Winter Woodland

You know I love tree stamps so when this beauty from Penny Black appeared I had all sorts of plans for it. My first inking was to create these peaceful scenes to share here and on the Foiled Fox blog. The background stamp is called ‘winter woodland’ and the foreground stamp is from an older set ‘spread cheer’.

Both these cards were made on smooth bright white bristol cardstock which shows off the detail of the tree stamp beautifully. I made an improvement the second time I made this card so I will share my ‘better method’ with you here. I suggest stamping and embossing the child and sled first, that way any inking and blending done after will be resisted because of the embossing. When I tried just stamping in black after blending the sky there was a difference in the blackness of the child image because of the blended ink underneath.

After stamping the foreground image I positioned a torn post-it note mask over lower portion of the panel and stamped the winter woodland stamp in hickory smoke versafine ink.  I love the different trees in this image; it is so like the scenes around here. I punched a small circle from masking paper and positioned it over the trees to make a moon. I used Papertrey ink and blending brushes to do the sky and a trick I learned from Jennifer McGuire. Doing blending on a glass mat makes sense because the ink you waste by starting off the panel is on the glass mat and can be picked up by the brush and transferred to the panel. I started by blending a strip of scarlet jewel ink along the horizon of one panel and an even smaller section of harvest gold ink on the other panel. I kept the blending light around the moon in blueberry sky ink and darker around the edges.

After I removed the moon mask and then horizon mask I repositioned the torn edge lower down to add some more snow banks with a pale layer of ink still in the blending brush. I finished the cards with a sentiment from PB ‘merry up’ in hickory smoke ink. Make sure you click over to the Foiled Fox blog for more tips about this card plus a blog full of inspiration from other designers.


9 Comments on “Winter Woodland”

  1. Wow you did a fabulous job with that sky, gorgeous scene!

  2. Tish rowe says:

    Love, love what you do. This is absolutely stunning.
    Thanks for details and hints.

  3. Pat says:

    I love trees too and these are a nice mix and you have made a beautiful winter scene with them Heather. I love the silhouette figures in the foreground, and the paler colour round the moon giving a slightly hazy effect. x

  4. Lynn says:

    Beautiful Heather. Thank you

  5. Bonnie says:

    A beautiful winter scene, Heather! Love the sky and the crisp image of the sledder!

  6. Karen Jackson says:

    I love both of these cards Heather. You really have painting trees and skies to a fine art. We had a sky just like the second card, tonight. A real frosty moon. A gorgeous duo.

  7. PaperMorePaper says:

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely, peaceful scene, Ms. Heather…and even more thanks for the tips you used to achieve it! I’ve had the kids’ silhouette stamp for a while and now I know how to do them justice.

  8. Judy says:

    Beautiful cards! Thanks for the tips and wonderful inspiration!

  9. Lagene says:

    Gorgeous skies in the moonlit scenes!

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