Holiday Roses

Hello my crafty friends!! How is everyone doing after the long Labor Day weekend? I’m in shock that Summer is over! Seems like July was just yesterday!

Today, I had the pleasure of playing with one of the new Dare 2B Artzy stamp sets called the Holiday Rose. I think this stamp is simply stunning. I love all the detail in this stamp and I knew it would be perfect to color with my Copic markers.

When I saw this image the first time, I had an image in my mind of how I wanted to color it. Does anyone else do this or is it just me? I wanted some beautiful blue roses so I dug out my Copics and got to work coloring in the shadows and leaving the white highlights on the tips.  For my darkest areas, I went in and added some black fine tip pen to give it a lot of depth. I colored my holly leaves with shades of olive green and the pine needles with shades of blue green and then added the hint of red with the holly berries and brown for the branches.  Non-traditional colored Christmas cards seem to be my theme for this year.

Christmas Rose close wm

When I was finished coloring, I cut out the stamped image. Since the image is so detailed, I didn’t do a true fussy-cut, just loosely cut around the image. Once I had it cut out, I did outline my image with a B000 to give it the appearance of a glow.

To create my fun background, I started out by stamping the Dare 2B Artzy swirls background stamp with some Totally Black Dare 2B Artzy ink.  To foil any stamp, you only need a scanner or copier and a laser printer. I scanned my stamped image into my computer and then reprinted it to my laser printer using some 80 lb. white cardstock from Neenah.

Once my scanned image was printed, I cut it down to the size of the background stamp to make it easier to foil.

I set up my MINC foiling machine and turned it on to the #4 setting to get it warmed up. When the light stops blinking and shows a solid green, it’s ready to foil. I placed my printed stamp into a piece of scrap cardstock that I folded in half. I cut a piece of red foil shiny side up onto my image and closed the cardstock and ran it through my MINC. I usually run things through twice when I’m dealing with scanned and printed images, just to make sure I get a clean scan. The result is a gorgeous red, foiled swirled background on white cardstock.  Ultimately I decided to do something a bit different and create a foiled negative.

Christmas Rose 2

 To do that, I used the remaining foil that I peeled away from my image. This foil had swirls that were clear against the red foil (because all the swirls had transferred to my cardstock when I foiled previously).  In order to use the negative, you need a sheet of toner paper. I used a pre-printed toner sheet from Therm-o-web and cut it down to A2 size.  I think this would work if you chose to create your own toner sheets using a laser printer. You’d just have to create a square or rectangle that’s a bit larger than your stamped image and fill the square with black and then print to your laser printer on some cardstock.

The process for using the negative foil is pretty much the same. I used a piece of scrap cardstock folded in half, placed my toner sheet inside with my negative foil on top of the toner sheet shiny side up. I ran it through my MINC machine twice on a setting of four. Once piece cools down a bit, I carefully pulled away the foil to reveal a gorgeous red foiled background with black swirls.  It’s just so stunning in person. This is why I always keep all my foil scraps since you can use up all of it by using the negative images. So fun!!

Once my background foiling was complete, I cut out the piece using the Dare 2B Artzy Nesting Rectangle Fancy Frames dies.

For my card base, I used a piece of matte silver cardstock and created a fancy shaped card using the same Nesting Rectangle Fancy Frames dies by allowing the edge of the die to hang over my folded cardstock edge as I ran it through my die cut machine.

Christmas Rose

I stamped the sentiment, Season’s Greetings from the Poinsettia Tangle stamp set onto a small piece of matte silver cardstock and heat embossed it with some blue metallic embossing powder.

For a finishing touch I added some iridescent gems to the card front.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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