Cow’s it going?

How much do you love this big highland cow? I hope you don’t mind this departure from my usual subject matter but there is something about this cow (and some other beauties from Pink Ink Designs) that amuses and inspires me! When I saw this stamp I knew it would make the perfect birthday card for someone I know who finds highland cows adorable. Although confused by my behaviour, Crop A While here in Ottawa ordered it for me and I’m so glad.

This card is stamped and painted with dye inks, classic kraft papertrey ink as a base colour then four distress colours to highlight, shade and add personality to the beautiful face and hair-do. I worked in a stamp positioner so I could add the colours bit by bit to build up the image. I did some painting and blending with a paint brush but kept white areas also as they add so much to the design.

After I had completed the painting part I decided not to add anything more but instead ran the panel through the die cut machine inside the SU subtle embossing folder. If you look at the close up image you might just see the linen texture achieved. The ‘cow’s it going’ stamp set includes eleven smaller stamps along side this one including some distinctly Scottish ones so I’m looking forward to following that theme another time. My name is Heather after all, Heather McDonald originally!

Hope you are having a good hair day, like this cow obviously is!

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18 Comments on “Cow’s it going?”

  1. Liane Cavanagh says:

    She’s is darling, and looking like most of us who need a haircut!
    I’m really enjoying your leading the way on trying something different for your cards. Your posts encourage me to try something new.

  2. Pat says:

    This is a PI image which I have admired but wasn’t sure who I would send it too but it has such a lot of character which you have brought out beautifully with your watercolouring Heather, and it needs nothing else and perfect as it is. x

  3. PaperMorePaper says:

    Heather, is that really You?

    No, cannot be. This is an obvious first class forgery! Heather would never forget to paint such a sweet cow without her signature (wreath of) flowers.

    Excellent try, whoever you are!

  4. marilyn418 says:

    Fabulous!!! My husband loved cows and he truly would be in love with this one!! Your artistry knows no bounds….tempted to buy this but know I couldn’t do justice to this beautiful bovine!

  5. Oh my gosh, I love this SO MUCH!!! Excellent job!

  6. Carol J says:

    So beautiful!

  7. Love this – such a gorgeous image!

  8. nancystiz says:

    WOW! I looked up that stamp and I have no idea how you made him look so great! I’d be tempted to try this but know I can’t make him look this good! You did an amazing job with this. I can see each strand of hair, not easy with water coloring. This is incredible.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy. It was definitely a case of ‘stop now before you mess it up’ as I blended hear and there with water and ink. Not sure that I could recreate this one but I will try again with a different colour scheme.

  9. Bonnie says:

    WOW! I LOVE how you’ve colored this beautiful Highland cow, Heather! The bits of blue bring it to life! I believe this stamp is going to fly off the shelves after seeing this card! It’s different from your usual but has those special Heather touches!

  10. Ooh this is soooooo gorgeous! I love cows and this is the most beautiful one I have seen! Your colours look awesome! I have ordered that very stamp after seeing your card but won’t be able to use it till August as my lovely husband is giving it to me as part of my birthday present. Take care. xxx

    • Heather says:

      I’m excited you were inspired to order the cow stamp. I have also coloured it in pencil so that project will be on the blog before too long.

  11. patricia rowe says:

    When I saw the heading Cow, I was not exactly sure what would be seen. Well, this is extraordinary. You have done beautiful work on this cow…just as you do with the flowers.
    Thank you for sharing. By the way, I have friends who collect cow stuff. So, cows are quite popular.
    Tish in South carolina

  12. Cath says:

    Belatedly, I love this card, love what you did with it. Perhaps it’s my Scottish roots. I was a Mc, too.

  13. […] highland cow is a beauty, no added whimsy but plenty of personality. She’s been on the blog before. I stamped the image with papertrey weathervane ink and rusty hinge distress then added colour with […]


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