Sending Joy

It is a gloomy day in my area, with downpours of rain and dark clouds. So what could be better than to paint up a Penny Black stamp to brighten my day.

I have had this stamp out on my desk for a bit now, to remind me to paint it, which is finally done. For this I am using Arches 140# cold press watercolour paper and Daniel Smith watercolours. I have also used one of the new Nuvo Shimmer pens and some glitter pens.

I first die cut the top panel of watercolour paper using my stitched circle die, then cut the paper for the bottom piece, which will have the image stamped on it, to size.

In my mini Misti I stamped the image using VersaFine Clair ink and a piece of paper to block off the top of the panel from being stamped. Leaving the paper in place I added the top panel to my Misti and stamped the image again using the same ink.

The purpose is to have the branch appear off the edge in several places.

I then proceeded to watercolour both of the panels. The first being the bottom panel using Daniel Smith Manganese Blue for the background. For the bell I used Quinacridone Gold, adding a second layer to a dry first layer on half of the bell. I also used the Quinacridone Gold on the Pinecone, then added Burnt Sienna and a tad of Burnt Umber.

The bird is done with Prussian Blue and a bit of Phthalo Blue (green shade) on the top and the Prussian Blue mixed with Cascade Green for the bottom. It appears as she is eating a piece of the pinecone so I painted the piece in her mouth with Burnt Sienna albeit it hardly shows. But it would show if not painted.

Moving on to the branch I painted the pine needles using Manganese Blue and Cascade Green. I did the branch using Burnt Sienna and Sepia. I finished with the ribbon which I painted with Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Metal pen in Blush Rosette.

I then placed the top panel in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Blue Belle. I attached the bottom piece to my Gina K Design cardbase, then added foam tape to the top panel and attached it.

To finish my card I added a light snowfall using my white Posca pen and the pink and blue pens from my Jelly Roll Stardust set of pens. They glitter, so it is really pretty in real life. I had intentions of adding glitter to the white snowdrops, but could not find my clear glitter pen. 😞

I am happy with the way this turned out and will be entering it in the CAS Mix Up Card Watercolour Challenge for November which is Off the Edge.

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  1. I LOVE how you've stamped this branch off the edge, Kia! Such beautiful painting and beautifully framed! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  2. Love your beautiful off the edge design, Kia. Your stitched die cut circle was the perfect starting point to add your watercolored background, stamped hanging baubles and perched bird, which are lovely hanging from the off the edge pine branch. So pleased you joined us at CAS Mix Up for our last 2020 Challenge. See you again in 2021...Happy Holidays...stay safe and creative, my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy


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