5 Easy Steps to Create an Impactful Card

by Virginia Lu

Hello Altenew friends! It's Virginia here. Have you created and sent out cards lately? A few days ago, I donated a shoe-box full of my handmade cards to my father-in-law's retirement home. Since all retirement homes and long-term care facilities are under “no visitor” restrictions in Canada, I know my cards will make the receivers smile and lift their spirit. The time and effort are absolutely worthwhile. Today's bright and cheerful card is perfect for someone special. The Fabulous Florets Stamp Set  is used for my example.


I have listed 5 steps on how to achieve the fab result effortlessly.

Step 1 Create your own colorful paper:

To start, apply Watercolor Brush Makers on Altenew Watercolor Paper. You can use any color (soft or bold) of your choice and apply liberally. Let dry overnight or use a heat tool to dry.


Step 2 Add Textures  (optional):  Trim the paper and place Dotted Starburst Debossing Cover Die face down onto the color paper. Then, run it though the Mini Blossom or any die cut machine.


Step 3: Stamp the outline and die cut with Fabulous Florets Dies. You can fussy cut out the florets if you wish to.

Step 4: Stamp the background with one of the layering images. With MISTI in place, I stamped the background to coordinate colors (Sunray, Chamomile, Fresh Leaf and Heart Beat) with the flowers.

Step 5 Finishing touches:  stamp the sentiment in Obsidian Pigment Ink and embellish with glitter.

I hope these 5 easy steps inspire you to get your supplies out and get creative! Your receivers will be thrilled to get something handmade with a great impact. Thank you for stopping by!
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Marsha Failor May 14, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Love the cover die and technique here. Just ordered one and can’t wait to try out.

Terri Barto May 14, 2020 - 11:44 AM

These are vibrant and beautiful!

Cindy C. May 14, 2020 - 11:52 AM

So bright and beautiful!! That is Impactful for sure!!

Beverly Jordan May 14, 2020 - 12:01 PM

So vivid and gorgeous!!

Karen Hale May 14, 2020 - 12:01 PM

Love your technique for creating these gorgeous florals…your card is stunning. Thanks for the inspiration and wonderful ideas.

Denise Bryant May 14, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Love the texture and pattern the cover die adds to these beautiful flowers! Gorgeous card with fabulous colors!

conil May 14, 2020 - 12:24 PM

Virginia does it again with her unerring eye for color and design. The vivid blossoms are so beautiful on this card and the texture added with the cover plate makes them outstanding whether up close or from afar.

Vera Feldman May 14, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The coloring on those card is beautiful -thanks for sharing

donna mikasa May 14, 2020 - 1:04 PM

Those vibrant colors–just beautiful, Virginia! Thanks for sharing your marvelous technique!

Patti Doss May 14, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Love the bright and cheery colors, lovely flowers!

Teri S. May 14, 2020 - 2:37 PM

What a kind gesture you made Virginia! That’s just the kind of person you are I think. Kind & caring. Your card is like a work of art. I love the colours on the flowers & instead of looking like layered stamping, they have a watercoloured look. So Beautiful! Stay well wishes from your email buddy on the west coast.

Marilynn May 14, 2020 - 4:19 PM

Very beautiful cards, loved the colors used.

Heidi Rees May 14, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Beautiful Virginia! I love the instructions! Thank you for the inspiration!

Linda BL May 14, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Such a bright and cheerful card which would be sure to lift spirits! The Dotted Starburst Cover die really “jazzes” up your lovely paper. I too, am making cards for an inpatient rehab facility near my home for patients who are not allowed visitors.

vwoman87 May 14, 2020 - 6:14 PM

I’m confused. each picture is the exact same as the final result. it would have been much more clear & helpful to have a picture of each step and how it built up into the final instead of the finished card.

Virginia Lu May 14, 2020 - 6:21 PM

You are right about the same photos.These are not my process photos. I will keep that in mind next time. Thank you.

Virginia Lu May 16, 2020 - 12:23 AM

I actually have process photos and have shared them over Instagram under My Story Highlight. https://www.instagram.com/yesvirginialu/ Please feel free to check them out. Hope this helps!

Judi Dempton May 14, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Stunning! Thank you!

PENNY F May 15, 2020 - 12:47 AM

beautiful colors and I love the layout.

Annette Gordon May 15, 2020 - 6:56 PM

What a great idea to use a stitched background die on the flowers. I really like this look! I can’t wait to try this out! The results are amazing. It is truly a STUNNING card!

Jill S. May 16, 2020 - 12:43 AM

Beautiful card! Love the watercolor painted flowers, I am going to try that!! Thanks for sharing.

Vikki H July 3, 2021 - 4:45 PM

So many great tips and you have us all wanting to grab similar materials to try them out! Thanks, Virginia.


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