Wednesday 25 May 2011

No stamping birthday card using Manhattan Flower rose

Isn't it a good year for the roses?! Have you noticed? I have lots of roses in my pocket handkerchief-sized garden including two musk roses which smell so heavenly I almost faint when I pass them! The one in the photo is the first rose I planted. It normally gives us a few gloriously scented flowers and then it gives up but this year it's going beserk!

It reminds me a little of the Manhattan flower rose and I was inspired to use that embossing folder to make today's card.

This is one of those super-simple cards which involves no stamping and relies for its impact on the layered bloom. Here, let's zoom in on that rose!

Can you see how there are three layers of the rose. I've cut different bits out of them, sponged them with inks and layered them on top of each other. I also added a few droplets of Crystal Effects to make the rose look dewy fresh!

The rose is mounted on a masked and sponged background and the card base is the gorgeous Confetti Cream card stock with speckles in it. I've become very attached to this and use it a lot for my one-layer cards.

The sentiment, which you may recognise as coming from one of this year's Sale-a-bration stamps, has been stamped in Basic Grey - Basic Black would have been a little harsh. I added a double row of piercing above it for extra interest.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Take an A5 piece of Confetti Cream card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base.
  • Use post-it notes to mask off the edges of the card leaving an 8.5cm square. Sponge inside the square with Certainly Celery ink.
  • Add a double row of piercing below the square and add a sentiment using Basic Grey ink.
  • Now make the rose: Tuck some Whisper White card stock into the Manhattan Flower embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. Do this twice more until you end up with three embossed pieces. Cut out a full flower from one, slightly less from the second and the centre of the flower from the last.
  • Sponge colour onto the embossed pieces - I used Riding Hood Red, Regal Rose and So Saffron and blended them well with my sponge.
  • Layer the rose pieces together with dimensionals and glue the base to the sponged square on the card front.
  • Add a few drops of Crystal Effects.

Stamps: So Happy For You (retired Sale-a-bration set)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Basic Grey
Card stock: Confetti Cream, Whisper White
Other: Crystal Effects

I've just been having a word with my daughter about expecting to be paid pocket money for chores that haven't been done. "It's wrong!" I said and, for dramatic effect, added: "On every level!" Now, my daughter used to argue with me - often defending points of view that were indefensible for hours on end! She's given this up now though and amuses herself by finding bizarre ways of agreeing with me. "I think you'll find, Mummy," she said now, "that it's wrong in ways that haven't EVEN been discovered yet!"

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  1. I love roses as well....not got any flowering just yet tho. Lovely layered card very effective.

  2. This is one gorgeous layering.. I heart it :D

  3. That's a great idea to layer the embossed flower like that. It gives the card great dimension. Oh, and it sounds like your daughter is trying a little bit of reverse psychology on you!

  4. Wow. This is stunning Vicky! Love the 3D rose you've create with the manhatten folder!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  5. Hi Vicky, You're right about the roses isn't it wonderful out there! I guess it's something to do with the lack of rain but I really am guessing:0) I love how you've done this card it's beautiful, such a pretty colour too. :0) xxx

  6. Very pretty, your rose bursts from the page. x

  7. Such a pretty card today. I think ALL the flowers are going mad, my clematis have surpassed themselves this year
    Be thankful that your daughter interacts, unlike many teenagers who just grunt or reply 'whatever'. Still doesn't get the jobs done though does it?

  8. Incredibly gorgeous card Vicki.
    And it sounds like your daughter is becoming quite smart - her comment to you made me laugh.

  9. Lovely way of using the embossing folder Vicky, I love the crystal effects too they really look like water droplets :)
    Jenny x

  10. Beautiful card, love te sponging and the lovely pink ink!
    I know what you mean about daughters not doing what they should, and they have an answer for everything!

  11. This is really lovely Vicky, I really must experiment with my folder a bit more!!
    Margaret x

  12. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous card how you have made it ....stunning....

  13. Just got that embossing folder so will defo give this a try , don't hold out much hope of getting anywhere need as good as yours , Stunning.


  14. This may be your most beautiful card ever. Gorgeous! Brilliant the way you layered the rose on the sponged square. And the dew drop made with crystal effects... so clever! Perfect piercing... perfect color for the perfect sentiment. Perfect card! (My mom would love this... may have to order that e.f. just to make a card like this for her!)


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