Learn This Simple but Essential Card Design Tip

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hello, crafty friends!

Svitlana here. Today, I want to share with you an elegant floral birthday card using the amazing Statement Flowers Stamp Set.  Also, along the way, I will be giving some design tips on how to pull card elements together using colors.

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How to create this floral elegant birthday card:

As I mentioned above, I choose the Statement Flowers Stamp Set for the focal point element of my card. I started off by white embossing the floral stamp from the set onto an A2 Watercolor Paper. After that, I watercolored it using Watercolor 36 Pan Set.


Here, I used Coral Berry, Crimson, and Grapevine watercolors from the set. I was working one petal at a time. First, I laid the lightest Coral Berry watercolor as a base. While it was still wet, I added the Crimson watercolor to the tip and base of a petal.  I also added this color on a petal side when it was needed (for example, when one petal is overlapping another, it would cast a shadow). Then, I let a petal dry and added the darkest Grapevine watercolor to the tip and base of it for more dimension.


For the yellow flower, I used the Fresh Lemon, Orange Cream, and Paper Bag watercolors and I colored it in the same manner as the red one.

Finally, for leaves, I used the Fresh Leaf, Forest Glades, and Evergreen watercolors.

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After I finished coloring, I die cut the floral element using the matching die.


Then, I made a top folding A2 card base out of a Pale Gray Cardstock. Next, I adhered two white strips of different widths onto the card base. Afterward, I popped up the watercolor piece onto it.

The white strips added some interest to the card design and they also pull different elements together – the card base (with added white strips) and watercolored piece which white-embossed outlines.

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After that, I made a sentiment using stamps from the Birthday Builder Stamp Set. This was white-embossed onto a Jet Black Cardstock strip and then popped up onto the card.

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To accentuate the card, I added several crystals. I choose white and black ones to pull the card elements together – white strips on the card base, white outline of the floral element, and white embossing of the sentiment. Black crystals coordinate with the only other black element of the card – the black sentiment strip.

I hope you like my card and the tips I gave in this post. Have a wonderful day!


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Inkin' Chickie May 5, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Great tips for design and how to tie in the elements.

Lagene May 5, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Gorgeous creation! I love your watercoloring!

Mary Lamp May 5, 2020 - 12:38 PM

Love the coloring!

Joan May 5, 2020 - 1:29 PM

Beautiful and lovely card!

customcraftylady May 5, 2020 - 3:42 PM

A great pop of color. I know I would cherish a card like that if I received it. It looks as if it took a lot of time and care to complete. Great job! I have to try it.
Thanks Erica K.

Melissa Friedrich May 5, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Such a beautiful card, love the color combo and the gray card base too.

Patricia Wilson May 5, 2020 - 4:17 PM

Beautiful and very classy card. Thanks for letting us know your techniques to color the beautiful flowers.

Nancy Probst May 5, 2020 - 5:17 PM

Beautiful card! I love the rich colors on the gray background.

Judy Price May 5, 2020 - 8:52 PM

Very nice! The gray cardstock really makes the white strips clean which, then, really promote the flowers. Kind of like a freshly picked bouquet.

Annette Gordon May 6, 2020 - 9:11 AM

Love the grey and white background with those flowers. stunning!

Terri May 6, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Gorgeous card. Thank you so much for the clear explanation of your technique and the helpful tips. The grey and white are so beautifully balanced and the black and white crystals the perfect final touch. I am inspired to go to my desk right now and get started n a card…

Sharon Gullikson May 6, 2020 - 10:31 AM

Gorgeous. Thanks for the tips. I am trying to learn about water coloring…

Joy Meadows May 6, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Such a beautiful card! Love your design tips.

Maureen Reiss May 6, 2020 - 10:56 PM

Gorgeous card!!! Just received this stamp!!

Carol McCready May 7, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Your card is beautiful. I love those colors.

Tara Prince May 7, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Very sweet card!

Judi Dempton May 7, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Love it!!

Kathy R May 8, 2020 - 3:42 AM

The card is beautiful! The white strips at bottom really do add that extra touch to card. Thanks for sharing. Your coloring is wonderful too. Great tips!

Henriëtte May 8, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Awesome card Svetlana and great tips.
Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.


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