Rosemaling & Absences

June 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm 15 comments

It’s great learning new things isn’t it.

This week I’ve learned all about the decorative folk art style that originated in Norway- Rosemaling.

See this…this made me go ‘wow’ when I saw it on the screen. 

 If you click the picture it’ll take you to Flickr where someone posted the work created by an artist painting the church pews.

I wanted to create something similar with this set 


As someone commented over on the Make The Day Special Stamp Store blog- it doesn’t look that much initially- but look closely and there’s lots you can do with it. Here’s a little Flipagram showing you the process 

Yes- it did take a while to prep. I wanted to do ‘no-line’ colouring where you stamp in a light colour and then add layers of alcohol marker shades. Looking at the complexity of the shapes- it would have taken forever so I simply stamped in dye ink and added in details with pens and white gel pen.  

 Colouring with Promarkers/Shin Han markers and Copics onto dye ink doesn’t give quite as good a result but it was ‘hide-able’ with my gel pen.

I added details with Chalk white ink from the smaller foliage stamps in the set 

 And with all the left over pieces- I even had time to russle up a simple distress-inked card  


See how those shapes have the echo of a wave form. Still loving navy blue too!

It’s a little quieter in our house, subdued even.

My no.4 has gone away for a week on a school residential and at least one person is really upset. 

Will is really missing his big brother and doesn’t know quite what to do with himself. 

He insisted we went to the shop yesterday so he could buy him a present for when he returns home. He bought him a Star Wars mug and a packet of Pork Pies. A strange combination if ever I saw one- but he got very excited choosing just the right present for Jamie.

He was rather worried about the unsafe situation in the fridge.

“Someone will eat the pork pies meant for him and he’ll come back and find an empty packet”, he exclaimed.

I thought it would be a good idea to label them somehow..

  It makes me smile every time I open the refrigerator!

Lovely to see how when it comes to it, they do miss and care for each other. 

I’m now on sole ‘playing’ duty as littliest has no one to play with. Last night was ‘Top Trumps Supercars’

I fully expect several more rounds tonight!

See you soon when I’ve played every board game in the house 😉


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  • 1. tsurutadesigns  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    oh my…..your cards with the Really Rosemaling set are absolutely INCREDIBLE.
    I always love to read about what’s going on in your household…such fun stories.


  • 2. Crimson Owl Creations  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Always a good read! I just LOVE your Rosemaling card technique. Where I’m originally from (Wisconsin) USA, there is a large Norwegian population and rosemaling is very popular on antiques, china, stemware, serving trays, etc and it is just amazing beautiful! I love the way your card and this crafty set capture that! Very pretty!


  • 3. karensteele0873  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    These cards are beautiful – what a great technique!


  • 4. Sue Brannan  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Especially love the waves, fab ideas and cards x


  • 5. thepaperbaker  |  June 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Beautiful! I love how you saw something so beautiful & unique and then turned around and captured it in a card. EXCELLENT JOB!


  • 6. Clare Allen  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I just wanted to say thanks Keren! My mum was Norwegian and we had all sorts of china and wooden bits and bobs in our house covered in this style of decoration. Now I’m sitting here with a grin from ear to ear after 5 minutes of unashamed reminiscing. I love your card version, it captures it beautifully. Clare x


  • 7. beaumama  |  June 23, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    You took this stamp set to new heights, I see. The possibilities with it seem endless. I think both your card are glorious. The colors 7 shapes in the first one just make happy. And the second reminds me of the beach, always a plus in my book. So sweet that your little darlings miss each other, up to and including, by them welcome home presents. Simply adorable. Let me know who wins at Monopoly and Scrabble when you’re done sifting through all the board game.


  • 8. Virginia L.  |  June 24, 2015 at 1:19 am

    You cards make me go WOW, too! I love all the extra care that went into it them. You sure know how to work miracles with those stamps! What a sweetie Will is….it’s the little things that make our hearts MELT. 🙂


  • 9. Florence  |  June 24, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Fabulous. Love Folk art painting and how you have interpreted it onto your cards. Great idea.
    Flo x


  • 10. Bev  |  June 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Rosemaling is quite common here in the Midwest; many Norwegians settled in here in the 19th Century, so the antique shops have beautiful things to purchase. You’ve really paid fine tribute to this form of Folk Art! I’ve also seen red, deep forest green and black backgrounds. The blue is my favorite though. Your card has such a nice modern twist! And your ‘leftover’ card is lovely too. This set really does make great ‘waves.’ Loved Will’s present story. Granddaughter LIzzy left post-it notes all over doors in the house when she was about 6, and some of them remain right where she put them. She’s 17 now! I’m sure Jamie will be touched by Will’s thoughtfulness.


    • 11. kerenbaker  |  June 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Oh- I love that- I must remember to do the same. I’ve kept bits and bobs- but what a wonderful testament to you valuing what they’ve written. Hugs to you x


  • 12. Miriam Prantner  |  June 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    LOVE your cards! Those really do look like waves! And so sweet that he is is so missed! Isn’t it funny how kids react when someone/something is absent, it’s like the order of the universe shifts.


  • 13. quip1320  |  April 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    This is SO gorgeous!!!! I’m so glad to see you featured on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog this morning! Congrats!

    Liked by 1 person

    • 14. kerenbaker  |  April 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Thankyou so much! It’s an old card so quite a nice surprise ! Xx


  • 15. Gilda (McStamper)  |  April 13, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Thanks for sharing the sweet story about your boys. Your card is fabulous and one that I will definitely try and copy. Thanks for sharing it.



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