Hello, friends! Rubeena here from A Rare Ruby. I hope your summer is going well! Today, I have a gorgeous floral card for you using three different sets. I apologize for the lighting in my photos. We’ve had quite a bit of gloomy, rainy days in the past few weeks.
I love making long cards. They allow more space for stamping and coloring (or any other techniques). For this card, I decided to use Spring Bouquet, Blooming Bunch, and Lovely Blooms on a 4.25″ x 8″ card. You can go the extra mile and do masking to have the floral clusters overlapping, but I simply stamped them close enough without needing to do extra work. I still love how they came out, leaving enough space in the center for a sentiment. I used watercolors in shades of pink, purple, coral, green, and yellow and colored directly on the card base. Any watercolors will do (or even alcohol markers).
To be honest, I stamped this on 110# regular cardstock. Since I used watercolors, I do not usually recommend this paper if you want to do blending. That is because the water will get absorbed almost immediately unlike on watercolor paper (100% cotton is the best to minimize warping). However, I actually do like the look of simple “watercoloring” on regular heavy cardstock. I use a size 0 or 2 brush so I am not holding a lot of water. I go back in a second or third time for bolder colors for shading. I am not going for realism but rather for fun.
I like the texture it created in the center when I was applying the light blue between the florals. If you prefer there be no warping, please use a blue painter’s tape or something with low-tack to hold down your project as you work around it. What I tend to do is slide it in a book and place the book under something heavy to flatten my card.
Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Together We Bloom. How gorgeous is that font?! I love when sentiments go with the design of the card and also suit the recipient of the card.
I hope this inspires you to go watercolor and stretch your creative muscle. More importantly, just have fun. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by!