Coming Up Roses and Fancy Thanks

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.   Great Big Canvas was our inspiration site this week and I was inspired by many of the rose pieces found when I did a search for Roses.  My card layout and watercolored roses were also inspired by Sharon Harnist’s Copic Watercolored Blooms project found in the CLASSroom.  Alcohol inks are not my forte so I decided to play with the WPlus9 Coming Up Roses and distress ink and reinkers. The sentiment is from Julie’s Fancy Thanks sentiment set from the new Essentials by Ellen Release. The frame is from the Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames set.  Here’s what I came up with. 

The roses are intended for two step stamping but I have to admit I used more than two steps as I  fumbled around a little. I started by stamping the largest rose background stamp several times on watercolor paper using spun sugar distress ink.  I misted the inked stamp each time before I placed it on the paper so it was would have a little bit of a washed look.  I repeated the same step with the smaller rose background. I filled in the roses by stamping them with the detailed stamp images with worn lipstick ink.  I used my waterbrush to move the darker pink color around but washed them a little too much.  I pulled out my barn door ink, stamped the detailed images again and tried washing them a little.  As you can see I still washed them too much so there isn’t much detail.  I almost gave up and tossed it but my stubborn streak kept me from doing it. 

KC WPus( Coming Up Roses 2 left

I stamped a few leaves using crushed olive ink and realized my mistake instantly.  I should have masked off the roses some so the full leaf wouldn’t be out in front of the roses.  Ugh!  My mistakes just kept happening.  LOL!  I washed the leaves with my waterbrush and pulled the green out away from the arrangement to create a greenish highlight and watercolored effect.  I filled in around the leaves and flowers with a small filler image from the set that softened the arrangement. 

KC WPlus9 Coming Up Roses 2 center

I stamped the sentiment with black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder. Uh…..let’s just say that my flowers were not completely dry so some of the embossing powder stuck on parts of the arrangement.  I just kept making mistakes.  LOL!  I applied versa over the whole flower arrangement to cover up that blunder and it actually brought out the colors of both the leaves and flowers.  Maybe it was really a happy mistake. 

KC WPlus9 Coming Up Roses 2 right

I attached the flower layer with mounting tape to juicy pear cardstock and then attached to the candy hearts card base with another layer of mounting tape.  I attached the frame to the flower layer with rolled up double stick tape. 

Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

11 thoughts on “Coming Up Roses and Fancy Thanks”

  1. OMG….I cannot stop laughing at your post and description of your mistakes…too funny….I only wish my “mistakes” turned out as pretty as yours. You made my morning….your card is beautiful…..really, really beautiful.

  2. If you had not told us about all your errors….I would have thought you were just going for an impressionistic look…LOL, the end result is lovely Kitty……AND you learned what not to do next time….and so did we! Thanks for sharing….I have some of those type of stamps, but have not played with them yet…..thank you for all the tips!
    Paper Hugs,

  3. Good Morning, Kittie I love your mistakes. to be honest that happens a lot with watercolor, think that is why it is so creative, individual and different. Your mistakes are lovely, and makes us learn too; not to worry my friend, Your creations are always super…..have a good week-end…LOL

  4. This card is how a real artist makes lemonade from lemons! I was caught on every word of how you worked your way out of one delimma to another, it was interesting and fun. This is the most beautiful lemonade I’ve ever seen, TFS.

  5. Wow thats gorgeous considering you explained so many mistakes you said you made, I surely dont see them. Love Juanita’s comment, Lemonade from lemons, it was perfect. Very Pretty.

  6. Wow, Kittie, that’s all I can say…. What a sunning and elegant card…. It could be a painting on the wall. I so loved this card… thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity…


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