Back in January I offered a card class called Peaceful Winter.  Many of you couldn’t make it or did make it but didn’t take notes.  So at your request I thought I would review for you here with some step by step photos.  The card above looks much better in person but hopefully jogs your memory.

First have your piece of water colour paper and a Tim Holtz Stamp Press.  Place the stamp on the left hand side first.  Using Evergreen Bough Ink and Pumice Stone, ink the trees and road side and stamp 2-3 times in the same place.

Next line up the other stamp to complete the horizon on the right hand side.  Press down with the stamp press so it comes off the paper.  Ink with evergreen bough and pumice stone ink and stamp.

Now you will need to take the first stamp and lay it over the stamped image.  You will stamp over that image with versamark ink and clear emboss the image.

Repeat with the left hand stamp.  Don’t be afraid to really squish the versamark pad down and make sure the stamp is covered well.

Once your scene has been stamped and then clear embossed overtop you are ready to water colour the sky and road.  I used evergreen bough, salty ocean, pumice stone and a very tiny bit of peacock feathers in the original.  In my latest one for this tutorial I put a bit of spiced marmalade into the sky as well.  Stamp a sentiment with archival ink  and you are done. Here’s what this one turned into.

When you are painting the sky, just use a water brush and dip off a smoosh of distress ink or the pad itself if you prefer.  If the colour is too dark, add more water to dilute it on the page.  Its really not a very difficult technique and it can look quite stunning.  Experiment, that’s how the best mistakes happen!

I hope you found this helpful and if there are any other requests on techniques please don’t be afraid to ask!