DIY Watercolor Floral Greeting Card With Ink Blending

Here’s an idea for making an all-occasion greeting card featuring a hand-stamped, watercolor painted floral bouquet and a blended ink background.

Watercolor Greeting Card Featuring Floral Bouquet, Ink Blending and Hello Stamp by Hero Arts

Watercolor Greeting Card Featuring Floral Bouquet, Ink Blending and Hello Stamp by Hero Arts

I was motivated to create this new card design because the lovely people over at Hero Arts are having a challenge with the theme of “Blend It Up”. Specifically, the blending we’re all trying for this challenge is ink blending. I LOVE AND ADORE INK BLENDING, so this challenge really appeals to me. I decided to make a whole bunch of ink-blended papers to use for making projects for the challenge.

How to Make a Similar Greeting Card

There are different ways you could approach making a card like this. I tend to make cards in batches, and this approach is different than the approach you’d take if you just want to make a single card.

If you make a lot of paper crafts projects, the batch approach is typically going to be the most efficient use of your time and also the most cost-effective use of your supplies — because you waste less ink if you stamp, assembly-line style, without cleaning your stamps in between each impression. I try to stamp the same image using the same ink color at least 10 times before I clean the stamp and move on to stamping a different image or a different color. Later, when I’m ready to put together a card, a scrapbook layout or a planner layout, I have plenty of stamped images to use for making my projects. It speeds up the crafting process tremendously.

If I’m ink blending, I also tend to do that in big batches — making big batches of ink blended papers that I can later use in paper crafts projects. It is easiest to make a bunch of papers at once and let them dry before organizing them in your paper organizers and having them on hand to use.

Both the border and the paper I stamped on were made using ink blending techniques. For ink blending, I typically use several different tools and supplies including ink blending tools, misters and sponge brushes. If you’re new to paper crafts, or you don’t know how to do ink blending, I invite you to check out my article on ink blending techniques. That article includes tips and advice for how to get started.

Craft Supplies You’ll Need for Making a Birthday Card Like This One

You can use a mister, water and ink from reinkers for an easy ink blending technique.

You can use a mister, water and ink from reinkers for an easy ink blending technique.

  • Stamps: You’ll need a floral stamp to use as the focal image for your card and a sentiment stamp to use for the birthday greeting. The stamps I used for this are both from the Togetherness stamp set by Hero Arts.
  • Ink Pads: You’ll need at least two ink pads for creating this design; you’ll need one for stamping the floral bouquet and one for stamping the sentiment. I used a third ink pad for inking around the edges of my papers. I used Bundled Sage Distress Oxide for stamping the floral bouquet and Dusty Concord Distress Oxide for stamping the birthday sentiment. I used Altenew’s Forest Glades ink cube for inking around the edges of the papers before adhering them to the card base.
  • Reinkers: I used all the reinkers you see pictured above to make my batch of ink blended papers. This batch of papers includes Milled Lavender Distress Oxide, Robin’s Egg Distress Oxide, Scattered Straw Distress Oxide, Bundled Sage Distress Oxide, Pearlescent Sky Brilliance Ink, and Jelly Bean Green dye ink by Gina K Designs. I made these papers by diluting the inks with water, putting a couple of colors together in the mister, squirting the papers at random, and then adding a couple more ink colors to the mister and squirting the papers at random again. I did a bunch of blending and squirting like that until the papers were covered with ink. It resulted in some splattery, splotchy papers that are fairly light in color, which is what I was hoping for. This type of background makes an ideal surface for stamping on directly – which is what I did here.
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • White cardstock
  • Scoring Tool for Paper such as a scoring board or bone folder
  • Paper cutter and scissors
  • Adhesive: You can use the adhesive of your choice to put this project together. I used Cherry Tape for mine.
  • How to Make This All-Occasion Greeting Card

    DIY Floral Watercolor Greeting Card Featuring Ink Blending and Hand Stamped Images by Hero Arts

    DIY Floral Watercolor Greeting Card Featuring Ink Blending and Hand Stamped Images by Hero Arts

    Make a card base by cutting, scoring and folding a piece of ink blended paper to the size you want it.

    Ink around the edges of the card base using Forest Glades Crisp Dye Ink, or the ink color of your choice.

    Set the card base aside and work on the floral image. First, stamp your floral image using Bundled Sage Distress Oxide or the ink color of your choice.

    Paint the floral image using watercolor paints.

    Let everything dry before proceeding.

    Cut the floral image down to size and ink around the edges using Forest Glades Crisp Dye Ink or the ink color of your choice.

    Attach the floral image to the card base using the adhesive of your choice.

    Stamp the “hello”sentiment using Dusty Concord Distress Oxide ink or your preferred ink color. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the ink blended paper background.

    The card is now ready to personalize and send to the recipient of your choice.

    My heartfelt thanks to the folks at Hero Arts for sponsoring this challenge! It is lovely to have a bit of additional motivation for completing craft projects, and I am happy that my card stash has increased as a result of this challenge.

    Over to You

    Did you participate in the Hero Arts “Blend It Up” challenge? If so, how did your project(s) turn out?

    Did you make a card similar to this one? If so, how did it turn out?

    We welcome any feedback and insights you have to contribute on the topic of this card, ink blending, or crafts in general. You’re invited to leave a comment in the comments area below.

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    Posted By: Amy Solovay

    This page was last updated on May 1, 2022.

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