Believe in the magic

Believe in the magic

Hi, my creative friends,

I am so happy to share one of my very favorite kinds of cards… you guessed it! This is a landscape card design with wildlife and we know Penny Black is the best at scenery and wildlife stamps.


Before I got started stamping and painting the real panel, I cut a piece of copy paper into a 5×7″ panel. I played with the position of the Panorama and the deer from the Wildlife stamps by Penny Black until I got the positioning I was looking for, then lightly stamped them on the paper.  Now I had a great placement guide to use as a reference when stamping onto my 5×7″ hot-pressed watercolor panel.


Doing this kind of prep work beforehand makes it easy to get the right positioning and it lessens the chance of ruining a perfectly good watercolor panel. This was particularly important with this design since I had to stamp the deer first, then stamp the scenery stamp last.

So, with my watercolor panel and deer mounted in my stamp positioner, I inked the deer with Versafine Black Onyx ink and stamped it. I also stamped the deer onto a piece of masking paper and carefully fussy-cut it out.

Without moving the panel from the stamp positioner, I placed the mask over the deer and changed it to the Panorama stamp. I inked the birch trees with Versafine ink and stamped. Then, using a pencil, I lightly drew in the horizon, but not going all the way across. Just enough to know where to paint the sky.

Using a watery mixture of Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans distress inks, I painted the sky, making sure to fade out the sky midway across the panel.

With the sky painted, I was ready to add in the tree line. This is where I love using the mini ink cubes. It allows me to get into tight areas. Another great way is to use Tombow dual markers but this time I used Iced Spruce, a little Peeled Paint, and Forest Moss distress inks for shading.

By the way, if you notice, I don’t stamp the whole tree line. I again faded off a little more than halfway across the panel.

Ready to paint the birch trees, I colored them with a little Lost Shadow and Black Soot.

Now it was time to paint the deer. I used Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge, and a touch of Wild Honey and Black Soot.

To complete this scene, I added in some snow and tree shadow a little watery Chipped Sapphire for snow and adding in black under the trees and hoofs of the deer.

For the sentiment, I chose one from the Jolly Snippets sttamp set by Penny Black and stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx ink,

The only thing left to do was to mount the completed panel to a 5×7″ cream card base. 


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