Weekender with Wanda – Altenew Bamboo Rose!

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Hello and welcome back to the latest edition of Weekender with Wanda here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog!  And, Happy November! Yay, my favorite month for all kinds of reasons! My birthday was this week which is one of the reasons I love November…. But it’s also time for college football rivalry games, cozy evenings inside by the fire, and Thanksgiving of course!! Best wishes to you for a happy November! I’m getting really into my Christmas crafting right now in hopes of just once, being ahead of things. (Check back with me later on that! LOL)

Today I’m sharing some beautiful red Winter roses on a birthday card I made using stamps from Altenew. Altenew images are some of our favorites here at Simon Says Stamp. Their style and look is so unique and always on trend. Their floral stamps are always amazing. Today I chose to use the relatively new stamp set called Bamboo Rose. Sigh. The rose stamps are really just perfection. What else can I say? And, they are perfect for watercoloring.

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This technique is always fun! Layering part of your panel up on foam squares after first creating the entire image. Couldn’t be easier, but boy what a great effect! I used a square die here, but this also looks pretty with ovals, circles or rectangles. My finished card is a 5 inch square this time around. Sometimes a square card is an elegant touch.

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My finishing touches on this card were some Pretty Pink Posh Droplets adhered with glossy accents and tweezers. I find that the glossy accents works best with these clear stones. The sentiment on this card is from another beautiful Altenew stamp set called Floral Frame.

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I started my card with a 6×6 watercolor panel which I would trim down later. I used Archival Jet Black Ink since it is waterproof. I randomly stamped all the roses, the butterfly and the sentiment and let the ink dry for about five minutes. Then I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors to watercolor the images.

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I used only four colors of watercolor paints for this project. I think the red is so striking!

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Here is my completed panel before trimming.

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This part always makes me nervous because now I used a die cut right on my pretty panel! I always use washi tape to secure my die in place before running it through the Big Shot machine. Success! I used the Exclusive Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares die for this card.

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I made my own card base out of pretty SSS Lipstick Cardstock. I first attached the bottom layer to the red card base. Now the center is cut out of that part. You can leave it red underneath. I usually choose to die cut a piece of white paper and insert it in the open square first. I think this makes it “pop” more. Then, I used foam squares to attache the center, smaller square to the card, lining up the stamped images. Voila!

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I wanted a matching envelope for this pretty greeting so I stamped and watercolored an A7 envelope to fit my larger square card. This really ties the whole project together nicely! When I’m making cards I try to remember to grab an envelope and stamp it at the same time since I already have all the supplies out.

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Thank you for stopping by this weekend! Have fun, and happy crafting! See you very soon!

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