Are you ready to whip out a batch of cards for friends and family? These colorful greetings are perfect for spreading joy by themselves or bundled together as a homemade gift.
Today’s cards were created with In Bloom, a stamp set designed by Angelica for Winnie & Walter. As soon as this set was placed in my hands, I knew what I wanted to do – Create beautiful floral backgrounds.
The set comes with outlines and stamps that allow for a fill in of color. I love sitting down with my Prismacolor Pencils or Copic Markers and coloring the day away. However, these stamps speed up the process. That’s exactly what’s needed for creating a large bundle of backgrounds at once.
I cut a stack of cardstock layers the same size as my future cards, wanting a folded card of 4.25 by 5.5 inches. That allowed me to stamp each flower with a different color on each layer. As I added each flower, I made sure to fill in any gaps. After each color was laid and my pieces were filled, I added the outlines with black VersaFine ink. Any gaps still left were filled in with extra outline stamps.
Once the backgrounds are completed, the fun comes. There are endless ways to use them on cards, and I’m bringing you three examples today. For the first card, I cut the cardstock in half at a diagonal. A second piece of patterned paper was cut the same way and layered over the top.
This card example may have been the easiest of them all. The floral background was trimmed and attached to the card front with enamel dots and a piece of silk ribbon. The sentiment was stamped with the same black ink as the floral outlines.
Lastly, a floral background was adhered to the card front with a piece of vellum. Vellum is one of my favorite papers to use. It adds an element to the card without taking away from the pattern or colors. The card was finished with sentiments from the stamp set. A quick tip with smaller sentiments – Stamp each line on a strip of cardstock, and spread them out evenly on the card.
I’m in love with these floral images from Angelica and Winnie & Walter. The next time you come across this set or another with the color layering option, I hope you try making a few backgrounds. The results are beautiful.