Holly & Mistletoe

This festive foliage features ‘berry branch’ from Penny Black. I chose a soft muted colour palette and after looking up the colour of mistletoe I kept my mistletoe berries looking white rather than make them red and popping!

First I inked all the mistletoe leaves with distress markers, half iced spruce and half forest moss. I spritzed the stamp lightly and stamped on cold pressed watercolour paper. I blended the leaves with water then inked the holly leaves with a peeled paint distress marker and stamped. To add some blue tones to the holly I pressed the pine needles ink pad on my glass mat, diluted the ink then blended the holly leaves with diluted pine needles ink.

To create my ‘white’ berries I inked them with an old paper distress marker, then diluted the ink with water. While the berry was wet I added a little more old paper ink to make a shadow. I tucked a sentiment into a space that looked like I planned it (unlikely) and added some hemp twine to one side of the panel. I gave the panel two mats, one a simple kraft layer, the other a fancy shmancy textured shimmery green layer. This is quite a big card, 6″x 6″.

I decided to try one with red berries too, so used  ‘candied apple’ distress marker instead of ‘old paper’. I had a wee bit of red gingham ribbon and a red mat to tie it all together. I know the red pops but the white berries are my favourite this time.


Stamps: a berry branch, peaceful season, sweetest moments

Inks:  iced spruce, peeled paint, forest moss,  pine needles, old paper, candied apple distress markers, nocturne & shady lane versafine clair inks

Paper: cold pressed watercolour paper, neenah desert storm, tonic emerald hessian, red cardstock

Also: twine, ribbon