Autumn in the mountains

Outdoors is pretty ‘speccy’ right now. We don’t have too much of the deep red yet but I have seen it here and there. I have got into the habit of going for a walk or run soon after breakfast so I’ve seen the increase in autumn colours over the last few weeks. Yesterday there was fog when I set out so everything was a bit more muted but by the time I headed home the sun was burning off the fog and the golden tones were shining.

The first step in creating this scene was to stamp the top half of the mountain stamp (PB picturesque) in faded jeans and speckled egg distress inks on hot pressed watercolour paper. I painted below the mountains with water softening the colours at the bottom so there was no distinct line where the mountains ended. I then painted over the top of the mountains with water and dropped some spiced marmalade, forest moss and ground espresso ink into the wet area to add colour.

I dried the panel before starting on the trees using the PB arbors stamp. I stamped with ground espresso, fossilized amber, spiced marmalade and crackling campfire, not all at once, a couple of colours at a time to build up the coverage. I spritzed the stamp before stamping but didn’t spritz the paper.

When I was satisfied with the trees I painted ground underneath them and dried the panel again before blending speckled egg ink in the sky and below the branches. To finish I splattered both water and fossilized amber ink to break up the expanses of blue.

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Trailing leaves

The PB ‘trailing’ stamp featured in this card is definitely a versatile one; it works both hanging down as is here and growing up from the ground.

This card was very simple to make but I love the pretty blends and ‘weeping’ nature of the leaves. I inked the stamp with mowed lawn, chipped sapphire and iced spruce distress inks and stamped it on hot pressed watercolour paper. Soon after stamping I used a wide watercolour brush to paint water downwards over the stamping. The brush pulled ink from the stamping, blending and diluting it in the process.

Once the panel was completely dry I inked the hills from the PB ‘mountain magic’ set in both mowed lawn along the base and then chipped sapphire along the top. I painted over the top with water and pulled the mowed lawn ink below the stamped image to look like the edge of a lake. As I am writing this I’m thinking about trying exactly the same design but in warm autumn tones…

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Lakeside Mountain

How did this happen? Another scenic card just snuck in while I wasn’t looking! I think it might be the fault of this mountain stamp, ‘Picturesque’. It is possibly the perfect stamp to put behind all other scenic stamps! And I haven’t even touched on winter scenes yet!

I stamped the mountains first in hickory smoke distress ink, painted inside the whole area with water and then added some chipped sapphire here and there. Once the ink dried I stamped the ‘quietude stamp in chipped sapphire, rustic wilderness and rusty hinge. I painted chipped sapphire in the sky and the lake and then painted more trees along the shore in the distance and pulled some of the ink into the lake to look like reflections.

Doesn’t it look relaxing, like dusk with cloud cover? Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Mountain Farm

More mountains, this time the ‘picturesque’ stamp is paired with the ‘farmland’ stamp, once again in a blue and brown colour scheme. I began by making a smooshed ink background with faded jeans and fossilized amber inks.

Once the background was dry I inked the mountains in vintage photo, faded jeans and ground espresso inks taking care not to ink to the bottom of the stamp but instead leaving the lower edge unevenly inked. I did some blending with a paintbrush after stamping to make the mountains less defined.

I inked the farmland stamp in faded jeans along the top then fossilized amber, forest moss and vintage photo in the fields. Again I did a little blending with a paintbrush. Once finished I ran the panel through my die cutting machine with the ‘subtle’ embossing folder from SU to give it a canvas look; you can see the texture in the close up photo.

I hope you have enjoyed all the scenery on the blog lately. What are you hoping to see next? I won’t promise to deliver straight away but I’d love to know what interests you.

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Mountain moonrise

Here is the mountain stamp again, this time paired with the rushes and hills from the mountain magic set. Blue and brown is a favourite colour combo for me at present which works well as long as there are some pale tones or white in the mix.

Once again I began by creating the watercolour background (you can see the technique in the video here). I used diluted faded jeans, mowed lawn and gathered twigs distress inks. Once the background dried I stamped the mountain stamp in faded jeans ink taking care not to ink to the base of the stamp. At the foot of the mountains I stamped the smaller mountain stamp from ‘mountain magic’ set. I blended over both the tall and the short mountains in blue and brown inks.

Before stamping the rushes I blended water along the base of the low mountain image to soften the edge into the lake. Once that was dry I stamped the rushes in faded jeans, gathered twigs and mowed lawn. I created the soft moon image by placing a large drop of water on the panel to sit and dilute the ink. I carefully absorbed the droplet with paper towel and repeated the step.

Although not the brightest and prettiest colour scheme I am loving the moodiness of the scene. I feel like this is the kind of vista I might come across one day if I’m lucky!

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Mountain Sunset

I’ve been enjoying this new mountain stamp from Penny Black, it’s aptly named ‘picturesque’. Although it works beautifully behind other stamps I wanted to show it alone first because when paired it with a sunset sky it really didn’t need more.

The wonder of mountains and sunsets reminds me of the mighty God who made and sustains this earth so I chose a sentiment that gives me the same encouragement.

To create this card I swiped a piece of watercolour paper through faded jeans, kitsch flamingo and scattered straw distress inks. While it dried I sprinkled salt on it to add some texture and pattern.

This is a larger card than my usual but the mountain stamp is also large so it spanned the 6ΒΌ” width. I stamped in Catherine Pooler juniper ink and decided not to blend over the stamping. The pinks of the watercolour looked like the sunset reflecting on snow so I kept the mountain crisp and added the sentiment from PB ‘inspirational sentiments’ in the same ink.

Tomorrow’s post will include this stamp paired with other scenic stamps for a moonlit farm view.

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Combining scenic stamps

I’ve been playing with scenic stamps again, this time combining sections of two stamps to create a new scene. The Penny Black ‘farmland’ stamp forms the background scenery and the PB ‘homeward’ stamp makes up the foreground.

Out of habit (a successful one!) I used distress inks and markers to ink the stamps and add detail to the design. I kept the palette limited using two blues for the sky and several greens and browns for the rest of the scene. To see the process take a look at the video below.

I know some people find scenic stamps a bit daunting but the detail in the stamps themselves makes it possible to add a little or a lot of your own artistry. I hope you find the techniques shown in the video helpful.

You can see cards featuring the farmland stamp on its own here and to see the homeward stamp here.

I mentioned in the video that although I think the fields look authentic I have no idea what the crops might be. If you know of crops that would appear to be rust or olive coloured mention it below!

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Farmland Views

On Monday I posted a video featuring a new scenic stamp set from Penny Black. Today I’ve used the new ‘farmland’ stamp. I have two different colour schemes showing off the single stamp. In future posts I will combine it with other stamps for more detailed landscapes.

I created the background first using faded jeans, fossilized amber and vintage photo, colours I would use again in the stamping. (to see how I created the background check out Monday’s video)

Once the background was dry I put the stamp in a positioner so I could stamp one colour at a time. The farmers fields are vintage photo, crushed olive and mowed lawn. I used rustic wilderness for the trees on the horizon. A mix of stamp pads and markers made it possible to add detail to the house and trees. Spritzing and splattering over the fields gave them the texture which suggests crops.

On this second card I used a reference photo of farm fields including lavender alongside another crop. The colours are perhaps a little bold but I love trying to recreate a photograph with stamps. The background is paler this time (scattered straw and salty ocean) and the fields a mix of seedless preserves, dusty concord, rusty hinge, fossilized amber, peeled paint, rustic wilderness and vintage photo.

Once again I used markers to add final detail back into the trees and house. Can you picture the lavender fields of Provence? I have visited a lavender farm in Tasmania and you smell it before you see it!

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Sunset Over Wetlands Video

Scenic stamping can be so much fun and working with the new ‘mountain magic’ set from Penny Black is proving to be delightful. Even though the set mentions mountains, in this card I am using the wide hilly stamp to represent island strips in a wetlands environment when the sun is setting and hitting both water and land.

Once again I did the sunset sky first by swiping the watercolour paper through diluted ink. It is not possible to control the result with this method but it is possible to create stunning skies. Take a look at the video below to see the whole process.

I really enjoy working with scenic stamps, especially switching the time of day or time of year with colour choices and arrangement. I also like to look through my scenic and nature stamps in order to add more elements to the scene. I will be doing that with these two simple stamps from the ‘mountain magic’ set.

Hope today’s video inspires to you to swipe a pretty sky and stamp some scenery over the top!

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Lakeside Wander

When I receive new scenic stamps from Penny Black I love creating a variety of scenes. I like to change mood and location first with colour and later with the addition of other scenic stamps. Both scenes in today’s post feature only one stamp, the new ‘wander’ cling stamp.

The stamp includes both the distant hills and the foreground with a tree. The space in between can be interpreted by the stamper to include whatever they wish. I have chosen to make it water in both my cards perhaps a river, a lake or ocean inlet.

To make both scenes I created a smooshed ink sky first. For the sunny sky and water above I smooshed salty ocean, scattered straw and mowed lawn on my glass mat then swiped the watercolour panel through the diluted ink. For the moodier panel below I smooshed faded jeans, mowed lawn and tea dye to create my background.

Once the sky dried I stamped the scenic stamp inking it with a mix of distress inkpads and markers. I add colours a bit at a time to build up dimension sometimes spritzing the stamp to move the inks and other times blending the stamped inks with a paint brush

To add reflections to the second scene I painted over the water with hmmm, water so I could drop ink into the wet area below the land and trees.

When I had finished the panel above I gave it some texture with the ‘subtle’ embossing folder so it looks like it has a canvas finish. The two cards definitely show different moods, the first being bright and sunny, the second darker but with drama in the water and sky. Which do you prefer?

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