Fun & Bold Floral Background Cards with Build-A-Garden: Dear Dahlias

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hey there, crafty friends! Svitlana here. Today, I want to share a card featuring a bold floral background I made using the recently released Build-A-Garden: Dear Dahlias.

The lovely size of the dahlia image makes it perfect for most cards, as they go well with almost every sentiment and theme. They also make for limitless coloring possibilities!

Do you want to create a beautiful garden on your canvas? Watch beauty unfold as you stamp this mini garden of dahlias, bellflowers, and funnel flowers with coordinating layering stencils. This stamp set features a dynamic floral arrangement with two large dahlias in the center. Bring a smile to your loved ones face by adding any of the 11 included sentiments!”

How to Create a Fun, Bold Floral Background Card

I started making the floral background by stamping the dahlia cluster image from the Build-A-Garden: Dear Dahlias Stamp Set onto a Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock panel.

I used the Dark Chocolate Dye Ink for stamping as well as my MISTI stamping tool. After stamping, I left the stamp mounted to the MISTI lid.

FLORAL BACKGROUND on a handmade card

Next, I colored the stamped image using the corresponding Build-A-Garden: Dear Dahlias Coloring Stencil Set.

The stencil set made coloring the dahlia petals easier, as the stencils were easy to line up. I recommend using different shades from the same color family for a more realistic look.

I used the Rocky Shore, Mocha, Espresso, Baby Pink, Fuchsia, Magenta, Pastel Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Burnt Red, Olive, and Moss Dye Inks for coloring.

Regarding my blending tool, I opted to use Mini Blending Brushes, which are perfect for the type of ink blending for this card.

After I finished coloring the stamped image, I placed it back into my MISTI and stamped the outline image again using the Dark Chocolate Dye Ink. This second stamping over the ink-blended element made the outline bolder and crisper.

FLORAL BACKGROUND on a handmade card

Remember to Use Masking to Prevent Overlapping Florals

I made a mask for the stamped image by stamping it onto a sheet of Masking Paper and fussy cutting it with my scissors. This step is important if you want bold and solid colors that don't mix – it's easier to do with masking paper!

I applied the mask onto the parts of the stamped image that I didn't want to color, followed by stamping and coloring the next one above it. The mask protected the first image from being stamped over and prevented the floral background elements from overlapping.

Afterward, I stamped and colored two dahlia clusters above and below the first one (which was masked off) using the same inks and tools I described above.

Then, I removed the mask and colored all white areas in between and around the floral background elements using a brush pen from the Fine Liner Pen Set.


Finally, the panel was foam mounted onto a white card base using the Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

To finish the card's overall look, I used a sentiment from the One-Go Birthday Stamp & Die Bundle and gave it a dimension boost with foam tape as well. 

That's it for today – thank you for stopping by!

I really had fun making this floral background card with the Build-A-Garden: Dear Dahlias, and I know you will too.

With the versatile floral design of dahlias, you can use it for birthday cards (like I did!), congratulations, and other greeting cards, so I hope you explore more ways to use this set!

Hopefully, this post has also inspired you to create vibrant and gorgeous floral backgrounds for your next paper crafting projects. Check out this month's Marvelous Monthly Series Blog Hop for more inspiration using this new set.

Have fun creating, and don't forget to drop by the All About Crafting blog for more tips!

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Audrey D Rodriguez October 19, 2022 - 1:18 PM

Thank you sharing your creativity. I think I’m inspired to try making a card with a dark background. Thanks, again.

Altenew October 20, 2022 - 6:47 PM

We’re so glad!

Marisela Delgado October 20, 2022 - 12:52 AM

So gorgeous!

Altenew October 20, 2022 - 6:47 PM

Thank you so much!

Maureen R October 20, 2022 - 8:58 AM

Really Gorgeous!!!!

Altenew October 20, 2022 - 6:47 PM

Thank you!

Tara C Prince October 16, 2023 - 8:42 AM

gorgeous card


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