Wild Rose Anniversary
One of the first things I ordered from the 2919-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog was the To a Wild Rose Bundle. This includes the To a Wild Rose Stamp Set and the Wild Rose Dies.
I was drawn to this set because it’s a DistINKtive set – which means it is photorealistic if you use all of the layers. But you can also use just the outline to create beautiful watercolored images and more.
I created this card for my Dad & Mom’s 63rd anniversary. I know! Isn’t that an inspiration? My parents have been through good times and hard times, but they have never lost their joy, their faith, or their love for each other and their family.
This stamp set seemed perfect for my parents’ anniversary, because they have always had the most beautiful roses. There’s one rose bush that they always say is mine. Mom will cut some of the blossoms and bring them to me, saying, “This is your rose.”
Here’s the thing. I cannot grow roses. I tried once. I bought three rose bushes to plant along the fence between our house and our next door neighbor’s yard. I was so looking forward to having gorgeous roses to grace our dining room table and other areas of the house. Several weeks passed and all that was left was a few sticks. What had happened? The bushes were guaranteed to last (alas, they didn’t know about my brown thumb!), so I took them back to the store for a refund. When I placed the dead sticks on the counter, the employee looked at them, looked at me, looked at them, then said, “What were they?” Fortunately I had the receipt. To be fair, though, about the time I planted my roses, our neighbor sprayed the fence row with some kind of noxious weed killer. Maybe one day I’ll try again – on the other side of the yard.
The rose bush Mom and Dad claim is mine is one I won at a luncheon many, many, many years ago. I don’t think I was even old enough to wield a shovel. Mom or Dad planted the rose bush, nurtured it, moved it three miles south when they moved to their current home, and have lovingly cared for it since the day it came home. The only credit I can take is having the winning number for that door prize. But if it means I get fresh roses several times every summer, I’ll take it!
This card was inspired by my friend Deborah Smart. She had a beautiful card on her blog a few weeks ago using a similar set.
First, I stamped the flowers and the leaves from the To a Wild Rose Stamp Set in VersaMark Ink onto Watercolor Paper (one piece for the blossoms and one for the leaves so the colors wouldn’t mix. Thanks, Deborah, for that idea!) and embossed with Shimmer White Embossing Powder. This adds so much sparkle to the card. You won’t notice it at first, but just wait until you add color!
Next, I spritzed the Watercolor Paper with Stampin’ Spritzers and water, then sprinkled Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles onto the images. I spritzed and sprinkled until I was happy with the colors. I wanted the colors to be bold, but I also wanted the colors to be a little varied – not the same color purple or green over the entire blossom or leaf – so it would look more realistic. When I was satisfied, I die-cut the images with the Wild Rose dies.
I didn’t want to just plop these beautiful flowers onto a card, so I die-cut the floral image from the Sprintime Impressions Dies using Watercolor Paper. Then I spritzed with water and sprinkled the Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles onto it to create a kind of lattice for the flowers.
While my pigment colored images were drying, I ran a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Purple Posy Cardstock through my Diecutting/Embossing Machine with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. This folder is perfect for adding texture without taking away from the focal points.
After adding the Purple Posy embossed layer to the Highland Heather card base, I added the pigment colored pieces. I die-cut happy from Granny Apple Green Cardstock using the Well Written Dies, then stamped Anniversary from the Well Said Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto a Gorgeous Grape Cardstock scrap, trimming the end to create a banner, and added these to the card to finish it off.
Do give the Pigment Sprinkles a try! These are so much fun, and you can do so many things with them – even use them to stamp an image! The container design is amazing. First, each bottle has a lid with a swatch of color on the top. When you remove the lid, there’s a second cover over the shaker bottle that pops off easily and can be resealed to keep in the powder. Goodbye, thumb tacks! (This was another of my first purchases from the Annual Catalog.)
Another fun aspect of the Pigment Sprinkles is that some of the colors do not look like the colors they’re supposed to be until you add water. It’s like magic when they change color after you add the water. So fun!
Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!