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Saturday, 9 August 2014

When is a Winter Church not a Winter Church? (by Lesley)

For my post today I want to show the versatility of one of our latest individual clear stamps, Winter Church. When this stamp was launched at the end of July, alongside Snowy Cottage, Glenda designed two beautiful samples which showcased both stamps all set for the festive season. As you can see here, a change of colours and 'Hey Presto' it's Summer!

Stamp the image using Versafine Vintage Sepia onto a piece of A6 watercolour paper. Sepia gives a less harsh outline, which especially useful for watercolours. Colour with Aquamarkers by scribbling on an acrylic block and picking up the ink with a water brush. This allows you to blend from strong to pale wash shades. Aternatively, use water colour pencils/paints or whatever medium you feel comfortable with..  As this is meant to be summer, paint over the bare tree branches to give the illusion of foliage.  Colour wash the sky and extend the areas either side of the image to make a complete picture. Tip: Allow each colour to dry before starting with the next to avoid 'bleed'

When all the watercolours have dried thoroughly use coloured pencils to add shading and definition, plus a white pencil to bring out subtle highlights. Take as much or little time on this process as you want; it can be very therapeutic.

Once finished you have a unique watercolour painting that you can either mat and layer onto cardstock or mount in a frame to display in your home. Better still give as a gift for something a little different.

(This is a cheap wooden frame that I have colour tinted)
I'm thinking that I may make three more of these, change the colours and have the four seasons.

Please keep checking in to see the girls' wonderful interpretations of the Thistle Butterfly and Honeysuckle Butterfly sets; as always they have managed to come up with some inspiring creations.


  1. Gorgeous! Love the composition.
    Linda xxx

  2. stunning work Lesley - brilliant xx

  3. This is lovely Lesley it's amazing what a difference a change of colours makes
    Jackie x

  4. A beautiful piece of stamp art - it is so stunning and I could imagine it selling at a craft fair. Thanks for sharing Karen x

  5. This is beautiful Lesley, and what a great idea to frame it as it woulcertainly make a grat gift. x

  6. Lovely artwork Lesley. The stamp would make a great wedding card.

  7. Beautiful project Lesley. Looks fabulous in the frame. Inspiring idea for the seasons. tfs. Love this image. Great one for Wedding cards as well. xx

  8. I love it when you can use your Christmas stamps in more versatile ways.

  9. A really summery scene, love it

  10. Had the same idea and both cards look beautiful in the Summercolours! Groetjes, Gerrina

  11. I like doing the same thing with stamps. It looks great.

  12. Great sample , love the way you coloured the card and I love the frame!!!


  13. that's a really super idea to have the 4 seasons portrayed using the very same stamp. The use if the Vintage Sepia ink pad lends a real warmth to the whole ambience of the scene & I love the effect of the white pencil to bring out the highlights. That frame sets off the whole composition beautifully.
    Paula (PEP)


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