I love it when I find a stamp that looks like somewhere I’ve been. I couldn’t tell you exactly where this is but I have experienced scenery like this. I’ve said it before but winter here in the dark cold north is very beautiful. This gorgeous PB stamp is called ‘rivulet’ and I used only two inks! I am going to let you guess the inks. I’ll update the links below in a few days but I’d really like to see your guesses. (hint: they are distress inks)

I worked on a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper splattered with masking fluid. I used the splatter brush I have used in the past. It gives a fine splatter. If I want bigger spots masked I will use an old paint brush. I worked in a stamp positioner, stamping first in one ink colour, then partially inking the stamp with the second colour before stamping again. I used a fine tip paint brush to blend the ink to fill the tree trunks and rivulet. I smooshed the inks on my glass mat so I could pick up extra ink if needed to fill some areas.

The panel is larger than my usual 4.25″x 5.5″ but I didn’t want to trim it so I left a little extra space at the bottom of a larger card base for the sentiment from PB set ‘jolly snippets. I have already made a second card with this stamp, changing ink colours to suggest a different time of day. Don’t forget to leave your ink colour guesses for this card in the comments below!

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23 Comments on “Rivulet”

  1. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    Just beautiful Heather.. lovely!
    Mm, my guess re inks is Chipped Sapphire and whatever DI black is called, Black Soot I think,
    Anyway stunning work, just wrapping up my Christmas cards and starting to mail some distant overseas one… though the Christ of Christmas is always foremost on mine. Sadly often absent on 90% of cards these days… at my guess.
    Penny Black “Christmas” release had zip on them. Very disappointed and said so too. No Christmas without Christ.
    I wonder if you miss Aussie Christmases at all?
    My nephew in Norway is home this year for a summer Christmas and other expats, one was in Whistler, Canada, have now come home again … hoping my comment makes it through WordPress system .
    Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x
    {Wonderful Words of Life – Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards – Shaz in Oz}

    • Heather says:

      Yes we do miss the Aussie Christmas sometimes; would love to experience it again before too long. I hear you on the lack of Christ in Christmas craft supplies. I will be pulling out some lovely silhouette nativity stamps I’ve used in recent years.
      Guessing chipped sapphire for my work would usually be a definite yes but it is a different blue this time and not the black soot either 😉

  2. Earline says:

    Love your card I would say the colors you use I think it is call prize ribbon and faded jean, and dusty I don’t know if I am right have to check back.

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  4. Ellie Knol says:

    This card is toooo beautiful… you should’ve heard the noises I was making when I saw this in my inbox 🙂

  5. Bonnie says:

    This should be framed, Heather! You really brought this image to life! I’m thinking Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain? Whatever the colors, they are perfect.

  6. That is awesome and yes it reminds me of the park north of us that we go too!

  7. nancystiz says:

    Wow! I’m delighted to see this since my stamp will arrive on Saturday. My guess on colors is gathered twigs and faded denim. I can only hope to do as well as you did on this outstanding card!

  8. What a fabulous scene. My guess for colours is Black Soot & Prize Ribbon

  9. Loll says:

    WOW! Amazing work Heather. Your scene is stunning. My guess is DIs – Unchartered Mariner and Gathered Twigs. 🙂

  10. Pat says:

    This is a gorgeous look with the blue and brown…well I know it is Uncharted Mariner from your comment above, but my guess for the brown is Vintage Photo. Your scenes are always so atmospheric and this stamp is a beauty. x

  11. jamie says:

    Love the card….guessing uncharter mariner and ground espresso. Can’t wait to try the watercolor technique!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you and yes, I used uncharted mariner and ground espresso. A few years ago I started putting dark blue and brown together and I love the result!

  12. nise says:

    I know how you feel about having been “here” before. This is a beautiful stamp, but you take it to amazingly stunning! Absolutely LOVE this! I think you used Uncharted Mariner and Ground Espresso. I need to take the time to Heather-ize some of my scenery stamps. What you do with a paintbrush creates art!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you so much. You picked the colours, I hope you have fun with the technique. For this one I used a fairly light hand and didn’t blend everything!

  13. Karen Jackson says:

    This is an amazing card Heather. I can feel the iciness of the water and the crispness in the air. Looking forward to seeing the other card now.

  14. Lorraine Melin says:

    I agree, our winters are beautiful! I love this scene. I’m guessing you used Uncharted Mariner and Tea Dye. Gorgeous card.

  15. […] is the second card made with the beautiful Penny Black ‘rivulet’ stamp. This time I wanted to create a pale sunrise and reflection so I painted some diluted […]

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