A Rose is a Rose…

Happy October!

A quick post (hopefully).  I have 2 cards to share.  I used this beautiful (and very neglected) Stampin’ Up stamp set for both cards.

My very dear friend asked if I could make a birthday card for her neighbor.  This is what I came up with…

Stampin Up Fifth Ave. Floral; Hero Arts Three Leaves; PTI Beautiful Butterflies; Prismacolor Pencils; Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor Set, Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist

I wanted to keep the card simple and clean.  The rose and leaves were colored with Prismacolor pencils.  On the rose, I painted watercolor pearlescent paint on the darker parts of the flower.  To finish it off, I sprayed the whole rose with Perfect Pearls Mist for additional shimmer.

Here is my 2nd card…

Basic Grey Basic Manila;  Stampin Up Fifth Ave. Floral;  PTI Happy Trails;  Distress Inks Gathered Twigs;  Recollections Flowers and Gems

I originally wanted to use this background for the first card.  However, I didn’t like my intended layout. Instead, I decided to make another card with it.  I love patterned paper but never find a way to incorporate it in a card.  So, I thought this was an ideal opportunity to try!

The background is a Basic Grey paper.  I stamped the rose image multiple times on the paper for a tone-on-tone effect.  Distress Ink was rubbed on the edges to give a defined look. To add a little more dimension to the card, I added paper roses (another neglected item in my craft stash) and a few gems.

Thanks so much!