Folksy Florals in Black & White Background

by Norine

Hello, Altenew friends! Norine here today with a couple of cards that check all my bright, graphic, Mary Engelbreit-loving boxes.

So, the obvious benefit to being on the Altenew Design Team is the opportunity to play with, and share with you, the beautiful products Altenew makes and the benefit to you, dear reader, is that we can mess about and make all the mistakes and then tell you how to avoid those little frustrations! Perhaps not mistakes exactly, but there is a better way to do things and it took me a few tries to figure them all out.

My goal was to create the big, happy, shiny graphic flowers similar to the Mary Engelbreit’s style that I mentioned earlier. I began by painting three pieces of watercolor paper with varying shades of red, peach and greens. Once they dried, I die-cut several of each of the shapes from the Folksy Florals Die set.

To trap the color and create the big shiny flowers I wanted, I covered them all with Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and heat embossed them.

Here’s what you don’t need to do.

  1. Don’t die cut the shapes, then individually stamp them with the matching stamps, using clear embossing ink and heat emboss.
  2. Don’t stamp the paper with the matching flower stamps and clear embossing ink, heat emboss and then die cut the shapes.
  3. Don’t die cut a bunch of watercolored shapes, individually smush them with clear embossing ink, heat emboss and then try to layer or assemble them.

What you should do.

  1. Die cut all your shapes. You can die cut plain watercolor paper and then paint the pieces or vice versa. I cut all my shapes from the painted papers shown above.
  2. Assemble and layer them as you like, using a strong adhesive.
  3. Tack each bloom and leaf combo to a long strip of cardstock folded in half on itself to create a rigid “die cut holder” and to protect your fingers from your heat tool.
  4. Smoosh away with your clear embossing ink.
  5. Cover with UTEE and heat.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5.
  7. Let cool.
  8. At this point, you can assemble your card. I found that pressing the flowers against the (very strong) adhesive to make them stick, left a dull finish from fingerprints, so once the card was complete, I briefly zapped the flowers again to re-melt the UTEE and renew the shine.

The finished result is so yummy and slick and shiny – and yes, a bit of a departure from the style of cards I usually make, but sometimes it’s fun to go off in a completely different direction!

For the card above, I paired the flowers with papers from the Essential Black & White 6×6 Paper Pack, stamped a sentiment from the Inked Rose Stamp Set and finished up with a few black enamel dots.

For the second card, I cut long strips of the same green watercolored paper and UTEE embossed them as well. I tucked them under the blooms to create long stems and adhered them with liquid adhesive. This time, I paired the Essential Black & White patterned paper with some black paper and a narrow strip of pink watercolored paper. Then I stamped the “hello” sentiment from the Wild Ferns Stamp Set and die cut it into a circle with another circle cut mat of black beneath. Finally, I added some color coordinated enamel dots to complete the card.

I loved trying something new and different and I hope you’ll be inspired to try this too! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

~SUPPLY LIST~

Folksy Florals Stamp Set
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Folksy Florals Die Set
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Folksy Florals Stamp & Die Bundle
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Watercolor 36 Pan Set
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Essential Black & White 6×6 Paper Pack
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Inked Rose Stamp Set
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Green Fields Enamel Dots
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Wild Ferns Stamp Set
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December 2018 Release Enamel Dots Bundle
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MKW_Cards January 15, 2019 - 10:24

what a fun technique and cards. Love this !

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Suzanne Russell January 15, 2019 - 10:57

What’s not to love about black and white with bright shiny pops of color? Such cheerful cards! I haven’t pulled out my UTEE in years. Think I’ll give it a go. Thanks, Norine. Happy day to you.

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Tara Prince January 15, 2019 - 10:59

love love love the flowers!!

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Jo Anne Malicoat January 15, 2019 - 11:02

I just love these cards, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!

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Greta H January 15, 2019 - 11:48

I haven’t thought about Mary Engelbreit in a long time & I always like her style! You’ve captured it wonderfully with these fantastic cards! I love seeing you do a different style & thank you for the tips!

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Teresa Doyle January 15, 2019 - 13:27

Oooooh Norine, a great technique and your cards are beautiful. Love the ‘marbley’ look of each of your w/c’d backgrounds, it makes for some amazing flowers. The UTEE is also a great addition, very clever! TFS!

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Andrea Hastilow January 15, 2019 - 14:34

I had not heard of Mary Engelbreit before so went & did a bit of researching, wow gorgeous designs. You’ve really made a great job of channelling your inner Ms.Engelbreit. Thank you for all your to does & don’t does, they will save me tons of waste. X

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Delia Wilkes January 15, 2019 - 15:06

Absolutely love your cards, so different from your gorgeous watercolours that I’m familiar with. I want to try this technique so thank you for your very helpful tips.

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Mary W January 15, 2019 - 19:58

Absolutely yummy cards.

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Billie A January 15, 2019 - 20:31

Beautiful. Stunning.

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Alice Turak January 15, 2019 - 21:40

Thank you for the great instructions and for figuring out what will not work.
Love the cards.

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Linda BL January 15, 2019 - 22:00

Love your ME flowers! I am a Mary Engbreit fan and was so excited to see your cards. I recently made two lap quilts to go to wornen veterans in hospitals. I wanted to use some bright and cheerful fabric, so pulled out some Mary Engelbreit fabric that I had stashed away. I have been subscribing to your blog for several months and enjoy your cards.

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Carmela Hubler January 15, 2019 - 22:21

Adorable cards! Love those flowers.

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Kirsty Vittetoe January 15, 2019 - 23:21

Awesome cards, I really love them!!!!

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Pat H. January 16, 2019 - 05:30

Thanks for sharing all the do’s & don’ts, Norine. Love both bright cheery cards! The shiny embossing is so pretty & is probably even more striking in real life. I’ll be trying this soon!

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carol ann January 16, 2019 - 08:17

love, Love, LOVE these two cards! Can’t wait to give this a go! Might find a way to add a touch of checkerboard, too!

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Heather Parry January 16, 2019 - 16:22

Love these and they do look just like a Mary Engelbreit‘s style!

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Pamela Edwards January 21, 2019 - 02:44

Your cards are a breath of fresh air. Always looking for something new to try.

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Debbie Peysen January 25, 2019 - 08:00

Awesome cards. I loved all Mary E items back in the 1990’s. You have brought back my love. I have all the supplies to make these (even my utee is from the 1990’s) Thank you so very much for the inspiration.

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Nancy J Nanke January 27, 2019 - 06:51

Love these cards! I’m a fan of anything Mary E. Thanks for the inspiration!

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