Smell the Roses

I bought three rose plants during the last Rose festival in Ulm that smelt so delicious and plan to plant them in the garden of our new house when we move next year. Strangely enough, all through summer their scent was hardly noticeable, even with my nose right up their buds (get it? 😂)… Anyway, once the cool weather came in, their perfume was heavenly and I’ve been wanting to paint them for awhile now.

Terrace rose

They say that anyone can paint roses as anything look like roses! Well I guess thats why my roses come out well then and probably due to the fact that I used the gorgeous background stamp from The Ton called “Rose Terrace” as a template too. This is the third time I’ve painted roses, but the first time that one rose didn’t fill up an A3 page… so I was quite nervous when I started, that I didn’t even bother filming it. So now I’ll have to do it again, as I loved the result and given my fast approaching dementia, I have to make a video soon before I forget how I did it! 😆

Terrace rose nu

Anyway, back to the card. It was quite easy really. I  first inked up parts of the beautiful Rose Terrace stamp from The Ton with Spun Sugar distress ink and pressed a sheet of Clairefontaine 250g Multi technique paper over it. I mixed afew pinks/reds from my Winsor and Newton watercolours and just added strokes over the stamped images. Once it was dry, I added the blue background with my Zig clean color real brushes. I still have a problem colouring in a smooth background, is there a good video out there or class to take for that?

Terrace rose blue

You notice that the bottom left is brown. Its cause I was testing if I should add brown or blue, I’m glad I went with blue! I cut a rectangle panel with my Sue Wilson stitched rectangle dies. These dies come in larger sizes than the normal rectangle dies which is great when I don’t want to lose too much of a painted card.

Terrace rose cu

I then stamped the beautiful sentiment from The Project Bin and adhered my panel onto a red card base and the card was finished!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like it. Please let me know what you think!


I’m sharing this over at:

the tonThe Ton – I was inspired by the roses in the vase, the blues in the scarf and the fushia/reds I saw in the leaves

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – I went with Distress inks, Watercolour and die cuts.the flower challenge

CAS mix upCAS Mix up Card challenge – Its not very CAS but I wanted to share it anyway with stamping, watercolour wash, no line water-colouring and die cut.

time out Time Out Challenge -I just stopped at the word “Paint” of the inspirational quote: Paint The Flying Spirit Of The Birds Rather than its Feathers


16 thoughts on “Smell the Roses

  1. What a cool technique, have never seen that done before, will have to try it myself!! Your roses look fantastic and love how you used different tones of pink. All that blue around the outside really makes them pop too. So glad you joined us this month at The Flower Challenge!

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  2. Oh my, Gwendolyn: your roses AND the background are absolutely gorgeous! All you need now is a frame for your fabulous work of art! Thrilled to see your creativity in the TIME OUT Challenge gallery!
    ~carol (guest designer)

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  3. Gorgeous roses from the Rose Terrace background cing Gwendolyn! I would have never guessed that you didn’t and paint those. Thanks for playing with us at The Ton challenge:)

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  4. Great take on our challenge! I love your soft roses, they are truly beautiful. I know what you mean with painting backgrounds, I suffer with that too… However you are being too hard on yourself, there’s nothing wrong with the one you made!! I love Sandy Allnock’s water color videos in youtube. I do think she has some background stuff there too if I remember right. Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT!

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  5. Your roses are gorgeous, Gwendolyn! Wonderful colors and I love it on the red background! Your wash is a lovely blue and I like seeing movement in the wash. Thank so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

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