Having been born and raised in middle Tennessee, I absolutely adore heirloom roses. You can find them in many Southern gardens and the smell is divine! My Gran grew them in her rose garden and these beautiful delicate flowers soon became a favorite of mine. So, when Stampin’ Up!® released the Birthday Blooms set recently, buying it was a no brainer for me since it reminds me so much of the flowers my grandmother grew. I used the set to create this birthday card.
I started by stamping the image on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock using Versamark ink then heat embossed it in gold. Using an Aqua Painter, I watercolored the image using Rose Red ink for the rose pedals/buds. I just kept layering the color until I was happy with the shading then added some Crushed Curry for the center. I used a combination of Garden Green and Old Olive for the leaves. To increase the amount of shimmer, I added a layer of clear Wink of Stella. Once everything was dry, I cut out the image leaving a very small white border.
To create my card, I started with an A2 card base made from white cardstock. I also cut another piece of white cardstock at 3-5/8 x 4-7/8″ to use for my focal image panel. I stamped the sentiment (also from the Birthday Blooms set) in the upper right corner of the focal image panel using VersaMark ink then heat embossed it in gold. I wrapped a piece of gold glitter tape from the Metallics Glitter Tape collection (available for free during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying order) around the width of the panel. I then adhered the rose image to the panel allowing the leaves to hang over the edge a bit on the bottom edge.
Next, I ran a piece of 4 x 5.25 Rose Red cardstock through my Big Shot using the Stylish Stripes embossing folder for a bit of texture. I adhered it to the card base using some tape runner. Finally, I layered my watercolor panel on the Rose Red panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals which completed the card.
Until next time …