I’d like to introduce ‘Alight’ a lovely stamp from the new Penny Black release. I have teamed up with the Foiled Fox to share this pretty little bird so you can find me over there today too. Make sure you click over to see more of the new release in their shop and plenty of inspiration on their blog.

The new ‘Making Spirits Bright’ release includes some lovely wintry images, several easily large enough to fill a card front. This card is just under 6½” x 4¾”, larger than my usual size. I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper with masking fluid splattered on it and painted the background first. By ‘painted’ I mean smooshed the ink on my glass mat, diluted it with a few spritzes of water and swiped the panel through the liquid. I was after some pale swooshy colours in the background and used inks that were going to feature in the stamped design.

I worked in the stamp positioner the whole time so I could add ink bit by bit. I completed the bird first inking the edges in fossilized amber, pumice stone and speckled egg. I inked and stamped a couple of times then added some water to blend and cover each section. I didn’t want each colour to blend too much with the one beside it so I didn’t drown either the stamp or the page with water.

I made sure the bird was dry before adding the beak, eye and legs so they would stay distinct and not blend into the rest of the bird. For the leaves and berries I just picked one green and one purple, unusual for me; I often blend two greens for leaves. To add light and shadow I blended over the forest moss and seedless preserves stamping with a bit of water keeping some areas dark and other diluted.

The sentiment is from the new PB ‘happy & bright’ set stamped in shady lane versafine clair ink. How are you going with your Christmas card making. At the beginning of this year I resolved to make at least one Christmas card each month. We are in the tenth month and I have managed to make six (including this one!) I do have a new online class coming soon though which is full of Christmas card designs so I will have more than six on hand! I also have an in-person class at the beginning of November, so samples from that one will also boost my supply.

Thanks for dropping by today.


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8 Comments on “Alight”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Love these colors, Heather! A beautiful Christmas card!

  2. Pat says:

    I love this sweet bird perched on a holly branch with lots of wonderful berries Heather, and the colour combination is so pretty, you always use slightly different colours and they work brilliantly all the time. It is great to see the beautiful bird is not a robin, but love the fossilized amber on it’s chest with the speckled egg below together with the pumice stone wings and back, and the berries in a more purple colour using seedless gorgeous! x

  3. Karen Jackson says:

    Oh I love this bird and your colouring of it Heather. He stands out so proudly bearing his message for Christmas. Another winner.

  4. Loll says:

    WOW! Gorgeous card with is beautiful image, Heather. LOVE the colours you’ve used and the soft, dreamy background. xx

  5. Paula S says:

    Heather you are an amazing artist! Thanks for sharing your process with us!

  6. Lagene says:

    I love your bird, great painting!

  7. paprpass says:

    Wow, Wow, Wow! You are so thorough in your descriptions that I feel like I just attended a class with you! Thank you most talented one! Love this and learn something new every time. I appreciate all your hard work!!! Such a pretty card and am awed that you used one green and one purple. Amazing use of color! Bless youxxoo

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