Birthday Roses

Hello crafty friends. How are you all going? Here in Tokyo, things are opening up again, although I personally am not. I’ll take it slowly, thank you! Besides, there’s a big part of me that wants to learn from my former busyness, and do better this time around.

I’ve had a lovely day colouring these beautiful roses. Sadly, the slight yellow-cream that I gave the middle portion of the petals would not show up in any photos no matter what angle and lighting I tried. Still, I’m very happy with how the card turned out.

I coloured the images from the Sketchy Roses Stamp set from Paper Rose Studio using Copic markers. In case you’re interested, the markers I used for the flowers are RV34, RV91, RV93, RV95, Y000 YR0000 and for the leaves G99, G94 and YG61. Of course, I also used liberal quantities of colourless blender around the outside of the image. (When oh when will I learn to slow down and stay within the lines?)

The background was created using the Distressed Mesh Stencil. I blended Distress ink in Bundled Sage through the gaps in the stencil, and then went over the area again without the stencil, and lightly blended the background to soften it. I then smooshed a little Distress Ink in Black Soot and Bundled Sage, and mixed them with water before splashing the panel all over with each colour. I cut the panel using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, and glued it to a white card base.

I then got out my scissors and started cutting. Because of the fine sawtooth edges on the leaves, I decided to leave a small white border around each element. You’ll be pleased to know that there are now coordinating dies for these flowers, although they’re next on my to-buy list, so I don’t have them yet. The flowers were layered using just glue for the bud, then one, then two layers of foam tape for the open blooms. The sentiment comes from the Arty Love Typed Sentiments, and I white heat embossed this onto green card.

Colouring flowers is my absolute favourite thing to do and these roses are absolutely gorgeous. I look forward to layering them up for some larger water coloured bouquets in the future. If you are interested in seeing more of my cards, feel free to visit my Instagram feed here.

Until next time, may your days be full of flowers.




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