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Watercolor Roses - Technique and Video Tutorial

Your response to my "watercolor roses" post last week was overwhelming, and as promised, here are the instructions and a VIDEO TUTORIAL for you! :)

This technique originated with Crystal French from Denver, and was demo'd at the Stampin' Up! Seattle Regional Seminar by Connie Ingram.  Then Sandi MacIver shared the directions on a yahoo group... so I hope I've got this reasonably close to what Crystal had in mind... since I never saw the demo ... it's like playing the 'telephone game' and hoping you got it reasonably correct after the info passed through a few people :)

This is the 6x6 page my students will make in class this week in my Technique Book class:

Watercolor rose 6x6 

Here are 2 other cards I made using this technique:

Watercolor rose cards

Instructions - see Video for more details:

  • stamp rose image (from Fifth Avenue Floral Set) on Shimmery White cardstock using White Craft Ink
  • heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder and the heat tool
  • generously spritz entire embossed image with water in a spray bottle - spray until there are puddles of water, not just wet paper
  • use an Aquapainter to dip into drops of classic reinker and just "touch" the tip of the Aquapainter/ink to each section of the rose - ink flows inside each section (because of the embossing) but will also blend nicely when you touch more than one color to a section
  • use 2 or 3 coordinating reinker colors in any combo you wish (classic ink)
  • I used: Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Cameo Coral and Summer Sun on the above samples
  • clean Aquapainter tip in between applying each color
  • let dry, cut out image and mount to card or project. They took approx. 20 to 30 minutes to dry - will vary by climate/weather.
  • I used flowers from my garden for color inspiration - also check photos on google or any rose garden for color inspiration

Video Tutorial:

Now go have fun making your own beautiful roses!!!

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Florence Hardman

Awesome!!! Thank you for making a 72 yearold crafter sooooooooo.. happy


Great tutorial! Thank you so much...I'm off to give it a try!

Kathleen Chabot

Thanks so much for the video. This technique and your use of colours is gorgeous!

Kathy Tanner

Patty, this is really beautiful. Could you please tell me though whether you have tried doing it on other paper and how it turned out. I'm in Australia and unfortunately we don't have the shimmer paper for some strange reason.


Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful technique with us Patty. It has certainly provided me with lots of inspiration to experiment.

Leslie Jones

Oh, my goodness! These are beautiful! I found out about you and this technique from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. I have got to try this. Question: Are there any other Stampin Up! stamps that would work well for this technique? For instance, the others in the Fifth Avenue Floral set? I can't wait to try it, but I'll have to buy the set first.


your water colour rose technique is simply superb, i liked it very much

Patricia Rose

wow, Patty this is an amazing tutorial..... your cards are gorgeous...
Thanks for sharing the information.
Pat Rose (aka kokirose - on Splitcoast Stampers)

Cherie Malone

You make it look so easy, and gorgeous! But what's your secret? I tried and followed your instructions, but my ink bled all over the place, the embossed image didn't stop it and I also used the 5th Ave floral Rose..hmmm I'm hoping you can give me a tip


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Debbie Cipolla

Great tutorial. Thank you!

Melanie H.

What a great technique! Love it!

Edna B

Patty, this is a beautiful card and great tutorial. I've tried this technique and it didn't turn out quite as well as yours did, but guess I'll try it again. This tutorial has inspired me. Thanks you. Edna B.

Nancy Ward


Wanted to let you know I posted a link to this tutorial/video on my blog today.

Nancy Ward

veronica petracchi

Hi Patty i was going over some of the old emails i have saved from you that i wanted to make and ran across this one. I want to do it with my card group but I'm not sure how you add the clear embossing. I mean when, I do know how, i understand that you stamp with the white craft ink and then you say the clear but do u go right over the craft white stamped image? If so how do u tell where your stamping? Does this make any since? please help...LOL. thank you.Veronica

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