Card Spotlight: Winter Rose

One of my favorite stamp companies is Rubbernecker Stamps because they have these stamps that you water color and heat emboss to get the full image, and those are honestly two of my three favorite card making things.  The third being coloring with colored pencils.  I made this card the other day after some trial and error with the colors.  You have to place them just right to get them to blend the way that you want them too when you smoosh it down onto the water color paper.  I am so glad I took the Rubbernecker class offered by Hearts’n’Crafts in Covina, CA (check them out here on Facebook ) because I would never have tried them otherwise.  Best. Decision. Ever. Anyway, let me show you the card and let you know how I turned it from just a stamped image into a fully realized card.

The Main Image: 

I took my favorite rose watercolor stamp of there’s and painted the first base stamp with the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Palette- 36 color set purchased here at  I used the colors No. 61 and No. 63 for the petals and colors No. 51 and No 52 for the stem and leaves.  I used regular water to spritz the stamp to make the colors move but if you want a little bit of shimmer then you can mix Perfect Pearls with water in mini spritzer and you will have sparkle water.  I placed the stamp down on Rubbernecker’s own watercolor paper and pressed down with a medium amount of pressure to make the colors move and shift under my weight, resulting in the above colors.  I then hit the image with my Wagner heat tool, purchased from Hero Arts, to dry the image and prepare it for heat embossing.  This is a very important step that you CANNOT skip.
I then took the outline stamp and stamped it in my Versamark Watermark ink, lined it up, and stamped it on top of the watercolor image.  This does take some time to get used to because the stamps are red rubber, so you can’t see through them, you have to line up the outer edges to get it right and even then you may still be a little bit off.  It still looks cool in my opinion.  I used silver sparkle embossing powder by Michaels (Recollections Brand) because blue is the dominant color in this image.  I look at it this way, cool colors stick to silver and black, warm colors use gold and bronze.  I then heat set it after tapping the excess off.

The Rest of the Card:
The rest of the card I kept fairly simple because I wanted the rose to really stand out. For both  of the sentiments, I used stamps from a Julie Nutting winter stamp set.  I stamped the front sentiment in Versafine pigment black ink and covered it with WOW clear embossing powder and heat set it to give it a glossy look.  The gems on the side were purchased from Heart’n’Crafts in Covina, CA and they added just enough sparkle to the front that I felt it didn’t need anymore embellishment. The inside sentiment was stamped with Broken China Distress Oxide ink by Ranger and the snowflakes were stamped with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink by Ranger.

To check out Rubbernecker Stamps, be sure to check them out here on their website.  Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you again soon!

Much love and hugs,
Emma- CardstockQueen

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