Sunday, February 7, 2016

ROSES ARE BLUE

ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE.
SUGAR IS SWEET,
AND SO ARE YOU.

So they've always said. But, my card shows there are always exceptions to the rules. In this case, ROSES ARE BLUE. Pacific Point Blue. On Whisper White. 

The beautiful bundle, which features the Rose Wonder stamp set and the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies (page 18, Occasions Catalog), is on my mind a lot. I keep trying to conjure up different ways to use the various components. 

So far, in playing with it, I have stuck to shades of red. Duh. Bo-ring. 

But, WHY, tell me, does a rose have to be a traditional color all the time? While there may be such an animal (plant?) as a blue rose, (I googled "blue rose" and found lots of images of them, but I don't know if they're natural or dyed. The few I clicked on seem to have been dyed.) I decided that my card, whether real or a fairytale, would feature a blue rose. And, if you want blue, what better to reach for than PACIFIC POINT?

Die cutting the large rose with leaves from Pacific Point gave me a beautiful flower. At first, I thought I would maybe mount it onto another shade of complementary blue. But, then I realized how much more STARK -- and outstanding -- the card would be if mounted on WHITE white. 

By angling the diecut rose just right, it will fit on the traditional 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. Thus, I did that, and when I finished adhering it, I carefully cut along the right edges to form a delicate, wonderful border for the card opening. 

I didn't want to "contaminate" the lovely card front with any more stuff, like the sentiment, or embellishments. I wanted the rose to stand alone. But, the way I had angled the flower left a little bit too much of the alarming white on the left side. It was an easy choice to simply add a 1/4" wide strip of the Pacific Point cardstock, leaving just a small white border at the fold. 

At this point, it looked lovely. But not finished. 

I finished off the card by adhering a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Pacific Point cardstock to the inside of the card. This gives the blue rose with its delicate white cut edges a wonderful background.


This is a difficult caard to photograph. In the following photo, I have it standing up with just a bit of the blue background visible.


Working with the stamps from the bundle, I made this into a birthday card. I cut the framed sentiment out with the wonderful frame that comes with the dies, and adhered it to the inside. Before adhering it in place though, you must keep trying spots for the sentiment so, when the card is closed, it doesn't show from the outside. Tricky.


The following photo demonstrates how the card looks when fully opened. I love the way the edges of the rose look from this viewpoint.


This shows the card lying down on the table. 


Have any of you been playing with this bundle? Have you come up with anything innovative? Let us know what you've been up to with it.

Blue
Smiles.

6 comments:

  1. I love your card. Blue roses are beautiful, even if dyed. That bundle is one I really want.

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  2. Beautiful! Pinned and sharing!

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  3. This is so awesome! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing this at our party! I always love your amazing creations. I hope to see you next Monday because we love to party with you! Happy Wenesday! Lou Lou Girls

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  4. This is just fantastic! I love the effect! So cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  5. I love this! The striking colors remind me of Delft pottery. Thanks for sharing on the #FridayFrivolity link party.

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  6. So Cute!! When I first seen this link that poem was exactly what I thought of! lol! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!

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