Autumn lanterns

I have some dried Chinese lanterns in the corner of my workroom. They are lasting well, I’ve had them at least seven years, probably longer. A few have broken or fallen off the stems and the colour has faded so they are not the deep orange you see in the image on my card. I used Penny Black’s ‘flower lanterns’, ‘fragile beauty’ and ‘script background’ stamps to create this panel.

Just to mix things up a bit I pulled out memento inks for this project. There was a time when I used memento inks on every project and they are still within reach of my work table. The ‘Morocco’ browny orange is a beautiful colour so I started with that and used potter’s clay, olive grove, bamboo leaf and espresso truffle, some inkpads, some markers. I was very happy to see the ink pads are juicy as ever.

Memento inks don’t always blend once on the watercolour paper so I blend with a spritz of water to the stamp before stamping. I also smoosh some ink on my mat and pick it up with a brush if I want to add depth to a very specific area. I added some details with a gold gel pen after I had built up the lanterns and leaves with ink.

You can see some of my favourite ‘finishing touches’ on this panel: a script stamp, splatter and ink blended edges. I added two strips of co-ordinating cardstock as a half frame then balanced them with the sentiment from PB ‘banner sentiments’.


5 Comments on “Autumn lanterns”

  1. Karen A. says:

    Your stamping is so BEAUTIFUL & ELEGANT! I enjoy looking at everything you make.

  2. PaperMorePaper says:

    Thank you, Heather, for your comments on Memento inks. It is good to be reminded of supplies that have “sunk to the bottom” somehow. Today’s Chinese Lanterns is a bea

    • PaperMorePaper says:

      (silly computer) Today’s Chinese Lanterns is a beautiful, clever piece that proves anything not trendy is to be ignored. Count on this to be Cased.

  3. Pat says:

    This is a very pretty stamp and love the addition of the twiggy branches too Heather, and a very beautiful result using the inks straight to stamp and then adding some extra colour where necessary, and a good idea to get out your Memento inks for a change, and the colours you have used are lovely. x

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