Summer Watercolored Rose

Ok, I’ll just say it, I love roses! My front walkway is lined with roses, and right now they are blooming their little hearts out! We actually didn’t even plant the roses, they were here when we bought our house, and I couldn’t be happier 🙂

This stamp set is called Graceful Garden and it has the most beautiful rose stamps! For today’s card, the biggest rose in the set was first stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I took an Aqua Pen and lightly watercolored the rose and the leaves.

Pretty Pointer: Heat embossing the outline of a stamp confines water within the lines of the stamped image. Give this a try on your next watercolor project!

If you love beautiful flowers, this is definitely the set for you!


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Oh My Goodness, Graceful Garden!

It’s true, oh my goodness I love this stamp set! I love roses and this is a set of beautiful roses and leaves. Every day as I sit in my craft room I look out a window to my rose garden (I know, it sounds like an old song!). We didn’t even plant it, it was here when we bought the house, and it is such a pleasure to look out at the roses every day!

The background for today’s card was fun and easy to do. Actually I used our Pattern Party Decorative Masks and sponged Flirty Flamingo ink over the mask with a Thumb Dauber. I used a fun Host Stamp Set called Background Bits to add some more interest. It has a stamp with faint handwriting on it. Then I splattered the whole background with some Soft Suede ink. This is how you make your own designer series paper!

Ok, I just have to stop and show you my little stamping partner. Elie sleeps on her pink leopard blanket while I stamp. I called her name to get her to look up for this photo. I think she’s upset that I woke her up 🙂 Ok, back to my card…

Pretty Pointer: To add depth to a stamped image, use a Blender Pen to add more color. On this rose, I stamped it first in Flirty Flamingo and then went back in with some Powder Pink ink and my blender pen to give more substance to the flower.

Graceful Garden Clear-Mount Stamp Set
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To add even more interest I shredded some of the Powder Pink 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon and laid it across the card below a strip of the same ribbon. It acts like a surprise ~ when you see it, you think ooh, look at that fun stuff 🙂

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All Products Used Are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Graceful Garden, Background Bits
Ink: Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink card stock
Tools: Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Blender Pen, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Aqua Pen, Sponge Dauber
Embellishments: Powder Pink 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon, 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes