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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!!!

Signature hybiscus


Jane Baldwin

Patty, you have made this look so simple, I can't wait to try it myself. Thanks so much.
Jane B

Dawn Bullock

Wowsers! Absolutely gorgeous!! Have to try this - thanks so much!

Tracy Smith

I love this and can't wait to try it!! thanks so much for the great video!


I love this watercolor technique. I went looking at my stamps to see which ones i could use it one. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.


great job, the roses are so pretty!


What a neat idea, the card is beautiful. I think I'll try it in different blue tones, then layer onto different blue papers......monoch"rose"matic!

manybooks (Linda)

Your tutorials are wonderful, and your cards are AMAZING! Thanks for all your tips and inspiration, and all the time you put in to share it with ME and thousands of others that visit your blog daily :) CONGRATS on a very successful blog!

Cheryl Delsanter

Another Beautiful Card, and I can actually make this one now! I'll have to give it a try, although mine probably won't be as nice as yours! Thanks For sharing this project with us!


Love your blog! I check in with you almost everyday! Love your work, very inspiring!!! Thanks for all you do!!!!


Wow, so glad I found your site today. I am putting it in my favs. Thanks for the great video.

patti Pennock

LOVE LOVE LOVE the roses. I love your blog.

Sheryl Walker

Patty, what a real blessing you are to share your gift so freely with all of us. This technique is something I will definitely be using in my next workshop...and for Mother's Day...and Birthdays...and...

Carolyn  S.

Patty, this is absolutely gorgeous, and sounds really easy, although, I doubt I will
be able to make it seem quite so easy, lol.
thanks for sharing this tutorial and technique. I appreciate all you do.

ceashark at aol dot com

Bobbi Sample

OMG! I just tried this and it works so well! I have pink roses everywhere!! Thank you so much patty on this technique that you are sharing. This is truly my favorite!!



Your roses are fabulous. I love the vibrant color. I can't wait to try these.

Becky K

Patty, congrats on your 2 mil hits! Well-deserved! Thank you for letting us celebrate with you with the blog candy! LOVE both of your latest tutorials - absolutely awesome! Becky K

Melissa Canales

Thanks for making this video. I was at regionals but it is so nice to have your video to refer back to. So often I get home from these events and forget how a particular project was done. I love your color combination as well.


Patty, I just recently was able to get DSL, so now I am LOVING your videos! I watched this one, made my own card, and posted a link to your blog from mine. You are truly an inspiration! THANKS!!

Terri E.

Fabulous!!!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to share this with everyone.

It's a good life!
Terri E.


Love this! Thanks for sharing!

Susana Grijalva

Really very beautiful and amazing. The oohs and ahhs were in the perfect spot. I was skeptical at first but then it became clear how magical it really is. Great job!


Beautiful roses. Thank you for sharing your stamping work. I look forward to your blog posts.


These are very pretty. I cant wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing, I love your videos.

Dee Simpson

Congratulations on the success of your business and blog. Your projects are beautiful. Your resources are invaluable! Thank you!


Hi Patty,

Thank you for sharing the watercoloring technique. I think I could make my own beautiful roses, too. It was like magic when you applied the color to each petal. I am also jealous of your garden of real roses. The colors are so beautiful and inspirational.

Betty Kincannon

Patty, Your flowers are beautiful!! I can't wait to try this technique. Thanks for sharing this as well as everything that you share. Congratulations on your 2,000,000 blog hits. I love your blog!!

Jean Fitch

Very Elegant Patty. Thanks for Sharing. Love the Video!

Hugs and blessings - Jean Fitch

Cheryl M

Simply gorgeous! I love this new set. TFS

Debbie Henderson

What an awesome video. I love your website and all of your ideas and inspiration. Keep up the great work!

Connie P

Wow! That is beautiful. This is why I visit your site every day. You inspire me. I just love the work you do.


wow that's amazing! i will never go even near to your talent!

Brandy Whisman

Such a great video, I love roses and use alot of my rose stamps too. Thank you for taking the time to make such a great demonstration.

Eileen Bellomo

Gorgeous! Can't wait to try this.


Your roses are beautiful Patty.
I am definitely going to try this watercolouring looks so fun and easy enough for me.
Not sure it will turn out as pretty as yours but I will try.

Georgann G

Patty, this is amazing. I never would have figured it out without being able to see how you achieved such wonderful results. Thanks for the video--those of us East Coast gals can't always get to the Seattle regionals! Thanks for such inspiration!

Cindy J

These roses are so beautiful. Thanks for all your great work!!! and CONGRATS on the blog hits!!!


Great cards. They are gorgeous TFS


Hi Patty,
These are gorgeous! I especially like how the textiles paper the roses are mounted on really make it POP!!!

Rose Curtis

Most beautiful... I have already emailed your technique to me customers! they Loved it too! Thanks for always sharing your ideas!

Melanie Hopes

this is so awesome! I wondered why I didn't see this and then I realized that you were at the Saturday session.

this is just incredibly gorgeous. thanks for taking the time to make a video to share.

Debbie Porter

I absolutely love this technique. I can't wait to try this for my mother's day cards. Thanks so much.


Michelle Young


you are such an inspiration! I truly enjoy visiting your blog everyday to see what else I can learn! I just tried this technique last night with Elegant Eggplant and it's beautiful!


I love your cards. Thanks for sharing your ideas.


This is absolutely beautiful! I know exactly what I'm doing for Mother's Day cards. I can't thank you enough for sharing these techniques. I visit everyday and am inspired to do more than I thought I ever could. Thank you so much.

Chris  Greten

Patty, these are gorgeous thanks so much for sharing all the time!! I am so blessed by you. I will be showing this at my Wow class. Thanks.

Sharon Mc

AWESOME!! Thanks so much for sharing a video!! I LOVE your work!!

Lauren Y.

Wow! This is surely a "WOW" card with the colors blending so nicely together. Thank you for teaching us how to make it.


WOW! I am surprised at how easy this technique is and yet it gives such a stunning effect. (I oohed and aahed with the prompts on the video!) Thank you so much for sharing!

Sharon Williams

How neat -- first time I ever watched a technique in a video tutorial -- loved to see the colors spread. Thank you.

Michelle Pikscher

WOW - so striking! I really didn't think I would go for this technique, but after watching it I cannot believe how simple and striking the results are. Thanks again for all your wonderful inspiration!

Vicki Callier

Oh Patty, I love your blog. I thought I didn't need this set or the matching embossing folder but you have changed my mine. I am off to place another order.

nancy l

Great video!
Its beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!

Susan Hughes

Congratulations Patty on all your blog hits. I look forward to your blog every day with all your wonderful ideas and inspitations. This watercolor technique is absolutely stunning...thanks for the great tutorial and video. This would make a beautiful Mother's Day card. Thanks for the chance to win your yummy candy.

Denise from OHio

Just wanted to thank you for sharring this technique and doing the video. Your card tht you using this, they are just BEAUTIFUL!!
Enjoy your day!!
Denise from OHio
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Paula Rough

WOW, this is great just gorgeous. What a neat way to color any outline flower. You are amazing.


Lori A.

Wow! Those are gorgeous! What a cool technique!

Kelly J

Patty, both of your tutorials are wonderful. I thank you for sharing your beautiful creations! I've been a "silent admirer" for a while now. I have your blog favorited, but recently I've been visiting Linda Hansen's blog regularly, so I make a habit of hopping over to your blog from the link she has on hers. Isn't that cool that she's an admirer too!?! ;)


Judy Calderbank

Patty - very interesting Technique - sometimes I'm leery to try a new technique but you made this one look so easy I gave it a shot - wow is all I can say - thanks so much for all you do for us

Judy ~~~

Lisa Page

I like this tute the best- it's absolutely gorgeous!

Patty- you have the most lovely blog without being imposing or intimidating and yet, there are beautiful, inspiring and creative posts every day- what a champ!

I check every day and hope there is something that I can take away that will affect my day. There always is. And that's all about THAT!! Love ya!

Jenni Hogan

I love this technique. I'll probably CASE it for my next workshop. Love your blog. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Stampin in the SON! jenni Hogan


Oh WOW, Patty, your roses are just amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your talents and congrats on 2,000,000 hits!!


This is my favorite of your "Rose Technique" videos. Although I usually stay away from the whole watercoloring thing (out of fear), this was really not so bad. And these cards turn out beautiful! In person, they really do look like the flowers in your garden...very cool! I can't wait to try it with different colors!

Heidi Myers


Question - is the use of the shimmery white c/s a design choice or is there something special about that paper that works better with watercoloring than the regular c/s?

Great tutorial! I'll definitely be trying this technique, too.


Jonelle Gressman

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!


Herma Hughes

wow! These are beautiful. Seems to take the stamping to an extra level. Your video was an excellent addition to the pictures on the blog.

Stacey Carter

What a great technique. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Fair

I love your beautiful rose techniques and the gorgeous colors you used. Your photos of your real flower arrangements are stunning, too!

Darlene Lombard

Patty, Your watercolor flowers are beautiful and look so much like your real flowers. THANKS for SHARING the technique and I am anxious to try it. It's demonstrators like you that are willing to share that make stamping so much fun.

Julie Hughes

Your rose is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Deepa M.

Those cards are so pretty - thanks for showing us how to do it too! I might make it my mother's day card :) Deepa.Mishra (at)

Cheryl Robinson

This is absolutely gorgeous!! What talent you have. Thank you for sharing

nancy littrell

My 60th Anniversary card using your awesome technique. Thank you, Thank you Patty for sharing.
Fifth Ave. Anniversary:

Beth Norman

Stunning, stunning rose. I'm running out to buy all the supplies. Your video tutorial was so well done. TFS!!



Jaimie Gvozdas

Thank you so much for sharing this AWESOME technique and your GORGEOUS cards!!! I cannot wait to try it!!!!


WOW. So beautiful! And looks so easy too. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial!! I'm going to have to try that out very soon.

Joyce Persenaire

I *love* your samples and your tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration! What is the best way to clean the aqua painter when switching colors? I have been having trouble getting rid of all of the previous color.


Those are gorgeous!! Thank you for taking the time to share!!


Debra Busse

So gorgeous, I had to try this for myself. Mine are still drying but they are looking good. Thanks for a great tutorial.


Oh my these are gorgeous!!!!I am off to try this right now!!Tanks for the great tutorial.

Kittie Caracciolo

Gorgeous technique. Thanks for sharing your video. I will have to try this as I love watercoloring.

Connie in NM

Gorgeous...glad you did the tutorial.. would not have used the right cardstock!! TFS!


You have certainly inspired the creation of some gorgeous blooms ... fabulous.

nancy littrell is another card I made using your awesome technique. I made 2 of these Mother's Day cards and also made up 6 kits for my SU hostess club party next week. I made these roses using watercolor paper, which is a little more forgiving. I thought it would be easier for a class. Love the results. Enjoy and thanks again Patty for getting me hooked :-)

Mother's Day Top Note Rose:


Awesome. I'm on my way to work on it now. Thanks for the tutorial

Dana Bincer

Wow! Ok. Sooo glad that Andrea Walford linked to your video! Stunning! I really can't wait to go try this method myself. I took 2 water color classes and this is by far easier!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Diane Cooper

Hi Patty!
I am new to your blog. These roses are stunning! Can't wait until I get my set in the mail this week!


Those are just stunning!! I don't have too many reinkers but I will try with what I have.


Thank you for this. I have passed the information along on my blog, with a link to this site. Hope that is ok. Amazing technique I am sure everyone will love.
Thanks and wonderful work.
Linda (South Australia)

Cindy Malone

These are just awesome Patty :-)
I wish I had found your tutorial before I
did my own version!
Thanks for the video.

Debby Krueger

Patty, those are just beautiful. They remind me of the roses my grandfather used to raise. Thanks for sharing, now when I get home frmo work tonight I will have to try that technique

Cathy W

You rock! What beautiful work, great tutorial - thanks so much for sharing!

Bridget Larsen

Hi Patty,
I saw somewhere online the real name to this technique, not sure if you posted it or someone else, do you know what it is really called.
thanks in advance

Bridget Larsen

Hi Patty,
I just saw your video on this blog just wondering if we are allowed to post your video up on our blogs


Wow!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I just made my first rose and it made such a difference to see how you did yours. Thanks for all the work you put into your tutorial.


Patty -- thanks for the great tutorial! Here's something that I made this afternoon.

I have yet to get the Peace rose right, but I'm still working! I also want to get the color of Chicago Peace -- one of my favorites.

Pamela Cosby

Patty, Thank you so much for sharing your watercolor and brayered roses with us. They are absolutely beautiful!! I can't wait to try them myself!


Thank you, really enjoyed this tutorial, so went and played and really pleased with the result for a first effort.


Thoroughly enjoyed your tutorial ! I'll have to try this technique thank you for sharing it. X Fab

Sharon Field / Createdbyu

I can't believe I haven't watched the full tutorial until now! Wow.. Patty, thanks for sharing this magical technique! I'm going to have to revisit it!

Bev Mantle

Love this in downunder Australia we don't have shimmer white paper, would this work on the whisper white or watercolour paper?

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