Friday, 22 July 2016

Pieced Rose for JAI #321

Hello and welcome! This past week we have been treated to some unseasonably warm weather - there even were a couple of days without rain! It has been really lovely and has confused the garden somewhat - the daffodils have even started to sprout :-) But Winter is set to return with a vengeance this weekend so will be a great excuse to spend a little time at the craft table.

And just in time for your weekend we have a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week Patrice has suggested a fabulous technique for us all to use - to Just Add.............Paper Piecing.
The design team have showcased brilliantly different variations of this fun technique so I hope you can pop on over and take a look and be inspired to join us!

This was such a fun challenge as I'd been wanting to try paper piecing the smaller rose in the Rose Garden Thinlits. When I look at the roses I see when walking the streets with Sally the Lab, they are often darker in the centres and lighter toward the outer petals so that was my inspiration for the colours. The base card and rose frame is actually Night of Navy although sadly it almost looks black in the photo.
To give the petals something to rest on, I traced the outline onto some Whisper White card stock and cut it out and placed the frame over the top. Then I simply die cut the rose from the different card colours and kept the pieces - the trick is to pick the card up afterwards, holding the die and peel away the excess card. Then use your paper piercer to gently poke out the frame and your rose should come out intact making it easier to see which piece goes where :-)

For the background I started with a soft water colour wash and as it was drying, stamped some images from Timeless Textures. The slightly wet paper causes the ink to run a little - in some places more than others :-) 

Card stock: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Versamark, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Night of Navy
Stamps: Sunshine Sayings, Timeless Textures
Accessories: Big Shot, Rose Garden Thinlits, Triple Banner Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Aqua Painter, Large Polka Dots EF
Non SU: Watercolour paper pad- 300gsm Eraldo di Paolo from Riot Art 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the fabulous cards our team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will make with this fun technique too.

Happy stamping until next time,



  1. Jan, this is absolutely gorgeous! :)

  2. The colour variations in the rose make this stunning Jan! The paper piecing really reinforces a wonderful stylish modern look, and you have accented beautifully. xxx

  3. Gorgeous! Love the bold colours and rose detail Jan and that rose is a real wow! xx

  4. Beautiful card! Classy and sophisticated color combo - LOVE IT!

  5. This is so pretty Jan! I love the diagonal bottom of your main panel - very striking!

  6. Oh Jan I love how you've used a few different colours on your card = makes for perfect shading!

  7. Such a clever way to use the rose, Jan & I love the angled layout. The subtle stamping behind the rose adds lovely detail too.
    Di :)

  8. Jan this is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing all your instructions and tips. Another one for the CASE file. Hugs xo