VIDEO: Floral Backgrounds


Hi there! I’m participating in a Spellbinders blog hop today, showing off products from Stephanie Low and Marisa Job. Today, I’m playing with the Rough Waters and Grow Newer With Me stamp and die sets.

It was really hard to stop making cards with these sets – the florals are just so pretty! In order of ‘difficulty’, here they are…


Here’s the how-to on all the floral backgrounds you see today – you can watch the video below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARD DEETS – Die-Cut Floral Background

For my first card, I stamped the floral bunch from Rough Waters in Aegean and did some real quick coloring with Pale Pink and Light Carmine ZIG’s, and then die-cut them with the coordinating die. I then layered them on some Pool paper, and topped them off with some clear gems.

I added a two strips of cardstock to the bottom, to lay flush with the die-cut flowers.

I topped the card off with the sentiment from Grow Newer With Me, heat-embossed in white on black cardstock, then die-cut and adhered with dimensional adhesive.

CARD DEETS – Neon Die-Cut Floral Background

This second is pretty similar to the first, technique wise, it just requires a little more coloring.

These flowers were stamped in Deep Ocean and colored with Peach Pink, Scarlet Red, and Fluorescent Yellow. I alternated the colors throughout the flowers to add some interest, and then adhered them to a dark piece of Sea layering paper.

I topped these flowers with some white pearls. For the sentiment, I heat embossed sentiments from Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2 in white on black cardstock, and then trimmed it out. I colored a strip of cardstock with the same yellow ZIG, used my shearing scissors to cut that, and adhered to the card base with the sentiment.




CARD DEETS – Monochrome Floral Background

Next, I used the beautiful Grow Newer With Me stamp and die set to create a monochrome card. I stamped the flowers in Versamark and Navy ink, then heat embossed with clear powder. Then I colored the flowers in with Shadow Mauve, Cornflower Blue and Cobalt Blue.

To top it off, I colored a scrap piece of paper with Shadow Mauve, cut it with scalloped scissors, and adhered it at an angle with a sentiment from Peonies in Navy.

CARD DEETS – Masked Floral Background

For my last card, I had the same process as the card right above, except with different colors. This time I used Ocean ink for the outline, and Carmine Red, Deep Red and Pale Green for the flowers. Then I masked them off with die-cut masking tape, and blended a light background of Dandelion on top.

I removed the masks and added a strip of custom colored Ocean paper at the bottom, and a sentiment, from Hello Sunshine Daisies, also stamped in Ocean.

Testing Colors and Layouts

When I start playing around with a stamp set, unless I have a really clear idea of what I want to do in my head, I like to test it out on scratch paper. I especially like doing this if I’m playing around with different color combos.  I always have scrap paper cut down to A2 size on my desk, so that I can play around with colors and layout and not worry about ruining my “nice” paper.

These are what my “test samples” looked like – do you ever do anything like this?

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, August 19th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Spellbinders is also generously allowing me to offer a $25 gift certificate. Please leave a comment on on my blog by Sunday, August 19th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

ETA: Winner, according to, is….Amanda Townsend! Amanda, I will be e-mailing you to let you know. 🙂


I’m the last stop in a line-up of fabulous artists who have lots of inspiration for you – you should’ve arrived here from Amy Kolling‘s blog. To see the full lineup, visit the Spellbinders blog.


Die-cut Floral Background

Cardstock: Hero Arts Pool layering paper and Midnight layering paperStrathmore Bristol
Stamps: Spellbinders Rough Waters and Grow Newer With Me
Ink: Hero Arts AegeanVersaMark; ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens Pale Pink and Light Carmine 
Other: Hero Arts clear gems and white embossing powder

Tools: Embossing Gun, die-cutting machine

Neon Die-Cut Floral Background

Cardstock: Hero Arts Sea layering paper and Midnight layering paperStrathmore Bristol
Stamps: Spellbinders Rough Waters; Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2
Ink: Hero Arts Deep Ocean; VersaMark; ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens Peach Pink, Scarlet Red, and Fluorescent Yellow
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder

Tools: Embossing Gun, die-cutting machine

Monochrome Floral Background

Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol
Stamps: Spellbinders Grow Newer With Me; Hero Arts Peonies
Ink: Hero Arts Navy; VersaMark; ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens Shadow Mauve, Cornflower Blue and Cobalt Blue
Other: Hero Arts clear powder

Tools: Embossing Gun

Masked Floral Background

Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol
Stamps: Spellbinders Grow Newer With Me; Hero Arts Hello Sunshine Daisies
Ink: Hero Arts Ocean and Dandelion; VersaMark; ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pen Carmine Red, Deep Red and Pale Green
Other: Hero Arts clear powder

Tools: Embossing Gun, die-cutting machine

48 thoughts on “VIDEO: Floral Backgrounds

  1. These are all wonderful. And yes, I do sometimes do “samples” if I am uncertain of the direction I should go. I am most inspired by your monochromatic card–something I haven’t quite gotten enough nerve to try, but the results are certainly stunning. Thank you.

  2. Wow, what can I say?? All of them are beautiful!! You are right, it’s hard not to make cards when they keep coming out with these beautiful flowers!! You really did them justice. Wonderful job!!

  3. There are some lovely stamps and dies in these collections. That Oval trellis die from Marisa is particularly beautiful! And your card inspiration is wonderful! I think the monochrome one is my favourite!

  4. Beautiful cards.
    they are simple but so pretty.
    The mix of colors is wonderful.
    thanks for sharing

  5. Your “test samples” look amazing LOL. I have not done this but it is a great idea especially since I am a beginner and do make a lot of mistakes :). All your cards are stunning, I couldn’t pick a favorite if my life depended on it…. yep I like them that much. Thanks for sharing and making the video. I’m heading over to watch it now, thanks for all the inspiration.

  6. All three are stunner….. Love your style. If I have to pick, it would be the third. Reminds me of French toile. Nicely done.

  7. What a cool set… thanks for showing it so many different ways! I especially love that first monochromatic with a hint of pink in the middle of the flowers… PRECIOUS!!

  8. All of your cards are awesome. Great job on your color combos too. No, I’ve never thought to use scrap paper first, when plating with new stamps. But I think I will do this as I will save so much “good” paper. Thank you for that idea.

  9. Did you ever announce the winner of your spellbinders prize? I’ve been checking but can’t find it anywhere. Thanks so much!

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