Pinecone Poetry

Yes it’s the height of summer round here so must be time for some Christmas stamping! I am a seasonal stamper as you know but when the first Christmas release comes from Penny Black I try them out straight away. It gets me started on my Christmas cards and shows you the new beauties that are available.

This large stamp is called ‘pinecone poetry’ and I have stamped and painted it with distress inks. The technique is one I have talked about many times and is made easier with the use of a stamp positioner. I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper inking the pine fronds and leaves with a mix of mowed lawn, pine needles and rustic wilderness distress inks. When it was time to paint the leaves I pulled ink from the stamping and picked up smooshed ink from my glass mat.

I used the same method for the pine cone inking with three different browns to vary the tones in the finished image. The berries are candied apple (I think) with a second addition of ink to give shadow to each berry. To complete the layout I stamped extra pine fronds and blended some green around the top left corner. I splattered gold paint over the design and added a sentiment in archival vintage photo ink.

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11 Comments on “Pinecone Poetry”

  1. Marilyn Fortin says:

    Love this card Heather, hoping this is part of a class


  2. Jan Castle says:

    Very pretty and so nice to think of Christmas (being 90+ degrees outside right now)!

  3. nancystiz says:

    What a beautiful job you did on that pine cone. I tried coloring one once and it didn’t turn out as beautiful as yours did. Gorgeous highlights on it and love the greenery you added.

  4. PaperMorePaper says:

    How nice to see a beautiful watercolor of Christmas, “Making spirits Bright”. Pinecones have been a difficulty for me as well. A study of these will definitely help!
    Count this a second vote for Heather Christmas lessons.

  5. Bonnie says:

    This is so pretty, Heather! I love the coloring especially the pinecone! A good start on those Christmas cards!

  6. Karen Jackson says:

    A beautiful watercoloured pinecone card Heather,reminding us that Christmas cardmaking is just around the corner. We have another mini heatwave beginning tomorrow here, and it tricks the mind wonderfully to look at cool winter foliage. I love how clear the pine needles are.

  7. Rebecca Beam says:

    not only a beautiful card but it comes with a beautiful message.

  8. Absolutely beautiful – your watercolouring is wonderful! Take care. xxx

  9. Loll says:

    Gorgeous card Heather! xx

  10. Pat says:

    As usual your watercolouring is immaculate Heather and I love the red berries which really pop and the extra pine branches and green watercolouring in the the top left corner looks great. A fabulous Christmas card. x

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