A Rose for Her

by Marika

Hi, it's Marika here. This is my first DT post here at Altenew blog and I am beyond excited about it. I went for a little older stamp set and used Sketchy Rose as my focal point in my card. So here it is:

I started with stamping the flower, the stem and the leaves from Sketchy Rose set with light water soluble ink onto a watercolour paper. I watercolored the rose with Distress Inks. Before cutting the rose I stamped the flower again with Versamark and heat embossed it with Golden Highlight embossing powder to get more interest. Then, the rose was cut with scissors and a craft knife. I used Versamark to ink up the Wood Pallet Background stamp and stamped it onto a little smaller peace of white card stock. The background was then heat embossed with White Pearl embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings set and was inked with black pigment ink onto a peace of textured card stock.

Here is a close-up from the rose:

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you got some inspiration.

I start to make video tutorials next month and I would more than appreciate if you could let me know if there is a particular technique or colouring medium that you would like me to feature in those videos. Please leave your requests in the comments below and I try to make them come true. Thanks again and see you soon!



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Christine Smith March 24, 2015 - 9:24 AM

Ooh this is beautiful! So delicate! I am looking forward to your videos and will be happy to see any techniques as I love to learn. I have just bought my first set of gorgeous watercolour paints and would love to have ideas on how to use them in my crafting. Both backgrounds and painting images – thank you. xxx

andrenesmith March 24, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Beautiful card….well done!! The color you chose for your rose is perfect!

Cheri Weston March 24, 2015 - 9:40 AM

Incredibly beautiful!!!

Betty March 24, 2015 - 9:41 AM

gorgeous coloring and design!!

Hazel Parr March 24, 2015 - 9:45 AM

Such a stunning flower. I’d love to see this technique covered in one of your videos,
Hazel xxx

Marlene B. March 24, 2015 - 9:52 AM

Your card is adorable! Beautiful color as well!

Kristie March 24, 2015 - 9:56 AM


micheleclay March 24, 2015 - 10:12 AM

I’m so eager for your videos! I would really like to see you using the Distress inks and/or markers as you did on this beautiful card. Thank you, Marika.

Maureen Reiss March 24, 2015 - 11:09 AM

Soooo Beautiful!! Your coloring adds so much dimention!!!

Donna Whitten March 24, 2015 - 11:12 AM

Very pretty!

Susi March 24, 2015 - 11:31 AM

Fabulous colouring that makes this rose look 3-dimensional – gorgeous card!

Lynne Ingram March 24, 2015 - 11:51 AM

Your rose is scrumptious.

beaumama March 24, 2015 - 11:56 AM

Swooning here. This is stunning. The watercoloring fabulous but that hint of glittery gold is an amazing effect. Gorgeous. I’d like to see you do this in a video, please.

bethholt4 March 24, 2015 - 12:03 PM

Awesome! Can’t wait to CASE this card.

Kathy H March 24, 2015 - 12:38 PM

This rose is beautiful! The stems and leaves are absolutely amazing!!

Jan Castle March 24, 2015 - 12:59 PM

STUNNING……might I ask who makes the golden highlights embossing powder? Please reply here as I am sure others would like to know too.

Paper Hugs,
Jan Castle

Marika March 24, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Hi Jan, thank you for your kind words! The embossing powder that used in this card was Clear Gold Highlight by WOW!

Amante del Papel March 24, 2015 - 1:05 PM

I don’t have words to describe how beautiful is your card!

Sue Brannan March 24, 2015 - 1:27 PM

Beautifully crafted rose, it looks so lifelike, would love tp see some basic watercolouring tips on your videos.

BarbGhig March 24, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Gorgeous card, Marika! Beautiful design and your details are perfect!

angelabowie March 24, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Such a beautiful card Marika! Your colouring is phenomenal and I’m so excited to see your video tutorials! I would love to see how you watercolour stamped flowers. Thanks! ?

angelabowie March 24, 2015 - 3:27 PM

I would also like to see how you use coloured pencils on dark cardstock. I love how you combine black and white with colour.

Harriet March 24, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Beautiful card….inspiration abounds.

Ruth G March 24, 2015 - 6:16 PM

Really pretty card. I’m impressed!

Jenny Martin March 24, 2015 - 6:32 PM

Spectacular!The water coloured rose with the added sparkle is to die for!

María Alba Negrón March 24, 2015 - 7:57 PM

Hi Marika,

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for honoring my request (pestering?). I would like to see ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that you generously will share. I am IN LOVE with your work and anything would be appreciated. Waiting anxiously for next month’s video!!!!!!!!!!!!!

María Alba

appalachianyeti March 24, 2015 - 8:09 PM

Very beautiful! Love the colors you chose. Love the hints of glimmer in the embossing powder.

annettewitherspoon March 24, 2015 - 10:17 PM

This is stunning. I love the details on the stem. Great coloring!

Lucy E. March 24, 2015 - 10:50 PM

Simply gorgeous!

May Park March 26, 2015 - 2:26 PM

Wow!!!!!!! Your coloring is amazing, Marika! Love your card!!!

helenbrendan March 26, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

jintyoo7 March 30, 2015 - 1:52 PM

Amazing card and what incredible shading :-)

cindyromandaversa April 25, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The rose is so stunning! The coloring is perfection! Such a lovely and elegant card!

Bobby August 10, 2016 - 9:02 AM

I don’t know how I missed this when it was first posted but just saw it on Pinterest and had to comment. Can a rose get any more gorgeous? This is amazing, Marika. I just want to pick it off the card and smell it. ;)


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