11/4 Christmas Rose

In December, I am offering my customers a Technique Trio - three different techniques to explore in one night. This will be one of the techniques . . . Bleached Edges. Isn't it just the prettiest card? I also love the fact that you can use a "non-Christmas" stamp set and create such a beautiful Christmas card with it.

I was inspired by the sketch challenge at Stamping 411. It's a priority of mine to participate every week. The sketches are an awesome way for me to prepare pro-actively for my upcoming workshops and class events.

So, how did I do it? Not so hard . . . all I did was dip my empty Aqua Painter into a small dish of bleach and paint it along the lines of the rose. I used Ruby Red paper and stamped my rose with Versa Mark ink and embossed it with Black Stampin' Emboss Powder. I think this technique gives my rose a wintry look. To make it REALLY pop on this card I popped it up on three layers of dimensionals. (YES, you can stack dimensinals!!) The Merry Christmas is popped up on one layer of dimensionals. One reason I wanted the rose higher on this card is because the knot in my ribbon is tall due to the thickness of the ribbon. If the rose wasn't popped up, I think it would look a little too far off compared to the knot. (All of this makes more sense if you were looking at the card in real life.)

The base of the card is Garden Green card stock. I stamped the snowflake from Patterned Pines all over with Versa Mark ink. Versa Mark ink is wonderful for creating tone on tone images. I remember as a new customer purchasing Versa Mark ink on one of my first orders because I loved the watermarked look on my card backgrounds. Plus, if you don't yet own Garden Green ink, the Versa Mark mimics it when it is stamped on Garden Green card stock.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by to check out my blog - you are appreciated!

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral (113734), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370), Patterned Pines Level One Hostess Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog (1165254)
Paper: Garden Green (102584), Basic Black (102851), Ruby Red (102030), Naturals Ivory (101849), Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (115672)
Ink: Versa Mark (102283), Basic Black (101179)
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Word Window Punch (105090), Aqua Painter (103954), Paper Snips (103579), Heat Tool (100005)
Accessories: Sleigh Bells Cotton Ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog (116795), Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (109133)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Misc: Bleach


Robin Merriman said…
Beautiful job on this Kay - I love the idea of that technique and will have to try it out. Lovely card!
Thanks for playing along again this week!
Connie said…
Wonderful card...love the Fifth Avenue Floral along with the other designs! Great job!
Scrappindad said…
Thank you so much for the fabulous idea on bleaching the edges.

Thank you too for the link to Stamping 411! Somehow, I didn't know anything about that site, but I signed up now to follow and receive updates.
Tiffany Bauer said…
Kay, you have done it again!!! Another beauty!! Love that big rose and how you colored it!! Super job and thanks for always playing along with us over at Stamping 411!! I look forward to seeing what you come up with for each of our sketches!!
Patti Chesky said…
Beautiful card Kay!!! I haven't tried that technique before. I will have to give it a shot. Thanks for playing along.
Tanja said…
This is so cool! I will definately give this a shot. Thanks for sharing!
jaydee said…
Kay - fabulous! The flower is especially gorgeous! Congratulations!
Ida P. Krause said…
Beautiful card - Great idea using the bleach. Congrats on making the Stampers Showcase for the Stamping 411 challenge.