Watercolor is a wonderful medium. I love it because it never looks the same twice and once I get started creating, I just don't want to stop.
Recently I found a wonderful technique called Watercolor Lift and just loved the idea. And I loved the wonderful background that this technique created for this whisper white rose.
My background is created by using Stampin' Up! watercolor paper. I used the Aqua Painter and Stampin' Up! ink pads to create a blended background. The colors I used: Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise and Wild Wasabi.
Use Stampin' Write Markers to color the watercolor paper then wet the paper with the Aqua Painter, using it like a paint brush, until you have the look you like. If you don't have the markers, you can use stamp pads. Squeezed the stamp pad while it was closed to press the lid against the stamp pad. Then open the pad, pick up the color from the lid of the stamp pad and paint the watercolor paper. Add more or less water as you go to get the look you like.
When the paper is dry, use the Embossing Buddy to reduce static cling on the paper, then stamp the image in versamark ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Then wet the paper again and wipe with a paper towel or cloth to remove some of the ink. The embossed portion remains dark while the colors around the embossed portions are lighter, giving it this beautiful look.
You can see more about this technique in this video by Jennifer McGuire HERE
The stamp sets I used for embossing are Rose Wonder and Jar of Love to create the background images. The best part is that you can use almost any stamp to create your background - what ever you Rose Garden Framelits.
Don't forget to add a matching envelope and stamp the inside of your card to give it the perfect finishing touches.