Friday, September 15, 2017

Rose Wonder with Oxides for The Paper Players

When I saw the Paper Players' banner this week, I knew I wanted to enter their colour challenge and I knew I wanted to water colour, but I needed to find a suitable image. After looking over my stash, I came across one that hasn't had the love it should have had lately, Rose Wonder. This one has been around since the 2016 Occasions Catalogue and was one of Stampin' Up!'s first more intricate stamp/thinlit bundles. Anyway it's a lovely image to emboss and then watercolour, so I did just that.

Now anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I am a pretty loyal Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but I have been really intrigued and curious about the new Ranger Oxide inks and I just had to get a few of them to try them out. I love that they are opaque and that they react with water in such an awesome way, creating such vibrant colour. Stampin' Up! does not yet carry anything like them. I finally had a chance to play around with them here. The Worn Lipstick and the Peeled Paint colours were a perfect compliment to my base colours of Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz and just added some depth and fun to my water colouring.

Before we go on much further, here's The Paper Players' palette:

Since the Rose Wonder stamp set is over a year old, (introduced, as I said, in the 2016 Occasions catalogue, January 2016) I thought I would also enter in the Retro Rubber "Anything Goes" challenge.


Here's a closer look at my card:

  • I inked up my image and my sentiment in Versamark and embossed both using Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder on Shimmery White cardstock. I chose the Shimmery White because I was planning to watercolour and it allows you to do that without the paper pilling and soaking up too much water too quickly.
  • I laid down a base layer of Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz, using an Aqua Painter and squeezing the top and bottom of the ink pad together to get some ink in the lid of the stamp pad to use with the aqua painter. Once the base layer dried, I added more shading around the base of the petals and in the creases of the leaves, using more Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz die layered over top.
  • When that was dried, helped along by the Heat Tool, I got out the Ranger Oxide inks. I rubbed some on a clear block, straight from the ink pad and used that with the Aqua Painter. It painted on really well with water as its solvent. It added a final layer of vibrant shadow and dimension. 
  • When that was dry, as well, I sprinkled it with drops of water and used a tissue to blot them after about half a minute. It left some great water droplet texture on the petals and leaves. With the oxide inks, it is a much less subtle effect than with our dye inks.
  • I added some of our Glitter Enamel Dots, the lighter ones looking just like dew drops on the flower and the darker ones providing some contrast and balance to the design.
  • A silver Metallic Foil Doily, cut in half and glued as shown, offset to each side of the main panel, adds a stronger note of silver and some extra interest to the design.

I just had quite a large number of customers sign up for Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!'s monthly subscription service, during our last half off promotion, and they will be so glad they did. Not only is September's kit really beautiful, (I just got mine in the mail yesterday!) but they are just in time for this new promotion for the up coming Holidays. This has never been done with Paper Pumpkin before, and I think it's sheer genius! Why not have fun AND be practical at the same time! Especially when the holidays are such busy times. We NEED all the help we can get. Watch Carrie with the details here:


If you didn't take advantage of the last promotion, there is lots of time to take advantage of this one. And you don't need to be a new subscriber. You could be a current subscriber, or one who has cancelled for awhile. You just need to reactive your account. Go to to do that!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List

Non-Stampin' Up! supplies: Ranger Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint


  1. Your bloom is gorgeous! So soft and pretty, a great use of the challenge colors. Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players!

  2. This is just SO beautiful, Heather! I love it. It's so romantic - perfect for a wedding. Like you, I'm intrigued by all I see about Oxide Inks and am very tempted to crack and get a few to experiment with. Your card has not made resisting temptation any easier! Thanks for joining in at both Retro Rubber and The Paper Players.

  3. I haven't been bowled over by the Oxides the couple of times I have tried them..... BUT, you have convinced me to try them in a whole new way. Heather, this card is gorgeous and you certainly found the perfect image to color. So glad you shared this fabulous card with us at the Paper Players

  4. Beautiful!! This is one of my favorites in my SU stash but don't get it out much either. Such a shame! Thanks for the nudge to get it out to play. Your experiment with the DOx inks was a huge success and helped me to buy some contraband as well (it doesn't take much a push LOL). Thank you for playing along with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will be back in our gallery soon.

  5. Such a beautiful card, so glad you tried Oxides, I love them. You have coloured the rose perfectly here. Thanks for playing with us at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

  6. I love how you embossed this beautiful rose image, and the way you colored it is just amazing.
    I've also been tempted by the Oxide inks, your card just convinced me to get a couple of pads and give them a try.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful card with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you play again next time.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  7. Hi Heather! I was excited to see you in the gallery! This card really is a soft beauty - the watercoloring makes the image (and it has never been a favorite of mine because I feel overwhelmed by the size of it) pop and makes me think I need this stamp. I love the Ranger products but have never tried the oxide inks which is now something else I need on my wish list. Thanks for enabling me! LOL! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber!

  8. Wow beautiful wedding card! I love your soft colors and the layout of your card. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber.

  9. Heather, I have just recently purchased the distress oxide inks and am loving playing with them. Just wait until you play with the more fallish colors! As you said, SU doesn't have anything close to it so I don't feel bad about my purchase. Love how you applied the soft colors to your rose image! Thanks so much for sharing your wedding card with Retro Rubber. Hope to see you often in our gallery!


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