Lilac Roses – a tutorial

lilac roses Heather Telford

The new scented beauty rose stamp from PB is such a pretty stamp. I have tried a variety of mediums and styles with it so far and will share a few different cards at the end of this post. First let’s talk about this card. Can you believe this is my second video this month? I’m hoping to continue this pattern, but I know I’ve said that before.

I am fairly new to tombow dual brush pens; I bought a few for lettering but recently I added to my collection and started using them for stamping as well. They blend nicely with each other and with water on watercolour paper. For this card I only used two colours but managed to vary the intensity of colour by diluting with water. As is often my habit I didn’t think about the sentiment until the end and felt that a stamped sentiment messed up the balance of the design too much. Instead I settled on one of the thinnest die-cut sentiments I have which stretched across the base of the card keeping things balanced left to right but maybe a little bottom heavy!

I used tombow dual brush pens in the video but you could use stamp pads or distress markers for similar results.


Stamps: Scented Beauty (PB)
Dies: Many Thanks
Inks:   Light Olive-126, Dark Plum-679 Dual Brush pens (Tombow)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, olive green cardstock

Below are a few more cards featuring ‘Scented Beauty’. The technique is similar to that shown in the video but with different mediums. I varied the amount of water added and did not always ink the whole stamp.

orange roses Heather Telford


Stamps: Scented Beauty, Treasured Sentiments (PB)
Inks:   Dried Marigold, Pine Needles distress stain (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton cold pressed watercolour paper,green cardstock

 pink roses Heather Telford


Stamps: Scented Beauty, Treasured Sentiments (PB)
Inks:   Picked raspberry distress marker (Ranger) Versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton cold pressed watercolour paper, black cardstock

apricot roses Heather Telford


Stamps: Scented Beauty, Treasured Sentiments (PB)
Inks:   Mowed Lawn,  Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade,  Forest Moss, Spun Sugar, Weathered wood distress stains (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton cold pressed watercolour paper, purple cardstock

20 Comments on “Lilac Roses – a tutorial”

  1. marilyn says:


  2. Pat says:

    What fabulous roses Heather and they are all beautiful but the first in that fabulous purple colour is my favourite, just so delicate and pretty finish. Thanks for the video. x

  3. Jan Castle says:

    Your roses are GORGEOUS…you make it look so easy Heather!!! I will give it a try!
    Paper Hugs,

  4. tami says:

    Absolutely stunning!! I just adore your work!

  5. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    Wonderful Heather, your work is so so inspiring, and the use of Tombows I do so love. I have had most of mine since 1992, a few years and they still all work well. They are wonderful pens. They were dear here then and still are. I have been using them with my 3D stamped images, did a tutorial on Sunday with them and Lenny black images too, and love how well they blend so easy!!
    Well I guess this stamp is now on my wish list 🙂 but may have one clear rose stamp that may work with this technique. No harm in trying.
    A big thank you for doing another video you deserve a pat on the back for this.
    Shaz in Oz.x

  6. Mary Prasad says:

    Great job on the video (and the card is lovely!).

  7. Clelie says:

    Loved the video and gorgeous card! It was wonderful to watch the “magic” happen right before my eyes!

  8. cherylquilts says:

    Thank you, Heather, for the beautiful cards and this amazing video! I love your techniques, and you’ve certainly taken the mystery out of it! I have to dare to try it!! Hugs, sweet friend!

  9. Sherry W. says:

    Another beautiful card! Thanks for the video, too!

  10. Lindsey says:

    The lilac roses are absolutely gorgeous! I do like the others, too, but the purple shades are really speaking to me. 🙂

  11. desperatehousewifecraft says:

    I do love following you Heather as your colouring and blending make such beautiful works of art! I too have Tombows but i don’t seem to be able to blend them as well. I feel they dry up too quickly and i can’t blend them well enough so i’m so glad you managed to get such good results and posted a video too. I’ll follow your method and see if my blending gets better. Thanks for taking the time to share!

  12. All these cards are wonderful and I love the video too! Thank you! You have really made me want to do some water colouring xxx

  13. Ellie Knol says:

    Great tutorial… I am inspired – again!

  14. Jean Pipp says:

    Hi Heather, I am always happy when I see you have left a post….the roses are wonderful and so real looking. Thanks so much for sharing your work, it is always delightful to see what you are up to….happy day, Jean

  15. craftytreen says:

    Heather, i love these cards so much! i got the tombow markers and have never tried them. this will help encourage me to use them. thanks so much, hugs, treen

  16. Ina says:

    Beautiful cards. The flowers are amazingly realistic. Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. […] colours, I have never really managed to use them to blend as well as I hoped. Then I stumbled upon Heather Telford’s tutorial on using Tombow pens and her creations came out so beautifully that I decided to try her […]

  18. Cynthia X. says:

    Your cards are beautiful.thank you for the video.

  19. Cheryl Murphy says:

    Absolutely stunning Heather. I have never see that type of double stamping before. You have made me think I could actually do this. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  20. Dianne King says:

    Love your card, Heather. Thanks for the video. I can’t wait to try this after our move.

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