Years ago, Stampin' Up! launched its Big Shot line and part of that first offering included a beautiful embossing folder called Manhattan Rose. I remember thinking back then that the embossing folder was great, but that a die with an intricate hollowed out rose would be what I really wished I had. Fast forward years later and the 2016 Occasions catalogue (p. 18) introduces Rose Garden Thinlits dies, with a matching stamp set (icing on the cake!). Exactly what I had been hoping for! This was one of the first item that went on my wish list. It helps that the stamp set includes a large variety of very useful sentiments (sympathy, wedding, thanks, birthday, comfort, happiness), in beautiful fonts.
It should be no surprise that this is the first item I reached for this week after receiving my catalogue order. I was also curious to see how close it was to the Manhattan Rose folder image, so I pulled it out and used it for my card background. The color combo is inspired by the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge #229 - Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand and Elegant Eggplant. Those understated colors were perfect for a sympathy card. By the way, I really like that frame from the samp set with the matching die. I foresee using this one a lot in the future, as it's a nice size that will surely house a lot of sentiments from other sets as well.
The card design was inspired by Try Stampin' on Tuesday #254.
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Essence de rose (Rose Wonder)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Vanilla Medium Envelope, Spritzer Tool, Rose Garden Thinlits Dies,
Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals