How I Shaded the Rose…

So many of you have e-mailed and asked how did I shade the rose on the card below so, here’s how I did it.

I first stamped the rose from the Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set in Versa Mark onto Glossy White Card Stock and with Clear Embossing Powder I embossed it. You can barely see the outline but you can see it. Using my Real Red Ink I pushed down on the lide of the ink pad so when I opened it there was a puddle of the Real Red Ink on the inside of the lid. With my Aqua Painter I picked up a small amount of the ink and statrting on the inside of each petal I pulled the ink towards the petal edge. I repeated this on each petal. I have seen on a blog (Which I can’t remember at the moment) where you can flood each petal area with water and add a drop of ink from a refill bottle but, I didn’t have much luck with this technique, because I got one solid color instead of the shades I wanted. I had much better luck dragging a bit of color with a semi-wet Aqua Painter and even this rose could use to be a little little on the outside edges. The clear embossed areas holds the color within each petal.  After I applied one layer of the Real Red Ink and it dried, I then, only along the inside of each petal, with a very dry Aqua Painter brushed in the Real Red Ink again. I used it full strength, so, it would be very dark. After the ink dried I then took my black Watercolor Pencil, and added more dark shading to the inside of each petal.  Here is a detail of the rose and thanks for asking. I hope the technique explanation is clear.

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