Using Black Accents for Your Floral Cards

by Emily

Hi there! Emily Midgett here with you today sharing a trio of inspiration using the new Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set. This gorgeous stamp set is great for painting or coloring in your choice of medium but also has enough beautiful details to make it easy to create a beautiful card with little to no coloring at all. I have three cards today in varying degrees of intricacy, so let's get started with the details!

1302021 PAF Camellia

All three of my cards today feature stark black accents in one way or another. I find black cardstock to be such a beautifully dramatic addition to any card front; it makes such an impact when paired with white embossing or as an accent to a colorful card front, and even as a background for a colorful floral bouquet.

Card 1

For my first project, I began by stamping the main bouquet image from Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set on some pale pink cardstock using Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink to create a tone-on-tone floral background. I love using ink that is just slightly darker than the cardstock to create a subtle effect, but still adds some interest and detail to the background. First, I stamped the largest part of the bouquet. Then, I flipped my cardstock and added a smaller portion of the bouquet in the opposite corner. Next, I turned my stamp this way and that way to fill in the blank areas around the edge. Finally, I trimmed the patterned panel down 1/8″ on each side and mounted it on a full A2 panel of black cardstock.

1302021 PAF Camellia Fancy For You Sentiment Strips

Once I had stamped my background panel, I die cut the Fancy For You die three times from some black cardstock, and then adhered them together to create a dimensional die-cut. I also blended some more Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink on a strip of white cardstock to create a custom colored sentiment strip, upon which I stamped the rest of the greeting from Sentiment Strips using Obsidian Pigment Ink. Finally, I adhered the sentiments to the center of the patterned panel and added a few black gems to tie into the other black accents on the card front.

Black Accents on Pink Handmade Floral Card

Card 2

For my second project, I created a bit of a chalkboard look with some bright white embossing and a tone-on-tone black die-cut background. I started by heat embossing the Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set on some more black cardstock using white embossing powder and added some minimal shading details using a white colored pencil. (Is a white pencil truly a colored pencil? I don't know. I have questions. Ha!) Then, I cut the entire image out using sharp scissors.

Black Card Accents

I love creating super subtle but majorly texture backgrounds using a cover plate die-cut the same color as my card base. For this chalkboard card, I wanted to maintain the monochromatic aesthetic, so I die cut the Garden Trellis Cover Die from the same black cardstock on which I heat embossed the Camellia bouquet, then adhered the die cut to an A2 panel of the same black cardstock to create a lovely, but subtly textured background. I adhered the floral bouquet as well as a white heat embossed greeting from Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set on the textured card front using foam adhesive. Finally, I added a few white iridescent gems for some sparkle.

1302021 PAF Camellia Garden Trellis closeup

Card 3

For my last project for today's Product Focus, I thought I'd dig out my colored pencils and do some no-line coloring to create a simple but elegant card using the Paint-A-Flower: Camellia bouquet. I began by stamping the main image in the stamp set on some more black cardstock using some white pigment ink. I then used Luminance colored pencils to add vivid color to the bouquet. Once I had colored the entire image, I flicked some white gouache on the card front to add some artsy splatters that I think work beautifully with the vivid colors of the colored pencil coloring.

1302021 PAF Camellia Sentiment Strips 2

I trimmed the black card front down, again by 1/8″ on all sides, and mounted it on an A2 panel of white cardstock to create a thin white mat around the edge. For the greeting, I heat embossed a sentiment from Sentiment Strips 2 using more white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock, which I popped up using foam adhesive.

1302021 PAF Camellia Sentiment Strips 2 closeup 1

Finally, I added a few iridescent white gems to add some sparkle and finish off the “rule of three”- i.e. three elements of white. I love the stark contrast of the black cardstock with the bright white and pale pink!

Well, that's all for my projects today! If you haven't checked out the latest installment of the Paint-A-Flower series, I hope I've inspired you to do so! It's such a beautiful stamp that you can use either by itself or with your favorite coloring mediums. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!

Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline…
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Billie Anderson January 30, 2021 - 12:10 PM

Beautiful cards. I am loving the black background. Really makes the awesome images just standout. So pretty.

Karen Hale January 30, 2021 - 12:41 PM

All 3 cards are stunning!

Jaycee Cooper January 30, 2021 - 1:24 PM

Gorgeous Cards! Love the techniques.

Aimee Fleck January 30, 2021 - 1:47 PM

Lovely cards!

Maureen Reiss January 30, 2021 - 2:54 PM

These are Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! Just WOW!!!!

Dee-Dee Riggs January 30, 2021 - 4:08 PM

I just love black cardstock where you stamp an image & then color it in high pigmented colors. Lovely cards.

Patricia E Wilson January 31, 2021 - 1:38 PM

Beautiful cards, especially like the black and white one. So simple and only a few colors to produce an amazing result.

Kimberly Mayes February 1, 2021 - 7:22 AM

These are all gorgeous and elegant. I especially love the black and pink card

tara prince August 25, 2021 - 10:51 AM

Such gorgeous cards!!


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