Winter Quietude

When I posted a card stamped with the PB ‘quietude’ stamp recently I mentioned I would be making a more wintery looking version. Today I have two different colour schemes featuring snow and an extra tree from the tannenbaum trio set.

In this snowscape inspired by my friend Liz’s love for all things purple, I used speckled egg, dusty concord and black soot distress inks to paint a sky, a lake and snowbank shadows. I stamped the top of the scene first in speckled egg so I would know where to paint the sky then used a paintbrush and smooshed ink to fill the area above the horizon. I dried that then painted the lake area with speckled egg and dusty concord before stamping the trees in dusty concord and black soot inks.

For the colour scheme below I again used speckled egg but with pine needles and chipped sapphire distress inks.

The falling snow on both cards is a result of splattered masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper. I splattered it ahead of time and did all the stamping and painting before rubbing it off to reveal all the white dots.

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know I have participated in the Dressember campaign in the past to raise awareness and funds to fight human trafficking. I’ve signed up again and will be wearing a dress every day in December while I share information about the work being done around the world to end modern day slavery. To support this cause please visit my fundraising campaign page where you can donate. I will be posting the daily dresses on my instagram account with occasional updates here on the blog. (Please note I have signed up with Dressember Canada this time so tax receipts will be sent to Canadian donors only.)


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10 Comments on “Winter Quietude”

  1. Janet S. says:

    Heather you look precious! I could just sit and absorb all of the ways you played with light on these two cards. Well done…as usual. Did you stamp the Dusty Concord on the trees first and then Black Soot? Beautiful. Blessings on your fundraising for such a life-saving cause!!!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Janet,
      Thank you for the encouragement; it is a bit of a struggle taking a photo of myself everyday for a month! I inked the trees with dusty concord then added dabs of colour with a black soot marker before stamping.

  2. Dorie says:

    So beautiful and inspring! Usually I look at your emails while having my morning coffee and I can’t wait to try using the colors and techniques you have used to make that day’s card! Thank you so, for sharing your talents. Dorie in Wisconsin.

  3. Pat says:

    Two gorgeous winter scenes Heather and I love the purple and blue equally well, and both work beautifully, and a lovely photo of you on your first Dressember Day. Great that you support this worthwhile cause. x

  4. Mary Smith says:

    I love these cards! I had to laugh when you said you were going to wear a dress every day in December. Not because I found it funny, but because I own one dress! It was the dress I wore for my daughter’s wedding! I would get pretty tired of that dress and I would freeze to death! LOL

    • Heather says:

      You are not the first person to say they own one dress. I have quite a few and many that I will be wearing are dresses I’ve had for years and have worn during previous Dressembers. I certainly won’t be wearing a different one for each of the 31 days! Glad you like the cards; thanks for taking the time to leave me a message.

  5. Linda says:

    I want to thank you for your efforts to help put a stop human trafficking. My daughter is a human rights lawyer whose mission in life has been to help victims of human trafficking. I just had to thank you for bringing attention to this problems and for helping to raise money. The problem is world wide, and exists in all countries, including right here in Canada.

    I also want to thank you for posting another beautiful card. You are such a talented artist.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for taking the time to leave me a message, Linda and letting me know about your daughter’s commitment to help in the fight against human trafficking. It must be a job filled with heartache but also hope and victory.

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