Roses for my Mother

Roses Heather Telford

As my mother lives on the other side of the world, the easiest way to send roses is on a card. I stamped and painted these back in February when my garden was under snow but my parents’ was probably looking great.

I worked on each petal and leaf separately, stamping one rose at a time in distress stain, blending and moving the colour with a waterbrush and then doing  the same with the leaves. This way I was able to avoid any colour ink running from one petal to another. (I used the technique described in this video tutorial but used finer brushes to work on the small images.) I painted a bud to bridge the gap between the lower roses and the top one. The background is sponged and splattered with pale blue ink. I stamped a texture stamp on the side panel to balance the finished panel.

Enjoy your weekend.


Stamps:  Efflorescence, Eloquence, Textures (PB) 
Inks:  aged mahogany, worn lipstick, scattered straw, peeled paint, forest moss distress stains, memento summer sky & rhubarb stalk (Tsukineko)
Paper: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, burgandy cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid

15 Comments on “Roses for my Mother”

  1. Janine B says:

    Gorgeous card – those roses are beautiful

  2. Cath says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. CherylQuilts says:

    Oh, Heather, this is breathtaking! These roses are gorgeous, and I love how you added the rose bud to bridge the two roses – brilliant! And I love the subtly stamped background on the left to balance it. Stunning, and she is going to cherish this card! How precious! I am so eager to try this technique. Your work continues to awe and inspire me, my friend! Hugs!

  4. Maria says:

    Wonderful card and I like the sentence as I also
    live across the waters from my parents Eng – Swe xx

  5. Bonnie says:

    These are beautiful, Heather! What a wonderful gift for your mother!

  6. Lindsey says:

    These roses are so realistic! Beautiful. Must be tough living so far away from so many of your family.

  7. Norman McDonald says:

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  8. Carol says:

    Omigosh a true work of art. Simply awesome.

  9. Pat says:

    These roses are breathtaking Heather and just perfect for your mother, and I’m sure she will have loved this card. x

  10. AJ says:

    Beautiful roses. These are the best kind – they won’t die off in days. Gorgeous coloring. I am sure your mum will like this as much as we do.

  11. Jan McD says:

    Nice Job!

  12. Ellie Knol says:

    This looks like one of those vintage rose cards, but then WAY more beautiful!

  13. ND says:

    Another try on behalf of RJ.
    What a joy it was to be greeted on the new day by such beautiful flowers. Thank you, darling daughter.
    As I look from the kitchen a rose has bloomed, one of the first as winter fades. It is Double Delight, aptly named.
    On a practical note, pruning and spraying of roses at the entrance to spring was completed yesterday.

  14. Vicki B says:

    Your mother is so fortunate to receive such a beautiful card! It should be framed.

  15. djkardkreations says:

    Absolutely breathtaking, Heather, and even better than the real thing as these stunning roses will never die! Hugs, Darnell

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