Bulb Basket

This sweet basket of Christmas balls not only makes a pretty card, it’s inspiration for a decorative arrangement in a few months time. The stamp is ‘bulb basket’ from Penny Black. I stamped it on hot pressed watercolour paper first in soft stone papertrey ink and then section by section with distress inks.

It is not clear in the photos but I used pearlescent paints to colour the balls so each one has a shimmer to it. The rest of the design is painted with a mix of distress inks and Sennelier watercolour paints. Once the painting was dry I added metallic tops to the Christmas balls with a gold gel pen. If you have this stamp or are planning to get it you might notice that there is a ribbon on the basket handle but no bow. The stamp features a bow but for the size of card I decided it was better to leave the bow loops unstamped.

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4 Comments on “Bulb Basket”

  1. Karen Jackson says:

    Brilliantly done Heather. The basket looks so real, especially the pine needle stems and the shading on the basket. Your colouring is, as always, splendid. I agree that the bow was not needed.

  2. Tish Rowe says:

    Oh my. What incredible coloring.
    Such a brilliant basket full of ornaments.
    So lovely.

  3. Pat says:

    This basket of baubles is so pretty Heather and I love the wonderful mix of colours too. I think a basket like this filled with baubles and foliage would look great at Christmas. x

  4. nancystiz says:

    Beautifully painted! I have no talent for watercolor and love seeing yours. This is also a gorgeous stamp! I love the highlights and shadows you achieved on this.

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