April 17, 2013


Mother's Day is fast approaching! I'd like to introduce to you a card that would be ideal to give to Mom  or anyone else mom-like in your life. It would also be appropriate for MANY other occasions.

The technique used in creating this beautiful rose has been dubbed Floating Reinkers. You may know it by many other names besides, but I'll explain it to you nonetheless.

The rose is created on Shimmery White paper from Stampin' Up! In the following photo, you can see the sparkles SOMEwhat. 

I think roses look the most lovely using two colors that complement each other, as in this card. However, you can also get a beautiful look using only one color, as here:

It isn't nearly as dramatic, but still beautiful.

While my card is created using the retired Fifth Avenue Floral set, it would be equally lovely with any of these current sets: Pleasant Poppies (page 72); Stippled Blossoms (page 78); Fabulous Florets (page 83); the leaves from Gently Falling (page 86); Mixed Bunch (page 94); Bordering on Romance (page 120); Secret Garden (page 17 in the current "mini"); or Swallowtail (page 18 in the current "mini"). In fact, now that I've got my brain going with some of these suggested sets, I think I'll give this a try once again!

Use your imagination. Your image just needs several compartments in which the reinker can flow. 

If you'd like to try your hand at making someone happy with this simply breathtaking card, here's how you do it:

Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set (retired)

So Saffron card stock
Your choice of green card stock
Pink Pirouette card stock
Whisper White card stock
Shimmery White card stock

VersaMark Ink
Reinkers: Choice of pinks and/or yellows

Heat Tool
Embossing Buddy
White Embossing Powder
Big Shot
Little Leaves Sizzlits Die
Top Note Bigz Die
Paper Snips
Sanding Block
Water spritzer bottle
Aqua Painter

Because it takes awhile (10 minutes) for the color to dry on the rose, do this step first:

On a piece of Shimmery White card stock, stamp your image with VersaMark. Cover the image with White Embossing Powder, tapping excess powder back into its container. Heat to emboss.

Drop a few drips of your chosen reinker colors onto a foam plate. Spritz the embossed image evenly with water. It needs to be uniformly wet, preferably with some small puddles. Use an Aqua Painter to pick up a little of one of the reinkers and drop it onto the wet surface. Move it around haphazardly with the Aqua Painter. (If the reinker stays in any one place too long and becomes concentrated, you will have a darker splotch. See the small yellow bit on the bottom petal of the rose in the first photo.) So, move the color around. 

With the Aqua Painter, pick up a little of the second reinker, and repeat. Move the colors around until they are distributed as you like and up to all edges. Set aside to dry completely.

Cut two sets of leaves with the Big Shot using the Little Leaves Sizzlits Die. Also at the Big Shot, cut one Top Note in Whisper White and one in Pink Pirouette. With Paper Snips, trim along the dotted lines of the Whisper White piece. If your end result is a little rough-looking, use a Sanding Block to even the edges.

Adhere the Whisper White to the Pink Pirouette, then to the center of the card front, made from a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of So Saffron card stock folded in half, and creased well with a bone folder.

If, by this time, your image is completely dry, carefully cut it out. Place the leaves onto the card front and the rose over the top, just to check for placement. If you are satisfied, pick up the image and tape the leaves in place with scotch tape on the backside. Use two Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the image to the card.

There, now go make someone happy!



  1. This is a beautiful card! Wish I had this stamp set. Great job:)

    1. Thanks, Cathy. While this technique does work well with this particular stamp set, Stampin' Up! makes many other sets with wide open areas that would be equally as beautiful. :>)

  2. Its beautiful,I don't make cards but might try this in silk or fabric painting,so I'm pinning this I hope you dont mind.

    1. Thanks, Biba. I am honored that you pinned it. Good luck with your silk or fabric painting! :>)

  3. I love your card. I hope to try this. I even have the retired set. Looking forward to seeing you in May with Margie.

  4. that is lovely. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  5. this is so PRETTY! loving the coral/pink/orange color.
    have a great weekend- stopping from my turn.

    1. Thank you, Jodi! The color combo does make a lovely rose, doesn't it? :>)

  6. So pretty! I am going to share this with my mom because she loves making cards! Thanks for sharing this at my link party! Hope to see you back!

    1. Thank you! Let me know if your mom has any questions! Thanks for having me! :>)

  7. Gorgeous!! How fun to make too...it seems if I got started playing with reinkers and water to make such a gorgeous rose I'd never stop!! EVERYONE would get roses!! LOVELY job Linda...that combo of the pink and yellow makes it so gorgeous.
    I've never heard of this technique and it seems so easy. I will probably have to give this a try one day....

    1. Thanks, Doni! And, yes, do give it a try! It is quite addictive. EVERYone would love getting roses from you! :>)

  8. such a great tutorial...makes me think I MIGHT actually be able to produce a rose as pretty as yours :-)
    stopping by from Angel's Paper Crafting Tuesday Linky Party
    Carolyn @ iamthecraftylady.com

    1. Thanks, Carolyn! And, of COURSE, you could produce a pretty rose. Give it a try! :>)

  9. Beautiful. I love the colors too! Thanks so much for joining us at last week's All my Bloggy Friends .... We look forward to seeing what you share this week!

    1. Thanks, Jamie, for the lovely comment and for letting me link up! :>)

  10. That rose is gorgeous!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime last week.

    1. Thanks, Betsy! And thank you for letting me link up with you! :>)

  11. So timely for May and sooooooo pretty.
    Thanks for sharing.

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