The Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stanpin’ Up! are SO beautiful! They create such a nice bold outline and such a beautiful image. They are naturally so lovely that you don’t have to do anything to it to make it a gorgeous card. You can literally cut one out in any color paper and glue it straight on a blank white card and it will be beautiful.
Since this is such a strong image making a card that looks unique and different from what anyone else has made is actually a bit of a challenge. First, the image takes up a lot of space, so there isn’t a lot of left over room to work with. Second, you want the rose to stand out, so you have to be careful to choose backgrounds that are not too distracting; most patterned papers won’t work. Third, this set is so popular that everyone and their aunt has already tried the basics (not that the basics aren’t lovely).
After much deliberation and testing, and many, many drafts later I finally came up with a Rose Garden card that was truly my own.
Fancy, right? Here’s how I made it, if you’s like to make one too:
- Layer Basic Black Card 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half, Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4, and Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper 3 3/4 x 5.
- Use Project Life Corner Rounder Punch to add curved corners to all layers before adhering them together.
- Use the large Rose Garden Die to cut a black rose. Cut off the larger of the two leaves. Use tiny pieces of dimensionals to adhere the rose to the card.
- Add a thin strip of basic black, a 1/2 inch wide.
- Stamp the rose frame from the Four Frames* stamp set and the sentiment from the What I Love* stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black. Color in the roses with a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker. *These are both (c) Stampin’ Up! sets, but are sadly retired.
- Punch out the frame and sentiment with the Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up! and attach it to the black strip using dimensionals.
- Add a 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White layer inside the card. Punch corners with the Project Life Corner Punch.
- If desired, glue the extra leaf you cut off the rose to the inside as an embellishment.
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Four Frames, What I Love stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies and Punches: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies, Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: Dimensionals, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!
And now… I present to you some of my favorite cards made with the Rose Garden Thinlit dies! I selected each of these because they were unique and beautiful. All of these artists are thinking outside the box and coming up with great new ideas for ways to use this die.
Click the artist’s names to visit the exact blog page where they posted their amazing cards! Don’t forget to leave them comments telling them how awesome they are!
Dena Rekow of The Creativity Cave
Dena has an amazing tutorial on how to create the stained glass look in the above card. Knowing how to do this technique will be super useful if you want to CASE her card or any of the stained glass cards below.
Dena Rekow of the Creativity Cave (again)
Sharlene Meyer of Magpie Creates
Beth McAlexander of Card Creations by Beth
Rachel Tessman of Stamp Your Art Out
Alison Solven of Stamp Crazy with Alison
Shelly Godby of Stamping Smiles
Genna Giford of The Stampers’ Mess
Mary Deatherage of Stamps-N-Lingers
Patsy Waggoner of Stamps to Die For
Thanks to ALL of you for inspiring me!