Wintertide Blue

This beautiful ‘wintertide’ stamp from Penny Black is a scene in itself and the first time I stamped with it I didn’t add to it at all. This time I painted extra trees in the background for a bit more depth and atmosphere.

I began by punching a little circle mask from masking tape and placing it on the hot pressed watercolour panel. I wet the panel then painted a mix of dark blues and grey paint over some areas, leaving a few white patches. While the paint was wet I painted trees in the background which ended up with soft edges because I was working wet into wet. I sprinkled salt over the sky area and let the paint dry.

Once the paint dried I removed the salt and used a stamp positioner to stamp the ‘wintertide’ image in black soot and faded jeans ink. The little trees to the right of the feature tree were too small in comparison to the painted background trees so I painted taller trees over the top. I did a little blending of ink here and there but the stamp is so detailed with its branches and white space I tried not to fiddle with it too much. This will be the last post for 2021, I look forward to sharing projects, ideas and conversation with you here on the blog in 2022. Happy New Year!


10 Comments on “Wintertide Blue”

  1. nancystiz says:

    WOW! The dramatic background on this is a definite WOW factor! I have this stamp but never managed anything like this! It reminds me of an angry winter day and is just spectacular! This is fabulous!

  2. cakewizzardhotmailcom says:

    Wow doesn’t even cover it. This has to be my favorite for 2021. Thank you for keeping us with so many beautiful things to try.
    Happy New Year!!!

  3. Connie S. says:

    Love the card!

  4. Pat says:

    This is gorgeous Karen and so packed full of atmosphere and the colours and your extra painting are absolutely perfect. I just adore this!! Wishing you all the best for 2022 and look forward to seeing your wonderful creativity during the coming year. x

  5. Patricia Rowe says:

    Heather, what a beautiful way to wine the year. You definitely need to rest and enjoy Christmas and new year.

    Love this card. I have the stamp and look for other ideas with it.

    Happy New Year.
    Tish. No snow yet here.

  6. Bonnie says:

    The salt makes an awesome winter sky, Heather! Fantastic card!

  7. Geri S says:

    Oh my word, this is absolutely gorgeous! I would love it as a picture on my wall!

  8. Janette says:

    Absolutely stunning.

  9. Lorraine Melin says:

    This is breathtaking! Love it.

  10. Loll says:

    STUNNING! I LOVE the salt watercoloured sky Heather. It looks like very dark and stormy skies … perfect! Beautiful trees with the snowy branches. This is a work-of-art in a card, my friend! xx

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