If you are new around here you might not know that I love tree stamps, tree scenes and wintry tree scenes in particular. ‘You can never have too many tree stamps’ are words I live by! So it will come as no surprise to see four different but similar tree cards today. All four are on hot pressed watercolour paper and all had masking fluid splattered on the panels before I began.

To create these first two cards I used the same method, stamping first, spritzing with water second. I stamped the PB ‘winter tree’ stamp in chipped saphpire, shabby shutters and pine needles distress inks then spritzed water generously over the panel so the colours bled into each other. Any where the ink and water was pooling too much I dabbed away with a paper towel. Once the panel was dry I stamped PB fragile branches around the edges to so it appeared that we were looking through to a clearing.

I used the same method for this card but used iced spruce, stormy sky and forest moss distress ink before spritzing with water. After the panel had dried a little but not totally I stamped a foreground tree in forest moss (or maybe a different ink, I’m not sure). After the panel was completely dry I added the fragile branches in black archival ink and in a stamp positioner so I could stamp a few times for a bold impression.

For these last two cards I used the same stamps but switched to a magic ink! Yes, it’s truly a magic ink; on the two cards below I used only one ink (other than the black for sentiment and fragile branches.) The dark green, pale blue, olive green and brown tones all come from the magic ‘northern pine’ memento ink from Tsukineko.

On the panel above I stamped the trees repeatedly in northern pine getting first, second and third generation images then I spritzed the panel so the ink would separate and bleed into the rest of the panel.

On the panel below I wet the panel first and then stamped the trees in northern pine memento ink. The result is blurrier images but beautiful blends of green, brown and blue.

Once the panel above was dry I stamped the tree again in northern pine ink in the right hand corner. One ink, one magic ink!

Once all the panels were totally dry I rubbed off the masking fluid to reveal the snow falling, you can use your fingers or an adhesive eraser. I added the sentiments from PB sets (linked below) in black archival ink.

Thanks for dropping by; make sure you come back tomorrow to see what the Foiled Fox and I have dreamed up for you.



21 Comments on “Forests”

  1. Those cards are absolutely gorgeous! I’m going to try my best to copy them, but I’m sure I won’t come close. So beautiful!

  2. ednamburgess says:

    Each card is more beautiful than the rest. Glad you gave the directions. Going to try it. Hope they turn out as well as yours.

  3. Mary (MJ) says:

    WOW! Absolutely Stunning!! I’m agree with you Heather, I love trees & anything nature! You are such an inspiration, as always, thanks for sharing! I love your designs! 🤗🙂

  4. creatingincolors says:

    Your trees are always beautiful, and I’ll never get tired of seeing them! Keep going!

  5. Bonnie says:

    Wonderful forest beauties, Heather! Each one is unique with the different blending of colors. I need to try some of that magic ink. I’m always ready for some magic!

  6. soozyb2013 says:

    It’s like looking through mist into the forest, at least on my computer it does 🙂 These are just perfect Heather. Well done. The colours and the techniques, love the tree stamp and branches. I am partial to Penny Black Stamps. Great cards!!!

  7. Love these!!

    Sent from my iPad


  8. Verna Angerhofer says:

    I too love tree stamps and these cards you created are so gorgeous. I love all of them.

  9. Claudia says:

    These are amazing! Love the fantastic effect, wonderful!

  10. debsmart says:

    Such gorgeous cards! I agree – you can’t have too many tree image stamps 🙂 I love how you create the soft blending with water.

  11. Debbie G says:

    love your background techniques AND the one-color Memento Ink trick!

  12. Shirley Helen Baker says:

    These are glorious, Heather! Thank you for sharing your talents and instructions. Love, love, love. I have said the same thing about tree stamps, ha, ha! I can always use more, lol.

  13. Pat says:

    Wow Heather what fabulous cards using this wonderful PB stamp and I adore all the different colours and ways of getting those fantastic results. They are all so atmospheric and are so arty and pretty, and this tree is the perfect shape and size. x

  14. Karen Jackson says:

    Your love of tree stamps, and trees in general, shines through in all your work Heather, This collection of forests is spectacular. I love all the colours.

  15. Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh says:

    These are stunning. Deceptively simple in design, the layers of visual appeal entice you to look further a the details of the imagery. May I (try to) replicate this effect for personal use at Christmas?

  16. sallyholmes66 says:

    All stunning! Beautiful colours. I agree that you can never have too many tree stamps x

  17. jellybeanerz says:

    WOW. These are all truly amazing! Such creativity!

  18. Clelie says:

    As I scrolled down, I kept saying “Oh, I love this one…oh, I love THIS one…oooo, THIS one is gorgeous!… Yes, I loved ALL of them. 😀 I bought Northern Pine ink two years ago because of your work and never used it THIS way. I am all set up and raring to go PLAY! I just bought two new Penny Black tree stamps and can’t wait to see what happens on paper. Thanks so much for the beautiful samples of Inspiration!!!♥♥♥

  19. Lagene says:

    Gorgeous creations, I always love your forest scenes!!!

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