A Rose is a Rose

A rose is a rose is a rose, wrote Gertrude Stein, alluding to the notion that "simply using the name of a thing already invokes the imagery and emotions associated with it." (Wikipedia).  And so it is with stamping.  When I look through my colors of card stock, and come across Rose Red, I can see a rose, smell a rose, and feel the soft petals.  I decided to use that as inspiration for a new card:

Fifth Avenue Floral
Stampin' Up!'s Fifth Avenue Floral is the perfect stamp set, of course, and the Floating Reinker Watercolor Technique brings the rose to life.

If you haven't tried this technique, I'll let you in on a little secret.  Use it to color an image, and people will think you're a brilliant watercolorist–when in fact it's the simplicity of the technique itself that is brilliant! 

I made a video last spring that shows just how simple it is to make a beautiful rose.  I thought I'd post it again in case you hadn't seen it.  As you can see from the thumbnail, you don't even have to say within the lines!

For this technique, you need an outline image that you can emboss on Shimmery White Card stock, spray with water, add color, and let it run.  The embossing holds the color in each petal, which gives great contour to the rose.

Click here to order Fifth Avenue Floral from Stampin' Up!
Fifth Avenue Floral is one of those classically elegant sets that I want to see in our catalog for years to come.  As the end of this catalog draws near, I find myself going back to some of my favorites, hoping they won't show up in the retired list next month.  Yes, that's right.  The retired list comes out next month, and our 2012 Catalog makes its debut in June instead of July.

Equally as elegant is the Rose Red border made with the Scallop Trim Border and Corner Punches. 

Scallop Trim Border and Corner Punches from Stampin' Up!

Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)
Scallop Trim Corner Punch (118870)

Order Fifth Avenue Floral today so you can play with the Floating Reinker Watercolor Technique!  Add the Scallop Trim Punches, and you'll have an elegant card just waiting to be created!  Click here to go to my Online Stampin' Up! Store.

Remember, a rose is a rose, and you'll love watching this rose come to life!


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