Dec 2, 2018

Winter Still (7 Cards!)

Today I'm sharing 7 cards (4 Christmas and 3 Winter Holiday) all using the same stamp, Penny Black's Winter Still.  It's a beautiful cling image that can be used year round. Added a Christmas sentiment from Concord & 9th and a winter holiday sentiment from another Penny Black set to complete the cards.

Using the MISTI, or other stamp positioner, makes adding layers of ink pretty easy. I don't think I would use this type of stamp without one.

Here goes!

1. Stamped with a variety of green dye mini ink pads 
and red and purple Tombow markers.  One layer.

2.  Moved the image and the sentiment.  One layer.

3. Flipped the image and used different shades of green ink. 
Added a bit of gold ink to the leaves. Also one layer.

4. Added a little blue to the berries and brighter shades of 
green ink (and a touch of yellow) for the leaves. One layer.

5. I wanted cold colors for these winter themed cards (for my Jewish friends) and switched to watercolor paper.  Misted each layer of ink with water before stamping and then dried with a heat gun before layering again. Stamped the leaves with Distress Ink Stains (grays and blues for the leaves) and blue and pink markers for the berries. Sprayed with water and dried between layers.  Trimmed and added to an A2 card.

6. Watercolor paper, lots of water and heat between layters. Added more dark gray for contrast. The stamped moved (I was using a lot of water), so there is a faint extra layer of berries.

7. Finally, I used more ink here and less water. The leaves are bluer and the berries are quite pink.

MOOD WHEN DONE:  Well, I made a big old mess making these but enjoyed every minute of it!  So, I made a total of 9 holiday cards this year and all calling it a success. Most of my cards are store bought. This week I'll turn my attention to other types of cards.  And maybe baking cookies...


  1. I love these! Especially the ones on the water color paper --
    Hope you are enjoying your new home, as well

  2. all so pretty, Joan - love that stamp and how you've used it - might just have to put that on my list!

  3. What lovely inspiration you have given us. I look forward to your posts. You are like a favorite neighbor who come knocking on my door with warm cookies from the oven and word of encouragement.

  4. Joan, I can't even express how much I love these... phenomenally fantastic will have to do!

  5. Beautiful cards.... Got me thinking about the inks we have vs a long time ago holly stamp that I still love and can't part with. Have to give your cards a try with that stamp set.

  6. So creative! Wow, love your cards today.

  7. Most of mine are store-bought as well. You're getting gorgeous results with this your color combinations!

    1. thanks. my store bought ones are gorgeous!! HA. Loving this line of Penny Black stamps. They make me feel all artistic

  8. These are gorgeous Joan, love all the different colourways and layouts xx

  9. I love these too! Great Penny Black design for this type of card. And, So very wonderful to have you back making big old messes with us again!!! ;) Pam~

  10. Artfully gorgeous!! I have stamping envy!

  11. Stunning cards,Joan. They are perfect for those of us who have a warmer type of Christmas. 😘

  12. the simplicity but intentionality of your designs make this set stand out! Beautiful!

  13. Just look at all the different cards you can make with one stamp, and all so beautiful! This is a year to keep the handmade holiday cards to a minimum. You've had way too much on your plate!

  14. All seven are lovely! Thanks for sharing all your variations.

  15. I love them all but especially the last few misty ones. What a fabulous collection.

  16. So lovely. If one of these cards were on my table I'd take a long glance at it each time I past by. They are just that kind of card!

  17. What an absolutely gorgeous set of cards, Joan. I don't think I could possibly choose which colourway I like best.


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