the following distress inks: chipped sapphire, broken china, mowed lawn, peeled paint. Before I stamped I lightly spritzed the stamp so the colours would blend nicely. I moved the panel a couple of times and moved the stamps so I could get a decent row of trees at different heights. I sponged a bit of broken china ink along the top of the mask to create a shadow behind the snow bank then moved the mask to stamp a tree in front. I then moved the mask twice sponging both times to get another couple of snowy hill shadows to appear behind the trees and a blue sky.

To create the ‘snow’ in the sky I gently splattered and strategically dropped some water on the distress sponging. The distress inks react with water so after the droplets had sat for 30 seconds I dabbed them with a paper towel which left white watermarks. To finish off I linked two stamps from the PB ‘Merry Builder’ and stamped them in majestic blue versafine ink.

Despite the appearance of a snowy scene on the blog today I am happy to report it has been sandals weather this week. Yay!


6 Comments on “Snowy saplings”

  1. Donata Taylor says:

    Heather, just wanted to let you know I SURE appreciate your postings! Your work is always exceptional, sooo beautiful, classy, and you make it look easy and do-able. Thank you for your frequent posts, instructions and such beautiful work.

  2. jillianfoster82 says:

    Wow! I’m drooling over this design, Heather! I love the all of the colors you’ve captured with this tree stamp. Amazing, as always!

  3. Karen Jackson says:

    What a fresh and sunny snowy scene this is Heather. if only it would stay like that for real. The colours are marvellous.

  4. Pat says:

    These rather stylised trees are very pretty and love the overall beautiful scene using them. Another of your gorgeous snowy scenes. x

  5. Lagene says:

    I always love your snow scenes! Love the varigation in colors on the trees!

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