Roses are Red (Blue)

This card was made using another beautiful stamp from Honey Doo Crafts, called Roses are Red, which I have coloured a lovely shade of pastel blue using mica powders, also from Honey Doo, and combined it with with my favourite Script stamp.

I started by stamping and heat embossing the Roses are Red image onto the stamping card using a Smokey Grey Versafine ink and clear embossing powder five times in order to decoupage the design. I only used the full design twice in my decoupage layers so with hindsight could have stamped the full image twice and just the rose head three times. I also stamped and heat embossed the stamp on the left corner of my 8″ x 8″ card blank. This image also looks nice stamped in Smokey Grey Versafine ink on the left side of an insert.

I put a little water into a paint pallet and added some of the White Opal mica powder to make a paint, then added a small quantity of the Blue Lagoon mica powder to make a beautiful pastel blue. I first discovered White Opal mica powder at a Honey Doo workshop and it has become an invaluable staple in my crafting stash as it turns the brightest of neon colours into a beautiful subtle shade opening up a vast array of shades using one little pot. My tip would be to start with a tiny amount of the coloured powder and then build up the intensity as it is easier to add more coloured powder than tone a colour down with lots of White Opal.

I used the pastel blue to paint the rose heads and rose buds, remembering to drain any excess water on a piece of kitchen towel, then used the White Opal mica powder combined with a little of the Lime Zest mica powder to make a pastel green to paint the leaves and stems. I painted the rose stamped directly onto the card and then blotted with kitchen towel to give a subtle more faded effect.

Once the images were dry I used the Rose are Red outline die to cut one complete image, shaped and layered all of the elements except the stem with silicone glue and then used the rose petals as a guide to decoupage the rose head shaping each layer to give a slight curve.

Whilst this dried I stamped the Script stamp and the Flower Garden sentiment stamp using Smokey Grey Versafine ink and clear embossing powder then coloured the edges using some of the Blue Lagoon mica powder applied to a dry sponge. I used the same technique to colour the card blank edges before assembling the final design using green Papermania Textured Cardstock to accent each layer and 3D foam pads to lift the design.

Product List

Honey Doo Crafts

  • Roses are Red stamp
  • Roses are Red outline die
  • Script stamp
  • Flower Garden sentiment stamp
  • Blue Lagoon mica powder
  • Lime Zest mica powder
  • White Opal mica powder

From my Crafting Stash

  • 8″x 8″ white card blank
  • Sheena by Sheena Douglas White Stamping Card
  • Green Papermania Textured Cardstock
  • Versafine Smokey Grey ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Paint pallet
  • Paint brush
  • Silicone glue
  • 3D foam pads


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