I love a pretty embellishment on a solid white background. And today’s faux-sealed floral congrats card is the perfect example. I say faux because I used a stamp and die set from Spellbinders to make the “seal” out of silver metallic cardstock.
After stacking the edge three times for dimension, it looks like a pretty good stand-in for a wax seal. What do you think?
Type of project: Mini Slimline Card
Techniques used: Embossing, Hand Colouring
Decoration: Silver Adhesive Gems
Main colour: White/Silver
Media used: White and silver metallic cardstock, Copic Markers, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Embossing folder, Ranger Foundry Wax
Equipment used: Paper trimmer, Sizzix Big Shot
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There are a couple of ways to dress up a white background. For example, embossing pastes can add texture and things like shimmer spritz can lend a bit of sparkle to your white papers. Of course, you can always use specialty white papers with fancy coatings, too.
My favorite thing to do is add embossing with an embossing folder. The pattern I chose was from an oversized folder, so I would have it big enough to cut a mini slimline-sized card front (3.25in x 6.25in, or 8.25cm x 15.88cm).
You can probably do it with a regular-sized folder too, but I’m a clumsy person.
The flowers also come from a die set from Spellbinders. The long, elegant stems go perfectly with a slimline style card.
Now, you can always die-cut different shades of cardstock to build a bouquet like this. I chose to color them with Copic markers.
The colors I used are:
- G99, YG67, YG63 for the stems
- RV000, RV63, RV66, RV69 for the flowers
For the silver sprig, I left it as white cardstock but added a coating of Ranger Foundry Wax in Sterling. I let it dry a bit, then polished it up with my finger.
You’re probably wondering why I didn’t just cut it out of the silver cardstock I used for trim, right? Well, at that point I didn’t know there was going to be silver trim! I kinda just wing it when putting cards together. Some come out good, others… not so much 🙂
So to attach the flower stems to the embossed panel, I used a few thin foam squares. That added a bit more dimension. Also, there’s no need to worry about the lumps and bumps of the embossing as the foam squares are flexible. You could use a good tacky glue too.
Once I chose the silver metallic cardstock for the trim, I felt it needed more silver. So I added a few polished silver gems to the flower centers and at the top for balance.
And what you end up with is a delicate and feminine congrats card for your bestie!
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Thank you so much for reading today. Why not take a break from all of the holiday buzz and create a faux floral congrats card? All you really need is an embossing folder, your favorite floral dies, and a good pair of scissors.
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Niki Coursey is from Texas, US. Niki has been writing for TPC since 2022. Niki started paper crafting in 2014 and she mostly makes cards and do some quilling projects. Her paper projects are often made in Clean and Simple or an Artsy style.