January 16, 2018


What do you think of the card shown in the photo below? Somewhat striking, eh?

To create the background on which my diecut floral silhouette resides is incredibly easy. Misleadingly simple. Keep on reading, and I'll teach you how to do it!

The following two photos show the background a little closer:

Ready to give the "watercolor" background technique a try? OK then. Here goes.

I used a non-Stampin' Up! cardstock with pink flecks in it (you could use Very Vanilla)
Basic Black cardstock
Peekaboo Peach cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock

You've Got This stamp set (page 101)

Black ink
Flirty Flamingo ink
Peekaboo peach ink

Big Shot
Floral silhouette dies
Clear Block H
Water to spritz

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Adhere to this a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock, then on top of that a 3 3/34" x 5" piece of black cardstock.

You will be using a 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece of a non-Stampin' Up! cardstock with pinkish flecks in it. You could substitute this piece with Very Vanilla, however. Take the H block, which measures 4 7/16" x 1 5/8", and with the Flirty Flamingo ink pad, stamp directly onto the top half of the block, followed by the Peekaboo Peach ink on the bottom half. Mist this with water very lightly and stamp it onto the piece of cardstock, a bit left from center. Lift the block straight up. Let it dry. 

When it is completely dry, spritz some water into the palm of your hand, then with the fingers of the other hand, dip into the water and flick droplets onto the inked portion. Do this as many times as needed to get the look you prefer. Let the water droplets dry completely.

Choose a floral silhouette die cut from black cardstock, and adhere it centered onto the inked area. Remember to use glue sparingly -- just dots of it.

In black ink, stamp the sentiment partially on and partially off the lower right portion of the inked area.

Add a few coordinating sequins to finish it off.

AN ADD-ON OPTION: If you don't have access to diecut silhouette floral stems, you could also substitute the diecut with an appropriate stamp in black ink. Stampin' Up! makes lots of this type of stamp. That would be equally as beautiful.

There now. Wasn't that technically taxing? 

If you have any further questions about this -- or any other -- technique, please reach out to me!



  1. I just love reading your blog and seeing all the beautiful cards, and this one is truly awesome! I have quite a few stamps I have collected over the years and I am thinking of inviting some of my friends over for a card crafting/gossip session/wine tasting afternoon. Wouldn't that be fun! The best part is all I have to do is bring up your blog and we can get oodles of ideas and how-to's! Thank you so much! Hugs :)

    1. I am so terrible about responding to all the nice comments readers leave on my blog. I apologize for that! I love each and every one of your comments! But, this day has been one horrible day, and I just got home to read this precious comment, and, for the first time today, I SMILED! Your comment, Vickie, really touched my heart. And, the best part is that it completely reflected why I began my blog in the first place in 2012. I am so pleased with all of your words, I don't know how to adequately describe my delight. I hope you and your friends have a ball consulting my blog for inspiration! You make me feel like I'm flying! Thank you! Thank you! SMILES, Linda at Paper Seedlings

  2. That is so beautiful and such a simple technique for a big wow factor. Pinned.

  3. I love the background effect! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. When I first saw this card, I though Ballet. It has movement, soft, like a ballet. Stunning.

    1. I LOVE that visual. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  5. I love the colours in this card, Linda. Thank you for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party and have a lovely week.

  6. Very beautiful! Great job!

  7. That is wonderful. I love it. I do sketchbooks and am getting into card making and that a great idea.

  8. I'm a huge watercolor fan and I think this is beautiful. Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  9. Such a beautiful effect with such a simple technique. I'm looking forward to trying this out next time I do some papercrafting. Thanks.

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