Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Red Christmas Roses...

Happy Wednesday,

I know that Christmas roses are traditionally white but I love the way they look in a traditional red.  I used the Craft Artist flower foam Christmas pack selecting the deeper red and cutting this with my new Christmas Rose die plate.
I shaded the petals with black pigment ink which really brings out the colour and intensifies the colour.  I prefer using the coloured foam for coloured flowers as its far easier to shade the edges than to colour white to red then try to darken the edges and get shading.

I added my shaded ivy matching stamp and die stamped onto green crafts too linen card with Izink embossing ink and heat set it with opaline ( mother of pearl) clear embossing powder. This gives a lovely reflective shine to the pattern on the leaves.

I used the Sams Starz die set for the main card cut and added to a piece of double sided adhesive sheet before adding holographic clear glitter over the exposed adhesive.

I cut the star panels in white on the burgundy and added the flowers as shown .



  1. Morning John, oh what a gorgeous creation for us today, really, really nice, the flowers look amazing in fact in one of the close up pictures they look like velvet with the shading on top of the red foam.

    I received my star die etc yesterday so will be having a play at some stage, brilliant inspiration for us all, thank you John.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  2. Hi John
    So glad you are back on your blog.This card is gorgeous and it,s great to see close up pictures too.
    Jan x

  3. Beautiful John. Hellebores come in a variety including dark red - and even black! So you are spot on there. Christine xx

  4. A gorgeous card. The flowers look so velvety and it’s such a rich colour.

  5. What a fabulous card, John. The black ink on the flower petals is so effective.

    Anne (Northampton)

  6. Hi John,
    what a very stunningly beautiful card and that design looks awesome.
    Love the red Christmas roses it's a nice change from the white and after seeing these I definitely think there should be red ones.
    They look so real and like velvet in that foam.
    Just love this card.
    Lots of crafty regards. Jenny L.

  7. Stunning John, so rich and oppulent, xxx

  8. Hi John this is a stunning card. I just love it. Those flowers are gorgeous. I must admit that I have ordered the Sam's Star die set. I can't wait for it to arrive. I am loving the Facebook lives from the Craft Cave it is such a good idea. Have a great day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  9. Hi John, Absolutely gorgeous,and as Christine says hellebores do come in various colours so you are correct with the red. Stay healthy and happy,Lots of Love Barbara D xx

  10. Wow this is stunning John, so beautiful.

  11. Wow! This is beautiful John. Just love it. My dies are in the post so will be here tomorrow and then I can try them out. Hope you have had a good day. Take carexxx

  12. Excellent card , beautiful design and the colours are so gorgeous

  13. Morning John,
    Gorgeous card.

  14. Great card and the roses look very effective in that red foam

  15. Wonderful card John.


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  18. What a beautiful card. The red is gorgeous.
    Stephanie K

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