The dies used for this flower were die cut using the Sizzix, Susan's Garden "Rose" dies (#658411). I start by die cutting a lot of petals. This picture shows the number I started with for this rose. I used 80# vanilla card stock for the rose petals. I wanted a cream colored rose, with some light pink at the base of each petal. I sponged on "Spun Sugar" Distress Ink to do this. Then since most roses have yellow at the very base, I added "Squeezed Lemonade" Distress Ink at the very base. I know this is a little time consuming, but I think it is worth the time to create a very realistic colored rose.