Thursday, September 24, 2020

floral card ideas with the gray muse

Do you love making handmade cards? Me too! One of my favorite kind of cards to make is floral cards!

Recently I've been trying to stretch some of my cardmaking supplies (and just use the neglected ones) so today I'm excited to share some clean & simple floral cards that feature gorgeous stamps from The Gray Muse and backgrounds made with Nuvo Drops.

I'm also really excited to be joining in an inspirational blog hop for the The Gray Muse's Summer/Fall 2020 stamp collection. 


I hope you will join us for the hop! (And if you are hopping, you should be arriving from Amy Tsuruta's fantastic blog).

Creating these backgrounds is really easy and only slightly messy *wink*

Check out this quick process video to see what I mean...


my quick tips...
  • low-tack tape is a great way to "contain" the Nuvo Drops when you spread them out because the clean up is so easy but the Drops are also awesome to use with stencils.
  • allow the Nuvo Drops to dry completely before stamping. I don't personally recommend heat setting because I've had them bubble.
  • try applying Nuvo Drops in different areas on the cardstock and moving the squeegee in different directions (down, diagonal, sideways) to change the appearance of the background.
  • I've tested a few inks for stamping on the slick Nuvo Drop surface and I really like Versafine Clair, which will dry if you set it aside for a bit or it can be heat set if you are in a hurry. StazOn also works great or you can emboss.


Now before you hop on to Laura Jane's lovely blog, there are giveaways! The Gray Muse is giving away FIVE $25 gift codes to the shop so you can add some of these stamps (or enamel pins) to your collection. In order to qualify, leave comments on every post in the hop. The more posts you comment on, the greater your chances. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. All winners will be selected at random and announced on The Gray Muse Blog within a week.  

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
Carly

29 comments:

I Card Everyone said...

How do I thank you for sharing this fabulous idea? I HAD to buy these drops, right? Well. guess who hasn't opened more than one?
Gorgeous, Carly... and I'm SO happy to 'see' you again!
=]

Whiteibis said...

I like the simple black stamping over colored paper or wash. These cards look great.

sharon g said...

Oh, these are just beautiful. I am going to try to make some cards that look similar!!

Chandhini said...

Love these beautiful backgrounds, thanks for sharing this idea. It's great to use neglected stuffs, reduces the guilt of purchasing loads of craft supplies.

Ms. Tamp said...

Great video showing the process. Nice idea for use of the drops as a background fill.

Janis said...

Thanks for sharing the Nuvo drop idea! I’m going to get busy!!

Becca Cruger said...

What a fun way to make an easy, but beautiful set of notecards! Totally going to steal this technique.

Dee Earnshaw said...

super sweet card - fabulous ideas

DorothyA said...

Thank you for the inspiration! Love your backgrounds and was surprised they were from Nuvo drops! Beautiful cards. I hesitate in my floral coloring so I really like this way of using floral stamps in a little simpler way.

Savannagh Kacey said...

How great to have another use for Nuvo drops. Life isn't long enough to finish a bottle if all you're doing is making dot embellishments!

MadeByMeghanK said...

OOOOO your backgrounds are awesome! LOVE the colors!

Cindy Holmes said...

Very pretty cards! I really love the backgrounds for each of them too!

Unknown said...

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing a new technique to me!

Jen said...

What a great idea for using the Nuvo Drops! Thanks for sharing it and your lovely cards.

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Enna said...

Those backgrounds are just so luscious and yummy...especially with the gloss finish! And the bold black stamping on top is perfect. Absolutely love these cards!

Nandini said...

Wow! These cards are amazing! I love the artsy backgrounds.

lostinpaper said...

Seriously love this idea and your designs, I really must give it a try!! Thanks for the inspiration and for the lovely card I recieved yesterday, isn't he the cutest!

Amy C. said...

I love your color combos. Beautiful new stamp sets.

LindaMar1 said...

Thanks for sharing your idea with the Nuvo Drops, I hadn't thought of it before. The cards look fabulous with these new stamps!

Lauryne Cunningham said...

Your cards and backgrounds are so pretty- love this idea!

Amber Bissonnette said...

Love your cards in the different colours! The purple ones are my fave

cghundley said...

Look so pretty and
love the touches
of colors in the
backgrounds.
Carla from Utah

Andrea Dressner said...

Beauty in simplicity! I love the "minimalist" feel of these cards.

KGBaird said...

I love the way these turned out! What a fantastic idea, and this is one that I will definitely be trying. (Especially since I probably have about 100 bottles of various types of drops in my stash:)

Sue D said...

I like how you created the backgrounds on these pretty floral cards.

Mary Holshouser said...

Fantastic cards. Love the
techniques for applying the
color to the cards.
thanks for sharing
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Jean said...

Simply gorgeous! A wonderful release and inspiration!

Denise Bryant said...

Love the backgrounds you created! Beautiful floral cards and great color combos!