Hello stampers! I hope you're having a fantastic day!
Today I wanted to share a project using the retiring set, Rose Wonder. Oh, I'm going to miss this beauty! Besides the absolutely gorgeous rose, this set includes a really nice collection of sentiments covering birthday, thank you, sympathy and wedding, as well as others. If you don't have a lot of stamps in your collection, this is a really good one to add for versatility alone.
I love heat embossing. The gold, especially, adds such a pretty touch of elegance to a project. I started this card by embossing the rose image and sentiment using VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder onto watercolor paper. Once the powder was set, I used an Aqua Painter with Mossy Meadow (returning In Color), Merry Merlot (new color), Cherry Cobbler and Gray Granite (new color) inks to watercolor. To get the various tones on the rose, I started by using the Merry Merlot ink to wash the entire image. Once it was completely dry, I went over it with Cherry Cobbler, adding darker color, then blending into the lighter color. Once the piece was thoroughly dry, I splattered Gray Granite ink over it.
I used the Decorative Ribbon Border punch with Gold Foil for the border at the bottom...it's adhered to the back of the watercolor paper with Tear & Tape adhesive. I ran the front of the Gray Granite card base through the Big Shot in the Simple Stripe embossing folder, then adhered the focal piece to finish it up.
Although I'm always excited for the new catalog to start, I'm a little sad to see some of my favorite sets retire, including this one. There are just a few more days to order it before it's gone for good at the end of this month! If you'd like to see other projects I've done with this set, click on My Gallery, then type "Rose Wonder" into the search bar. In fact, did you know you can use this feature on my blog to search for any stamp set I've used? Try it! :)