Bell & Berries

Over the summer I kept reaching for the blues and greens; they were refreshing in the hot weather. It appears that my fascination with them is continuing into the winter! I created this wintry panel with the Penny Black ‘bell & berries stamp and the versatile PB ‘fragile beauty’ set.

When I started this panel by stamping only the branch section of the stamp at the very top I chose only blue, grey and green inks. Choosing green over red for the berries helped to create a fresh frosty look. After stamping only the top branch I repositioned the stamp and stamped the whole image then finally a bit more branch on the right hand side. The extra twigs were added in dark blue.

I inked the leaves with papertrey ‘enchanted evening’, a dark blue and ‘stormy sea’, a grey blue. I used the olive toned ‘prairie grass’ for the berries. When I spritzed the stamp before stamping on the hot pressed watercolour paper the inks began to blend. I did further blending on the paper with a paint brush and water but didn’t blend every part of the image, some leaves and berries I kept unblended to show the texture of the paper and stamp.

The paper had spots of masking fluid splattered over it before I began which caused the white dots you see in the finished panel.

I stamped the bell in a mix of stormy sea and true black ink and also added ‘blue silver’ pearlescent paint from the Coliro ‘ocean’ set so there is a shimmer to it in real life.

I used a piece of dark blue cardstock for a card base then stamped the ‘bell & berries’ on both an insert panel and the envelope.

I woke up to the frosty look of fresh snow on autumn leaves this morning; it’s pretty but it can go now!


13 Comments on “Bell & Berries”

  1. This is stunning! I love the beautiful colours, take care and stay safe xxx

  2. Leslie says:

    Gorgeous! Love the blues – you’ve created such a realistic wintery scene!

  3. Pat says:

    This is fabulous Heather and as usual your colour choices are perfect, and the watercolouring and spritzing straight to stamp technique always looks wonderful in your hands. A really effective and beautiful seasonal card. x

  4. PaperMorePaper says:

    How you can always make fairly somber colors wake up and “play nice with others” is magic. This classic bell is now a favorite Christmas card scene.

  5. Bonnie says:

    I love this stamp in these colors, Heather, and the fragile branches add to the scene! Gorgeous, my friend!

  6. Robyn Oliver says:

    Gorgeous card Heather, love the colours

  7. Barbara Taylor says:

    Love Love Love this card (Bell & Berries), I don’t know how many times Ive gone back and looked at it. By chance do you have a video or You Tube?

  8. Geri Lawhon says:

    These are just gorgeous cards. Thanks for posting them.

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