Do you need a small break from making Christmas cards? I’m sharing two of my favorite techniques for adding color to floral images. We know that we are going to need some thank you cards and birthday cards after the holiday season is over. I have one of each to share with you today!

I have had these two stamp sets in my stash for a few months and have not had a chance to create cards with them. The sentiments on these stamp sets are fabulous and I need to restock my thank you card and birthday card stash.

I started with the Grateful for You set from the Varada Sharma Designs line with Maker Forte. The packaging screamed “Slimline” to me, so I used one of the precut 4×8″ pieces of 110 lb. cardstock from the Maker Forte shop.

I know that this cardstock is heavy enough to withstand some water, so this was perfect for my to do my quick and messy watercoloring tehnique for this floral.

I don’t think too hard or stress about where to add the dark and light colors. Additionally, I don’t worry about doing a perfect job watercoloring either. I use a quick scribble technique to put the color down. Also, I try to leave some white space on the image I’m watercoloring.

Once I finished adding color to my flower using a variety of Maker Forte Color Hive inks, I put it aside to dry.

Once dried, I added some black, white, and gold spatter and a sentiment.

I finished off the card with some Crown Jewel Gems!

For my second card, I used the Floral Background with Sentiments from the Alex Syberia designs. I heat embossed the image in white and then blended on some English Mustard, Neon Lights, and Coral Keys to create a rainbow of colors.

I added a sentiment heat embossed in white on Navy blue cardstock. The card also got a blue mat before being added to the card base.


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