Arbors in green

I can’t believe I am only just getting this beautiful tree stamp inked, especially considering my mantra, ‘you can never have too many tree stamps!’ This new stamp from Penny Black is called Arbors and I’m sure I will put it to use often. For its first inking I decided on keeping things traditional and green. We are just beginning to see grass appear here and there as the snow melts but no leaves yet.

Before I started stamping I put some speckled egg and rustic wilderness stain on my glass mat and diluted it with a few spritzes of water. I swiped a piece of cold pressed watercolour paper through the stains, dried it and then repeated the process to fill my background with blue and green.

With the stamp and panel in a stamp positioner I inked the foliage of the trees with dabs of crushed olive, mowed lawn and rustic wilderness distress inks. I spritzed the stamp lightly before stamping to get the inks mingling with each other. It took several applications to build up the coverage. After applying quite a bit of green I inked the trunks and branches with a ground espresso distress marker leaving the base below the trunks uninked so I could paint some hills in and around the trunks. To do this I spread brown ink from the trunks left and right then added diluted rustic wilderness stain and painted hill shapes across the panel. I checked to see what I was short on in my stash and added a thank you from the banner sentiments set in acorn ink.

I can’t wait to ink this one up in autumn tones, but I guess a few trees in blossom might be timely first.

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8 Comments on “Arbors in green”

  1. Patricia Rowe says:

    This is beautiful. I agree about tree stamps. I was not sure if I needed another one to sit in a bin, but you may have encouraged me to rethink this. I love, love tree scenes with sunsets or snow or with deer and all.
    Will be pondering this.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Tish in South carolina where today might get tornadoes.

    • Heather says:

      Tornadoes! I hope that doesn’t eventuate.
      I also love tree scenes as you know and will be looking at my stamps to see which to combine with this scene.

  2. nancystiz says:

    Wow! I’ve been eyeing this stamp for quite a while and think you just sold it! This is so beautifully done with the fantastic blending of light at the top to darker at the bottom of the leaves. I can only imagine it in fall colors and eagerly await to see what you do with it. What a gorgeous card!

  3. Bonnie says:

    You’ve created a wonderful scene, Heather! Love the vivid green against the blue sky! I can see that this stamp will get a lot of mileage!

  4. Pat says:

    A beautiful scene using that wonderful stand of trees Heather and love the variation of green tones against the soft blue of the sky and the brown trunks turning to shading below the trees. A gorgeous card. x

  5. Loll says:

    Gorgeous card Heather. Those trees are amazing. I love how you’ve built up the layers of colour – very striking against the softer sky and ground. xx


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