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Guest designer Daniel West creating with Brutus Monroe's Enchanted Rose background stamp

Guest Designer- Daniel West!

We are so excited to be able to bring you talent from our guest designers from time to time! Today, we would like you to meet the talented Daniel West. He created not one, but TWO gorgeous cards using our ENCHANTED ROSE background stamp! 


Enchanted Rose Background Stamp. Card created by guest designer, Daniel West.

For my first card, I gathered inspiration from black velvet paintings, with their deep, rich color and texture. I wanted to mimic the feel of the velvet in the rose. 

I grabbed my VersaFine Black Onyx ink and stamped the image of the ENCHANTED ROSE on some Neenah Classic Crest card stock.  Then, I poured clear embossing powder over it and melted it with a heat gun. I love the magic of embossing powder melting on paper. The first time I did it, I fell in love.  
I took out my Arteza Real Brush Pens and chose two shades of red -- Rosewood and Red. Artezas are water based ink brushes and blend beautifully on card stock. I shaded the inside creases of the rose with Rosewood and the lighter parts with Red.  
My friends on Instagram Live helped me decide the final direction of this design--leave the rest of the panel black and white.   That's what I did. I cut the panel down to 4 x 5.25 inches and adhered it down to a 4.25 x 5.5 in card base of Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb card stock.  This left a 1/8" white border around the center panel.  
To finish off the card, I stamped the "Have a Beautiful Day" sentiment from the Brutus Monroe ROSE BORDER STAMP SET onto a piece of black card stock with some clear embossing ink. Then I heat embossed it with white powder.  I cut it down to about a 1/4 inch thick and angled one end.  I adhered onto the panel with some double-sided tape.
I hope you all enjoy it, I really had fun making it.  Plus, some of the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team watched me color in this rose. Christopher Alan was there, too. They are all fantastic people and I am privileged to get to meet them
Bonjour Mon Amie
For this second card using the ENCHANTED ROSE STAMP, a gorgeous French Cottage wall paper inspired the color palette I chose. This time, I knew I would cut out the rose from the rest of the image. I saw Marie Heiderscheit do this on her YouTube channel. I stamped the image on some Bristol Smooth card stock using Regal Rose ink from Stampin' Up. Then I used my antistatic powder tool to treat the paper. I just use a bottle of cornstarch based baby powder and blow it lightly over the paper. This keeps the embossing powder from sticking to parts of the card stock where we do not want it.  I stamped the image again with some clear embossing ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. 
This process traps the rose colored image underneath and protects it from the waterbased ink I used to color in the image.  Again, I brought out my Arteza Real Brush Pens and colored in the leaves with two shades of green. One is more yellow than the other to give the appearance of light hitting one side of the leaves more than the other.  I chose two shades of pink to color in the rose. One has a hint of orange to it and the other is a straight up pink. These colors all coordinate with the French Cottage mint and blush pink look I was feeling. 
After coloring in the image, I fussy cut the rose out. Then I inked up a pinstripe background stamp from Altenew with some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink. I quickly heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and then using a blending tool, covered the rest of the back panel with the same ink. Now there's a tone on tone background for the flower. I glued the flower onto the back panel with some strong liquid adhesive and trimmed it all down to 4" x 5.25".  I adhered that finished panel to a 4.25" x 5.5" Neenah Classic Crest card base.
I finished this card off with the same "Have a Beautiful Day" sentiment, this time, though, I stamped it with the matching Regal Rose Ink and mounted it on some coordinating pink and green card stock I had made with the same inks in the rest of the card.  
I love the feel of this card. Makes me want to travel to Europe. How does it make you feel?
We definitely feel nothing but love and amazement for both of these cards! For more inspiration from Daniel, please check out his social media channels. Also, be sure to leave some love in the comments for our guest designer today! 
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Da'Quanna - October 22, 2018

Beautiful cards!!! These are so inspiring 💚 Great job, Daniel 😀

Roberta S. - October 22, 2018

Awesome blog entry Daniel (Del). Gorgeous cards. Love the rose on mint background. Readers you are in for a fun & encouraging time when you join in on one of Daniels live “craft with me” sessions.
Daniel will be an awesome additon to any Design Team. 🙂

Melissa Klepser - October 22, 2018

I love them. Watched you making the 1st one, well the end of it. The second one is awesome love the pink with the green.

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