Twentieth Century French painter Henri Matisse said: "There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted." Maybe that explains why I had a hard time initially with the Roses in Winter (RIW) stamp set. After playing a little with it and getting help, it's now my favorite. There are just so many ways you can play with it to produce a rose that's as unique as the artist, you. This post is a tribute to all creative craft artists is search of their perfect Rose.
My rose is inspired by a Sherry Cheever masterpiece and, while mine certainly isn't perfect, I'm finally satisfied that I did the set justice. I'm going to show you how to use four techniques to put your own interpretation to the Rose: Rock & Roll, Stamping Off, Two-Step Stamping, and Masking. Gracious, ready?
First gather these supplies:
- Choose ink in three shades for the rose itself (light, medium and dark). In our example we'll use Cameo Coral stamped off once for the light shade, full-strength Cameo Coral for the medium, and Pumpkin Pie for the dark shade.
- I also used Mellow Moss ink in full and stamped-off strength for the leaves and Creamy Caramel for distressing.
- Stamp sets: Roses in Winter, French Script (also about to be retired), and Weathered.
- Not pictured: Stipple Brush, VersaMarker, Versamark ink, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, and Cutter Kit.
- I put my mask over just the largest rose image, inked the French Script background stamp with Creamy Caramel and stamped off twice before I used it to stamp over the whole image.
- To add additional softness use the stipple brush to put Creamy Caramel ink to the paper edges.
- Highlight the Pumpkin Pie areas of your rose with a VersaMarker embossing pen and then heat emboss those areas with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. It gives it a dew-kissed look.
- Stamp the whole image with VersaMark ink using the Weathered background stamp.
- Distress the edges with the Cutter Kit.
If you followed all those steps, you've graduated to what Henri Matisse would call a truly creative painter.
Up against a wall with all these steps? Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: "I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall." Keep trying, the results are worth the effort.