Trilling Trio

Trilling Trio from Penny Black arrived on the scene late last year and features three different birds. My card today uses just the cardinal stamp but I have coloured it two ways so as to have the male and the female on my panel.

I worked with distress inks and watercolour pencils on hot pressed watercolour paper and I kept the panel in the stamp positioner so I could build the colours gradually. I stamped the female cardinal first in antique linen ink so it gave me a pale outline then I used tea dye, vintage photo and barn door inks to add colour. I spritzed the stamp lightly before stamping so the colours would blend but then did more blending with a paintbrush. I added black around the eye and beak both by stamping and by colouring directly on the panel. To add texture to the feathers I used sharpened watercolour pencils. I added the male cardinal behind using more barn door ink along with the tea dye and black soot inks.

Once the birds were completed I drew a small branch with watercolour pencils, blended it and then used a blending brush and a torn piece of post-it note to add shadow in the background. I ran the panel through with the ‘subtle’ embossing folder from SU; it adds such nice canvas texture! There are two more delightful bird stamps in the set which I hope to feature soon!

We are getting much snow today so I will be hunkered down in the work room or maybe taking a turn clearing the path and driveway!


15 Comments on “Trilling Trio”

  1. nancystiz says:


    • nancystiz says:

      WOW! This looks more like a photograph then a painting. It’s so perfectly done. Outstanding watercoloring. I intend to save this one not because I could hope to do it but just so I can see it over and over. This one is amazing!

  2. Tracy Ross says:

    wow Heather this is stunning! You always amaze me with your beautiful watercoloring. Love it!

  3. Carol J says:


  4. Bonnie says:

    You nailed these cardinals, Heather! Wow! They are like looking out the window! Awesome job of inking and coloring!

  5. Patricia Rowe says:

    Oh, Heather, these are beautiful. You captured them perfectly. Isnt the male something!
    I have learned to identify them by their sound now.

    On snow. We had our first yesterday. It was amazing. Today, pretty cold and blue skies. The snow is falling off trees in clumps. Kind of concerned about snow hitting me if I go for walk.

    Cant wait to see your next snow scenes.

  6. Jo-Anne says:

    They are beautiful, Heather!

  7. Gail Cardinal says:

    Oh my gosh what a beautiful card! Since my last name is Cardinal I especially love these birds.I just wish we had them here in the Pacific Northwest. I have a few Cardinal stamps but this one is gorgeous! Of course your beautiful coloring of them is perfect! I just may have to buy this stamp set. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent with us.I just wish I could do such beautiful work.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Gail for taking the time to leave a message. I didn’t realise you don’t have them in the Pacific Northwest. They really are a lovely bird to watch.

  8. Pat says:

    Beautiful birds..brilliant colouring, what more can I say except ‘wow’ Heather. I love the branch you made for them to sit on and the background snowy scene with the moody grey sky is perfect. x

  9. Loll says:

    STUNNING!! I LOVE your cardinals, Heather. Amazing work!

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